Here’s the Winter Quarter schedule for 2017:
Painting the Feather & the Bird! Saturday/Sunday, January 13-14. 15 minutes from the Kingston ferry, our classroom will be in the Hansville Community Center at the park at Buck Lake, surrounded by nature trails. Paint an entire bird from photo or specimens, make a master copy of your favorite bird artist’s work, or focus on a single feather. All levels welcome. Supplies available in small amounts to keep costs down. Lunches provided. $125.00. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) then register with name & contact information & check to PO Box 481, Indianola, WA, 98342. Some spaces still available.
Entiat Workshop–This year we’ll focus on Painting Produce. Visit the Eastern side of the mountains again for a workshop painting one of the many delicious products of Washington’s fields and orchards–excellent subjects for learning and practicing washes & dry-brush technique! We’re looking at the 3rd weekend in May, (date to be finalized) and we should have access once again to the wonderful classroom venue & facilities of the new Entiat fire station which we enjoyed last year. And we’ll again meet and greet at Debbie Gregory’s lovely house on the hill up the Crum Canyon Road on the Friday evening before the workshop. Let me know if you’re interested; it will officially open early in 2018, with first dibs going to local Entiatians, but there should be ample room for “206-ers” as well! Email me at email@example.com to be put on the list.
Botanical Drawing, Fridays, 1/19-3/23, 9:30-12:30. Learn to use line to accurately depict plant subjects and then move on to understanding the effect of light on form and how to use shading for three-dimensionality; those who have taken the drawing course already can work on subjects of their choice with ample supervision, and can also learn pen & ink skills.
Painting the Natural World, Fridays, 1/19-3/23, 1:30-4:30. Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint all types of natural subjects, from birds to bones to botanicals. (And stones, and shells, and bugs…)
Gage Workshop: Winter Wonders in Watercolor,Saturday/Sunday, 2/24-2/25, 9:30-4:30. Learn and practice various wash and dry-brush techniques leading towards an accurate and realistic depiction of your subject–whether conifer cone or winter greens, or other wintery botanical subject of your choice.
Botanical Watercolor, Tuesdays, 1/23-3/6, 7:00-9:30.
Learn the basics of classical botanical watercolor painting, which will include techniques in measurement, drawing, and understanding how light reveals form, along with practice in color mixing. Controlled washes and dry-brush technique will contribute further, producing an image that is three-dimensional, accurate, and aesthetically appealing–the goal of botanical painting–and equally effective in painting other subjects realistically. Beginners are welcome, and students with previous instruction can take on new subjects with plentiful supervision.
I hope you’ll find something that appeals and works with your schedule–I won’t be teaching at Gage or CUH during Spring of 2018, so for the weekly classes, winter quarter will be it, and the Entiat workshop probably the only class until the following fall quarter.
I’ve set up a Facebook page focused on art topics–Kathleen McKeehen Art–so do visit! Along with other things art-related, you’ll find my recommendations for the Craftsy classes I find that you might enjoy. Craftsy is an interesting and effective format for online classes, and quite a number of us Gage instructors also have classes there now. I’ll also let you know if BioQuip has a “bug” sale, or if I see anything else botanical, buggy, or birdish you might be interested in!
If you are looking for a refresher course on botanical drawing, my beginner/intermediate-level drawing class online at Craftsy can give you shading and drawing basics, including how to do those weirdly un-intuitive but oh-so-useful double transfers! They have sales often, which I will mention on my Facebook page when they occur. It uses Craftsy’s easy-to-use online format to provide a class you can access any time, as often and as long as you want, post your work & get feedback, and engage in on-going questions and discussions of the class and your work. Maybe you can’t get to a class in person right now, but want to review the methods we worked on in class? Or you haven’t had a botanical drawing class yet and would like to begin with the basics? Check it out at Craftsy.com! There are also some excellent classes with other artists, including those well-known in the botanical painting world, which I’ll also point out on the Facebook page as I find and try them out myself.
You can access my class at for a 25% discount (or for a bigger discount if they have a sale going on!) at http://craftsy.me/2h3U8Cj
If you have any questions about classes, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.