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.​​


Fall Discount 
$10 discount on any fall 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, 10/20
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 (Refunds more than 60 days prior to the workshop will be less a $100 fee. No refunds will be made within

60 days of the workshop.)


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.