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art workshops

Adult Art Workshops

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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