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 – Tuesday, September 14 thru Thursday, September 16 / 9:30 AM to 4 PM
COST: $300 / Minimum of 5 – Maximum of 25 / All ability levels
The suggest but not required supply list for workshop is here. Bring what you use normally.
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! you’ll learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting with exciting exercises and full step-by-step projects utilizing the latest techniques and hacks, plus 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. This watercolor and brusho painting workshop will exceed your expectations. All you need to do is sign up, show up, and ready, paint, go!
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 our life’s journey.” He has assembled in his nearly 62 years, some of life’s greatest lessons working as a professional figure skater, graphic artist, fine artist, singer/songwriter/musician, published photographer, dancer, instructor, and entrepreneur. He is a juried member of both the WSO (Watercolor Society of Oregon) and the Oregon society of Artists (OSA) has had numerous one-man exhibits, and his work has been featured in some of the finest Art/Painting magazines in the world including “Watercolor Artist”, “Les Pratique Des Arts”, and the “New Palette” magazine! Ward has three feature Instructional DVDs/Videos, titled “Brusho and Beyond”, as well as numerous highly-viewed YouTube videos!
Ward is the winner of the Escalante Canyons Arts Festival People’s Choice Award 2019!
Visit Ward’s website to see more of his work here.
Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, September 19; 9 AM to 3 PM – LOCATION: TBD COST: $165 / Minimum of 6 – Maximum of 15 / All ability levels
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.
Tuesday, September 14 to Thursday September 16; 9 AM to 5 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.
Wednesday, September 15; 9 AM to 4 PM – LOCATION: TBD
Thursday, September 16; 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.
Friday, September 17; 10 AM to 4 PM – LOCATION: TBD / COST: $125 / Minimum of 5 – Maximum of 15 / All ability levels
All materials included (18”x24” canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, and non-traditional painting materials)
Come with an open mind and heart! If you can hold a brush and pick a color of paint, put it on a prepared surface…you got it!
Warm up and paint like you never have before with tools you have never used before. Paint intuitively, capturing feeling, space, and emotion in your work. Immerse yourself in the creative process and find that flow where you lose track of time and space.
This Intuitive Painting Workshop encourages each individual to explore their personal journey and creative process, while experimenting with paint, color, texture, mark making, movement, using traditional and non-traditional painting tools. Participants are inspired to discover their own visual voice without a structured step by step technique. Make images, make no images, explore with the paint in many unexpected ways. Experimentation can help develop the confidence to feel the freedom from within, and then paint outside and express the freedom that nature offers.
The intuitive experience can be a tool to find inner expression and allow oneself to let go, become free from preconceived ideas or expectations, a time to slow down and explore the creative side of ourselves with a non-judgmental approach.
Plein air painters may take what they have learned through this process by applying new ways of enhancing their painting experience. The goal is to paint with a new sense of freedom.
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.
LOCATION: Meet on first morning at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center Conference Room.
Monday, September 20 – Tuesday, 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. To learn a bit about this technique, check out this video.
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.