2022 Workshops

Location:  Trinity High School, 810 Empire Rd., Dickinson, ND 58601

Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dates:  ????

Contact:  Jan Stromsborg 


This workshop shows students how to make a charcoal pour, and then add any simple subject as the center of interest after the beginning process has dried.  This process is so fun!  We actually will be throwing a bucket of water on the charcoal powdered surface.  (Outside, of course!)  Then we will paint the subject, using watercolor, and adding collage, creating a textural masterpiece!  Students may pick whatever subject they prefer (White birds or White flowers don’t work well for this). Karen will demonstrate a crow or a cardinal, but Florals also work well, using the charcoal underpainting as our start. Day 3 will be Painting Landscapes with a charcoal pour beginning.  The charcoal makes great markings on the trees. The first day, we will learn how to do wire drawings while the charcoal pours are drying. These are drawings that look like wire sculptures, and are done using permanent markers.  Karen says,“It is truly the best thing that I’ve ever learned and will take your paintings to the next level!”  If you struggle with drawing, you actually will do better than other accomplished artists, because wrong lines are good!  Karen believes that painting should be fun, and gives lots of individual help.  

Location: Home Studio
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Little Abbeys is Karen’s nickname for little abstracts, size 5” x 7” or 7” x 10”.   Karen will show you how to keep it simple.  These watercolor and collage paintings are so much fun to do!  Students will learn how easy it is to loosen up and how to develop good painting habits.  Often, these paintings are used for studies for larger paintings.    Karen demonstrates how to apply watercolor and then add collage to enhance the textures.  Students will learn lessons about color and for the crowning glory, they will add metallic accents to their paintings! Get ready to break loose and break some rules!

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