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Carol Bold: Reduction Linocut

September 13 @ 9:00 am (full details)

Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 – 9 AM to 4 PM

COST: $250 includes supplies / Beginner to Intermediate / Minimum of 4 – Maximum of 8

In this two-day workshop Carol will show you how to design, carve and print a multi-layered reduction print. She will guide you through how to design and prepare your image for the reduction process. You will learn how to transfer your design and techniques for proper linoleum block carving. And finally, you will learn registration methods for lining up each print and tips for effective inking and hand printing.

Over the course of the two-day workshop, participants will create at least one small edition of 3-layer reduction prints and gain knowledge and experience to create their own new works at home.

The fee covers needed materials, but please bring a sketchbook, some simple design ideas, and plenty of enthusiasm.

Carol Bold is a painter and printmaker based out of St George, UT. She has exhibited her work in numerous shows and galleries throughout Southern Utah, California, Nevada and Maryland, and has received continued recognition and awards for her work throughout the Southwest. In 2015, she received Best of Show at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival in the Oil/Acrylic category. When not in her studio, Carol spends her time hiking, exploring, camping with her family and drawing inspiration from the vast and beautiful landscape that surrounds her. To see more of Carol’s work, please visit her website.


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Sue Tyler: Make It Wild in Mixed Media

LOCATION: Escalante Town Park Pavilion
September 15 @ 9:00 am (full details)

September 16 @ 9:00 am (full details)

Thursday, September 15, 9 AM to 3 PM and Friday, September 16, 9 AM to noon – COST: $160  /  Minimum of 5 – Maximum of 12 / All ability levels / Supply list

Experience creating beautiful, unique landscapes in mixed media with artist Sue Tyler as your guide. Sue demonstrates ways to use acrylics and other water-based products in order to design an expressive, colorful landscape on wood blocks. Students first observe and explore basic forms of the landscape through drawing exercises. Students then prepare the wood surface and layer transparent fluid acrylic colors and other products to create a unique landscape. Sue encourages experimentation and careful thought to encourage a loose, abstract style. Whether painting “plein air” or in the studio, students can gain a new perspective.  Come and join the fun.

This creative approach aims to energize each student’s style, regardless of ability level. The amazing results are the bonus.

Day 2 is a half day that allows students to finish pieces and have an informal critique session. Students will finish at least 2 paintings during the entire session.


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Sue Tyler draws inspiration from images of the West. An Idaho native, Sue has lived, painted and taught in the shadows of the Teton mountains for four decades. Her art seeks to share the spirit of the land, in its varied seasons, forms, colors and patterns. She continually seeks the magic of a place and how the experience of interaction with place becomes a personal statement. A respected and dedicated teacher-artist for over 25 years, Sue is known for her expressive watercolors, acrylics (plein air and studio ), and mixed media work. Subject matter is a starting point for exploration of elements of line, space, texture, color to make a greater statement about the subject, or experience of the encounter with the subject. In 2013 Sue left her teaching career to paint full time. As Sue continues to paint throughout the West, she has won several event competitions for her work, an artist residency in Alaska, and selections in national juried shows.

For more info about Sue and her work, please see the following: Website.


Bonnie Griffith: Plein Air Primer

LOCATION: Meet at Escalante Town Park Pavilion

Saturday, September 17 to Sunday, September 18; 9 AM to 3 PM – COST: $165  /  Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 15 / All ability levels 

Learn the basics or enhance your skills for  stress-free Plein Air painting adventures.  From packing of supplies to setup and continuing to the basics for a successful painting, participants will gain insight into the (sometime daunting) process of Plein Air painting.  Learn what Bonnie has found to create successful paintings in the medium of your choice.  It’s all about the basics: choosing a location, thumbnail and Notan sketches, composition, and more. The workshop aims to make the plein air experience fun and accommodating to participants’ physical needs.  Daily demos, notes and reference material will be provided. 
The first day of the workshop will be at Escalante State Park and the second will be along Smoky Mountain Road (Alvey Wash area) to give you options of painting water, cliffs, roads and rocks.  An optional 3rd day will be offered for an additional fee ($75) if there is enough interest, to be determined once workshop convenes.  A half hour break will be taken for a lunch, so bring your bring a lunch and water.
Supply list:  A palette and medium of your choice (oils, pastels, etc.), sketchbook, 3 values of markers for value sketches, paper towels, bag for garbage, easel set up, apron, latex or nitrile disposable gloves, portable small camp table and/or chair/stool (if you like to sit while working).  If you need help in selecting tools and supplies to bring, please email Bonnie:


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Bonnie Griffith is an artist of the western landscape, working in oils and pastels. The rich pigments of pastel and oil allows her to create paintings that have the brilliance and the bold color we see in the West giving her unlimited options to create the images representational of the colors, depth and texture inherent in this physical earth.

Griffith’s love of the landscape prompts her to paint it and look for a story to tell. Her goal is to create a work the viewer can “step into” and experience their own story. Griffith has studied with great instructors like Lorenzo Chavez, Ned Mueller, Elizabeth Mowry and other contemporary landscape artists. She is a signature artist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society. Working out of her Crooked Creek Art Studio in southwestern Idaho and painting plein air throughout the western US she teaches workshops in plein air painting, pastels and multimedia techniques.


For more info about Griffith and her work, please see the following sites:, Instagram: @Bonniezahngriffith and Facebook: Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist.

Margie Lopez Read: Knowing Escalante Patterns

LOCATION: Grand Staircase Escalante Partners Office

Monday, September 19 to Tuesday, September 20; 10 AM to noon  –  COST: $125 includes supplies /  Maximum of 15 / All ability levels and ages

With this workshop we will explore the value of ‘knowing’ your subject matter as a means to improve the quality of your art. This includes involving more than visual observation of the subject, and needs to include all your senses – touch, smell, and an understanding of how the subject came to look as it does.

OPTIONAL: The afternoon of the first day is time that can be used to explore outdoors and search for different objects in Escalante. Look for similar types of patterns, even if they are very different things. Example: Bilateral symmetry in animals and also plants. Sketch or paint your discoveries. We can do this together as a group, or explore individually, as desired.

On the second morning we will compare everybody’s findings as sketched (or painted) and talk about findings.

The goal of this workshop is not to send you home with a nice painting. Rather, the intent is to provide you with a greater understanding of what you are seeing so that you can push the pigments around canvas or paper accordingly.

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Margie Lopez Read is a retired scientist and a self-built artist specializing in oil and pastel media, both studio and plein air. She uses art to generate funds for non-profit organizations through a project she calls ‘Donation Art’. She is a firm believer that everybody can make art and promotes the value of individuals finding their own measures of artistic success.

Yet, Margie has been in a number of exhibits and shows, juried and open, and has won awards at times. In 2014 she was selected for an Artist Residency (the first!) at Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area in Oregon. This video link shows some of her happiest moments teaching visitors about plein air on the trails at the Cape.

She recently has begun to conduct some free art workshops on “Patterns In Nature” which explores the beautiful designs that nature creates following basic laws of physics and species survival.

For more info about Read and her work, please see the following sites: and Facebook: Donation Art.

Sue Martin: Simplifying Nature in Oil and Cold Wax

LOCATION: Escalante Heritage Center
September 21 @ 9:00 am (full details)

September 22 @ 9:00 am (full details)

Wednesday, September 21 (9 AM to 4 PM) and Thursday, September 22 (9 AM to noon) – COST: $200 /  Maximum of 10; Minimum of 4 / All ability levels

Sue will help you see the landscape as overlapping shapes, values, patterns, and color. After identifying the essence of the scene before you, she will show you how to build up layers of oil paint and cold wax medium using credit cards, silicon tools, or bowl scrapers. Through layering and scraping into layers, you’ll create depth, patterns, texture, and color that expresses your unique impression of the landscape. You’ll experience the joys (and the pitfalls) of using oil and cold wax outdoors. You’ll leave with valuable tips for using this medium in the studio, and protecting finished paintings.

NOTE: Cold wax included; participants need to bring oil paint, 2-3 gessoed panels, old credit cards, silicon tools, or bowl scrapers to paint with (no brushes).

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Sue Martin’s art “career” was interrupted by 25 years of working full time and raising a family, but when, in 1998, she took her first drawing class at the University of Utah, she was hooked again. One class led to another. Workshops with some of the best artists in the U.S. encouraged her to take more. Finally, in 2009, Sue enrolled in the BFA program at the University of Utah and earned her degree in 2013. She also holds BA and MA degrees in Theatre from American University. Sue shares a studio in downtown Salt Lake City where she paints and teaches workshops.

Over the past 24 years, Sue has worked with watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, and oils. Currently, her favorite medium is oil combined with cold wax medium. Her painting process allows her to play with layers of shapes, color, line, texture and other design elements while capturing the essence of her subject, whether landscape, still life, or figure. Sue looks forward to spring when nature beckons, “Come paint me.” She finds instruction and inspiration in nature’s land forms, color relationships, and patterns.

For more info about Martin and her work, please see the following sites: and @suemartinartist.