Adult Workshops


The Wonderful World of Collage/Mixed Media

Instructors: Betsy Kimbrough and Susan Ettl


Join Betsy and Susan to explore color, texture, and design: two points of view in one-three day workshop. Have fun creating your own collage papers as well as ephemera for inclusion in a series of mixed media pieces you will create. Betsy and Susan will reveal many secrets of collage, the rule of differences, and how to use amazing papers in your work. Composition, patterns, textures, marks, and color will be covered to aid each student to express their inner artist in many ways to create dynamic work. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists. Come join the fun and camaraderie.

The class begins with collage papers being created using paints and natural dyes (tea, coffee, hibiscus flowers, etc.). An easy method for creating your personal palette of colors as well as learning some basic color terminology, will help students produce a wide variety of colored collage papers. Students will also make their own stamps and stencils using simple tools. Betsy and Susan have develop some fun design exercises to get students creative juices flowing. These will be followed by students creating a series of collages, while learning some easy design principles and formats.

Betsy is an award winning artist and avid art journal creator who enjoys sharing that passion with others. As an experienced workshop leader she is eager to help you enhance or begin your art practice through creative collages and art journaling. View works by Betsy at Betsy Kimbrough Art and Betsy Kimbrough Art Journals.

Susan Ettl is also an award winning artist and instructor who creates vibrant collages and paintings, which focus on the interplay of color and texture produced by layering paints and paper. Susan has taught art workshops for both adults and children. She encourages her students to create their own images to use in their work. View works by Susan at Susan Ettl.

Dates: February 9, 10 and 11, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (bring a sack lunch).

Location: CPAC

Fee Includes a Few Special Supplies: $340, Early Bird Special $310 if paid in full by January 12, 2022.

Registration Cut-off Date: February 2, 2022

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Personalized Painting

Instructor: Fran Sutherland


Join Fran for a wonderful workshop to learn how to create a painting with your preferred paint media (water color, acrylic or water based oil paints). Painting is an art form that uses brushes and color to express its subject and/or idea. This course is open to both experienced painters as well as those with little or no painting experience.

Day One

  • Brainstorming and choosing a personal and meaningful subject or idea
  • Using thumbnail sketches, select, and create the compositional picture plane which works best
  • Practice beginning a painting
  • Critique

Day Two

  • Why different brushes are used for different paint media
  • What size and shape brush works best for your painting
  • How to load and stroke the paint onto a paper or canvas surface
  • Demonstration of glazing and impasto techniques
  • Proceed with your painting
  • Critique

Day Three

  • The importance of light and color as it relates to your painting
  • Color theory exercises
  • Individual instruction
  • Critique

Frans’ approach to leading a workshop is to establish a rapport with each participant. The sessions will consist primarily of painting time with individual instruction followed by group critiques.
An award winning artist and teacher, Fran Sutherland earned her BS and MS degrees at the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. She is a member of the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) Kingston, NY, Woodstock Art Association and Museum (WAAM), Woodstock, NY, Tubac Center of the Arts, and the Santa Rita Art League (SRAL), Green Valley, AZ.

Whether working with encaustics, oils, acrylics, water color or mixed media Frans’ art reveals personal experiences with the places of her worldwide travels. View works by Fran at Fran Sutherland. Contact Fran at 845-464-8071 if you have any questions.

Dates: March 3, 4, and 5, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (1 hour break for lunch) (bring a sack lunch).

Location: CPAC

Fee: $330, Early Bird Special $300 if paid in full by February 3, 2022.

Supplies: Students should bring art supplies that they own which could include pastels and/or paints (only water base oils), brushes, paper and/or canvas, paper towels, and a water container to understanding how to use them. Fran will bring extra materials for executing the idea determined in the morning in the medium chosen for that painting.

Registration Cut-off Date: February 24, 2022

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Plein Air Impressionism

Instructor: Charles Thomas


In this two-day class we will cover the essentials of what goes into a successful outdoor location painting and how to arrive at a composition that gets to the essence of the scene rather than recording it verbatim. Students will be taught mapping values; choosing colors; paint handling; edges; depth; and atmosphere. Most importantly they will learn how to put it all together into a coherent design that says what they want to say without getting lost in details.

Working with simple shapes and accurate values, we will explore how to suggest reality without over defining it, how to see more abstractly and paint an effective design rather than render a collection of things.

Charles Thomas, b1960, began his art career as a graphic designer for a software company. He became an illustrator in 1988, creating paintings for advertising and editorial clients nationally. His work has won numerous awards including publication in the Society of illustrators Annual of American Illustration. In 1999 Thomas left the advertising world to devote his energies full time to fine art.

Since that time, his work has been recognized by the Scottsdale Artists School in their Best and Brightest competition following a 2002 workshop, and by the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society as a finalist in their national juried competitions. His work hangs in numerous private and corporate collections.

Charles makes his home in rural Southern Arizona, where he can often be found exploring the trails, backroads and byways of the West, in search of the next painting. View works by Charles at Charles Thomas

Dates: April 13 and 14, 2022

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 (bring a sack lunch).

Location: Patagonia (Directions provided before the workshop)

Fee: $285, Early Bird Special $260 if paid in full by March 16, 2022

Registration Cut-off Date: April 6, 2021

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