Location: The Villages, Florida
Date: February 15 - 17, 2021
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $342 payable to Wanda Boyd
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: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Eastern Standard Time
To sign up: https://sommartists.com/workshops
Contact: Francesca Tabor-Miolla
Karen believes that drawing and painting should be fun and easy for everyone, so, no more “I can’t draw animals”!!
In this workshop you will first learn what Karen calls her “secret ingredient to a successful painting”, Wire Drawing. This technique helps artists develop drawing skills in an easy manner and adds exciting line work and ideas for developing interesting backgrounds as well.
She will demo and guide you in this line drawing process, then take you on to the nitty gritty of design, collage and finally, pulling it all together.
This workshop is geared for the painter who wants to add exciting texture to their paintings. Students may choose any animal or bird for their reference. Karen will demonstrate the blue heron, shown above, which has wonderfully patterned collage that adds excitement and texture to the feathers. Wire drawing (using a marker to create a drawing that looks like a wire sculpture) is the bonus for this workshop! “Wire drawing absolutely has taken my paintings to the next level”.
To sign up, or for more information, please contact Francesca at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have signed up you will receive confirmation and the supply list. This workshop is open to members and non-members alike.
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Date: May 13 - 15, 2021
Hours: 9:00 - noon (Mountain Daylight time).
Sponsored by: Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County. (Littleton, CO)
Contact: Mary Kay Jacobus
Watercolor beginnings and wire drawing for details make this workshop a new experience for all painters! Wire drawing (using permanent markers to make the objects look like a wire sculpture) is very popular now. It is fun process, and the wrong lines that you draw will actually benefit the finished painting. Students will learn how to make an abstract background and many special techniques to create texture. They may choose between flowers, birds, and abstract figures for their subject matter. Get ready to loosen up in this workshop!
Location: Dillman's Resort,
Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Date: May 24 - 27, 2021 (arriving on 5/23/2021and leaving on 5/28)
Hours: 9:00 - 4:00
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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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.
This is a workshop 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! Students will learn color combinations that are no fail! 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. As a bonus, we will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects.
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This workshop will entail Karen's approach to thinking in an abstract manner, using acrylic paints. She will teach good design tips and several very fun ways to start paintings, so that magical things guide artists to creative compositions. One technique actually involves scraping paint across the paper, using a credit card and the end result is similar to painting like Gustav Klimt! Otherwise, we will be using brayers, brushes, sticks, rubber tools, Qtips, and our finger nails to get unusual marks on the surface of the paper. We will take traditional subjects and talk about ways to abstract them. By the end of the week, we will be working much looser. This workshop is guaranteed to expand your creativity and imagination! A Bonus of this workshop is one day, we will learn how to make a Wire Drawing. This is done with a permanent marker, and looks like a wire sculpture when completed. It’s a very popular technique that everyone really loves!!! Karen gives lots of individual help, and believes that painting should be fun, so come ready to get loose, and have a great time!
Dates: September 27, 2021
Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time Zone)
Have you wanted to paint abstracts, but don't have a clue how to do it? Karen will show you how to keep it simple. These watercolor and collage abstract little paintings (that Karen has nicknamed "Little Abbeys") are so much fun to do! The paintings are very small (either 7 x 10" or 5 x 7"). 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! Linework will be added, using our “wire drawing” techniques. Get ready to cut loose and break some rules!
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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!
Location: Mackinac Island, Mission Point Resort
Dates: Sept. 19 - 21, 2021(arriving on Sept. 18)
Hours: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
If you've never been to Mackinac Island, you are truly missing out! It's on my top 10 special getaways! Just a short ferry ride from the Michigan shore. You will feel like you're going back in time since no motorized vehicles are allowed. It is so beautiful, with many great restaurants and countless scenes you will want to paint!
This workshop will teach Karen's approach to painting like Gustav Klimt, using acrylic paints and mixed media. Students will create paintings that include tricks on how to produce tiny shapes like those in Klimt’s paintings, doodling to their heart’s content. Intermediate students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy painting tips. This workshop is a great introduction to acrylics if you have never used them before. Also, different types of metallic special effects will be shown as metallic is very common in Gustav Klimt’s paintings.
Students will learn how to paint the “Klimt” way, utilizing rubber shaper tools, credit cards to pull paint across the surface, adding water to create texture, scraping into the paint to create scratch marks, stamping with homemade stamps or purchased stamps, and layering with different colors to create depth. Karen will also be discussing good design and share some great composition tricks. If students want to add collage, that is optional. As an added bonus, Wire Drawing will be taught. Karen named it this because it looks like a wire sculpture. It is done with permanent markers and has to be seen to be understood. This has very quickly become Karen’s most popular workshop!
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Central Time Zone
Date: Oct. 11th , 2021 (Monday)
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Location: Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud, MN
II will be demonstrating how to do a charcoal pour and then add watercolor and collage.
Watercolor, Collage and Wire Drawing
Dates: Nov. 9 - 11, 2021
Zoom Demonstration for Coachella Valley Watercolor Society on Nov. 8th
Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Price: $250 Members $275 Non-members
Email: Kathleen Scoggin email@example.com
This workshop was changed to a Zoom workshop, due to Covid. I do my best to make students feel like they are all in the same room. I'm excited for the chance to have more students from all over the world in this workshop! We will have a "Meet and Greet" Zoom party the night before.
We will start with paintings that are about 5” x 7” and students will learn how easy it is to loosen up. 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! These small abstracts that Karen lovingly calls “Little Abbeys” (small abstracts) are great lessons in design and will be the warm up for larger paintings. Students will learn how to create a light pathway, and how to loosen up! The bonus to this workshop is learning the skill of wire drawing! These are done with permanent markers, but look like Wire Sculptures when completed. It’s a very popular technique that has to be seen to be understood. For Karen, wire drawing has elevated her paintings to the next level! Come ready to have fun and learn lots!
Location: Zeller Studio,
1421 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Dates: Dec. 4, 2021 (Saturday)
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Deb Zeller firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is Karen’s most popular workshop! Wire drawings are done with pencil and permanent markers, but they look like they are wire sculptures! That’s why Karen invented the name, “wire drawings”. Don’t worry if you struggle with your drawing skills; Wrong lines are actually beneficial to the final outcome! These sketches are a combination of gestural drawing and contour drawing, with lots of tricks thrown in to produce fabulous results. No reference necessary; We will be doing a wire drawing of a rooster or a chicken and add watercolor at the very end. This process will help your drawing skills as well as your design skills. Karen uses wire drawing in every single painting now. It’s such a valuable tool to becoming a better artist!