Art Workshop Experiences: The Only Difficulty is in Choosing One

Working in the studio is fulfilling but solitary. Leaving the studio to teach and interact with people is a real pleasure in my life and good way to rejuvenate! What is it about being around other painters that’s so satisfying? Whether full of conversation or in the silence of intense concentration, artists ooze wonderful energy.

So where do you go to find your artistic tribe? Most cities have societies, workshop companies, or colleges that offer workshops attracting art instructors from all over North America.

Red Deer College art workshops_Jean Pederson

Image courtesy of Red Deer College

There are many wonderful art workshop experiences to choose from but in my experience, none are quite as unique as Summer Series at Red Deer College. For over 30 years Series has been offering diverse art workshops to artists from around the world. It’s difficult to put into words the dynamics of the event and how each discipline, student, and instructor impacts and shares energy giving Summer Series a life of its own.

In addition to taking an art workshop, another option is to keep your eyes open for symposium opportunities. Symposiums bring in several instructors and usually provide you the chance to learn from more than one instructor throughout the week. Think of a symposium as a sampler; you get a taste of several teaching styles and methodologies.

The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour are hosting a symposium from June 23-27, 2014 with an excellent line up of instructors including Linda Kemp, Brian Atyeo, Richard Belanger, Chris Gorey, Karin Isenburg and Bill Rogers.

Many other art centers such as Sedona Arts Center, Dillmans Creative Art Workshops, Springmaid Watermedia Workshops, Santa Fe’s Artists’ Materials Expo, and Scottsdale Artist’s School offer numerous workshops by acclaimed artists annually.

Each of these experiences is unique to the facilities and instructors provided. What kind of learning experience are you looking for? The opportunities are plentiful, and the difficulty will be in choosing.

I look forward to hearing about your experiences and suggestions for a great learning experience.

Edited by Cherie Haas, online editor of

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