Workshops

Below is a list of our current workshops. To register, click “register now” below each listing.
Please review our registration policy prior to registering.
For a list of classes, click here
 

WW-15-18 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

JE Family Fun 1

 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm | July 19, 2018 | 1 session

$25 per person

Price: $25.00

Date: July 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

DH-03-18 Create A Mosaic Stepping Stone with Dave Hanson

CREATE A MOSAIC STEPPING STONE with Dave Hanson

In this beginner-friendly workshop, students will design and create a unique mosaic garden paver using a variety of vibrant Mexican tiles.  The instructor will cover design and technique, using basic tools -- primarily tile nippers --to give the pieces a handmade feel that really celebrates the beauty of the tile.  Each student will have access to a wide range of materials and 12x12-inch square concrete stepping stones.  On Day One students will have time to mosaic their pieces, and then finish and grout them on Day Two.

$20 Materials Fee

 

All Levels

August 4 & 11, 2018  | 2 sessions | $140 | $20 materials fee paid directly to instructor
Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday | August 11, 2018 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Price: $140.00

Date: August 4, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

JKM-11-18 Making Faces with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

MAKING FACES - A CERAMIC SCULPTURAL WORKSHOP with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

This workshop will deliver a fun, hands-on exploration of faces (human or animal) and be as representational or as “fantastic” as you like!  The first day of class will be spent working in wet clay. The instructor will discuss basic anatomy and proportions and demonstrate slab building and modeling techniques. The pieces will then be bisque fired and students will return for a second day to apply the final surface color. Underglazes will be used as stains and washes similar to watercolor. The final works of art will be glaze fired and ready for pick up after the workshop.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel is an Arizona artist known for her narrative ceramic figure sculptures. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art from Arizona State University and a master's degree in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications.

All Levels

Saturdays, August 11 & 25, 2018
August 11: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  August 25: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2 sessions
$140 plus $25 materials fee (includes clay, glazes, firing)

Price: $140.00

Date: August 11, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

WW-16-18 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

JE Family Fun 1

 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month students will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  John will teach the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm | August 16, 2018 | 1 session

$25 per person

Price: $25.00

Date: August 16, 2018

Available Spaces: 9

BF-18-18 Encaustic for Beginners with Bela Fidel

ENCAUSTIC FOR BEGINNERS with Bela Fidel

In this two-day workshop students will become acquainted with the inherent luminosity of encaustic and the beauty of its layers, additions, subtractions and heat manipulation for special effects.

The curriculum includes:

Safety | Equipment and materials | Starting a painting from scratch | Learning to use the heat gun for maximum effectiveness | Collage |  Stencils | Stamps | Lines and Grooves | and more!

Techniques will be taught on the first day by demonstration by instructor and subsequent practice by student. On the second day students will be able to create their own original work in encaustics using the above techniques.

Thursday & Friday  |  10:00am - 4:00pm

August 30 & 31, 2018  |  2 days 

$210, plus $40 materials fee paid to the instructor on first day.

Price: $210.00

Date: August 30, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

DM-02-18 Photographic Processes with David Miller

   

PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES with David Miller 

This Photographic Processes workshop will cover four methods of transferring your photographic images onto a variety of surfaces, including watercolor paper and ceramic tile, to create a one-of-a-kind work of art with a beautiful weathered look that can be left on its own or turned into part of your mixed-media art projects.  Materials provided with a $25 supply fee.

Saturday September 1, 2018| 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | 1 Session

Workshop Fee: $70

Materials Fee: $25 paid to instructor 

 

Price: $70.00

Date: September 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 7

MK-08-18 Intro to Asian Brush Painting Featuring Wisteria with Martha Klare

INTRO TO ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING FEATURING WISTERIA with Martha Klare

Come relax and learn to paint the colorful wisteria with an Asian flair. Using traditional brush painting paper and brushes we will explore some of the fundamental techniques and principles relating to the wisteria and other subject matter. You will also see how the power of “being in the present” relates to your strokes. Each piece of work you create is a reflection of your unique ch’i (energy, spirit) in that moment of time and can never be repeated.   This is a fun way to learn about this unique art form and enhance your ability to “let go” at the same time.

Learning will be from demonstrations, assistance, and creating your take home pieces.

Martha began brush painting over 25 years ago.   She has had the opportunity to study under several brush painters of distinction in various parts of the US as well as China.   Her work has been sold internationally by several publishers as posters, framed images, greeting cards, and other.

A $15 materials fee includes materials for the workshop, such as brushes, ink and paper.

Note: Ink does not wash out.  Dress accordingly.

All Levels

September 8, 2018  |  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   |  $70, plus a $15 materials fee payable directly to the instructor on the first day of class.

 

 

Price: $70.00

Date: September 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

WW-17-18 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

JE Family Fun 1

 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm | September 13, 2018 | 1 session

$25 per person

Price: $25.00

Date: September 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 17

JGP-24 Introduction to Oil Painting with Julie Gilbert Pollard

If you have wanted to try out oil painting before investing in the supplies, this is the workshop for you! All paint, brushes and one small canvas, plus a few miscellaneous necessary painting supplies will be furnished for the day of the workshop*.  You will need to bring minimal supplies such as paper towels, apron, etc.  A list of supplies will be available upon registration.

Get your feet wet with a simple landscape using one of the methods featured in Julie’s most recent book Discover Oil Painting. 

There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!

All Levels
Saturdays | September 22 & 29, 2018 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | 2 sessions

$210.  *No need to invest in oil painting supplies! Supplies for the day are available for a $15 fee

 

Price: $210.00

Date: September 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

MK-09-18 Pumpkins with Attitude - Asian Brush Painting with Martha Klare

PUMPKINS WITH ATTITUDE - ASIAN BRUSH PAINTING with Martha Klare

Cool fall weather brings festivities, fun, playfulness and PUMPKINS!

Release your cool weather energy as you learn to paint gnarly pumpkins with Asian flair. Using Asian style paper and brushes we will explore some of the fundamental techniques and principles of Brush Painting.   You will experience how your unique ch’i (energy, spirit) of the moment is reflected in each piece you create with this style of painting. Join us …..and bring a fall fun attitude!

About the instructor: Martha began brush painting over 25 years ago.   She has had the opportunity to study under several brush painters of distinction in various parts of the US as well as China.   Her work has been sold internationally by several publishers as posters, framed images, greeting cards, and other.

A $20 materials fee includes materials for the workshop, such as brushes, ink and paper.

Note: Ink does not wash out.  Dress accordingly.

All Levels

October 6, 2018  |  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   |  $70, plus a $20 materials fee payable directly to the instructor on the first day of class.

 

 

Price: $70.00

Date: October 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

JKM-12-18 Day of the Dead Skulls - Ceramic Workshop with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

DAY OF THE DEAD SKULLS - CERAMIC WORKSHOP with Jane Kelsey-Mapel

Dia De Los Muertos (in English, Day of the Dead) is a joyous Mexican holiday when families come together to remember and celebrate their deceased loved ones. Following in this tradition, participants will create colorful ceramic skulls inspired by the sugar skulls made for Day of the Dead celebrations. The first day of the workshop will be spent working in wet clay. Jane will discuss the basic structure of the head and will demonstrate hand building and decorating techniques. The skulls will be bisque fired and students will return for a half day class to apply the final surface color. The pieces will be glaze fired and ready for pick up after the workshop.

Jane Kelsey-Mapel creates narrative ceramic figure sculpture. She holds a B.A. degree in Art from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of North Texas. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in U.S. and international publications.

All Levels

Saturdays, October 13 & 20, 2018
October 13: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  October 20: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2 sessions
$140. plus $25 materials fee (includes clay, glazes, firing)

Price: $140.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 9

WW-18-18 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

JE Family Fun 1

 Wine and Watercolor with John Erwin

Join us for a fun night of watercolor painting with John Erwin.  Be surprised what you can learn in just a few creative hours.  Enjoy a lighthearted atmosphere while learning something new. You will leave with a beautiful completed painting.

Each month you will be introduced to the techniques of watercolor painting.  Learn the basics as well as some advanced techniques of watercolor painting during this fun-filled event.  All supplies will be provided.  Only a  willingness to try something new is required.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  Space is limited so reserve your spot now for this month's Wine and Watercolor at the Shemer!

All Levels
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm | October 18, 2018 | 1 session

$25 per person

Price: $25.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Available Spaces: 17

PW-01-18 Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement with Ping Wei

 

IKEBANA: JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT with Ping Wei 

During this workshop, offered by international Ikebana artist Ping Wei, students will learn the art of Japanese flower arranging, where the process is as important as the resulting arrangement.  In Ikebana, the learning does not come from merely memorizing the basics, but also from the process where students begin to attune to their inner selves, to the flowers and branches they are touching, to the surroundings that envelope them, and by extension to the world in which they exist.

During this relaxing workshop students will feel their creativity blossom. Class will begin with Ping providing a verbal history of the art of Ikebana. He will discuss that the art form takes root in the concept of simplicity, and that there is an emphasis on lines and the use of space. After a demonstration by Ping, students will make their own, original Ikebana arrangement. The workshop will conclude with a thoughtful critique of each student’s arrangement.

Participants are asked to bring their own small or medium-sized vase or vessel for their design.

Ping Wei started his Sogetsu Ikebana study in 2003 under Yukiko Kimoto sensei in Phoenix. His current teacher’s ranking is first grade Somu. He travels to Japan to further his studies at Sogetsu headquarters in Tokyo, and also attends Sogetsu Ikebana master teacher’s workshops in the United States yearly.

 

 

 

 

All Levels

Saturday  |  12:00 pm - 2:00pm

October 27, 2018

$50, plus $20 materials fee

Price: $50.00

Date: October 27, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

BF-19-18 Encaustic Mixed Media with Bela Fidel

ENCAUSTIC MIXED MEDIA with Bela Fidel

In this 1-day workshop Bela brings her experience with many textural techniques incorporating art- and non-art-related materials. You will learn how they can be used with Encaustics, thus greatly enhancing the use of this fascinating medium.

You will be guided to express your interest in texture and varied materials by combining them and learning how each one of them expresses itself in your Encaustic work.

This class will expand your creative horizons and give you new ideas and possibilities in your work with Encaustic and other mediums.

Prior experience with Encaustics is a plus.

Friday  |  10:00am - 4:00pm

November 2, 2018  

$105, plus $40 materials fee paid to the instructor on first day.

Price: $105.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

SO-01-18 The Art of Zentangle with Suzanne O'Malley

The Art of Zentangle with Suzanne O'Malley

The meditative art of Zentangle will be explored in this 1-day Saturday workshop. Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art, created through a very specific method, to form structured patterns on a square paper tile. The patterns will unfold before the very eyes of the student as she becomes completely engrossed in “artistic meditation.”

Students will learn, through guided practice, how to develop different “tangles”, which can be expanded upon exponentially. Projects will include quick doodles, as well as more complex designs, that can be incorporated into the personal artwork of the student.

Come escape the world for a while, as you create patterns and designs that you never thought possible!

All Levels

No Materials Fee

November 10, 2018  |  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   

 

 

Price: $70.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 8

CR-01-18 Silk Painting: Line, Shape, and Brilliant Color with Cheri Reckers

 

SILK PAINTING: LINE, SHAPE, AND BRILLIANT COLORS with Cheri Reckers 

Experience the art of silk painting as you create a one-of-a-kind scarf, wall hanging or table runner on 8” x 54” silk habotai. Learn how to use water-based resist to draw on the silk and mix your own custom dye colors. We’ll discuss design placement, color usage and adding texture with salts. The processes of steaming (to set the dye) and washing out the finished pieces will also be covered.

Bring your own simple design or use one of the instructor’s.

No experience is necessary. Just come and have fun!

Cheri Reckers earned her BFA with honors from the Columbus College of Art & Design and has been a professional silk painter for over 28 years. Her award-winning silk paintings and wearable art have been exhibited nationally and internationally and have appeared in numerous publications. Cheri has been honored with the Master Silk Painter designation from Silk Painters International.

All materials are provided.

Note: the dyes will stain your clothing, please dress appropriately.

Materials Fee: $15.

All Levels

December 8, 2018 
1 session
$105 plus $15 materials fee 

Price: $105.00

Date: December 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 10

PW-02-18 Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement with Ping Wei

 

IKEBANA: JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT with Ping Wei 

During this workshop, offered by international Ikebana artist Ping Wei, students will learn the art of Japanese flower arranging, where the process is as important as the resulting arrangement.  In Ikebana, the learning does not come from merely memorizing the basics, but also from the process where students begin to attune to their inner selves, to the flowers and branches they are touching, to the surroundings that envelope them, and by extension to the world in which they exist.

During this relaxing workshop students will feel their creativity blossom. Class will begin with Ping providing a verbal history of the art of Ikebana. He will discuss that the art form takes root in the concept of simplicity, and that there is an emphasis on lines and the use of space. After a demonstration by Ping, students will make their own, original Ikebana arrangement. The workshop will conclude with a thoughtful critique of each student’s arrangement.

Participants are asked to bring their own small or medium-sized vase or vessel for their design.

Ping Wei started his Sogetsu Ikebana study in 2003 under Yukiko Kimoto sensei in Phoenix. His current teacher’s ranking is first grade Somu. He travels to Japan to further his studies at Sogetsu headquarters in Tokyo, and also attends Sogetsu Ikebana master teacher’s workshops in the United States yearly.

 

 

 

 

All Levels

Saturday  |  12:00 pm - 2:00pm

October 27, 2018

$50, plus $20 materials fee

Price: $50.00

Date: January 12, 2019

Available Spaces: 10