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art workshops

Adult Art Workshops

All workshops canceled due to COVID-19, but watch our website as we hope to reschedule as soon as it is safe.

Peter O’Brien Workshops

Friday and Saturday / 9:30am – 4:30pm

Sign up for one day or both days! 

$75 per student / per day

  • One finished painting a day
  • Please bring a sack lunch – coffee and water will be provided
  • Students must have their own equipment and supplies
  • A supply list will be given upon registration

March 27th & 28th Canceled
Focus on creating mood and drama in your paintings

April 10th & 11th Canceled
Limited Palette Paintings. The student will create 2 and 3 color paintings

May 8th & 9th Canceled
Mountains and Rivers. This class will look at the perspective, shape, and creation of mountains and rivers in landscape works.

Peter O'BrienPeter X O’Brien, award-winning watercolor artist, specializing in American Landscape and Cowboy Art as well as Golf Landscapes. 

His travels to working cattle ranches in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming allow him to capture the essence of the Western American lifestyle. Europe, Canada, and Mexico have inspired his paintings of International landscapes.

His paintings have been judged “Best of Show” at the Celebration of Western and Wildlife Art Show (twice), the St. Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show and the Ellensburg National Western Art Show.  His contemporaries (and gallery owners) consider him one of the most talented emerging artists in the United States and Europe.

Judy Fairley Workshop

May 29 – 31, 2020  Canceled
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
9:30am – 3:30pm

$225 for all 3 days

  • Please bring a sack lunch – coffee and water will be provided
  • Students must have their own equipment and supplies
  • A supply list will be given upon registration

This three day, intensive workshop will dive into the world of painting with pastels. Learn handy techniques and have fun with a wonderful teacher. It is open to all levels!

Judy FairleyJudy Fairley, is a national pastelist who taught pastel through Walla Walla Community College and has been an active member of the valley art center in Clarkston, WA for over 40 years. She grew up in Clarkston, where she and her twin sister helped on the family’s horse and cattle ranch. Her experiences while growing up have provided her with endless hours of painting material.

She has shown all over the United States and Canada and has been affiliated with “Women Artist of the West” for over 40 years as a signature member. She is an artist in residence at the Dahmen Artisan Barn in Uniontown, WA.

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.

Aletha Deuel Workshops

March 14, 2020 / 1:00 – 3:00pm – $25
Oil Mixing and Color Theory

April 11, 2020 / 5:00 – 8:00pm – $50
Block Printing Workshop

May 9, 2020 / 1:30 – 3:30pm – $25
Focus on Line and Design

June 6, 2020 / 1:30 – 3:30pm – $25
Framing & Matting (adults only)


Skills Building Workshop Descriptions

Oil Mixing and Color Theory

Practicing with oil paint to learn color theory and how to mix colors and create the perfect custom shade or tint to enhance your art.

Block Printing Workshop

Bring a small simple sketch of your design to class. You will transfer your design to the block and then carve out your design. 

Due to limits in our booking system software, you must book both class times. The class is planned for 3 hours (5-8pm), but we are allowing an extra hour if anyone needs more time.

Focus on Line and Design

Sketch your seascape on canvas and paint with acrylic. 

Framing & Matting (adults only)

Learn how to use and measure matting properly. This will include understanding proper frames and colors to make your work look professional. 

Optional Activities: Refinish or touch up an old frame. If you wish to do this optional activity, please bring a small work to practice (8 by 10 or less with an 11 by 14 frame).

More Information

Aletha’s workshops are for adults and mature teens with the exception of Framing and Matting – this workshop is for Adults Only. Attending teens should have a strong desire to want to learn advanced skills and have the ability to stay focused and work efficiently in class without causing distractions to the instructor and other students. It is recommended that teens registering for Aletha’s workshops have attended art classes at the Oldfield center or other venue and come with portfolio or teacher recommendation.

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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