Summer Workshops

2016 Summer Workshops

Beginning Watercolor Intensive 
with Leslie Baker

Day: Wednesday, August 17 & Thursday, August 18
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $100 for the two day workshop

This two day beginners workshop will take you through all the basics for getting started in watercolor or help you review techniques. The first day will cover how to organize your workspace and colors on a palette, mixing colors,basic wash techniques, layered transparencies, making darks and greys, controlling value in color and use of materials (papers, paints and brushes). Day two we will review day 1 techniques , view and discuss watercolor artist techniques and work on a painting. 

It is important even when first starting out to have at least one really good brush with spring and a good point, a few sheets of good paper and a few artist grade tube colors. 

A #6 sable brush or equivalent, a 1” flat acrylic brush, minimum 5 Sheets of Arches cold press watercolor paper 22 x 30 140lb paper, masking tape, palette with wells or lids from yogurt containers, paper towels, 2 water containers, pencil and eraser, small sketchbook. 

Suggested palette: 

Please use artist grade watercolor paints in tubes. Windsor Newton is good. If you have other kinds just purchase a tube of windsor yellow, windsor blue and bright red. 

Cadmium yellow light or medium 
Cadmium lemon or Hansa yellow light 
Yellow ochre 
Cad orange or indian yellow 


cerulean blue or manganese blue 
cobalt blue 
ultramarine blue 
phthalo Blue, windsor blue or prussian blue 

Cadmium red medium or light or bright red 
Alizarin crimson 

Dioxazine Purple or Windsor purple 

Earth tones : Burnt sienna, raw sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, yellow ochre

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Raku Workshop
with Lois Hirshberg

Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 9, 10, 11

Time:4:00 - 6:00PM Friday
        10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Pottery Studio/ The Pebble
Fee: $150 for the three day workshop

Raku firing, an ancient art of firing pottery developed by the Japanese,  is an exciting firing technique pots are placed into a hot kiln and, at precisely the moment the glaze melts (at about 1800 degrees), are removed with large tongs and placed into pits (trash cans) filled with newspaper, sawdust, wood chips or other organic materials. It is during this final smoking stage that the subtle colors and shadings of the clay and the crackling of the glaze emerge.  Raku firing is beautifully unpredictable.  Each piece is a unique creation, never to be duplicated. 

In this workshop, participants will learn how to achieve dramatic results from different firing techniques and surface preparation.  Raku, horse hair, tin foil saggar, and naked raku will be just some of the techniques that will be  experimented with. Participants will be inspired to develop their own personal style of firing. Discussions and experimentation will include color development, ware preparation, various use of fuels, kiln design, and preparation of combustible materials.   


Friday night will be an introduction to Raku firing – it’s process, history and how it has evolved in the Western world.  Also, glazing will be discussed and participants will begin glazing their bisqued pieces. Pot Luck Dinner?

Saturday and Sunday will be firing the kiln(s) – saggar and Raku.

Due to the two-day firing format, participants must supply their own bisque pieces. There is a limit in the number of firings possible during the two days so students may be advised to be selective in their choice of works to be glazed. All participants will have the opportunity to help with the firing. 

If possible, for the saggar firing, participants are asked to bring burnished pieces.  If available, terra sigillata may be used.  

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