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Adult Art Workshops

Ned Mueller Virtual Workshops

May 20, 21 & 22
Expressive Portrait Drawing

May 27, 28 & 29
The Art of Seeing / Design 101

All Classes via Zoom
9:30 am – 4:00 pm Pacific Time

Ned Mueller WorkshopsNed exhibits his work in some of the finest shows and galleries in the country and has won numerous awards. He has been invited to participate in the Great American Artist Show, Artists of America Show, Plein Air Painters of America, Oil Painters of America, National Academy of Western Art, Knickerbocker Show, and many more. Ned has had two exhibitions and put together two group exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum and gave a demonstration and workshop at the Seattle Art Museum. He continues to challenge and improve his work on location and in the studio.
Click for more information on: Expressive Portrait Drawing - May 20, 21, & 22

Expressive Portrait Drawing - $350
May 20, 21 & 22

All Classes via Zoom
9:30 am - 4:00 pm Pacific Time

Some drawing skills are required for this class

This ONLINE workshop will concentrate on learning how to draw and construct a fine expressive portrait over three days.

  • You will learn the simple basic proportions of the head and to develop and sharpen your eye to see the placement of the major features.
  • We will work in Bistre Conte and/or compressed charcoal as they are very flexible and useful in learning this process.
  • You will learn some fairly easy steps in getting the proportions and structure of the head using photographs of models that show off the structure and planal changes of the head along with a strong light and shadow pattern to work from.
  • You will learn how to break the head down into simple value patterns and with the use of lost and found edges make a more compelling portrait.
  • We will go over the generic structure of the individual features of the face, those being the eye, nose, mouth and ear so you get a strong understanding of these features.
  • You will learn how to see and interpret the forms and values to get a strong likeness.

Mastering the discipline and training of the mind and eye to do a good portrait will translate and help you in other areas of your art as you will become more accurate and confidant in observing and editing the important elements, whether you are doing a portrait, still life or a landscape. We will all be looking at other Artists that are doing quite exceptional work. I will give plenty of group demonstrations and individual attention through the duration of the course. You will work hard, learn a lot, indulge our humorous side and we will have a lot of fun doing it! The materials are quite simple and little expense, for learning and doing so much.

Ned Mueller Workshops

Materials Needed for Class:

  • One SMOOTH, 18 x 24 inch newsprint pad and/or a smooth white bond paper type Pad.
  • Two or three BISTRE conte sticks and/or two or three 2b compressed charcoal sticks.
  • One kneaded eraser
  • One matte knife
  • Sandpaper to to file and smooth the conte or charcoal down to a point
  • A few soft paper towels.
  • One drawing board large enough to hold your 18 x 24 newsprint pad
  • Clips to hold the pad or paper to the board.

You should be able to get everything for around $60 or less.

Click for more information on: The Art of Seeing / Design 101 - May 27, 28 & 29

The Art of Seeing / Design 101 - $350
May 27, 28 & 29

All Classes via Zoom
9:30 am - 4:00 pm Pacific Time

This is an intermediate level class.

A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself.

Mueller will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept, to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting.

  • The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them.
  • Students will work on counter- change, color harmony, and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color.
  • We will talk about seeing things in a more “ Abstract” way…. not to see mountains, water, trees, etc. so literally, but to see them as an interesting arrangement of shapes and colors. One then starts to think more as an “Artist” and to find your own voice.
  • Students should be prepared to work from their own photos and/or field studies. I will have a great large selection of photos from around the country and world..portraits, figures, and landscapes.
  • I will critique your work each morning.
  • The first day bring a couple of your favorite paintings or a couple you would like critiqued and each morning on Saturday and Sunday.

Starts, mistakes and failures could be the order of the day, but, “We will make mistakes, work hard, and have a good time doing it!"

The first day we will probably just be doing smaller value studies to get some ideas and designs for more finished work. Doing some color studies in the 6"x8" to 8"x10" range will also resolve a lot of issues before doing larger paintings. We will focus on the “process” of creating a painting and so polished, “finished” paintings may not be the order of the day and also takes off the pressure of trying to get that finished painting that can get in the way of learning the process, which is more important.

Ned Mueller Workshops

Materials Needed for Class:

  • Oil Paints: Titanium white, cadmium yellow lite, cadmium orange, cadmium red lite, alizarin crimson, transparent brown oxide, chromium green oxide, viridian, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, ivory black.
  • Brushes: I mostly use bristle brushes, mainly filberts and brights #2,#4,#6,#8,#10. I usually have at least two or three of each. I will use some round sables for detail or to sign my name.
  • I mostly use ready made oil primed linen panels to paint on, anywhere from 4"x6" to 8”x10” for value or color studies. Bring a variety of sizes including 8”x10” to 12”x16" to paint on. Some places to get panels are: www.CanvasPanels.comwww.newtraditionsartpanels.com,www.windriverarts.com. Linen panels are a bit expensive and a good canvas panel will do.
  • Have a good easel such as the French easel, backpack easel or one of the many good pochade paint boxes on the market. Some of them are:www.artworkessentials.com, and www.openboxm.com.
  • Have a good size container to clean your brushes with and a small cup for your medium. I use odorless Turp to clean brushes and for my medium.
  • I usually use a glass or plexiglass palette, wood palettes are fine as are the fold out palette pals. Please, no paper palettes.
  • I have a palette knife and/or a scraper to clean my palette and a roll of soft paper towels to clean my palette and brushes with.
  • Soft 6B or 8B graphite pencils and sketch paper or a few sheets of layout bond paper for value studies...you could also do them in oils by premixing four or five value puddles.
  • Equipment and paints do get expensive, and do the best you can, but cheap paints,brushes and panels can really keep a person from doing their best work. 
  • Bring some of your own favorite photos to work from and I will have a large selection of my photos that you can work from.. I have great photos of landscapes, figures, and portraits from all over the  country and world for you to use!
  • Bring a good sense of humor and we will work hard and have a good time doing it!!

Kyle Paliotto In-Person Workshops

All Classes at The Center
Each day is a separate workshop
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 16th & 17th


In this workshop you will take your paintings further by adding a stronger light effect and personality. Students will refine the vision and purpose of their work. This will be achieved through lighting and identifying the character of the work. This workshop is perfect for all levels as we will be touching on the building blocks of painting, composition, drawing, values, edges and color. Kyle will have photos for students to work from, but is happy if students wish to bring their own.

All levels welcome.

Peter X O'Brien Workshop Art Samples

Peter X O’Brien In-Person Workshops

All Classes at The Center
Each day is a separate workshop
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

July 30
Watercolor Basics $90
“Barn Reflections” or “River Shack”

July 31
Watercolor Basics $90
“Cascade Colors”

Additional Workshops

August 27 & 28
October 22 & 23

This workshop will focus on creating various textures as well as painting reflections in water. By the end of the day the student will take home an 11×14” watercolor  painting

All levels welcome.

Peter X O'Brien Workshop Art Samples

Jim Lamb In-Person Workshops

All Classes at The Center
Each day is a separate workshop
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Join artist Jim Lamb in honing your craft! These two workshops are a series but attendance in both is not mandatory.

 Purchase both days for $270 

August 6
Creative strong design : $150

The central focus of this workshop will be to discuss and demonstrate the most basic of design principles for creating paintings that have solid design structure to them. It will not be our purpose to complete “finished” paintings.  Finished paintings can only come after we learn how to design our paintings. 

August 7
Mixing Beautiful Harmonious Colors : $150

This class will illustrate how many fantastic color combinations are possible without having to invest in 20 tubes of various expensive paint colors.

Jim Lamb, photo taken by Ned MuellerJim Lamb was born in Hamilton, Montana and grew up in the Puget Sound area of the Pacific Northwest. In 1973, in Southern California, Jim began his professional illustration art career after serving four years in the US Navy and studying at the Art Center of Los Angeles. That career lasted 15 years until 1988 when he entered the fine art world of painting for galleries, limited edition collectible print companies, and teaching fine art painting skills, which extend to this day.
Jim is a member of the California Art Club, a signature member of the Laguna Pleinair Painters Association, and has exhibited his work in the Art Club’s annual prestigious Gold Medal Exhibition, the Laguna Art Museum, as well as exhibitions sponsored by the Pleinair Washington Artists, and the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists.

In addition to his fine landscape paintings being included in private collections throughout the United States, Lamb’s work has literally been seen around the world in the form of limited-edition prints, collectible plates, greeting cards, puzzles, posters, apparel, U.S. postage stamps, sculptures, and many other forms.

Cottonwoods on the River
Montana Hay

How to Register

Registration is done online for our workshops. Click the “Workshop Registration” button and make sure the date of the workshop you are interested in is selected. Then click the “Book” button. Some workshops you can select to attend one day or multiple days. Other workshops you can only register for the entire multi-day workshop. If the workshop is shows you need to register for each day (such as Peter O’Brien) and you wish to attend both days, you will select the second day after you have filled out the information. Several of the questions asked pertain to our kid’s art classes. Please type in “N/A” as all fields require input. Once you have filled out the information and created a username and password, you can then select “Add Another Booking” if you wish to attend both days of the workshop. The last step will prompt you to pay. If you have previously registered for a class or workshop, you will be able to sign in and go straight to the payment section. Online registration closes a few minutes prior to the start of the workshop.

We are a nonprofit organization and in order to keep our tuition rates low we are sorry but we are unable to offer refunds.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to class?

Please dress according to the weather, but make sure you wear something that could get dirty.  Even adults can get paint on their clothes.

Do I need supplies?

To keep workshop prices down, supplies are not included. You will be emailed a list of supplies after you register.

Where do I park?

There is street parking along 9th Ave SW between Fairview Drive and S. Meridian. You can also park along 4th St SW or the green grass lot across from the red gate at the intersection of 4th St SW and 9th Ave SW.

Where is the entrance to the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage and Art Center?

We are located inside the Red Gate of the WA State Fairgrounds — 9th Ave SW between Fairview Drive and S. Meridian. To the left of the red-roofed ticket counters — look for a big blue hanging sign that says “Fred’s Creative Kids Art Classes.” You will enter through a black iron gate and then into the building on the left through the brown door.

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