Fall 2022

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Long Form Drawing Bootcamp with Artist: Armin Mersmann

Instructed by: Armin Mersmann
Dates: September 12th-16th
Times: 10am-4pm
Member: $637.50, Non Member: $750

Join renowned artist, Armin Mersmann, and immerse yourself into a week-long study of drawing and the art of observation. We all see the world around us, but do we really look, take in the forms, shapes, and structures as an artist does? Learn the difference between observation realism and intellectual realism; drawing what you see – not what you think you see. We will work only in graphite during this five-day workshop. Some of the topics include contour drawing, full-value rendering, negative/positive space, sight measuring (sighting) and the often misunderstood grid system.

All experience levels welcome! 

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Oil Painting Portraits, Tonal

Learn how artists add drama and movement to their painted portraits. All levels welcome. 

Instructed by: Todd Burroughs

Dates: Sept. 16th-18th 

Times: Fri. 6-9pm, Sat. 10-4pm, Sun. 10-4pm

Member: $382.50, Non Member: $450

Work with Atelier Director Todd Burroughs to learn the essentials of portrait painting utilizing changes in value and temperature to describe the essence of your subject. This approach to portrait painting prioritizes dynamic mark making and expression over detail. Both beginning and experienced artists are welcome in this workshop. Be prepared to have fun and learn lots. Students will be able to choose from a selection of portraits that are well suited to this approach to painting.

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Watercolor Basics, Plein Air

Learn to paint outside in the beautiful Michigan weather. Some experience recommended. 

Instructed by: Robert Fionda

Dates: Sept. 16th-18th

Times: 10am-3pm

Non Member: $382.50, Member: $450

Are you ready to shake up your artistic routine? Then it’s time for you to get out of the studio and improve your sense of color and composition by painting plein air! This is a ground up primer that introduces you to the plein air experience.

This is a three day workshop that covers plein air in terms of supply and equipment choices, strategies and practical painting applications. It is structured for intermediate watercolor artists but experienced beginners are welcome. 

This workshop is part lecture using PowerPoint, plus demonstrations, informational handouts, guidance and then practicing what is preached outside the classroom. The goal is to help you establish an independent, comfortable and knowledgeable approach to plein air painting.

Each session is five hours per day: 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a brown bag lunch. Instruction begins in the classroom and moves to a selected location for decision making and painting.

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Golden Acrylics Lecture With Artist: Valerie Allen – FREE

Instructed by: Valerie Allen

Dates: Sept. 24th

Time: 2-4:00pm at Atelier 


This Golden presentation: “A to Z: of Acrylics” packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics. Viewing artists will learn the basics while opening up new possibilities. Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, OPEN and High Flow Acrylics. discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects. Get a comprehensive overview on the many Gels & Mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, used for sculptural effects and more. The lecture includes a review of Grounds that create truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing and mixed media. Artists will leave enthusiastic to explore the extensive potential of Acrylic! Good news is that artists who attend will have the opportunity to complete a short online survey to receive a sample box of acrylic products mailed to them direct from Golden. 


Oil Painting With Zorn’s 3 Color Palette

Learn color harmony by using a small palette. All levels welcome.

Instructed by: Todd Burroughs

Dates: October 7th-9th

Times: Fri. 6-9pm, Sat. 10-4pm, Sun. 104pm

Member: $382.50, Non Member: $450

Join Todd Burroughs for this weekend workshop exploring how to effectively paint a portrait in oil using only 3 colors and white. This is a great workshop for beginning and experienced artists to learn the advantages of painting with the limited palette popularized by master painter, Anders Zorn in the late 1800s. Friday and Saturday will be dedicated to explanation, color study and preliminary work on a portrait. Sunday, we bring it all together, applying what we learned to work further on our painting. 


Watercolor Crash Course

Instructed by: Alicia Duncan

Dates: October 8th-9th

Times: 10am-4pm

Member: $306, Non Member: $360

Take a deep dive into the basics of watercolor painting in this weekend workshop. Ideal for beginners who are ready to learn, this engaging workshop will leave you feeling confident to continue watercolor painting on your own. Topics covered include watercolor techniques, supply and equipment choices, strategies, practical painting applications, papers…etc. The goal is to help students establish independent, comfortable and knowledgeable approaches to watercolor painting. All materials included.

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Anatomy Workshop Series With Artist: Eugene Clark

Instructed by: Eugene Clark

Dates: October 15th, Nov. 5th and Nov. 19

Times: Saturdays 9am-3:00pm

Member: $76.50 Non Member: $90

Materials: Sketchbook (8” x 10” or larger), pencils, eraser.

This series of anatomy drawing workshops are designed for artists of all levels, beginning to advanced. All drawing lectures and demos, are step-by-step, and students are encouraged to draw along with the instructor. Workshops can be taken individually or as a series.



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The Process Project: Explorations in Abstraction – FULL

Instructed by: Valerie Allen
Dates: October 22nd-23rd
Times: 10am-4pm
Member: $306, Non Member: $360

Join artist Valerie Allen for two days of using the power of process to create works of abstract art in acrylics. As a Certified Working Artist for Golden Paints, Val will bring an array of acrylic products including colors, gels, pastes, and mediums. This is a great way to become familiar with the versatility of acrylic products before you purchase.

Val will motivate you with discussions on developing your visual language through intuitive mark-making, telling your authentic story with abstract painting, and cultivating a spirit of adventure with each painting. The timeline is fast-moving with time for question and answer sessions each day. All experience levels welcome! 


Practical Color Mixing With Artist: Ken Hershenson

Instructed by: Ken Hershenson
Dates: November 5th and 6th
Times: 10am-4pm
Member: $306, Non Member: $360

Ken will help students develop the skill to analyze and blend accurate colors in their choice of either acrylic or oil paint. The focus of this workshop is on real-world application rather than theory. This ability is invaluable to painters of any experience level, so this is a great workshop for beginners and experienced artists. Students will make a set of color mixing tools that they will take home. A required materials list will be sent closer to the workshop date. All experience levels welcome! 

Classical Drawing, Bargue

Instructed by: Todd Burroughs
Dates: Dec. 3-4th
Times: 10am-4pm
Member: $306, Non Member: $360

This two-day workshop will guide students through the process of drawing in the method popularized by Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome in their famous collaboration from 1866, Drawing Course. 

The technique spread a French Academic approach to drawing which has been a staple of art education for over 150 years. Realist artists, abstractionists, experienced artists and beginners all will benefit from learning this concise and elegant approach to drawing. Artists such Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gough, who studied this drawing technique, built on their foundations to develop entirely new ways of creating.


Impasto Oil Painting

Instructed by: Todd Burroughs
Dates: Jan. 20th-22nd
Times: Fri. 6-9pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 10-4pm
Member: $306, Non Member: $360

Students will work with artist, Todd Burroughs, for two days learning how to add movement, texture, and spontaneity to their paintings using impasto.

Impasto paintings stand out because of their dynamic and sculptural surfaces, but they are often painted in a technique that leads to unnecessary cracking and delamination. Todd will guide students through materials, mediums and techniques (including palette knife painting) that utilize best practices to achieve beautiful impasto results.

We are excited to offer this new workshop and expect the 10 available spots to fill quickly. 

Materials list provide.

Our open registration makes it is easy to get involved. You are free to register for most of our classes whenever you are ready. No need to wait for a new semester or for an annual enrollment to begin.