Historic Yellow Springs

Workshops

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


Alcohol Inks Basics and Intuitive Landscapes

Alcohol Inks Basics and Intuitive Landscapes

Level: All levels, Adults and Teens
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Theresa Groff, TAO
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $100 Members, $120 Non-members
Materials Fee: $10 (payable to instructor on day of workshop)
Includes: All supplies for workshop

Have you been hearing about alcohol inks and curious to try them? This is your chance! In this one-day workshop, you will receive a comprehensive supply list to be used as a reference document. We will discuss which inks are recommended, what substrates work best with alcohol inks, different approaches to move the ink and safety concerns in using alcohol inks. Our focus for this first session will be on creating a dreamy, highly saturated landscape. You will also learn techniques to continue the fun in whatever direction you want to go. Instruction is geared towards 2D, but we’ll discuss craft ideas using alcohol inks for anyone wishing to learn more. All supplies will be provided with a supply fee paid directly to the instructor.

Use sanded papers and rubbing alcohol and learn to build an underpainting before creating your chalk pastel drawing on the surface. Work from an inspirational still life set up for the workshop at Chester Springs Studio. The focus will be on solid composition, simplification of shapes, strong values and clean color.

This workshop is geared towards the beginner with no artistic background through to the experienced alcohol ink artist seeking new techniques and artistic development. All levels will benefit from this workshop and the goal is to have fun!

About Theresa Groff, TAO

Theresa Groff, also known as TAO, is an intuitive alcohol ink artist, heavily influenced by the renaissance of Chester County. She states, “My art is a conversation with higher self. I love the medium of alcohol inks because there is no control; you let go and succumb to the flow. If a mistake happens, that mistake was put there to learn and grow. I know a painting is done when my intuition indicates there is nothing more I can learn from this ‘conversation’.”

Growing up in the Brandywine Valley, Theresa Groff (TAO) was initially drawn to plein air and painting using acrylics and oils in the Brandywine Tradition. She took classes with Karl J. Kuerner through the Brandywine River Museum—painting at the renowned Kuerner Farm. After a few years of plein air classes, TAO pursued private study with Mr. Kuerner. Under his tutelage she developed the confidence to try new mediums and subjects. It was only after discovering alcohol inks that TAO hit her stride and developed her own voice.

Always happy to share her joy of alcohol inks, TAO now teaches and thoroughly enjoys when students are amazed at the work they create.


Alcohol Inks Basics and Abstract Expression

Alcohol Inks Basics and Abstract Expression

Level: All levels, Adults and Teens
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Theresa Groff, TAO
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $100 Members, $120 Non-members
Materials Fee: $10 (payable to instructor on day of workshop)
Includes: All supplies for workshop

Alcohol inks are hitting the art world by storm. The highly saturated, free flow of expression allows an artist to create unique, intuitive work that is a different adventure every time. This class can be taken as continuation from Alcohol Inks Basics and Intuitive Landscapes or independent from other workshops. We’ll start with the basics of alcohol inks. You will receive a detailed supply list and learn recommended supplies, techniques, safety concerns and how to finish your work for presentation. The focus of this workshop will be on moving the alcohol ink in a variety of ways and creating an abstract work using your own hairdryer.

All supplies will be provided, with a supply fee paid directly to the instructor. We do ask you bring your own hairdryer. If you do not own one, we will have limited hairdryers to use.

This workshop is geared towards the beginner with no artistic background through to the experienced alcohol ink artist seeking new techniques and artistic development. All level welcomed…the only requirement is a spirit of adventure!

About Theresa Groff, TAO

Theresa Groff, also known as TAO, is an intuitive alcohol ink artist, heavily influenced by the renaissance of Chester County. She states, “My art is a conversation with higher self. I love the medium of alcohol inks because there is no control; you let go and succumb to the flow. If a mistake happens, that mistake was put there to learn and grow. I know a painting is done when my intuition indicates there is nothing more I can learn from this ‘conversation’.”

Growing up in the Brandywine Valley, Theresa Groff (TAO) was initially drawn to plein air and painting using acrylics and oils in the Brandywine Tradition. She took classes with Karl J. Kuerner through the Brandywine River Museum—painting at the renowned Kuerner Farm. After a few years of plein air classes, TAO pursued private study with Mr. Kuerner. Under his tutelage she developed the confidence to try new mediums and subjects. It was only after discovering alcohol inks that TAO hit her stride and developed her own voice.

Always happy to share her joy of alcohol inks, TAO now teaches and thoroughly enjoys when students are amazed at the work they create.

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Raku Firing Workshop

Raku Firing Workshop

Raku Firing Workshop

Level: All levels
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Dina Schmidt
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Ceramics Studio
Tuition: $95 Member, $115 Non-member

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 but you may bring your own if you wish. We suggest long pants and closed shoes if you wish to actively participate in the firing process. Space is limited. Bring a brown bag lunch. 

About Dina Schmidt

Dina Schmidt earned an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, and was a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. Much of Dina's work is Raku fired using a variety of glazes and metallic washes. 


Alcohol Inks Basics and Using Mixed Media

Alcohol Inks Basics and Using Mixed Media

Level: All levels, Adults and Teens
Limit: 8 students
Instructor: Theresa Groff, TAO
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $100 Members, $120 Non-members
Materials Fee: $10 (payable to instructor on day of workshop)
Includes: All supplies for workshop

Are you a complete novice when it comes to art but have heard how much fun alcohol inks can be? Or maybe you are an experienced artist wanting to try something new? Alcohol inks are fun, spontaneous and a wonderful medium to use as a foundation for mixed media. In this workshop we’ll go over the basics of alcohol inks and then dive deep into using pens, acrylic and oil paint to layer over the foundational painting.

This class can be taken as continuation from previous Alcohol Ink workshops or independent from previous workshops. We’ll go over the basics of alcohol inks in the first half of the workshop. You will receive a detailed supply list and learn recommended supplies, techniques, safety concerns and how to finish your work for presentation. For the second half of the workshop, the focus will be on layering and creating mixed media paintings.

TAll alcohol ink supplies will be provided, with a fee paid to the instructor. We request you bring your medium of choice for layering if you have them.

About Theresa Groff, TAO

Theresa Groff, also known as TAO, is an intuitive alcohol ink artist, heavily influenced by the renaissance of Chester County. She states, “My art is a conversation with higher self. I love the medium of alcohol inks because there is no control; you let go and succumb to the flow. If a mistake happens, that mistake was put there to learn and grow. I know a painting is done when my intuition indicates there is nothing more I can learn from this ‘conversation’.”

Growing up in the Brandywine Valley, Theresa Groff (TAO) was initially drawn to plein air and painting using acrylics and oils in the Brandywine Tradition. She took classes with Karl J. Kuerner through the Brandywine River Museum—painting at the renowned Kuerner Farm. After a few years of plein air classes, TAO pursued private study with Mr. Kuerner. Under his tutelage she developed the confidence to try new mediums and subjects. It was only after discovering alcohol inks that TAO hit her stride and developed her own voice.

Always happy to share her joy of alcohol inks, TAO now teaches and thoroughly enjoys when students are amazed at the work they create.

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Painting “Painterly” From A Photo Reference
Dan Graziano Workshop

Painting “Painterly” From A Photo Reference Dan Graziano Workshop

Painting “Painterly” From A Photo Reference Dan Graziano Workshop

Painting “Painterly” From A Photo Reference Dan Graziano Workshop

Level: All levels, Adults
Limit: 15 students
Instructor: Dan Graziano
Saturday, August 13 - 14, 2022
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $240 Members, $260 Non-members

This two-day studio workshop will focus on painting “alla prima” (all at once) as well as developing greater skills of observation, simplification and quickly painting “wet on wet” to create strong “painterly” paintings. The workshop will also discuss techniques to quickly transfer the important elements of a reference photo to the canvas, creating an artistic painting rather than simply rendering a photograph. The first morning of the workshop begins with a discussion of oil painting basics (from materials to paint handling) and will also address the fundamentals of color, value, edges, perspective and other “practical” elements related to successful painting. Participants will then work on a series of timed painting exercises incorporating the techniques discussed and developing their skills of observation, simplification and quickly working in an “alla prima” manner. Each day of the workshop will include a short painting demo by Dan with explanation of his process along the way with plenty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout the day. This workshop is designed for beginning to advanced painters in both oil and acrylic mediums. Participants are encouraged to bring photos to paint from or may choose from photos brought by the instructor.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER SOON. Participants supply their own art supplies and equipment (easels are provided). Link to Material List is below.

About Dan Graziano

Dan Graziano is an award winning, nationally exhibited artist whose paintings capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. Incorporating dramatic light, shadow, color and perspective, his compositions feature a diversity of subjects—from a simple still life to rugged coastlines, active urban life, lively cafes and bars, small rural towns and forgotten roadside relics. His work has been featured in numerous publications and is in the collections of private and corporate collectors throughout the world.

His artistic vision began taking shape in the 60's, during America's explosive political, cultural and artistic awakening. His first formal training focused on advertising and illustration, but a career opportunity in architecture and urban planning altered his original direction.

When he returned to painting, he was drawn to the rich complexity of the urban landscape—inspired by Edward Hopper and other urbanist painters. As an accomplished blues guitarist (his other great passion), he found the city streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay and repair a visual parallel to the spirit and culture of the music.

“In my paintings, I try to capture the hidden beauty found in the unexpected places and fleeting moments of everyday life. I continue to be intrigued by the urban landscapes of inner cities—their active streets, time worn buildings and multiple layers of decay, renewal and adaptation—that proudly display the effects of age and use, which I see as testaments to strength, character and authenticity in contrast with modern society’s demand for newness, imitation, disposability and easy duplication. My work is influenced by the American realists such as Sargent, Hopper and the three generations of Wyeths along with California painters Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.”

Material List (pdf)

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Painterly Approach to Pastels

Painterly Approach to Pastels

Level: All levels
Limit: 10 students
Instructor: Louise Dusinberre
Sunday TBA
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Chester Springs Studio, Fine Art Studio
Tuition: $90 Member, $110 Non-member

In this three- hour workshop with Louise Dusinberre, explore new techniques in pastel painting!

Use sanded papers and rubbing alcohol and learn to build an underpainting before creating your chalk pastel drawing on the surface. Work from an inspirational still life set up for the workshop at Chester Springs Studio. The focus will be on solid composition, simplification of shapes, strong values and clean color.

Bring a bagged lunch. Decompress. Relax. Enjoy the process.

About Louise Dusinberre

Award-winning artist Louise Dusinberre works in the medium of pastel. She currently works as an artist and instructor, teaching art for over twelve years, including classes in drawing, pastel, printmaking and collage. Louise is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, with a BA in Graphic Design. Her former career was in the fashion and textile design industry, where she was the Senior Designer for NYC clothing company, Putumayo. Louise exhibits her artwork at galleries throughout the Delaware Valley area, and is represented by Bishop’s Stock Gallery in Snow Hill, Maryland.


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