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art workshops

Adult Art Workshops

Ned Mueller Virtual Workshops

Sept 24th & 25th, Oct 1st & 2nd (Workshop is 4 days)
Knowing and Applying the Principles and Principles of Design to Our Work

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

Ned Mueller Workshop

Oct 15th & 16th, Oct 29th & 30th (Workshop is 4 days)
Expressive Portrait Drawing

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

Ned Mueller Workshops
Ned is a “Designated Master” with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

He 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.

During my nearly two years of weekly classes at the Ned Mueller Studios, I not only learned the fundamentals of painting and good design, but most importantly, was encouraged and nurtured and given the confidence to enter the professional arena of the full time artist. It is the rare instructor that can share such a significant amount of knowledge while allowing all in the class to have a great time, in an equitable and highly entertaining environment. It is the rare artist who, despite a long and decorated career and a masterful style recognized internationally, can allow the novice the latitude to experiment and attempt to develop her own voice.

I heartily endorse and recommend Mr. Ned Mueller as an instructor. I can’t imagine a more qualified, kind and entertaining master teacher.

Valerie L. Collymore MD

Click for more information on: Knowing and Applying the Principles and Principles of Design to Our Work - Sept 24th & 25th and Oct 1st & 2nd

Applying the Principles and Elements of Design to our work - $350
Sept 24th & 25th and Oct 1st & 2nd

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

Students should have some basic drawing experience. 


This ONLINE workshop, September 24th and 25th and October 1st and 2nd... two weekends on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4;30 PM each day...  will focus on the process of getting a painting to work for you!

We will talk and I will also demonstrate by using the principles and elements of Design to make our paintings better.

  • We will do this by first creating small (6"x8", 8"x10") value studies and some color studies to get our concepts down to see what is working and what is not and employing those aspects of Design to make our paintings better. Understanding and applying those principles and elements are there for a good reason...and if applied will make your paintings better!
  • We will also look at works from other great Artists to see how they solve design issues. Because we are working Online,, we will use photo references and talk about how to use photography as a tool and inspiration, and not to copy.
  • You will learn how to "See as an Artist" ...to see in terms of Shapes, Values, Overlaps, Spacing and Edges. I am convinced that most paintings are ruined at the start one can apply these concepts to figures, portraits, still lifes, and landscapes..from classical, traditional, impressionism and abstracts.

Supply List: Don't get dissuaded by the long explanation below as it is mostly just that: explaining the process of using the supplies. Most of you probably have most of what you need. Art supplies have really gotten expensive and just do the best that you can!

Ned Mueller-Applying the Principles
Ned Mueller Workshop

Materials Needed for Class:
Supply List for Value studies and Color studies Workshop: For doing Value studies one may find a medium and surface that works best for you. I suggest trying different things to see what is most comfortable..you may find that a number of things will work or just one. I have used both black and white  and sienna tone mixtures in oil.
With the Sienna tones I use the same range, but am using Titanium White and Ivory Black, Cad orange, Cad Red and Transparent Brown Oxide to get the five tones...trying to mix them so they are all somewhat harmonious with each other. I will demonstrate that the first day.
Have a sharp knife or mat knife to taper the conte or compressed charcoal and sand paper to smooth it over. I will demonstrate all of that on the first day. The Conte sticks usually come in a container of two...but check the sticks to make sure they are not broken...the same with the compressed charcoal. The compressed charcoal I usually use is called the General brand. Also get a kneaded eraser.
The Color studies will all be done in Oil...there again, gouache or Acrylic may be an option.
I use canvas or linen panels for my oil studies...usually 6"x8" or 8"x10". One could use a 12"x16" panel and mark it up into four 6"x8" or cut the four out of it. I do my Bistre Conte and Compressed Charcoal on SMOOTH newsprint or a smooth bond paper. I would not recommend the vine charcoal as it really gets messy and is hard to control in doing small studies.
With the color studies, I use my regular palette of Titanium White, Cad Lemon, Cad Yellow Light, Cad Orange, Cad Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Brown Oxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Viridian, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black. I mostly use Bristle Brushes...Brights #2,#4,#6,#8,#10. I clean my brushes with mineral spirits and also use mineral spirits for my medium. I would advise against paper palettes if possible and use paper towels to wipe my  brushes and a scrapper and paper towel to clean my palette.
I have a drawing board and two clips that I use to hold my paper and hopefully you have some sort of easel to hold your panels to paint on.
Art supplies get expensive ,but try not to get the cheapest panels and cheapest paints as they often can be more frustrating and discouraging to use. Do the best you can. We will be working from photos and you may use your own...but I will need to OK them, or I have some great photos from all over the world and various subjects and landscapes that you may use.

Click for more information on: Expressive Portrait Drawing - Oct 15th & 16th and Oct 29th & 30th

Expressive Portrait Drawing - $350
Oct 15th & 16th and Oct 29th & 30th 

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 - Expressive Portraits
Ned Mueller Workshops
Materials Needed for Class:

  • One or two 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 $75 or less.

Recommended Books:
Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life, by George B. Bridgman
Sketch, by Zhaoming Wu
Drawing the Head and Hands, by Andrew Loomis

Peter X O’Brien In-Person Workshops

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

October 22 & 23

Workshop details TBA.

Peter X O'Brien Workshop Art Samples

Adult Book Binding

All Classes at The Center
Workshop lasts two days
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

November 12th & 13th


Basic Photography 

All Classes at The Center
Each day is a separate workshop
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 21 & 28

November 18

Open to students of all levels ages 16+. Must provide your own camera.

Peter X O'Brien Workshop Art Samples

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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