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2023 Drawing & Painting Workshops

Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many fill quickly and have wait lists months in advance – don’t wait to register! Registrations for onsite workshops should be made no later than 15 days ahead of the workshop start date so that we can count you when making workshop determinations, ordering materials, etc. Touchstone’s onsite workshop determinations are made 14 days in advance of their scheduled start dates, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.


A processing fee of $25 will be added to 1-5 day onsite workshops. All workshop participants must be 18 years or older except where indicated.


To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2023 Participant Guide. Please review our updated Health & Safety Guidelines* and Cancellation Policy* prior to registering for any workshop.

*Subject to change, check back for up-to-date information. Registered participants will be notified of any changes.


Creating Personal Storybooks
Instructor: Susan A. Wilson

All Levels (Ages 14-17)
$710 Tuition
$100 Materials and Studio Fees


All teens interested in participating in Teen Week MUST fill out an application regardless of whether you are seeking a scholarship or intend to pay for all/some fees.

Participants will explore the multimedia techniques of collage, nature printing, drawing, graffiti and journaling, while incorporating their personal pictures to create their own story pages. Various altered book techniques will be explored to create pockets, compartments, and person pages, making each book an individual creation of their own.

JUL 24-28 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
The Way of Water
Instructor: Ron Thurston

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$25-$75 Materials and Studio Fees

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This workshop will start with a few principles on paper, paints, brushes, the fundamentals of composition design, and color placement. To stimulate your creative juices, some basic non-traditional techniques will be discussed or demonstrated. You may choose from photos, sketches, or start from scratch. This is not meant to be a demonstration-imitation workshop but instead the lessons are designed to encourage participants to express their own style. Ask questions – don’t be fearful when painting in watercolor. A friendly atmosphere will make this workshop a joyful and rewarding adventure.

Botanicals and Birds
Instructor: Kelly Leahy Radding

Intermediate Level
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$45-$95 Materials and Studio Fees

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Birds depicted with botanical subjects enjoy a long historical tradition, from the works of Mark Catesby in the mid-1700s through John James Audubon in the 1800s to contemporary works of art. Compositions that include birds tell a broader story of the life of a plant and add a lively element to energize a painting. In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between birds, plants, and habitats. We will learn techniques for including them in a botanical painting or drawing, including determining the correct proportions, how to find and draw the ‘perfect’ gesture, and how to create a dynamic composition.

AUG 7-11 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Encaustic and Mixed Media
Instructor: Julie Snidle

No Experience/Beginner Level
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$90 Materials and Studio Fees

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This workshop is designed to provide you with a thorough foundation for painting with encaustic and offer you plenty of studio time to explore its possibilities. We’ll begin with a brief history, then cover safety, tools, and materials, painting and fusing. Daily demonstrations will focus on technique and wax’s special characteristics such as opacity, temperature, adhesion, and texture. Collage, transfers, Pan Pastels, and oils are some of the techniques we’ll cover. This workshop will also cover topics related to studio set-up, framing, and presentation of work.


AUG 26-28 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
A Sense of Color and Light
Instructor: Rita Haldeman

All Levels 
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member 
$25-$75 Materials and Studio Fees

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In this workshop, we will introduce a balance within the program by working outside and from life, all while using these experiences to creatively interpret reference photos. We will capture the essence of the landscape through light, color, and movement. Plein air is challenging, but the classes will be presented in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. Beginners are welcome, as are painters of all levels.

SEP 9-11 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
Figure Drawing
Instructor: William Pfahl

Intermediate Level
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member
$75-$155 Model and Studio Fees

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This workshop is for intermediate students who would like to use pastel and oil in creating figure studies. These mediums are perfect for painting the figure from life. We will look at Jerry Weiss, Martin Campos, Lea Colie Wight, and other contemporary figure painters. Bill will demonstrate techniques learned from Studio Incamminati in gesture, composition, color and form (open and closed grisaille).

SEP 23-25 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
Placement and Design for the Human Body
Instructor: Sara Eve Rivera-Federoff

No Experience/Beginner Level
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member 
$35-$85 Materials and Studio Fees

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In this workshop, we will take the drawing skills you have honed in, but examine them from a new perspective. We will study how 3-D forms can inform 2-D designs to enhance movement, shape and design placement on the surface level. This workshop is taught from the perspective of a tattoo artist but may also be helpful for jewelry designers, henna artists, makeup artists, special effects artists, portrait artists, fashion designers, sculptors, ceramicists and more. The aim of this course is to explore how to create compelling designs with human anatomy in mind. By the end of the workshop, participants will decorate a human hand model to take home with them.

SEP 30-OCT 1 | 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)
Painting from Your Imagination
Instructor: Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer

No Experience/Beginner Level
$360 Member | $390 Non-Member 
$25-$75 Materials and Studio Fees

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During this two-day workshop, learn to paint fantastical creatures using acrylic 
paint on a round canvas.

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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