From Traditional to Abstract
Mixed Media & Wire Drawing
May 23-28, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)
Returning for the 4th year in 2021
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If you are wanting to step out of the box and change traditional subjects to more abstract designs, this is the workshop for you! The most common subject will be developed into an exciting abstract or semi-abstract composition. Design scares many people, but Karen has fun color exercises that make design easy! Wire drawing (the practice of using permanent markers to make things look like a wire sculpture) makes it possible to turn traditional subjects into contemporary designs. Major breakthroughs are bound to happen. Mixed media will be used, with acrylic being the main medium.
Karen Knutson is known for her ability to teach good design and help students loosen up. She thoroughly loves teaching
watercolor, collage, and acrylic workshops nationwide. Her workshops are filled with techniques to make painting fun
and easy. She believes that painting should be fun, but also teaches a strong sense of composition. Karen is a signature
member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, San Diego Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society,
Missouri Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, Minnesota Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society,
Northern Plains Watercolor Society, and Northstar Watercolor Society. She has won many awards, both locally and
nationally. Her paintings are featured in Splash 6, Watercolor, Fun and Free, and Searching for the Artist Within,
Watercolor- The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor without Boundaries, The Artistic Touch 4, Watercolor, Making your
Mark, and the magazine, Watercolor Magic (Aug.’04). She was featured in Watercolor Artist magazine as “Ones to
Watch” in the December 2016 issue. Karen has 2 videos, produced by Creative Catalyst, that were recently released.
I paint watercolors because I love the freedom that the paint has on the paper. I like watercolor for its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed adding collage to my watercolor paintings, because I love the textures and the color discoveries of collage. My paintings are starting to be more abstract with usually something that is recognizable in the painting. I used to be drawn to paintings for their colors, but now I’m drawn to paintings with dynamic design. First and foremost, I like to have fun while I paint, and I’m constantly trying out new things, so that I will grow as an artist. I feel like the luckiest person alive to be able to do something that I love so much!
This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Intermediate to Advanced Levels.
Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $535
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $610
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $725
If 6-7 students attend class (all teaching days): $915
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $450
(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
Sunday, May 23
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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - May 24-27
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
Thursday, May 27
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
Friday, May 28
Depart - check-out time is 10:00
Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Wednesday Noon & 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 $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.
2021 COVID Precautions
It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.
- Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
- Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
- Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
- Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.
A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet.
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.
Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...