Workshops at Chester Springs Studio include watercolor painting, oil painting, plein air, mixed media, ceramics, raku firings and more with guest artists.

Freeform Printing with Jean-Marie Baldwin

Textile Printing with Baldwin

Level: Beginner
10 Students
Jean-Marie Baldwin
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $75 Member, $85 Non-member
Materials Fee: $25 (payable to the instructor)

Workshop Description

Textile Printing

Explore printing techniques on paper and textiles in Freeform Printing a one-day workshop with Jean-Marie Baldwin. The hands-on workshop encourages individual compositions and prints using Breyers, wood blocks, stencils, leaves, screens and many unexpected items to create original impressions. We will use a variety and combination of printing techniques on paper, cotton, and a silk scarf. All levels of experience are welcomed.

All materials and supplies provided by the instructor.


About Jean-Marie Baldwin

Textile Printing

Jean-Marie Baldwin attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia on full scholarship. She researched print and dye techniques on fabric and then continued her art studies at Fleischer Art Memorial and the University of the Arts, both located in Philadelphia. Baldwin further developed her techniques while studying silk painting with Michele Marceuse, Shibori with Michael Olshefski at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Batik Painting with Janice Kline at Tyler Park and Batik Painting with Tatiana Eisenhart in Silver Springs, Maryland.  Jean-Marie has taught numerous classes and workshops on the East Coast, including the vonLiebig Art Center in Florida; and the Wayne Art Center, Mainline Art Center, Phoenix Village Art Center in Pennsylvania.


Phenomena Hokusai Fall by Paul Jenkins

Phenomena: Hokusai Fall by Paul Jenkins

Abstract Art Workshop with ADRIAN MARTINEZ

Level: All levels
8 students
Adrian Martinez
Date: Saturday – Sunday, Fall Semester TBA
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition:
 $175 Member, $195 Non-member

What is your definition of abstract art? Why did it start and when? Like all creative activities, there is no single way of understanding abstract art; however, there are practical techniques to be learned—those practiced by 20th century artists, and artists today. This painting, drawing and mixed media workshop will be an exuberant exploration of each student’s connection to the past 100 years of avant-garde art. These lessons will be based on Martinez’s firsthand experience as a young artist in New York and London in the 1960’s and 1970’s and his close study of how abstract art and culture changed in the 20th and 21st century. Each session will begin with a brief introduction to a particular movement and the artist that best represents it. At the end of this class you will understand the visual language of abstract art, and how you can apply those techniques to any type of painting.


Adrian Martinez

About Adrian Martinez Adrian Martinez is an internationally known artist, teacher and lecturer. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Washington, D.C.  He received degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (BFA), St. Martins School of Art in London, England (CS) and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (MA).  Adrian has exhibited his work in New York, Pennsylvania, Ankara, Turkey, Texas, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, California and London, England. A major retrospective of his work at the Chester County Art Association in 2002 was attended by First Lady Laura Bush and she and her husband collect his workPresident George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush commissioned him to paint two large landscapes commemorating the National Parks theme for the White House holiday season in 2007 and these two works are now installed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. 

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The Painterly Approach—
An Exploration with Georganna Lenssen

Level: All levels
Limit: 12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Georganna Lenssen
Date: Saturday-Sunday, Summer Semester TBA
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition:
 $165 Member, $185 Non-member

In this workshop, we will explore the still life or image as a point of departure. Rather than simply responding, recording or representing that which is before them, students will be encouraged to ask themselves, and begin to understand for themselves, what is their connection to a subject, and what is its essence. We will discuss contemporary painters and approaches to painting while developing our working knowledge and visual awareness of composition, shapes, color, paint application and surface quality. Students will be challenged to be more expressive, bold and spontaneous, and to develop a visual vocabulary that best expresses their unique and individual observations. It is in this marriage of “interpretation” and “expression” that students will learn a more contemporary and liberating method of painting. Both individual and group critiques will be included. All levels welcome, although some (no matter how little) oil painting experience preferred.


About Georganna Lenssen

Born in Seoul, Korea, Georganna Lenssen graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Awards include the Roy Lance Lauffer Memorial Prize, the Elizabeth Arramark scholarship, and the Wildlife Purchase Prize. Asian art—its deep reverence for nature and the vitality of its direct, spontaneous use of brush and ink—has strongly influenced her work. She incorporates these qualities, focusing upon gesture and movement as they express the essence and vitality of her subjects. Lenssen also teaches at the Wayne Art Center, as well as privately from her studio in Chester Springs, PA. She is represented by galleries including Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster, PA and West Branch Gallery in Stowe, VT.





Preservation Skills Workshop:
How to Replace a Historic Cedar Shingle Roof

Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Level: Beginner to Advanced, No Experience Required
Instructors: Andrew Gustine
Saturday-Sunday, TBA
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
Location: Lincoln Building
1685 Art School Road Chester Springs, PA 19425 Tuition: HYS and CCHPN
Members: $85 Non-Member: $100

During this two-day workshop we will undertake the replacement of cedar shingle roofing on the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, a small one-story stone building built in the 1850s to house the magnesium spring. Guided by two building professionals with over 70 years of experience between them, participants will strip the existing cedar shingles and remove them to be composted on site, repair the existing wood lath, and install new western red cedar taper-sawn shakes.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

The hands-on work will be accompanied by instruction in the use of wood shingle roofing materials historically and its appropriate use in historic preservation today, including design choices like shake vs. shingle, amount of exposure and minimum pitch. The skills and processes that will be covered include condition assessment of existing wood roofs, measuring and estimating, personal and workplace safety, methods of layout and coursing, rules of thumb for shingle placement and nailing, and fastening methods. The workshop will meet from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a break at noon for lunch (please bring your own).

Full scholarships are available for high school and college students. Email for more information.


Instructors for the Workshop Series 

Tony Vizzi, Affordable Copper Roofing

Tony Vizzi, Affordable Copper Roofing

Tony Vizzi has specialized in historic roofing materials and techniques since about 1981. With a background in finish carpentry he developed a keen interest in the highly detailed installation of slate, tile and metal roofs. For the last 15 years he has enjoyed sharing his knowledge with other contractors and has collaborated on many historical projects.

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Workshop Instructor Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, owner of Native Woods Restoration Carpentry, is a master carpenter focused on rehabilitating and restoring houses, barns, and outbuildings for more than 25 years. He holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

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