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










The Painterly Approach—An Exploration with Georganna Lenssen

Level: All levels, Limit 12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Georganna Lenssen
Date 1: Saturday-Sunday, January 13-14, 2018
Date 2: Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2018
Time: Sat: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $120 Member, $140 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.

Painting by Georganna Lenssen

Painting by Georganna Lenssen

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.






Carving Organic Clay Sculpturespicture

Level: All levels, Limit 12 students
Workshop Instructor:
 Bob Deane
Date: Saturday-Sunday, March 31 – April 1 
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $150 Member, $170 Non-member
(Sculpture Clay $15 paid to instructor first day)

Spend two days immersed in creating unique, personal statement pieces through carving and manipulating clay forms. Learn new tricks for quick drying your work   We will throw or hand build to create forms then put them together while adding clay lovingly and then…. begin carving. Bob will bring lots of different carving tools some familiar, some unfamiliar. We will work the surface of the piece and push our ideas further. We will discuss the process and let the muse take us where it may while we discover the sensuous relaxing joy of carving. We will have lots of conversations about carving, creativity and what guides each of us to create.  Bob says, “It has been my experience over 32 years and the experience of many others that carving is the most relaxing enjoyable part of the clay experience”.  Some clay experience working on the wheel and hand building is recommended. Clay will be provided.

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is to make someone want to pick it up and use it.
It is a confirmation of ergonomics,
function, simplicity and beauty.”
– Robert Deane

About Bob Deane
Raised in Media, Pennsylvania, Bob Deane earned a B.F.A. in Ceramics from Bloomsburg University in 1988. Deane is a professional potter, exhibiting his work in numerous galleries and stores. His recent work uses the media of local creek clay as both the clay body and the glaze. His pottery explores the connection between the ground he walks on and 

picture_2the artwork he creates. Bob teaches at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, and at the Mainline Art Center and Wayne Arts Center, both on Philadelphia’s Main Line. He has been a member of the Wallingford Potter’s Guild since 1991.







Workshop: Clay Monoprinting with Mitch Lyons

Level: All levels, Limit 10 students
Workshop Instructor: Mitch Lyons
Date: Saturday – Sunday, April 7 – 8, 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm each day
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $200 Member, $220 Non-member

If you love interesting surface patterns, textures and design–this workshop is for you!

Hands-on Clay Monoprinting Workshop with Mitch Lyons explores Mitch’s unique technique of developing one-of-a-kind prints using China clay slips colored with permanent pigments. These colored slips, not ink, are brushed on, dried and rolled into the clay slab, layering color and textures on the clay “matrix” to build rich designs. The permanent pigments are used to create brilliant colors and because the clay is inert, and pigments mixed with clay are light fast, the resulting prints reveal interesting color contrasts and nuances. Work with clay to create prints in a whole new way! No clay experience required.

  • Learn how to develop innovative colored-clay surface treatments
  • Create with colored slips, using textures and layering to build the design
  • Come away from the workshop with original one-of-a-kind prints

About Mitch Lyons
 Mitch Lyons earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Graphics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His pottery and clay monoprints can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Woodmere Museum, American University and the University of Delaware. He has taught at West Chester University, Moore College of Art, Rowan University, Alfred University and the University of Delaware. In the past 10 years he has led over 100 workshops. Lyons’ work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey; Kalmar Lans Museum, Kalmar, Sweden; and the Vonderau Museum, Fulda, Germany. He is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the arts Visual Arts Grant, and has taught at West Chester University, Moore College of Art, Rowan University, Alfred University and the University of Delaware. In the past 10 years he has led over 100 workshops.



All Mixed Up — A Multimedia Workshop with Nancy Barch


Level: All levels, Limit 12 studentsImage 3
Workshop Instructor:
 Nancy Barch
Date: Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
Two-Day Tuition: $180 Member, $200 Non-member

If you need to let go of reality and have more fun making art this may be the workshop for you. You will experience many different ways to create collage elements that you can incorporate in your imagery. There will be demos and critiques each day with the emphasis on composition and design. Your previous experience does not matter, you’ll find a level of expression that’s just right for you if you’re willing to let your artistic juices flow and ‘play’ a little. If you have been doing mixed media, thin of this as a refresher course to get you motivated. There are always new techniques to learn!

About Nancy Barchimage 1
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.