A Day of Plein Air Painting

Instructor: Brian Sindler

The plein air experience is something every artist should try! Capturing landscapes painted while outdoors are invigorating, amazing and intimidating all at the same time! Brian will meet you in our studio first thing the morning to discuss the day, your locations and techniques. Composing your works, sketching and demonstrations will all be a part of this special one-day glimpse into the world of plein air! 

When: Saturday, June 30- meet in our studio at 9am

Time: 9am - 4pm

Cost: $183

The Basics of Color- 1 day Workshop

Instructor: Fran Vail

Understanding color – one of the most important steps in painting! This workshop will examine color theory in a very basic and easy to understand way. Exploring the fundamental usage of triads and complementary colors will enlighten you, and eliminate the mysteries of color mixing. Any painting medium is welcome. 

When: Sunday, July 15

Time: Noon- 5pm

Cost: $153

Delve into Gouache

Instructor: Nina Weiss

​Gouache is a water-based opaque paint with a bright saturated color and velvety matte texture.  In this class we will explore the technical possibilities of gouache such as linear and tonal technique; painterly and graphic application; color, and composition.  Gouache is a paint medium ideally suited to both beginner and advanced painters.  Because gouache is a water based medium, it requires a minimum of materials and dries quickly for reworking. 

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 4 &5

Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: $193

Image to Abstract II

Instructor: Mark Daniel Nelson ​

This workshop is for the painter ready to push his or her work beyond the point of recognizable subject matter into the realm of pure abstraction.  Students will start with traditional representational approaches and move through progressively more abstract techniques until arriving at purely non-objective paintings.  Special attention will be paid to the elements of composition as they apply to abstract painting. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos during the workshop. Printed photos and/or digital images on laptop/iPad may be used for reference. Photo editing software is also helpful but not required. Students will have the option to paint from a still life set up.

When: November 9, 10, 11, 2018

Time: 9am - 4pm

Cost: $495


At Ease at the Easel (All supplies included)
Instructor: Nancy Behles
We provide the wine and cheese. You bring the fun. Grab your pals and join instructor, Nancy Behles for a relaxing, “no fear” approach to acrylic painting. Students will complete a 9”x 12” still-life canvas during this two and a half hour session. All supplies are included. All levels welcome. Beginners and beginner wannabees - this is your chance to take a chance!
When: Sunday, April 29, 2:00-4:30
Cost: $98

Watercolor Workshop: Water & Skies (All supplies included)
Instructor: Fran Vail

Fran will demonstrate and guide you through painting a cloud-laden sky over ocean waves.
You’ll explore light on water and clouds, and discuss forms of clouds and waves, composition, color and painting techniques to capture the drama.
Fran will provide personal direction, as well as group discussions and tips on watercolor painting.
When: Sunday, 5/6, 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: $128

​IPhone Photography – what you need to know!
Instructor: David Roth, Fine Art Photographer, Teacher, Lecturer
Have you ever said “I wish I had my camera with me”? Well now a days you probably do. It is your Cell Phone. You ask yourself if that is good enough to communicate an emotion or vision of what you are looking at and wonder how you can make that image FANTASTIC to yourself, your friends and family. You can! Come join David for a three week session on elevating your iPhone photography!
When: April 7, 14 & 21 (3 consecutive Saturdays)
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost: $123

​​Special Guest Artist this Spring!
Peggi Kroll Roberts: 3-day Figure & Still Life Workshop
In this workshop the figure and still life will be the subject matter but the focus will be towards improving the understanding of the power of the fundamentals of design, drawing, value, color and application.  Manipulation is where one is able to express their true inner voice.  Learn to establish the big shapes and their relationships to each other first. Students will experience many specific exercises which will help them get to the point more quickly with confidence. Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and to learn through earnest mileage.  Students will receive plenty of one-to-one instruction and there will be plenty of demonstrations.   Oil, acrylics, gouache and watercolors are welcome!
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 1, 2 & 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00pm
Cost:  $500
  (Refunds more than 60 days prior to the workshop will be less $100 fee. No refunds will be made within                          60 days of the workshop.)​​

Approaching Abstract Painting  FULL
Instructor: Julia Katz

Explore ideas and methods that will kick-start your abstract painting.  This workshop will warm up your abstract thinking and strengthen your awareness of compositional techniques.  During the first hour we will create quick, small paper collages.  The next three hours we will create one or more abstract paintings emphasizing core principles of composition - helping you to develop your own visual vocabulary.
When: Saturday, May 5,

Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: $133


The North Shore Art League offers many opportunities to experiment with a variety of mediums and techniques through one, two and three day workshops scheduled on evenings and weekends throughout the year.