Please sign-up at least three (3) days before the scheduled dates of the workshop to allow teachers enough time for planing and preparation of any necessary materials.  Participants signing up after that point will be accommodated if space is available.​​

Summer Workshops, (Scroll down for Fall Workshops)

Summer Discount 
$10 discount on any summer workshop when you register by May 15, 2019. If you know you're going to be taking workshop with us this summer, take advantage of this special discount- it helps us plan and it helps you save money!  
Use code summer workshop in the space provided on the left-hand side of the check out page.

Botanical Drawing with Colored Pencils
Instructor: Lyndsay Murphree

This class will introduce you to colored pencil techniques such as burnishing and blending as well as the basics of drawing botanical subjects. We will focus heavily on color mixing through layering in order to create realistic shadows and highlights. For beginners who want to try a new medium as well as more experienced artists who want to learn more about the exciting possibilities of colored pencils.
When: Saturday, 7/27
Time: Noon-4:00pm
Cost: $128

Xerox Transfer and Monoprinting Workshop – All supplies included!
Instructor: Jessica Feith

This one day workshop is geared toward fans of instant gratification and those who are attracted to collage, color and layered imagery.  Learn to ink and print directly from your own Xerox photocopies.  Bring in photocopies of your own drawings, doodles, photos, or even found objects, mementos, and anything you can fit on a photocopier's scanner bed!  You will be layering your imagery along with rolled and painted inks to create at least one collaged composition on high quality paper.  Beginners and experienced printmakers welcome.  All materials with the exception of your own photocopies will be provided.  (Photocopies that are high contrast work the best, and must be toner based, not ink jet based.)
When: Saturday, June 15
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: $173

Abstract Painting from the Figure
Instructor: Julia Katz

Do a deep dive into color and shape - finding inspiration in observation of the posed model. Create quick, small, colorful paper collages to kick-start abstract thinking. Move on to develop a larger painting, exploring your own expression of visual experience. You will be encouraged to utilize core principles of composition to strengthen the power of your work. Bring a bag lunch for 1/2 hour break and we’ll discuss concepts together!
When: Saturday, 7/13, 10:00am- 4:00pm
Cost: $223

2-day Watercolor Workshop: Sky and Trees! All supplies included!
Instructor: Fran Vail

Join us for this special 2-day workshop – or just come to paint for one day.
Saturday Skies- 6/29, we’ll study the many moods of skies, an essential aspect of landscapes. Using washes, dry-brush and other techniques, we’ll explore dramatic clouds, storms and sunsets.
Sunday Trees - 6/30, we’ll delve into the many species and seasons of trees. Mixing natural greens, exploring light, shadow and texture will enhance your painting in all areas. Through demonstrations and individual coaching, these classes will elevate your watercolor paintings – no matter your skill level. Beginners welcome!
When: Saturday & Sunday, 6/29 & 6/30, 12:00-5:00pm
Cost:   2-days: $203
1-day: $128

FALL WORKSHOPS - registration begins July 18th 

Fall Discount 
$10 discount on any summer workshop when you register by August 31, 2019. If you know you're going to be taking workshop with us this fall, take advantage of this special discount- it helps us plan and it helps you save money!  
Use code fall workshop in the space provided on the left-hand side of the check out page.

Dive 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: Sunday, 10/6
Time: 10:00-4:00pm
Cost: $193

Painting with a Purpose…

How to use Colors, Values, and Design more effectively to step-up your work
Instructor: Thomas Trausch
Thomas Trausch, a career artist since 1975, works in both oils and watercolor where he is a Master Signature member of TWSA.
This 2-day workshop (all water media and oils are invited) will stress proven
designs, sensible use of color and the dominance of values to produce
stronger paintings. These elements of art apply to all media and your
personal voice will be highly encouraged and respected.
A demonstration begins each morning (1 in oil and 1 in watercolor) with a
verbal and visual explanation of the decisions being made. Questions are
encouraged. After the demonstration, you will have the entire day to paint. Please bring the art supplies you now use and any reference materials you would like to work with. We will be doing a painting a day, so choose the appropriate size for you i.e. 9”x 12" to 16" x 20".(You will receive a suggested supply list)

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10/26 & 10/27
Time: 10:00-4:00pm
Cost: $298

Encaustic Painting Workshop…all materials provided

Instructor: Robin Samiljan
This one-day workshop will cover everything you need to know about painting with beeswax, an ancient art form that has recently become more accessible to modern day artists. Students will learn about encaustic painting and its diversity, basic studio safety when painting with beeswax, and will explore mixed media wax painting ranging from image transfers, collage, embedding objects in wax, to impressionistic painting techniques. You will create a piece of artwork during this workshop. All supplies provided. All levels welcome, come learn in a comfortable studio setting.
When: Saturday, 9/21
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $148

Explore Glorious Fall Colors in Watercolor
Instructor: Fran Vail
Discover watercolor’s ability to capture all the drama of autumn, including vibrant foliage and the changing moods of skies. This workshop combines demonstrations, step-by-step painting sessions and individual instruction.  Open to all levels; some drawing experience will be helpful to take full advantage of this experience-packed afternoon. (Lots to learn – so please note that the painting demo will begin at noon!)
When: Sunday, 10/6
Time: Noon-5:00pm
Cost: $133

NEW! Image Transfer on Clay – 2 consecutive Mondays
Instructor: Paula Campbell
This workshop is an exploration of some clay surface techniques. We will compose designs or use photographs as part of our design and transpose them onto low-fire clay surfaces. We will examine methods such as underglaze transfers and decals…and leave with a permanent piece of original art! Your work will be fired in a kiln for pick up at a later date. All levels welcome
and encouraged to be introduced to the wonderful world of printmaking!  
When: Mondays, 10/21 and 10/28
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $128

​​Back this Fall-  Mark Daniel Nelson's popular Image to Abstract workshop, November 8, 9, & 10

Image to Abstract III - Three Day Workshop!

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. 

Limited to 14 students!

When: November 8, 9, & 10, 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm

Cost: $500


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.