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: Saturday-Sunday, Nov.6-7, 2021
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Historic Yellow Springs
$195 Member, $215 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.




Raku Firing Workshop

Level: All Levels
8 Students
Dina Schmidt
Date: Saturday, TBA
Time: 9 AM -3 PM
Location: Chester Springs Studio
One-Day Tuition:
$80 Member, $95 Non-member

Workshop Description

Join us for a Raku workshop. Experience the mysterious, spontaneous, and immediate process of Raku firing. Bring 6-10 bisque fired, average sized pots made of Raku clay or stoneware (low-fire clay will not survive the process). All glazes will be provided. We suggest long pants and closed shoes if you wish to actively participate in the firing process. Bring a brown bag lunch. Space is limited. Raindate Sunday, July 21.

About Dina Schmidt
Dina Patukas Schmidt earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University, both with concentrations in clay. After graduate school, she was juried into the Resident Artist program at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. Much of her work is Raku fired using a variety of glazes and metallic washes. It has been exhibited in group and solo shows regionally and across the country. Dina has enjoyed teaching at schools and art centers for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Chair of the Arts Department at Church Farm School, Exton, Pennsylvania.


To support our mission of historic preservation, Historic Yellow Springs is pleased to present our Preservation Skills Workshop Series. These hands-on workshops will give participants the knowledge and confidence to tackle many of the DIY projects that are an ever present part of owning an older historic home.

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

Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 2015. Photo by Mark Ashton.

Level: Beginner to Advanced, No Experience Required
Instructors: Michael Biddison, Andrew Gustine
Date: Sat.-Sun., October 19-20, 2019
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
Location: Meet at Chester Springs Studio
1668 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.

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

Michael Biddison
In addition to his work in fine carpentry Michael has an active career creating commission sculptures and functional artworks throughout the northeast. “In nature, nothing is discarded…everything is re-used, re-invented, woven in.”

Website: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry
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Workshop Instructor 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.

Website: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry
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