2017 Summer Workshops

Fundamentals of Abstract Painting

with Carolyn Evans

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

June 27, 28 & 29

Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $150 for the three day workshop plus an additional $50 materials fee

In teaching the fundamentals of abstract painting, I intend to share my thoughts about the process of painting from beginning a work to the exploration of possibilities until the painting is a complete idea.  To complete a painting there are certain standards that I believe are most important.  

We will explore:

Composition and its importance
The Use of color and its importance
Methods of painting with oil paint
Discuss Abstraction and editing

Artists are asked to bring a lunch/snack 

I have often said that painting is an act of playful exploration and a desperate need to find the meaning of my past, present, and future.  The memories of fishing in Louisiana, discovering the coast of New England, having a home of my own, and reflecting on my childhood conflicts made my paintings autobiographical in a subconscious way. The sculptures were different in that their form and formality took precedence and add a sense of playfulness to my subject.

I have always loved making things with my hands, making something out of nothing, and inviting my audience to investigate my paintings and sculptures, as one would dissect a poem. 

My recent paintings are mostly absent of my personal past and, instead, consider geometry, atmosphere, color, and rhythm above all. They are universal to the whims of imagination and closely related to discovery in the same way that jazz from notes progresses into a cognitive understanding.

Experience is still the best teacher and in my 69 years of learning, I continue to explore what is unknown to me as a work discloses itself in the act of my making it.

Artist Statement
March 2017 


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with Akira Satake

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 15, 16, 17

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Fee: $500 for three day workshop and materials
Location: The NEW* Pottery Studio

Please bring a lunch each day

Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. For him, the act of creation is a collaboration between himself, the clay and the fire, which means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural forces.

He will lead a hands on workshop involving both the handbuilding and throwing techniques he uses to make his tea ceremony bowls, teapots, ikebana vases, sculptural objects and more.

Participants will learn how to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Some techniques that will be demonstrated are:

brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces
applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel thrown or hand built pieces and then altering them
mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create the shapes
He will share his experience and knowledge in a discussion of the Japanese aesthetic. Participants will gain insight into finding the beauty in imperfection, the meaning of "wabi-sabi", and the importance of "ma" -- the space in between.


1st day:
Making slabs and applying kohiki slip.
Making yunomi, guinomi and chawan using the technique of applying a soft clay and sand mixture to the surfaces of the pieces.

2nd day:
Stretching kohiki slabs and shaping the pieces.
Wire cutting, stretching and tearing chunks of clay to build sculptural pieces.

3rd day:
Making kohiki pieces, such as tea pots and sculptural works.
Finish assembling all pieces.

To learn more about Akira Satake, please visit his website: 

Enrollment at capacity 

with Ed Chesnovitch

Friday & Saturday
September 22 & 23

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Fee: $250 for the two day workshop
Location: The Pebble

Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive painting application. This workshop, for soft pastels, will focus on painting landscape that have light, color and attitude! The workshop will start by focusing on how to edit and simplify a complex landscape with strong simplified compositions. Notans and thumbnail sketchs will be key. We will then move on to simplifying the way you start a pastel painting, underpainting techniques, followed by significant color choices and a broad vocabulary of mark making to push a painting further. Simplify your approach, get creative, have FUN! This class will be a mix of studio and outdoor painting, and open to all levels.

Ed Chesnovitch, an East Sandwich/Cape Cod based artist, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he majored in Visual Design. Upon graduation he spent the next 20 years in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and creative director for retail giants; Macy’s , Bloomingdale’s, Revlon and Lord & Taylor. While living in New York City he studied extensively at The Art Students League of New York, and the Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is an elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in Gramercy Park, New York City, and a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, where he served on its board as President. His work is included in both public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, as well as the 2013 published book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea, by Deborah Forman. Ed is represented on Cape Cod, by Left Bank Gallery, Orleans and Wellfleet, MA.

Instructor website: www.chesnovitch.com

Suggested supply list 

Bring a full box of soft pastels. Do not bring oil pastels! 
As many soft pastels as you can get without breaking the bank.
Color range and values are more important than size of sticks.

Hard Pastels – NuPastel or Prismacolor Brand- NOT REQUIRED, BUT VERY HELPFUL
**sanded pastel paper –
I recomend using Uart 400 or 500 grade
4 - 6 sheets no smaller than 12x16 the bigger the better

Portable Easel
Sketch pad, 
woodless Graphite pencil (6B or 8B,)
View Finder
Compressed charcoal
Black sharpie
1 sheet of foamcore for your “backing board” to work on
an inexpensive 1” flat wash brush
old towel or sheet for under your easel
container for water
Isopropyl Alcohol, 91%
Camera, Ipad or Iphone to shot reference images
Landscape photo reference

Bring what you can afford!
Don’t worry if you don’t have everything! This is a suggested supply list.
Contact Ed with any questions at ecart@comcast.net

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More Workshops Coming Soon!