2021  Workshops 

Location: The Villages, Florida
Date:  February 15 - 17, 2021
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:  $342 payable to Wanda Boyd
Beverly Hennessy

Beginning with collaging neutral fiber papers onto watercolor paper, the students will add a wire drawing (a drawing that is done with a permanent marker and looks like a wire sculpture). Students will complete the painting using watercolor. The second painting will involve students painting a floral of their choice and adding wire drawing. This is Karen’s very favorite thing to do! When learning to “wire draw”, wrong lines are actually good.

Wire drawing helps you to become a better artist. So, if you struggle with your drawing, this is the class for you! Design tips will be shared, along with color tips. Karen gives lots of individual attention, and believes that painting should be fun and easy.

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Location: Art Center Sarasota
Dates: March 29 - 31 , 2021 (Monday - Wednesday)
Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $325 M | $365 NM

This is a workshop will be a Zoom workshop, so you may work from the comforts of your home.  It will be run similar to the onsite workshop, with a recorded lesson for students to look at their leisure.  This is for the experienced acrylic painter as well as the beginner! Squirting fluid acrylics onto a surface and spreading it with a credit card produces beautiful streaks of color! Karen has experimented with this so much that she has many no fail color formulas to get you off to a great start. Subjects are students choice, but Karen will be demonstrating contemporary figures and animals. Students will get to doodle to our heart’s content in this workshop. Good design will be emphasized and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. Students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy painting tips, including the very popular “Wire Drawing”! This is done using permanent markers and the finished drawing looks like a wire sculpture. This is Karen’s most popular technique and will add the finishing touches on our paintings. We will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s as well as Van Gogh’s paintings!

Space is limited in this workshop. Students who wish to reserve a space in the workshop may do so by paying a non-refundable deposit of $100 or the full fee for the workshop. When the workshop is full we will take a waitlist. Please email Elizabeth Goodwill if you have any questions.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL
Dates: April 16 - 18 , 2021 
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


This workshop is still being discussed.  It may be virtual or it may be like usual, with Covid precautions.  Stay tuned for the decision soon. 

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Date:  May 24 - 27, 2021 (arriving on 5/23/2021and leaving on 5/28)

Contact:  715-588-3143
Hours: 9:00 - 4:00
Location: Dillman's Resort,
                   Lac Du Flambeau, WI

If you are wanting to step out of your box and change traditional subjects to more abstract designs, this is the workshop for you!  The most common subject will be developed into an exciting abstract or semi-abstract design.  All kinds of new media will be introduced.  We get to play!

One day, students will be doing small color studies, using only 3 colors for each study.  This is an amazing practice that produces at least 20 different colors. Many discoveries will be made!  Students are encouraged to start collecting a few examples of their favorite color schemes, so that we can decipher the color formula and replicate it, with the color skills that we will learn.

Good Design is very often overlooked and actually (in Karen's opinion), is the most important concept in your paintings.  There will be fun exercises, including the very popular WIRE DRAWING to create well balanced masterpieces.  (Wire drawing is done using permanent black markers and it looks like a wire sculpture when finished.)  Light pathway and connections will be stressed!  Subjects are students choice, but Karen will be working on figurative paintings.  Karen has easy ways to learn these design skills, so get ready to take your paintings to the next level!

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Gaylene Fortner
Location: Broadus, MT 
Dates: July 1- 3, 2021 (only 2 days, still undecided)
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

First of all, can I say how excited I am to teach in my hometown?  For those who follow me on Facebook, I was raised on a ranch 15 miles outside Broadus, MT and I am thrilled to be coming home to teach there! 

This workshop will begin with loose florals in watercolor.  Karen is anxious to share her new discovery of creating interesting textures, using a toilet paper roll.  Yes, you heard that correctly!  :)  There will be lessons on composing a floral so that it will have good design and stand out from other florals.  

On the second day, students will learn the art of wire drawing. ( I call it wire drawing, because the end product looks like a wire sculpture.  Wire drawing is done using a permanent marker.)  It will benefit all of your other paintings!   If you struggle with your drawing skills, you will actually do better than the more accomplished artist.  Wrong lines are actually good!  We will add watercolor to these drawings also and learn special effects to create texture.  Students may choose their own subject for this.


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Location: Loveland, CO
Dates: July 28 - 30, 2021
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Sylvia Miller and Lisa Grandin Greisen

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Location: Goshen, Indiana
Dates: August 12 - 14, 2021
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact:  Suzan Wilkinson 


This workshop will emphasize color, wire drawing, and good design tips. 

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Location: Home Studio Workshop for the Contemporary Quilting Group
Dates:  (still pending)
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Students will be doing small 6" x 6" color studies, using only 3 colors for each study.  This is an amazing practice that produces at least 20 different colors. Many discoveries will be made!   Design is very often overlooked and actually in Karen's opinion, is the most important concept in your paintings.  Karen has many fun exercises to create well balanced masterpieces and she will teach you tricks for understanding good design in all of your future paintings.  Light pathway and connections will be stressed!


Location:  Cormorant, MN
Dates:   Sept. 7- 9, 2021
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"Wire drawings are my new favorite thing to do! They are done with permanent markers, but they look like they are wire sculptures! That’s why I invented the name, wire drawings."-Karen

If you struggle with drawing, that's good, because wrong lines actually make these better. There are many steps to create the look of a 3 dimensional image. It has to be seen to be understood. Watercolor and acrylic will enhance these paintings. One day we will be working in acrylics to produce paintings that resemble Gustav Klimt patterns. We will actually be using a credit card to spread the paint! Subjects will include birds, dragonflies, or student’s choice. By the end of the workshop, we will learn how to think abstractly, and do a wire drawing design for an abstract painting. Wire drawing will make all of your paintings better in a speedy manner. This workshop has been a hit with all of Karen’s students!  Karen is a very popular workshop instructor who believes that painting should be fun and easy, but with good design!

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Location:  Mackinac Island
Dates:   Sept. 19 - 21, 2021(arriving on Sept. 18)
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:  Parmamount Theatre, St. Cloud, MN

Link to Artists of MN Website, for more information and to become a member.


Date:  2021, time not set yet. (Must be member of Artists of MN to attend.) 

This demo will show her thought process in choosing colors in acrylics and how she creates a value study beforehand. Acrylic paints are so fun, because there are many ways to create great texture! Karen is a best known for her design skills and she will be sharing some easy tips on good design! 

The Artists of MN is an art group who only meet twice per year.  The Spring Show is sort of like a convention, where there are demonstrations, an awards dinner, and a show, where there are many categories.  Join today!  

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