Ward Jene Stroud Workshop: Ready, Paint, Go!

LOCATION:  115 West Main Street (corner of 100 West and Main Street) – Big Orange Barn

Three days of instruction prior to festival plein air competition –  Wednesday, September 18 thru Friday, September 20 / 9 AM to 4 PM

COST: $250 / Minimum of 8 – Maximum of 22 / All ability levels 

The supply list for workshop is here.  

I’ve been watching Ward’s Youtube videos and I was so excited when I saw that he was coming to Cheap Joes. He is an absolutely amazing teacher and person. I came from California to share this experience with him and he far exceeded my expectations. This was SO much fun!!! – 2018 Cheap Joe’s Workshop participant 

In Ward Jene Stroud: Ready-Paint-Go! Not only will  you learn Ward’s internationally acclaimed techniques for using the exciting Brusho Crystal Powdered Paint, you’ll learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting with exciting exercises and full step-by-step projects utilizing the latest techniques and hacks. Learn new ways to shake up and incorporate new ideas and life into your current masterpieces. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, if you paint tight or loose, photo realistic or abstract, there is something for everyone and every style. Ward’s open and sharing personality is infectious and you’ll benefit not only from group talks and projects, but also demos, activities, and tons of one-on-one time with this energetic teacher. Ward believes that it’s important not only to share amazing skills and ideas with you, but it’s even more important to inspire! His mission is to make sure you learn and have fun in a safe creative environment.

Ward is one of America’s most diversified and fresh new faces in the watercolor community. In 2018 Ward was featured in the French art magazine Les Pratique Des Arts, and in the prestigious Watercolor Artist and Palette magazines. Ward believes “Who we are and everything that we do and create in every moment of our lives is a culmination of what we have learned, done, and experienced on life’s journey.” This award-winning artist has assembled some of life’s greatest lessons working as a professional figure skater, choreographer and coach, graphic artist, fine artist, singer/songwriter/musician, published photographer, dancer, art instructor, and entrepreneur.  Ward has had numerous solo exhibits, and his work has been featured in national and international publications. He has also produced the instructional DVD series “Brusho and Beyond” and has a popular and highly viewed YouTube channel www.YouTube/wardstroud.

Visit Ward’s website to see more of his work here.


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Michael J. Keyes Workshops: Portable Print Shop – Serious Woodcut Prints

September 18 (full details)

September 19 (full details)

Wednesday, September 18; 9 AM to 4 PM  – LOCATION:  Escalante Community Center Basement


Thursday, September 19; 9 AM to 4 PM – LOCATION:  Escalante Visitor Center Conference Room

COST: $100 includes supplies / Minimum of 4 – Maximum of 10 / All ability levels 

I have been in several Michael Keyes’ woodcut block printing and drawing classes for at least two years. Michael is a patient and inspiring teacher, very easy to get along, knows his materials. His classes are serious fun. They bring out the best in his students. And Michael’s art is so well done and expressive – it’s just a pleasure to be with it. – recent workshop participant

Goal: for participants to produce an edition of 5 black and white fine-art woodcut prints from their sketch or drawing. 

Instruction: Participants will be introduced to wood and paper types, carving tools, inks, brayers, and printing tools used in making woodcut prints.  We will discuss how to store and safely transport paper, ink, tools, and equipment so that they can set up shop in an outside location temporarily, in order to make woodcut prints “en plein air” (weather-dependent).  This workshop will be held indoors.

Along the way, we will discuss sharpening and honing carving tools, the effects of hardness and porosity of wood, mixing oil-based ink to proper consistency, proper application of ink to the woodblock, hand-printing techniques to achieve desired results, and techniques to repair mistakes.  We will also briefly discuss multi-block color prints, and color/reduction woodcut prints. 

Participants must bring a sketch or drawing as a reference for the woodcut print to be produced.  

Woodblocks, ink, paper, and accessories are included in the fee and carving tools will be provided for use. Instructor will have additional woodblocks and sheets of paper available for sale.

Michael Keyes is a painter and woodcut printmaker and received his BFA Degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and an MFA from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  His areas of specialty are drawing, painting, and printmaking. 

He enjoys the tactile sensation of carving blocks of wood, developing the dramatic starkness of imagery in prints made from them. The woodcut prints range from-black-and-white, colored multi-block, or hand-colored prints. The subject matter of the prints includes landscapes, rural and urban scenes and events, and domestic life scenes.

He is a member of Park Hill Art Club, Aurora Artists Guild, Art Students League of Denver, and Red Delicious Press, and volunteers at the children’s after school art program at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts).  He has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions in the greater Denver area, as well as having several one-person exhibitions.

Visit Michael’s website to see more of his work here.


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Peggy Immel Workshop: PLEIN AIR with Peggy Immel-Developing a Roadmap for Success

LOCATION:  Meet on Escalante Visitor Center patio at 8:00 AM both mornings before heading into field 

Two days of instruction prior to festival plein air competition –  Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 

COST: $250 / Minimum of 5 – Maximum of 12 / All ability levels 

The supply list for workshop is here.  

Just want to say again how much I enjoyed the workshop…and how much I feel I’ve learned from you. All the way home I was feeling elated ….” – recent workshop participant

Peggy believes planning and practice bring success. In this two-day plein air workshop she will share her process when painting outdoors on location. Each day will start with a demonstration where she will explain her goals for the painting and the steps she is taking to meet those goals throughout the painting process. Topics will include how to decide what to paint; how to quickly plan a painting; how to create compositions with impact; what to consider when planning value patterns; understanding color harmony and relative color temperature; brushwork; and developing your own personal approach and style. Peggy will also share her thoughts about participating in plein air events and planning your own successful painting strategies in them.

Each day, after Peggy’s demonstration, participants will complete their own paintings following the principles covered in the demo. Every participant will receive individual guidance and critique from Peggy throughout the day as they paint.

“The very best part of teaching a workshop is seeing a fellow artist’s AH HA moment.” – Peggy Immel

Peggy is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, and a Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Her background includes architectural studies at Arizona State University and classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, the DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.

Featured in major publications and included in national exhibitions, Peggy’s paintings have been recognized with numerous awards including four Best of Shows. Her most recent are an Award of Excellence for “Flower Dance” at the 2018 Plein Air for the Park event in Grand Teton National Park, WY, and a Best of Signature Members Award for “Furrows” at the 22nd Plein Air Artists Colorado 2018 National Juried Exhibition.

Peggys work can be seen at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM and Sorrel Sky Gallery Durango, CO, and Santa Fe, NM.

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


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Lyn Boyer Workshop: No Fear Oil Painting

LOCATION:  Day 1: Escalante Interagency Visitor Conference Room/Day 2: in field

Two days of instruction prior to festival plein air competition – Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 / 9 AM to 5 PM

COST: $375 / Minimum 8 Maximum of 15 / Intermediate and advanced students though beginners with at least one year painting experience are welcome.

Workshop supply list is here.  

Lyn Boyer’s oil painting workshop was outstanding. I learned more in her 3-day class than in the many other workshops that I have taken. She made clear how to make decisions, especially those about format and design. She taught a sequence of logical steps for “no fear” oil painting. She asked students to identify their main challenge that she then specifically addressed as she helped each student individually. All students received equal individual attention because she used a timer as she went from easel to easel. I highly recommend this workshop for both accomplished and aspiring artists. – recent workshop participant

In ‘No Fear Oil Painting’ we’ll learn how refining our skills actually helps us begin to be able to paint with abandon! Bring new energy to your plein air and studio work and have fun doing it while we explore the important skills required for brush handling, color choice and mixing and the crown jewel – edges!  I’m hoping this will fire up your curiosity and give you new tools for digging deeper as we…

1. Discover the beauty in your brushes by choosing your tools and controlling them masterfully, bringing new energy to your paintings through creative brush handling.

2. See color and paint color by unraveling the world of color and light, properties of pigments and pigment choices, while using both a limited and expanded palette. Foolproof color mixing and the nuances of grays will also be covered.

3. Master edges, that final touch, by understanding the paint application necessary for a higher skill level of edge control. Identify the how, when and where of edges, using them artfully to bring that final sense of freedom and nuance to your paintings.

Day one will be fully inside. Day two will be outside weather permitting.  Students are welcome to email Lyn directly with any questions.

Carrying on the great traditions of representational oil painting and passing that torch to her students are Lyn’s two great passions. She is an award winning plein air and studio oil painter with works in private collections across the United States. After studying in Melbourne, Australia, Lyn spent 25 years as an American illustrator and painter, garnering awards from the Oil Painters of America, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art,
the Society of Illustrators, the Art Directors Club, the Illustrators Workshops, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts among others. Lyn uses the focus, energy and ability to respond in the moment required of plein air painting not only in the field but also to inform and bring life to her studio work. Lyn’s devotion to plein air painting takes her on the road for more than half the year before returning to her studio in Durango, Colorado
for the winter.

Visit Lyn’s website to see more of her work here


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Nancy Seiler Workshop: Nature Journaling Through Close Observation

LOCATION:  Meet on first morning at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Conference Room.

Sunday, September 22 thru Tuesday, September 24 / 10 AM – 3 PM

COST: $295 includes supplies* / Minimum of 12 – Maximum of 20 / All ability levels

Nancy has great talent, and she shares this with students. Her handouts are helpful and easy to follow. She’s always encouraging and available to give assistance. She is very fun to be around. This was a great course, and it can carry over into our daily lives. – recent workshop participant

Join Nancy Seiler for three different sessions of in-depth nature journaling in canyon country. Day one will be spent event mapping (slow saunter and in-place drawing and journaling). Day two will focus on drawing plants in a step-by-step process so as not to overwhelm. On day three, learn how to capture a landscape in your journal with small sketches that can be completed in a short amount of time. We’ll work in pencil, waterproof pen and watercolor. *Please bring a journal with thicker paper that accepts watercolor (I suggest Moleskine Watercolor Notebook, size 5” x 8.25” or similar).  Also remember to bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, something to sit on like a Crazy Creek chair or stool, hat, sunglasses, etc. Dress for the weather!

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 lectures, demonstrations and workshops in acrylics, watercolors, and oils in Southern California and Montana. She has also taught classical botanical illustration and nature journaling since 2003. Seiler has exhibited her acrylic paintings and botanical illustrations since 2002. In the summer of 2014, she co-owned a successful pop-up gallery in Bigfork, Montana. Her work is now represented by Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, Montana and 709 Gallery in Missoula, Montana.

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


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