Teaching Schedule

Workshop Overview •    For registration, supply lists and other details, please refer to vendor website links within each description •    Please check back from time to time, for updates & details about additional upcoming workshops •    All skill levels are invited, unless noted otherwise •    Age requirement is typically 12 and up •    Workshops usually fill; early sign-up is recommended •    See TEACHING for student comments & testimonials •    Please ask to be added to the mailing list if you'd like to receive teaching updates: Andie Thrams Watercolors in the Wild: Sierra Flora June 5 - 10, 2016 San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Station Details & Registration: Sierra Nevada Field Campus This in-depth all outdoors art retreat will give you clear start-to-finish instruction on the methods, materials, and magic of painting with watercolors in the field to reveal the unique beauty, palette, and complexity of Sierra flora. Forays to Lakes Basin, Yuba Pass, and around Camp, will allow time to sink into the mountains, identify and study early summer wildflowers, and practice painting strategies designed to demystify watercolor and empower your own creative process. You’ll take home a comprehensive collection of studies for future reference and inspiration. SUMMER FIELD STUDIES in ALASKA Field Studies: Summer's Color Palette July 30 - 31, 2016 The Net Loft, Cordova, Alaska Details & Registration: The Net Loft Color mixing may be a joyful process or a frustrating one, depending on each artist’s awareness. This workshop will delve deeply into the ancient language of color and explore new ways to mix watercolors with ease and delight. We will work both systematically and intuitively, creating a beautiful color wheel and a series of studies for future reference. Our focus will be summer’s palette, as we observe and mix the colors of leaves, flowers, berries, lichen, and fungi. You will receive clear in-depth instruction on watercolor technologies, color interaction, how color creates mood, what colors you are drawn to, and how to use this knowledge to empower your painting vision. Our studies will be applicable to watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil, ink, and will especially helpful in Andie’s second Cordova workshop, “Field Studies: Forest Flora & The Artist’s Book.” Field Studies: Forest Flora & The Artist's Book August 5 - 7, 2016 The Net Loft, Cordova, Alaska Details & Registration: The Net Loft Experience the elusive creative space between care and abandon as you invite forest magic into the making of an artist’s book. We'll wander outdoors, take notes, study colors, sketch shapes, glean ideas, and collect forest objects. In the studio, we’ll paint shimmering surfaces for our book pages and covers, inspired by forest flora. Once dry, our paper will have a surface wonderfully primed for building additional layers of drawing, painting, and writing in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Directed experiments will dance between control and wildness, using watercolor, ink, gouache, and pencil to develop imagery and content. All will come together as your work is bound into an accordion-folded artist’s book, full of forest energies. Cascade Head Butterfly Ecology & The Artist's Book September 6 - 9, 2016  Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon Details & Registration: www.sitkacenter.org Combine careful field study with artful abandon in the studio during this special opportunity to learn and make art about the Oregon silverspot butterfly! The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon Coast Field Steward, Catherine Dunn, will share her coastal ecology expertise during our gentle Cascade Head field trip. Andie will share techniques for writing and rendering field observations, sketches, and inner responses. We’ll study coastal ecology and butterfly natural history; render their shapes and shimmering colors with watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil; and explore butterfly-related myths and metaphors. Your field work will transform into two accordion-folding artist’s books combining color, responsive imagery, and written observations. Wild Forest Wild Art: Forest-Inspired Drawing & Painting September 30 - October 2, 2016  Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes, California Details & Registration: www.pointreyes.org Making art in wild places is powerfully transforming, yet can be so overwhelming. A series of studies designed to get us all working with ease in the wild will focus on autumnal forest subjects and the unique response and mark of each individual. During gentle forays outdoors, we will collect ideas and leaves, and experiment with painting techniques using watercolor, gouache, and ink. Projects and demonstrations will include field-friendly approaches for mixing accurate colors, seeing and capturing gesture, form, detail, light and shadow, as well as finding ways to deepen your own mark and gesture. We will work in layers, with both care and wild abandon, to conjure up a sense of complexity found in wild forests. You’ll leave with a series of inspiring processes for creating images in the field as well as strategies to continue with your work in the studio. All levels welcome. Accommodations included at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center. Wild Yoga & Wild Art in Hawaii: A Retreat with Dennis Eagan & Andie Thrams on the Big Island  January 24 - 31, 2017    Immerse yourself in the nurturing pursuits of yoga, art making, and island explorations during a blissful week in Hawaii! The quieter pursuits of watercolor painting, journal keeping, meditation, pranayama, and restorative yoga will balance our more vigorous activities of vinyasa yoga, hiking, swimming, and snorkeling. This retreat is limited to 12 participants, and all levels of yoga and art experience are invited. To receive our info packet: Andie Thrams ThramsInForestsVol22Pg8_9Web   Please check back here from time to time for updates & details about additional upcoming workshops like these... Field Journal Studies Andie will share her ever-evolving field techniques for capturing plant gesture and detail through demonstrations, discussions, and guided experiments.  With a field journal and lightweight tools in hand we'll wander freely, making marks to evoke native flora. We'll identify and sketch plants, observe the unique patterns and designs of individual plants, and combine writing and imagery to create beautiful field journal pages.Everyone will end the day empowered to continue using the journal as a place to record observations, gather inspiration, and develop ongoing creative themes and projects. Botanical Explorations: Papermaking & The Artist's Book Create a unique artist's book inspired by the forests! Your book will hold handmade paper pages embedded with natural treasures collected from the forest, field drawings, notes and painted illuminations. You'll take home your artist's book, a stack of beautiful sheets for future projects, and your own paper making equipment. Watercolor Intensive: Methods, Materials & Magic Water plus pigment generates powerful alchemies to reveal wildness. User-friendly instruction will cover using watercolor materials, techniques, tools, and magic properties to empower your painting. You'll study pigment & brand properties, paper choice & prep, types & care of brushes, effects of gum arabic & ox gall, color mixing strategies, wet into wet & glazing, painting in layers, and finishing options. You’ll emerge with one completed painting and numerous studies for future reference. Native Botanicals: Color Studies in the Wild In this hands-on class, we’ll carefully observe native spring flora for an in-depth study of pure color. Andie will cover painting wet into wet, glazing, and using gouache to build layers of accurate color. Exercises will demystify color theory and build a reference source for color mixing and painting strategies applicable to watercolor, gouache, ink, acrylic, and oil. We’ll discuss color theory, paint properties, and other art materials. You’ll head home with a series of powerful color studies for future reference and inspiration. No previous art experience is required. Native Botanicals: Watercolors in the Wild Inspired by individual plants in bloom, we will paint a sequence of meditative watercolor studies to conjure up the magic of spring in our painting. We’ll build on Saturday’s color studies, using watercolor and gouache to create shimmering surfaces and evoke the luminosity, complexity, and botanical details we see in the Botanic Garden. You’ll complete a series of studies that evoke native spring flora and inspire future painting in the field. Saturday’s color studies class or previous color mixing experience is suggested. Wild Forest Wild Art  Respond to the forest by creating a collection of mixed media drawings and paintings. Out under the trees, we’ll make marks, find objects, and glean ideas to transform your studio process and uncover ongoing creative themes. Sequenced studies with watercolor, ink, gouache, and pencil will document the energies of the forest and your own inner wilderness. Individual Artist Mentoring & Creativity Coaching The 2016 session is closed For information about mentoring in 2017 please be in touch: Andie Thrams Andie works privately with a limited number of students each year. Individual mentoring empowers each artist to work at a deeper level by removing stumbling blocks and identifying the techniques, tools, processes, and professional practices that will take your art vision from the imagined to the real. Andie's Not-So-Secret Secret Color Mixing Tip One of the colors I always have on hand, especially to mix greens for painting foliage and browns for trees, is (believe it or not), PURPLE! And, there are really interesting reasons why this is true. Here is a hint: take a look at the greens you most likely have in your palette already. What do you think you might need to add to them to get closer to a green you actually see in leaves? Often this may be a bit of blue... But, adding only blue can make a green that is too blue-green, with way too much punch for nature's subtler greens... So, then what? If you think about the power that complementary colors have over each other, then you have your final hint! I always discuss and demo using PURPLE to mix beautiful alive greens when I teach. And, by the way, most the greens you see on this page have some PURPLE in the mix. See you out there! Here is a link to a favorite essay  It addresses the importance of allowing ourselves to "experience untrammeled idleness," especially in connection to our creative work: The Mother of Possibility  Page-spread-adjWP