Allen Brockbank Workshop: Developing Fresh Eyes

September 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am (full details)

Monday, September 14 to Wednesday September 16; 9 AM to 4 PM  – LOCATION:  TBD

COST: $300  / supplies TBD / Minimum of 3 – Maximum of 14 / All ability levels 

The most important quality to improve your work is to see with fresh eyes.  Whether that is to see your work differently, notice new things about the landscape, or expand the things you want to say with your work, seeing with fresh eyes will keep your work progressing whereever you happen to be in your development. 

This course will help find ways to cultivate a different way of seeing.  Each day of the course will include a short lecture, a demonstration, individualized instruction en plein air (weather permitting), and critiques.

Allen earned a fine arts degree from Brigham Young University where he met his wife Janice.  They settled in Centerville, Utah where Allen began his career in commercial art and computer game design.  Over the next twenty years, Allen refined his artistic skills in the digital world developing video games with fine companies like Disney, Microsoft, and Take Two.  It was during this time that Allen discovered the joys and challenges of landscape painting right in his backyard.  Utah is a painter’s paradise and a “university” for teaching the plein air artist.  He believes that painting on location and in the studio are complimentary pursuits, one building upon the other.

See more of Allen’s work here.

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

September 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am (full details)

September 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am (full details)

Wednesday, September 16; 9 AM to 4 PM  – LOCATION:  TBD


Thursday, September 17; 9 AM to 4 PM – LOCATION:  TBD

COST: $110 includes supplies / Minimum of 6 – 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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Nancy Seiler Workshop: Nature Journaling – Watercolor Landscapes on Textured Acrylic Surfaces

September 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am (full details)

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

Sunday, September 20 – Monday, September 21 / 10 AM – 4 PM

COST: $185  – some supplies included  / Minimum of 8 – Maximum of 18 / All ability levels



In this two-day outdoor workshop the focus will be on interpreting color and value while painting on watercolor paper. You’ll learn how to add texture to your nature journals by prepping this watercolor paper with a variety of acrylic grounds, pastes and grits. These surfaces can be tinted with acrylic pigments and carved into (sgraffito) while wet to capture the texture of the landscape. After surfaces dry, watercolor is then applied resulting in fascinating effects.

Please bring mechanical pencil, Pigma Micron black pen, size .01, watercolors, brushes, a nature journal such as Moleskine Watercolor Notebook

, size 5” x 8.25”. Nancy will provide some watercolors, all acrylic pigments and grounds and loose watercolor paper.

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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