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  • When you successfully register for a workshop, a receipt for your purchase will be emailed to you. If you do not receive a receipt, your registration is NOT confirmed. Please contact us.

  • All students must show proof of Covid vaccination or medical contraindications to receiving a Covid vaccine to attend a workshop. Any student with documented medical contraindications to receiving a Covid vaccine will be required to wear a mask. 

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Introduction to Botanical Illustration-Morning Session (FULL)

 

Date: Wednesdays, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $154 (Members), $170 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Daunno

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: Kneaded eraser, HB pencil, and 4H pencil. All other materials supplied.

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

June marks the official start of summer in Asheville. As hardy spring blossoms give way to sun-loving blooms, learn how to capture the beauty of flora in this four-week introduction to botanical illustration.

 

While the term may sound intimidating, “botanical illustration” simply means drawing with botanical accuracy—and anyone can do it if she can draw basic shapes (circles, squares, and triangles) and lines.

 

Join veteran artist and instructor Camille Daunno as she teaches you how to see and render shapes, texture, contour, and value in flowers, leaves, and other botanical objects. You’ll leave the course with one or more completed pencil botanical illustrations and the foundation for creating more complex, colored drawings.

 

Previous drawing experience helpful but not required.

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Introduction to Botanical Illustration-Afternoon Session (FULL)

 

Date: Wednesdays, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $154 (Members), $170 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Daunno

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: Kneaded eraser, HB pencil, and 4H pencil. All other materials supplied.

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

 

June marks the official start of summer in Asheville. As hardy spring blossoms give way to sun-loving blooms, learn how to capture the beauty of flora in this four-week introduction to botanical illustration.

 

While the term may sound intimidating, “botanical illustration” simply means drawing with botanical accuracy—and anyone can do it if she can draw basic shapes (circles, squares, and triangles) and lines.

 

Join veteran artist and instructor Camille Daunno as she teaches you how to see and render shapes, texture, contour, and value in flowers, leaves, and other botanical objects. You’ll leave the course with one or more completed pencil botanical illustrations and the foundation for creating more complex, colored drawings.

 

Previous drawing experience helpful but not required.

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Introduction to Silk Painted Scarves (FULL)

Date: Saturday, 6/10

Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $69 (Members); $75 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Robyn Crawford

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: Apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied, including two 8” x 54” silk scarves.

 

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

If you love playing with color and design, you’ll love making these beautiful, one-of-a-kind silk scarves!

 

Join local artist Robyn Crawford as she teaches you some basic beginner techniques for painting on Habotai silk. You’ll learn how to use special silk dye-paints to create your pieces, as well as how to prepare and preserve your new wearable art.

 

You’ll leave with two stunning 8” x 54” silk scarves that you’ll be proud to wear out or give as a gift.

 

No previous painting or dying experience necessary; just a desire to experiment and have fun!

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Textile Collage

 

Date: Saturday, 6/24

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $77 (Members); $85 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Christy Ammerman

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied; however, students are welcome to bring personal fabric scraps and embellishments.

 

Are you drawn to textiles but aren’t interested in creating garments or quilts? Does the idea of creating one-of-a-kind, custom fabric sound intriguing? Do you find hand stitching as beautiful as it is relaxing? If so, this workshop is for you!

 

In just a few hours, Mixed Media artist Christy Ammerman will show you how to transform bits of discarded (but, perhaps, memory-filled) fabric, trim, and thread into something new, personal, and beautiful.

 

You’ll start by learning how to source and prepare found material, and you’ll experiment with creating your own painted fabric. Then, Christy will demonstrate how to pick a focal piece and weave a story around it by carefully selecting, positioning, and layering fabric scraps, trim, and other embellishments.

 

After you create your design, Christy will give you options for assembling your piece and teach basic hand-stitching techniques. Finally, you’ll learn how to finish and display your one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

This workshop includes lots of time to experiment, play, and build your creation—and, of course, get suggestions from Christy and your classmates if desired.

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Mixed Media Collage: Fish

 

Date: Saturday, 7/8

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $77 (Members), $85 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Kim Smith

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Materials & Tools Needed: Small, sharp scissors and an apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied.

 

Many people think summer is the best time for fishing. While you may or may not enjoy casting, we promise you’ll enjoy creating fish in this fun, hands-on workshop! With instructor Kim Smith’s training as an art teacher and professional artist, you’re sure to be successful—and learn something new—regardless of your previous mixed media or collage experience!

 

Over the course of an afternoon, you’ll create your own masterpiece on canvas and learn:  

 

  • How to create a background with interest and depth using beautiful gelli print materials

  • New collage and mixed-media techniques to add additional interest to your piece 

  • How to use tracing paper as a tool to create a detailed focal point—fish in this case

  • Simple and effective composition fundamentals to enhance your work

 

You’ll walk away with a completed, detailed, mixed-media painting which is sure to impress. Your friends will marvel at the complexity of your work, and only you will know how easy it was to make using Kim’s simplified collaging process.

 

This workshop will introduce beginners to basic mixed media collaging concepts and provide intermediate creators some new techniques and best practices. Students of all levels have found success working with Kim—and they’ve had a ton of fun doing it!

 

No previous drawing, painting, or collaging experience necessary!

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Explore Soft Pastels

 

Date: Wednesday, 7/12

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (includes 1 hour break for lunch)

Workshop Fee: $82 (Members), $90 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Terrilynn Dubreuil

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials & Tools Needed: An apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied.

 

Have you considered working with pastels but aren’t sure if you’d like them? In this fun, four-hour workshop, you’ll get a chance to try out this vibrant, versatile, and easy-to-use medium before investing in your own supplies.

 

Join Pastel Society of America Signature member Terrilynn Dubreuil as she explains the basics of pastels. You’ll learn about the different types of pastels, what substrates work best with them, what marks they can make, and lots more to help you decide if pastels are for you.

 

First, Terrilynn will teach and demonstrate a variety of pastel techniques. Then, you’ll have a chance to play with this powerful medium by creating your own pastel painting.

 

By the end of the workshop, you’ll either just have had a fun day and, perhaps, made a new friend, or you’ll become one of the many lifetime pastel devotees!

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Yarn Coil Basket (FULL)

 

Date: Saturday, 7/15

Time: 1:30-4:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $64 (Members); $70 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Camille Smith

Skill Level: All

Materials & Tools Needed: All materials supplied, though students are welcome to bring their own basic knitting yarn if they want specific colors. (Please do not bring nubby, irregular-shaped yarn or yarn with a lot of "eyelash" fringe.) Some hand strength needed.​

Note: This workshop is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us.

There are lots of ways to make baskets—twining, plating, doing free-form work—but one of the most versatile, easy, and inexpensive approaches is yarn coiled basketry.

 

In this colorful, relaxing workshop, fiber artist Camille Smith will teach you everything you need to make a beautiful, 4”-6” yarn coil basket.

 

First, Camille will teach you how to start a basket. Then, you’ll learn how to build and shape your work, adding color and pattern to give it visual interest. Finally, Camille will show you how to finish your new, one-of-a-kind container.  

 

No previous basket weaving experience necessary.

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Gelli Printing: Beyond the Basics

 

Date: Saturday, 8/12

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Workshop Fee: $82 (Members); $90 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Kristen Grady

Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate*

Materials & Tools Needed: Gelli plate, brayer, prints you have made that you’d like to work with, and a few of your favorite paints. You may also bring a favorite stencil(s) and/or foam stamp(s) (optional). All other materials supplied.

 

If you’re familiar with gelli printing, you know how easy and fun creating vibrant, one-of-a-kind monoprints can be! You may be asking yourself, however:

 

  • How do I use stencils and other tools to enhance my gelli prints?

  • How do I get more intentional with my gelli prints?

  • How do I work with multiple pages to create coherent color themes and patterns?

  • How do I fix “mistakes” with my gelli prints?

  • What can I do with all my gelli prints?

  • What else can I do with my gelli plate besides make pretty prints?

 

In this fun, hands-on workshop, gelli printing expert Kristen Grady will answer all these questions and more! She’ll also give you the motivation you need to jump back into the process if you’ve been away for a while.

 

Since much of the class will be spent practicing your new techniques, there will plenty of time for individual instruction. Come join us for this exciting afternoon of play!

 

*Although “confident beginners” are welcome to attend the workshop, limited time will be spent reviewing the basics of gelli printing.

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Design Hacks 1: Playing with Color

 

Date: Wednesdays, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 & 9/6

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Workshop Fee: $159 (Members), $175 (Non-Members)

Instructor: Kim Smith

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Materials & Tools Needed: Small, sharp scissors; a fine and an extra fine point black Sharpie marker, and an apron or clothes that can be stained. All other materials supplied. 

 

Color theory. All artists and crafters know it’s important, but it sounds soooo boring! At Purple Crayon, we don’t think it has to be—and we’re determined to change your mind, too!

 

With instructor Kim Smith’s training as an art teacher, professional artist, and occasional stand-up comedian (not really, but she does know how to have a good time!), you’ll actually have FUN learning the basics of color theory—and you’ll notice a big improvement in your art, no matter your medium.

 

By the end of this highly-interactive, four-week course, you’ll be able to answer four simple, yet complex, questions: What is color? How do I mix it? Which colors go together? And how do I use it to impact my work? You’ll also gain the confidence you need to select and use color combinations that look balanced and appealing and create the viewer experience you want.

 

In addition to making lots of play-full memories, you’ll create a reference journal filled with concepts to remember and several lovely, handmade tools, such as a color wheel and value scale. You’ll also create a beautiful abstract piece of art that you’ll be proud to display or give as a gift…and so much more!

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