Workshops

Member Discounted, Open to the Public–
The Cincinnati Art Club hosts Workshops with nationally known instructors several times during the year. Instruction is in various media and often features the teacher’s specialized techniques. Most are two or three days of small group, high intensity learning. Improve your art with some of the best. Material requirements are part of the announcement or are sent to applicants upon registration.

Plein Air Adventure– Marlene Steele

April 19-21, 2024
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Join us for a Plein Air Adventure where we’ll explore natural scenery in light and shade to unleash your creativity!

Calling all landscape lovers! Get ready for the outdoor painting season with this plein air warm-up that will awaken your artistic spirit. Whether you’re an experienced artist or just starting out, this event is perfect for anyone who wants to get started with painting out in nature. Marlene will discuss the best practices and equipment for plein air painting, picking a good location, preliminary sketches, transporting wet canvases, natural occurrences, creature comforts, and a lot more.

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Portrait Painting Demonstration– Shalmah Prince

Sunday, April 28, 2024
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Come join us for a mind-blowing, Free Art Demo, where you’ll get the chance to learn from an artist who is represented in the White House Archives.

Cincinnati Art Club is happy to offer a free Sunday Afternoon painting demonstration. This will be an exciting in-person event where you can learn from a renowned artist whose portrait works can be found in the permanent archives of the White House. This is a unique opportunity to witness the creative process first-hand and gain valuable insights from Shalmah Prince, and how she creates unique portraits! As you watch the canvas come alive, listen to this true master talk of her experiences. Come away with some new ideas for your own life as an artist!

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Flowers in a Simple Still Life– Mary Beth Karaus

May 2-3, 2024
9:30 AM- 4:30 PM

Join Mary Beth Karaus for a fun and laid-back workshop where you’ll learn to create beautiful still-life compositions with flowers!

This exciting hands-on workshop is where you can explore your artistic side with flowers! You will learn the art of creating beautiful still life compositions using flowers as your subject. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn new techniques and unleash their creativity.

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Comparing Apples to Apples- Lon Brauer

Friday, August 23, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us at the Cincinnati Art Club for a unique event where we immerse ourselves into the “canvas world” of fine arts. This workshop, part of ViewPoint 56 national exhibition, will focus on the Lon Brauer’s approaches to improving one’s practice and techniques in art, literally and figuratively, just like comparing apples to apples.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this hands-on experience will broaden your artistic horizons. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, create, and connect with fellow art enthusiasts. See you there…and perhaps at ViewPoint, a free exhibition of artists works from around the country and the Greater Cincinnati region. See Club website for additional information on the ViewPoint exhibition: www.cincinnatiartclub.org/viewpoint

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Previous Workshops

Learning from the Master: Coomans’s, "A Classical Beauty"– Carin Hebenstreit

March 22-24, 2024
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

What can a celebrated 19th-century Belgian painter teach you? Learn from Carin Hebenstreit, one of Cincinnati’s expert portrait artists, as she shows how past excellence imparts innovative ways to beauty.

The painter Pierre Oliver Joseph Coomans, 1816 to 1889, was one of Belgium’s celebrated 19th-century artists. This lovely portrait will be the workshop subject. Students will learn about drawing, colors, textures, and values to bring this classical beauty to life. Join Carin Hebenstreit, as she guides the class to create their own masterpiece of Coomans.

Opening Artist's Eyes and Mind Thru Social Justice– Saad Ghosn & Jeff Casto

Two consecutive Sundays–
February 25 and March 3, 2024
1:00-4:30 PM

The Cincinnati Art Club joins with ‘SOS ART’ to offer FREE art workshops linked to the theme of social justice using different art techniques.

Social justice awareness opens the eyes and stimulates the minds of artists. Join us for this enlightening, in-person, and free workshop and jump into the powerful world of art and social justice as we explore the captivating theme of refugees. Reflect on the theme, get inspired and use your artistic voice to create in response, using a new technique, an artwork expressing your feelings, views, messages… shedding light on your own unique perspective.

Plein Air Workshop: The Harmony & Power of Color

September 8-10, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Debra Joyce Dawson, AIS, and Judge of the Cincinnati Art Club’s ViewPoint 55, will lead this 3-day workshop for those already working in oils, and for watercolor and acrylic painters who may be looking to transition to oils. Whether you have some or a lot of painting time under your belt, the ideas presented will broaden your knowledge base. Starting with design and value, you will move quickly towards the main focus of the workshop: planning and mixing harmonious or surprising color palettes; simplified ways of creating harmony; learning to mix, organize and apply clean colors; and experimenting with paint application.

Facial Features: The Nose & Mouth- Marlene Steele

Saturday, 10/07/2023 & Saturday, 10/14/2023

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Aclaimed Cincinnati artist Marlene Steele will focus on how to portray the nose and the mouth, facial features essential to depict character and expression. The workshop will be conducted on two Saturdays at the Wessel Gallery, Cincinnati Art Club, located at 1021 Parkside Place in Mt. Adams at the foot of Eden Park. “Facial Features: The Nose and Mouth,” is a five-hour total, two Saturday workshop on drawing the features of the human face.

The Hand Simplified with Marlene Steele

March 25, 2023
1:00 – 4:00 PM

“The Hand Simplified” is a three-hour+ workshop on drawing the human hand. The day will begin with instructor discussion and a demonstration on the hand structure and form. The group will then draw from a hand model. You should leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the hand, how to accurately render it, and have a greater confidence in your future work.

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Jacqueline Sullivan

Finding Your Muse
January 15 & 16, 2022

In this workshop we explore the idea that the “Muse finds you working”. Working in a series of small abstract paintings on paper, we will work quickly at the beginning of class, cranking out small series of paintings. Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. The speed of working will force us into working intuitively without putting two much thought into the work. Each series will develop from a given theme or technique that the instructor will present before the series is started. These small paintings will be used as sketches for larger works.

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John Michael Carter

Creating a Compelling Composition Around the Figure
Sept 17-19, 2021

The class will paint from costumed models in environments with an emphasis on identifying the design and value patterns that creates a convincing figure and a compelling composition. Mr. Carter will work and demonstrate with each student individually according to their skill level.

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Jenny Buckner

Animal Paintings with Energy and Life
March 26th – 28th, 2021

This workshop will center around painting animals with simple strokes and bold color. Jenny will show how to take a good photograph that will lead to a dynamic painting, emphasizing color and light. 

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MaryBeth Karaus

Oil Workshop – Painting the Structure and Essence of Flowers
May 1st – 2nd, 2021

In this workshop, we will spend both days discovering how to paint and express our love for peonies, roses, irises or other available beauties on this first week of May. 

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For additional learning opportunities check Continuing Ed