Hands on Art

Jill Simkins: Continuous Line Drawing

LOCATION: TBD
September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NOTE:  $20 fee collected day of program – covers materials.  Limited to 30 participants (minimum – 5). RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.  

A line tells a story, creates a visual record of how you perceive an object, person or animal. A line can be bold, sharp, angry, angular, or light, happy, flowing and delicate. As you draw you will discover how a simple line, making twists and turns, can create unique and simple, or interestingly complex art. All ages and ability are welcome. Bring a clipboard if you have one.

Jill is an Organic Vegetable Farmer who creates art in many mediums; using plants and flowers, magical garden paths, oil or water-color paint, clay, and by using recycled, found or worn out items. Living her life working outside in the soil and discovering this beautiful world by hiking, backpacking, catering horse-pack trips in the High Uintah’s, river rafting, or camping in her vintage trailer, has given her a great respect and love for the outdoors which she attempts to capture on canvas. She especially enjoys painting cows, farm animals, and people.  Her work has been sold in several galleries throughout the West.

She writes about her painting and adventures  here.

 



Nancy Seiler: Little Landscapes in Watercolor

LOCATION: TBD
September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NOTE:  $25 fee collected day of program – covers materials. Limited to 18 participants (minimum – 8). RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

Nancy will show you how to translate a large landscape into a 2.5” x 3.5” watercolor study. You’ll learn some color-mixing tricks along with how to show contrast and value. This process is great for nature journaling and creating quick studies for larger paintings. We’ll be painting on three small pieces of watercolor paper (ATC—Artist Trading Card size 2.5” x 3.5”).  Nancy will provide mechanical pencil and brush for use during workshop. You will receive a small sample kit of QoR watercolors, palette, and paper to keep. Please bring water container and paper towel.Nancy Seiler received her Visual Communications degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1981. She is a GOLDEN Working Artist for GOLDEN Artist Colors presenting lecture/demos and workshops in watercolor and acrylic in Southern California and Montana. She has taught classical botanical illustration, nature journaling, and painting since 2003. Visit her website at www.nancyseiler.com to see her work.



Bonnie Griffith: Cold Wax and Oil

LOCATION: TBD
September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NOTE: $25 fee collected day of program – covers materials.  Limited to 20 participants. Bring an apron/painting shirt and latex or nitrile gloves. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.     

Learn the techniques for creating unique, impressionistic and abstract paintings using oil and cold wax medium.  By layering the mix of a variety of oils and cold wax, and using palette knives, brayers and other tools to create texture and depth, you will paint interesting works of art.  Follow along with Bonnie and use your own creative skills in this process to create a painting with this medium.  Each participant will have the opportunity to make their own work of art. 

Bonnie’s love of the landscape prompts her to paint it, and she look for a story to tell when she paints. Her goal is to create art into which the viewer can step into, finding and experiencing their own story.  If that happens, then she has done her job. Although she works out of my Crooked Creek Art Studio in southwestern Idaho, plein air painting leads her across the western US.  These journeys also allow her to share her knowledge of pastel and multimedia in workshops, offered both on location and in her studio. For more info about Griffith and her work, please see the following sites:  www.bonniegriffith.com, Instagram: @Bonniezahngriffith and Facebook: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist.



Bonnie Griffith: Pastel Painting

LOCATION: TBD
September 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NOTE: $25 fee collected day of program – covers materials. Limited to 20 participants. Bring an apron/painting shirt, latex or nitrile gloves, and a sturdy lightweight board such as a mat board or foam core to attach your paper to. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.   

A landscape pastel painting will come to life with the use of this vibrant dry medium as you paint along with Bonnie to create your own masterpiece.  Learn the basics or perfect your skills of using this medium in this class.  You will learn about doing an underpainting to create depth and interest in your piece, followed by layers of pastels that bring your painting to life. Come prepared to have fun! Pastel paper and the use of pastels will be provided (if you have your own set of professional grade pastels, bring them).

 

Bonnie’s love of the landscape prompts her to paint it, and she look for a story to tell when she paints. Her goal is to create art into which the viewer can step into, finding and experiencing their own story.  If that happens, then she has done her job. Although she works out of my Crooked Creek Art Studio in southwestern Idaho, plein air painting leads her across the western US.  These journeys also allow her to share her knowledge of pastel and multimedia in workshops, offered both on location and in her studio. For more info about Griffith and her work, please see the following sites:  www.bonniegriffith.com, Instagram: @Bonniezahngriffith and Facebook: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist.



Sue Tyler: Mixed Media Landscapes

LOCATION: Hands on Art Tent – Festival Plaza
September 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

NOTE:  $25 fee collected day of program – covers materials. Limited to 12 participants. Bring a painting shirt/apron.  RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

Create a mixed media landscape using a variety of materials. Bring your creative imagination, a sketchbook, and your favorite drawing tools, and landscape ideas/images to make a unique landscape painting.  Materials are provided, so whatever else you bring to use is optional.  Sue will get you started, guide you, then your intuition does the rest!

Sue Tyler was born in Idaho, and has called Teton Valley Idaho home for 35 years. She began drawing and painting at a young age, inspired by local landscapes, animals, and icons of the past in Western culture. Sue taught art to all ages for almost 30 years, until she retired to paint full time. Sue’s painting can be seen in galleries and plein air events throughout the West. Her recent awards include Escalante Canyons Art Festival (honorable mention)2019, Driggs Plein Air Festival, 2nd Quick Draw, 2019, National Juried Show, 2nd place, 2019, Arts Idaho Biennial, top 50, 2004, 2007 2008, 2012, 2019 (honorable mention). Sue paints plein air landscapes in acrylic and watercolor. In the studio, her mixed media pieces allow a freer expression of a subject. “Mixed media allows an intuitive, versus literal experience, she says. And I can focus on design essentials. Hopefully, each piece is a conversation with the viewer.” See more of Sue’s work here.



Loretta Domaszewski: Rock formations, Patterns and Textures – An Abstract Approach

LOCATION: TBD
September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NOTE:  $30 fee collected day of program – covers materials.  Limited to 30 participants – ages 10 and up.   RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

Explore natural rock formations, unique patterns and colors inspired by the Southwestern landscape through painting on prepared textured relief surfaces. Learn about color mixing and expressive painting techniques using fluid acrylic paint, brushes, and non-traditional painting tools. Enjoy painting with movement, rhythm, and color harmony. Each participant will follow along with a demonstration, assimilating the layered rock textures, colors, and atmospheric skies of the Escalante Canyons landscape, introducing their own creative twist. A program packed with information in a fun, relaxed environment.

Loretta Domaszewski paints to create visual poetry with a deep connection to the earth as a living body. Spirit of Place is the inspiration for exploring the concept of the journey, the pathway, the personal quest. She speaks a universal language.

Loretta has a BFA from Tufts University, the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and a K-12 Art Teaching Certificate from Brandeis University. She is an award winning contemporary artist from Montana exhibiting nationally in galleries and museums, teaching all ages and levels for over 40 years. Loretta has been awarded the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s 20th Year Anniversary Artist in Residence, Escalante Paint the River Horse Pack Trip, Escalante Arts Festival Best in Show First Place Watercolor, Mixed Media, and 2nd Place in the Plein Air Paint Out. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Her passion is to be active, explore nature, create art, and encourage self-discovery through artistic expression.

Visit Loretta’s website to see more of her work here.

Instagram: instagram.com/LorettaFineArt

Facebook: Facebook.com/LorettaFineArt  Facebook.com/LorettaDomaszewski



Lisa Bryant: Mulling Over Pigments – Make Your Own Watercolor Paints

LOCATION: TBD
September 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

NOTE:  $25 fee collected day of program – covers materials. Limited to 20 participants. RSVP  to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.Deepen your understanding of a primary artist’s tool – your paint. In this workshop we’ll explore characteristics and history of pigments, while learning to make watercolor paint through a process called “mulling”. You’ll walk away with some interesting art history tidbits, a better understanding of how paints are made, what’s in them, why some cost more than others, and a set of hand-mulled artist grade paints. Be prepared to get a little messy and have some fun.  We’ll work singly or in pairs, each making a batch of paint. At the end, it’s a “paint swap meet” where we mix and match half pans in tins that you can take with you. Mulling a batch of paint can take 2 hours or more, which also gives us time to swap pigment tales.  Lisa will provide all the materials. You just need to provide some elbow grease and sense of adventure.

Lisa is a communications specialist and soil scientist by trade, but in her heart is an artist. She still considers herself to be a beginner or at least have a “beginner’s mind”, constantly learning and exploring the beauty of the watercolor. She’s fascinated by the magic that happens when paints and water mingle on the paper, capturing the kaleidoscope of nature’s colors and light in a way other mediums can’t. Plein air offers a way of just “being” with nature that is irresistible to a person who chose a career in soils and forestry in order to work outside. Her curiosity was piqued a couple years ago upon learning the pigment supply for quinacridone gold simply ran out.  Her art journey detoured into pigment history, learning to make paint, and deepening her understanding of pigments, paints, and color theory, thus meshing her two passions, science and art.  

 



Bonnie Griffith: Altered Paint Brushes – Good Brushes Gone Bad!

LOCATION: TBD
September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

NOTE: $25 fee collected day of program – covers materials. Limited to 20 participants. Bring an apron/painting shirt and latex/nitrile gloves. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.   

Come have some fun and learn how to create a basic altered paint brush, turning it into a self-portrait or whimsical character.  Using old (or new) 2-, 3- or 4-inch wide paint brushes, acrylic paints will be applied to the handle and bristles to create these fun pieces of art. Let your imagination be your guide as you take the first steps into this endless art form.  Some basic embellishments will be available to enhance your brush face.  The brushes provided will be gessoed and ready to paint.

Bonnie’s love of the landscape prompts her to paint it, and she look for a story to tell when she paints. Her goal is to create art into which the viewer can step into, finding and experiencing their own story.  If that happens, then she has done her job. Although she works out of my Crooked Creek Art Studio in southwestern Idaho, plein air painting leads her across the western US.  These journeys also allow her to share her knowledge of pastel and multimedia in workshops, offered both on location and in her studio. For more info about Griffith and her work, please see the following sites:  www.bonniegriffith.com, Instagram: @Bonniezahngriffith and Facebook: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist.