Jane Jones

Transparent Illusions - Successful Techniques and Strategies for Painting Glass

Sept 16-21, 2018 (Four Teaching Days)

Glass objects within a painting can add sparkle and interest, and creating illusions of glass successfully feels like such a wonderful accomplishment! Like you have your own magic wand for painting. Jane is very excited about teaching this workshop. It took her many years to learn how to paint really convincing illusions of clear, colored and cut glass. In this workshop, she going to share her experience with students so that you can feel confident about creating these magical illusions in your paintings. She has figured how to paint glass so that she can paint any glass illusion successfully, and she will to teach you everything that she knows...tricks, strategies, and techniques.

When you know how to THINK about painting glass, the mysteries about how to create something that is transparent with opaque paint will vanish and leave you with great illusions of glass. Throughout the workshop you will learn how to create strategies for the class painting and for YOUR own work. Each day we will work together to create your marvelous illusions so that by the end of the workshop you will be adding the final highlights and details that make magic in your painting.

Demonstrations will be done every day to show you how to do the day's painting, and then she will be there to help coach you through the process. You will begin with painting some simple transparent glass, and then painting colored glass, and some cut glass. Each person will receive a drawing to trace, and several photos to work from, as well as notes and some written instructions, including the color mixes. We will work slowly and carefully so that you can understand what you are doing and why. This way, you will know how to take what you learn in the workshop and use it in your own compositions.


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Jones is a Denver native and continues to live near there at the foot of her beloved Rocky Mountains, where the light that she loves is bright and clear, and the seasons, which influence her work, are definite in their character and moods. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1976, Jones says of the education that “Looking into the lives of cells, plants and animals gave me a glimpse into the awesome power of living things and an incredible respect for them”, which informs her work today. Later Jones graduated from art school, and went on to earn a Masters of Arts degree in Art History, which she taught at two colleges in the Denver area for over 20 years. Through art history studies, she came to know the lives and styles of many of the master artists of the past. Two artists whose work has influenced her are Michelangelo for his dedication to his work, clarity of composition and communication, and the paintings of Johannes Vermeer have influenced her aesthetic of light in painting as well as her technique. The Dutch still life and floral masters have enriched Jones’ sense of historical roots in subject matter. They remind her that an appreciation and aesthetic of beauty in ordinary things has a long and rich tradition. She has embraced these historical influences but it is her belief that each artist must be of their own time and place. Jones uses these influences to create paintings that are contemporary and based in her own aesthetics, beliefs and life experiences. Her art reflects her academic studies as well as her passion for the power, beauty, and fragility of life.

Jones’ work is exhibited nationally in museums and galleries. Her paintings have won numerous national awards including the Award of Excellence in Blossoms II: Art of Flowers at the Naples Museum of Art in 2011, the Floral Award in the Annual Exhibition of the International Guild of Realism in 2013, and she is the author of Classic Still Life Painting. The Artist's magazine has published many articles authored by Jones since 1999. She currently teaches at The Art Student’s League of Denver, which is based on the format and traditions of its namesake in New York. 

I hope you will join me for this workshop that so many people have asked me to teach! It’s the workshop that I wish I had attended so many years ago!

Level: All levels, but you will need good brush control for precise painting and know how to blend oil paint. If you have any concerns or questions about your skills, please contact Jane and she will be happy to help you to evaluate your skills.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $525
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $545
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $635
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/16
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9/17-9/20
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session
Dinner - See Optional Events Below

Thursday, 9/20
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 9/21
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.