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Brightwood Studio Workshops and Seminars for 2017

Brightwood Studios is located at the western base of beautiful Mt. Hood -- just 45 minutes away from Portland International Airport, along Highway 26.  Nestled among the wooded foothills of the Cascade Range, this rustic retreat features two large classrooms, easy paved access, and enough majestic mountain scenery to inspire even the most timid artist.  Lily ponds, terraced gardens, tumbling mountain streams, and well groomed forest trails invite the artist to wander, linger, and create.  At the end of the day, unwind with a walk in the woods.  In the evening, you will want to gather around the fire to hear pioneer stories, roast marshmallows, and gaze at the stars, perfectly framed between lofty moonlit peaks.  Nearby, you will find a variety of accommodations, restaurants, resort facilities, fly fishing streams (some are catch and release), golf, unlimited hiking trails, and shops displaying the work of local artisans.  There is also year-round skiing on Mt. Hood, and of course the majestic Timberline Lodge, built by the CCC during the Depression.

Although step-by-step projects are completed in class, these fun and informative workshops are meant to provide the participant with the basic concepts needed to move confidently into the creation of original art.  Beginners are welcome.  Questions and experimentation are encouraged.  Art fundamentals such as:  drawing, color theory, value, contrast, and design are a key part of the workshop experience.  Workshops from the beginning techniques, to intense study groups, covering a variety of subjects -- each reflecting Claudia's realistic nature inspired style.  Most of the materials for the pen, ink, and watercolor classes are provided on a loan basis, as part of the workshop fee.  Student required materials are always listed in the workshop description.

Special Two day "theme" workshops are offered during the year, centered around specific subjects or techniques, in which students work both in the classroom and "out in the field," in sunlit meadows and shady mountain forest (weather permitting).  Inquire about private one-on-one art retreats, where the guest chooses the subject, and medium, and is immersed in the ultimate art experience.

You are invited to join Claudia for an art retreat at Brightwood Studios.  Let yourself be inspired by the majestic surroundings, invigorated by crisp mountain air, relaxed by bird songs, and pampered by sumptuous mountain meals.  And plenty of time to do what you like best -- sketching and painting.  classes are small with lots of individual attention given, and taught at a pace that will allow you to enjoy your creativity.


Class size is limited to 15, so reserve your choices of workshops early. 

To register this year, click on the button below the workshop description for either a Word document or a PDF document to printout and send in with your deposit.

2017 Brightwood Studio Workshop Schedule

Each workshop includes instruction, handouts, most materials, and lunch.  Limited camping (tent and/or RV) is available, by reservation, first come, first served.  Tent spaces are no charge, RV spaces are $10 per night and include water and a 15 amp electric hookup (no sewer connections).  There are RV parks, motels, and B & B's nearby in the area.

All two day workshops in 2015 are $235 per person. 

Sketch and Paint Pacific Northwest Wildflowers --  Friday & Saturday, April 28th & 29th, 2017


Join renowned artist/author Claudia Nice for a back-yard stroll in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  See the delicate spring wildflowers nestled in natures flower bed, beneath towering firs, hemlocks and cedars.  We’ll photograph them, gather a few and then return to the comfort of the studio to learn to make true-to-life watercolor paintings of them. Never sketched from life? That’s OK. You will be shown how to “see” and draw with fail-proof accuracy, using comparison techniques.  Claudia will teach you easy ways to mix and duplicate the translucent colors of their petals and a rich variety of greens to match their leaf hues . . . all from a simple palette of primary and secondary colors. You will learn how to apply, layer and blend watercolor washes to achieve the delicate look of real blossoms. If you wish to be able to capture wildflowers in your sketchbook journal or create a grouping of floral miniatures for your wall, this class will show you how in a fun and relaxed learning experience.  Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.

Supplies:  Bring an Arches watercolor pad or loose (9x12 or smaller) pages cut from a single sheet of Arches 140lb cold press watercolor paper.  Optional: Your favorite sketchbook journal.  Pencils, brushes, palette, paint and other needed supplies will be provided on a loan basis.

 Class will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and will include lunch and an afternoon snack. Cost is $235 per person.


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Drawing and Painting Weathered Buildings Workshop – June 23 and 24

In this relaxed workshop you will learn the basic perspective concepts that will allow you to sketch believable buildings in pencil, pen and ink.  Claudia makes the theory of perspective drawing both fun and understandable. Not too worry about your drawing ability, the final project is traced on to save time and stress. Then using pen and brush texturing techniques, we will create weathered wood siding, stone masonry, a rough hewn log structure, pole fencing and an old vine covered tree to add the drama of deep, dark cast shadows to the painting.  The completed project is shown below.  This workshop is geared for beginners, but intermediate and advanced artists will find it enjoyable, as creativity is encouraged.  A wonderful down-home style lunch and snack is served up each day to keep us energized.

Supplies Needed:

1 bottle of masking fluid with an applicator nozzle. The Masquepen or Daniel Smith Artist           Masking pen.  Micron Pigma pens (005) are OK for the sketching portion of the class.

1 piece of Arches 140lb. cold press watercolor paper

Sketchbook journal or several 8 x10 (or smaller) pieces of drawing paper to practice sketching old buildings.

A Koh- I-Noor Rapidograph in sizes in .25 or.30 and Universal India Ink (3080) .  Pens and ink will be available for classroom use if needed.

Optional: Your favorite watercolor brushes.

Watercolors, a watercolor palette, loaner brushes, backing boards and all other supplies will be provided on a loan basis. 

Class will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and will include lunch and an afternoon snack. Cost is $235 per person.


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