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





Multi Media Workshop with Nancy Barch 

Level: All levels, Limit 10 students Workshop Instructor: Nancy Barch

Mixed Media with Nancy Barch

“French Bike” mixed media by Nancy Barch

Date: Saturday-Sunday, August 26-27, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $170 Member, $190 Non-member

Expand your creative vocabulary in this popular two-day workshop lead by mixed media artist Nancy Barch. Students will be introduced to new techniques each day—including image transfer, monotype and wax paper reverse printing—with which to build a stockpile of original source materials and collage elements. Learn how to combine paint, pastels and printmaking to achieve stunning results in color and texture. Through engaging demos and informative group discussions, students will not only learn how to make innovative tools from ordinary household items, but to improve their work flow while creating compelling compositions. Geared for beginners and experienced collage artists alike. This is a perfect workshop for painters who are looking to take the leap to mixed media.

“Pack up your Gel Medium and come along on an artistic journey. Join me in exploring new techniques with aqueous mediums. Play with the abstraction of known images such as still life and figures. Follow along your same artistic path and allow me to show you how to enhance what you already do. You’ll find that it’s amazing what you can do with a little collage and some imagination!” – Nancy Barch

As a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the work of Delaware County artist Nancy Barch has traversed the United States.

Ms. Barch has garnered a number of coveted awards for her work in a variety of media including Best of Show in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Elizabeth Shober Hooper Award and the Emerton Heitland Memorial Award from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Paul Remy Award from the American Watercolor Society, NY, the Daler-Rowney Award and Silver Brush Award from the Kentucky Aqueous Touring Exhibition, and the Peterson Memorial Award from the National Society of Casein and Acrylics Painters. In 2011, 100 Artists of the Mid Atlantic features an article about the experimental work of Nancy Barch.

Nancy has received commissions from the Liberty Properties Group, Scotties Tissues, the McDonalds’ LPGA Golf Classic, and the American Cancer Society. Her work is included in many corporate collections including Morgan Stanley; Liberty Properties; AIG Bank America, FIS Corp.; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoades; and Anapol Weiss.






Watercolor Workshops with Mick McAndrews


Watercolor Magic: 2-Day Workshop with Mick McAndrews

Level: All levels, Limit 12 students
Workshop Instructor: Mick McAndrews
Date: Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5, 2017
Time: Sat. & Sun. 10-4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $170 Member, $190 Non-member

During this watercolor class we will paint a variety of subjects with a focus on working with plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the medium. We will avoid the pitfalls of noodling with fussy details and instead focus on the key elements in all painterly two dimensional works of art: interesting shapes, value contrast, and a variety of edges. We will discuss the importance of good drawing skills, basic color theory, perspective, and the elements and principles of design. With this knowledge we will explore and experience the magic of watercolor!






Workshops: Raku Firing with Brett Thomas

One-Day Raku Firing with Brett Thomas

Level: All levels, Limit 15 students
Workshop Instructor: Brett Thomas
Date: Saturday, TBA
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
One-Day Tuition: $55 Member, $75 Non-member (Tuition includes glazes/supplies fee.)

Join Brett Thomas for a day of Raku firing in the beautiful woodland setting of Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs. Bring up to five bisque-fired unglazed pots. Raku clay is recommended (available for purchase at the studio) but other clay bodies may be fired. Experience the techniques of contemporary Raku and learn how to use the process of oxidation and reduction to achieve a wide range of colors and textures. Glazing demo, glazes and special supplies are provided. Explore the options and methods of Raku by applying newly learned glaze techniques to your pottery that is then fired in the Raku kiln. Be sure to read the workshop guidelines and tips available on our website.







The Painterly Approach—An Exploration with Georganna Lenssen

Oil painting workshop with Georganna Lenssen.

Oil painting workshop with Georganna Lenssen.

Level: All levels, Limit 12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Georganna Lenssen
Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: Sat: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $55 Member, $65 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.

Oil Painting Workshop with Georganna Lenssen, Chester Springs Studio in Chester County.

Painting by 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.