Adult Art Workshops

Workshop: Painting With the Masters
Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018 | 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (30 min lunch)

One of the oldest methods for developing oil painting skills is to copy master artworks from museums. This process allows art students to discover the techniques Masters of the past have studied and perfected. The end result may not be a duplicate painting, but an exploration of methods.

The Dalles Art Center and Maryhill Museum of Art are partnering to give you an opportunity to explore Maryhill’s collection and choose a masterwork from the exhibition highlighting Classical Realism. Over the course of four weeks, established artist Chris Pothier will lead you through this extraordinary, time-honored tradition.

All skill levels are welcome. Classes are held in the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center at Maryhill Museum of Art.

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Cost: $150.00; includes four free passes (for April 2018) to the Maryhill Museum of Art for further study of your work. To register call The Dalles Art Center at 541.296.4759 or Maryhill Museum of Art at 509-773-3733 ext. 25 by March 28, 2018 (deadline for registration).

Workshop:  DaVinci Initiative: Classical Realism Methods    
Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, 24, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ateliers are schools that train students in realism skills. They are often led by one teacher who inherited hundreds of years of collective artistic information from another atelier-trained artist. One example is Paul Ingbretson, who currently runs an atelier in Manchester, New Hampshire. He trained with R.H. Ives Gammell, who trained under William McGregor Paxton, who trained under Jean-Léon Gérôme, whose lineage goes all the way back to Jacques-Louis David. The DaVinci Initiative supports the same type of skill-based arts instruction in K-12 classrooms, with the intent of fostering creativity by providing students with a wide range of artistic tools. Using atelier-based training methods and resources, this workshop, led by artist Mandy Theis, will help teachers integrate skill-based methods into their classroom to develop artistic proficiency.

Cost:  $220 Maryhill members and members of WAEA/OAEA / $230 Non-Members. Includes coffee, refreshments, boxed lunch, all supplies, and certificate for 30 Clock Hours. Graduate credit may be earned at an additional expense through The Heritage Institute at Antioch University. To register, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25 by March 15 or email

Mandy Theis is a certified K-12 art teacher and Co-President of the Washington Art Education Association. She graduated from the four-year program at the Aristides Atelier in Seattle, and has also studied classical drawing at the Corry Studio of Figurative Art, Mims Studios and Ingbretson Studios. She has eight years of classroom experience, and teaches professional development workshops for art teachers and artists.

Summer Art Institute: Game Changer— The Arts and Social Justice
July 23 – 27, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily

This five-day intensive program will strengthen your knowledge of art while integrating the visual arts into your lives—where you work, live and play. This year, we explore the inspiring intersection the arts and social justice specifically using art to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate individuals to promote social change to the world we live in. The Institute is led by Maryhill’s executive director, Colleen Schafroth, and features guest artists and presenters throughout the week. Extracurricular activities can include visits to artist’s studios and regional institutions.

Cost: $195 members / $215 non-members; to register call 509 773-3733 or email Clock hours will be available at no additional cost.