Wildacres Retreat Wildacres Lodge

JULY 15-21, JULY 22-28, OCTOBER 15-21, 2018

Announcing the Wildacres Art Workshops for 2018. Below are the classes that will be offered, the teachers, and the tuition.

WEEK I: July 15-21, 2018

WEEK II: July 22-28, 2018

WEEK III: October 15-21, 2018

* Denotes new classes

Check-in will begin at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 15; Sunday, July 22 and Monday, Oct. 15 with checkout after breakfast on the final day. Tuition includes all classes and room and board, (6 nights and 17 meals), based upon 2 people per room. Single rooms, if available, will have an additional fee of $250. Classes will be held each morning from 9:15-12:15, with teachers being available as needed throughout the day. Studios are open and available all day, every day. Meals are served at 8 am, 12:30 pm, and 6 pm. (Dinner on the opening night will be at 6:30 pm.)

Complete class descriptions and teacher biographies appear below. Supply lists for each class will be provided by the teachers after registration.

All classes are available on a first-come basis. To register, please complete this form, along with a deposit check of $300 made payable to Amy Rice Blumenthal. Deposits are refundable until June 15, 2018 for Weeks I and II, and Sept. 15 for Week III. Mail to Amy Blumenthal (WAW), at 4015 Foxcroft Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211. Final payments will be due no later than June 15, 2018 for the July classes and Sept. 15 for the October class.

For further information or questions about any of the classes, please contact the individual teachers. (See below.) Most teachers prefer to use email. If you have any general questions, please contact Linda Vesely at (828) 765-8400, or at pinecrossings@bellsouth.net.

Class Descriptions and Teacher Biographies

(Listed alphabetically by teacher)

SETH BARENDSE (seth.barendse@gmail.com; 503-265-9589) has been working with clay for the past 20 years. He received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2011. During the past 16 years he has taught ceramics at Booker High School's Visual Arts Program, workshops at Wildacres and on campus for Ringling College, and was the studio manager at the State College of Florida. He assisted Cynthia Bringle's workshop at Penland School of Craft in 2015. His work has been exhibited in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon and California.

***Pottery/Clay: Forms, Finishes and Fire (Weeks I, II, III) (for class description, please see Annette Sidner)

GREG BARNES (gbarnesnc@yahoo.com; 704-534-1029; www.barnesstudios.com) received a BFA from Wake Forest University in 1985. He began painting full time following the 9/11 incident of 2001, when he realized "life is short". He studied with Albert Handell and Scott Christensen early in his professional career. Currently he tours the country displaying his paintings in national art festivals, participating in plein air events, and teaching workshops. Annually he earns numerous awards for his pastel paintings, including the "Artists Choice" award at the Aspen Plein Air Invitational, July 2012, and recently first place honors at the Cashiers Plein Air event in July 2016. 

***Studio Painting (Oil and Pastel) with Greg Barnes (Week I)
Explore the impressionist style with award winning artist Greg Barnes as your personal guide. Greg tailors his instruction to reach all levels from beginning pointers to advanced techniques. Working from photographs or smaller studies, the class will focus on capturing the essence of a scene through design, color harmonies, and intuitive interpretation. Although Greg's preferred mediums are pastel and oil, acrylics are welcome. Each class begins with a pastel or oil demonstration and lecture by Greg, focusing on different aspects of producing a captivating painting. The remaining time will be spent at your easel, painting from your own photos or ones supplied by Greg. He will visit each easel as you paint, giving individual instruction and personal attention. The class will finish with a critique of each student's work. 

***Plein Air Painting (Week II)
Get ready to jump head first into this exciting immersion of plein air painting, demonstrations, and artistic camaraderie. Explore the medium of soft pastels or oil with award winning artist Greg Barnes as your personal guide. Topics covered will range from beginning pointers to advanced techniques in capturing the beautiful scenery around Wildacres. The outdoors will become your studio and each day Greg will instruct how he composes on site and how to get the most out of your materials. During the week we will paint primarily outdoors, with each day consisting of demonstrations, painting, individual instruction, and critiques. Whether you choose to work in oil or pastel, Greg seeks to instruct you in a way that will carry with you long after the week has ended. 

*** Studio and Plein Air Painting (Week III)
In this class we will be focusing on doing Plein air sketches in the field and then creating studio paintings based on those studies. The mountain landscape and fall colors should be an inspiring backdrop for the week. Focus will be on oil and pastel. 

(jblackburn1151@gmail.com ; 941-322-2716; www.jeanblackburn.com) is a native of Anna Maria Island, FL. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the University of Florida. She has held fine art teaching positions at the University of Oregon, State College of Florida, New College of Florida and The Ringling College. Jean's work has been featured nationwide in numerous one person and group exhibitions in museums and galleries. Her work is held in major corporate, public and museum collections worldwide. Her public art projects include The Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg FL, Whole Foods Center, Sarasota, FL and Riverwalk Park, Bradenton, FL. She is represented by Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota, FL. Four life altering trips through Cuba resulted in her importing and curating 3 exhibitions of Cuban art in the Sarasota area and an exhibition of her work in Cuba. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the US and Europe. Jean is a certified Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and has served on governing boards of several environmental organizations. She and her husband rehabilitate and release river otters and, on horseback, work to monitor and control invasive plants in Myakka River State Park. They divide their year between a farm in Old Myakka and a cottage on Longboat Key.

***Studio Painting (Week III)

In a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, this painting course is designed to enhance the student's skills in observation and execution of convincing, three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. Emphasis will also be given to composition, color, atmosphere and the play of light on a subject within its environment. Beginners through advanced skill levels are welcome. Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to create works of art that demonstrate an understanding of basic media properties, color mixing, application techniques, compositional options, and perceptual skills. They will develop the ability to evaluate choices and interpretation of subject matter, to understand and properly handle the materials, and to make informed decisions on content, composition, values and color in the execution of their paintings.

EDWINA BRINGLE (edwcorgi@yahoo.com; 828-765-8640) is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has worked in numerous public and private collections including the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; The North Carolina Museum of History; the Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC; and the Greenville Museum of Art in SC. In 2014 Edwina had a retrospective exhibit at the Toe River Arts Council Gallery in Spruce Pine, NC. She is a former resident artist at Penland and is currently teaching at Craft Schools and workshops.

***Textile Exploration: Weaving, Felting and Coiling (Week I)

Weaving will be an exploration of Tapestry and cloth structures on frame looms provided for class use. We will work with color and textures. Introduction to Needle Felting will explore creating 2-D images. Coiling will be approached with contemporary material. In this manner, a 2-D or 3-D piece is possible. There will be a $35 materials fee for this class, payable to the teacher.

ELENA DE LA VILLE (delavillesrq@gmail.com; 941-323-0403; www.edelaville.com) is a multi-media artist trained as a photographer, painter and textile designer. She adds dimension to her work by using wax, resin, oil and printed images. She is drawn to the surreal and is interested in the unpredictable. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia Imber, in Caracas, Venezuela; the Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown; the A Gallery on Martha's Vineyard and Selby Gallery in Sarasota. In 2011 she curated the exhibit "WOW, Women and Wax" at the Art Center Sarasota. In 2015 she curated EX_PATRIA, showing 4 Venezuelan painters unable to work in their country. Her work is in the collection of Museo of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela, and many private collections. Elena has an active studio practice and teaches painting and photography at Ringling College and at Art Center Sarasota, as well as Wildacres Retreat.

***Mixed Media, Paper, Images and Collage (Weeks I and III)
This weeklong class will broaden your creativity with new techniques. It is meant to re-energize your practice and find creative solutions for your work. We will create rich surfaces and backgrounds, explore texture, and learn productive collage techniques using various papers and your own photographic images. Come and immerse yourself as we build a series of paintings focusing on composition and exploration of varied design elements using traditional tools and adding wax to achieve our desired effect. There will be a $25 fee for materials used in this class, payable to the instructor. Advanced students are welcome to engage in this exploration and /or continue a previous project.

***Painting in Cold Wax and Oil (Week II)
Either continue your Mixed Media Explorations or discover how to work abstractly with cold wax. We will explore abstract painting using cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, and layering with a variety of implements. Learn new ways to create textures, color fields and mark making while focusing on developing a personal vocabulary and the medium's experimental nature, There will be demos and ample time to work, all your questions answered. I will start with 'morning pages' exercises to develop our day's work from there. Bring your ideas, old work, sketchbooks and an open mind.

PATRICK LINDHARDT (plindhardt@comcast.net; 828-537-5027) received a BFA from St.Cloud State University in Minnesota, and an MFA (Printmaking) from the University of South Florida. He was on the faculty of the Ringling College. He is an owner/printer at Flatstone Studio, in Tampa and Sarasota, FL. Recent exhibitions include the Scope/Armory Exhibition in NY; Aqua Art Fair and Basel Art in Miami, FL; as well as individual and group exhibitions at C. Emerson Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl, and the Ringling College in Sarasota, Fl.

***Printmaking: Monotype Print with the Solvent Transfer Process (Week I)
Create unique images layering monotype and image transfers together. Known as the most painterly printmaking technique, a monotype is essentially a printed painting created on one surface and transferred to another sheet of paper with all the qualities of the original painting. The painted image is transferred on a printing press. Combine your painted image(s) with photographic images and/or text creating layers that will produce exciting, unexpected and fun, interesting results. No previous experience is necessary. Related topics and processes will be discussed and demonstrated.

***Screen Printing (Silkscreen) (Week II)
This workshop is an introductory experience into the process(es) of screen printing. The workshop will cover materials, techniques, and the setting up a personal screen printing facility. The screen printing process is a color field process that produces an image that is produce by layering colors and images on top of each other. This program will be concentrating on producing your personal image on sheets of paper using a variety of processes; 1st Indirect processes which uses block out solutions and paper stencils. 2nd The direct process which is a photographic method of producing your image on the screen to be printed. All processes are considered safe for the artist and the environment. Materials fee is $200. $125 covers materials that become the property of the artist. $75 is for materials used in the class. Complete information and supply list will be provided upon registration.

BOB NULF (bobnulf@aol.com ; 704-763- 8001) brings a lifetime of work in the arts to the Wildacres Art Workshop. A Fine Arts and Art Education graduate of Florida State University, in recent years he has taught in a variety of public and private settings: the Penland School of Crafts, the Ringling College Summer Workshops at Wildacres Retreat, Story Slam Arts Center, and the NC Lions Camp Dogwood for the
Blind and Visually Impaired. His murals and work on canvas are included in collections throughout the region and have been featured on several PBS television shows.

***Plein Air Painting (Weeks I and III)
This workshop will explore the immediacy of plein air painting using a limited palette of non-toxic materials. Classroom instruction and demonstrations in oils will be offered each morning prior to venturing outside to paint. (The painting techniques covered can be adapted to work in acrylic paints.) At least one day will be spent off-campus painting beside a trout stream rolling down the mountain or some other Blue Ridge Parkway vista. There will be an informal group critique before dinner each afternoon, bringing the day's painting experiences into focus and setting challenges for the next day's work. We welcome all painting levels to join this perennial favorite at the Wildacres Retreat!

***Studio Painting in Oil and Acrylic (Week II)
Explore the creative potential of a limited non-toxic palette in a studio setting. Instruction in color mixing, composition and other alla prima painting techniques will be tailored to reach all levels. Each class will begin with a brief painting demonstration. During the remainder of the class, students will work at their easels painting from personal photographs or still life set-ups (using objects/materials they have brought); students may even venture outside – weather permitting -- for a bit of plein air landscape painting! Bob will visit each student offering individual instruction helping each move toward fulfilling their individual creative goals for the week.

MICHAEL O'NEILL (mfophoto@gmail.com; 704-222-3920; www.michaeloneillphoto.com) is a photographic artist and professor who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. His work ranges from pinhole photography to digital infrared, and explores his own and society's relationship with the depiction of the human form, and the limitations of that perception. His work has been displayed and published as a part of the "Poetics of Light" exhibition at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, NM and has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally. Michael is an Instructor at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, and a Professor at Queens University of Charlotte.

Photography: Exploring the Natural World (Weeks I, II, and III)
Sessions at Wildacres provide an amazing opportunity to explore the natural world with the camera. The first week of class will focus on several historical processes as a means of learning about the rich tradition of nature photography, but we will primarily be making images with digital cameras. The class is open to photographers of all levels, but cameras with interchangeable lenses tend to give us the most flexibility for this class. Week one will also include an optional lesson on camera basics for any student who needs a refresher. The second week of Photographing Nature will build on the techniques covered in week one, and we will spend more time in the field making images, so this class is a good fit for students who are more interested in exploring the landscape. This class will include an overview of infrared photography, a demo on large format photography, as well as an optional one on portfolio reviews for advanced and intermediate students. This class is open to students of all skill levels, but is geared towards intermediate and advanced students. Week 3 will be a combination of the first two weeks, with the addition of guest artist Linda Foard Roberts: "Everyday Moments, Our Personal Language, and Stories for our Photographic Work". There will be a class fee of $30/week to cover chemistry and materials, payable to the instructor.

LINDA FOARD ROBERTS (Guest Artist: Photography) began her love of photography at the age of sixteen using an old Speed Graphic 4" x 5" press camera. Today she uses an 8" x 10" camera preferring the imperfections of old lenses and the history that is untold within them. In 2016 she completed her first monograph, Passage, published by Radius Books, debuting at Paris Photo. Roberts has exhibited her photographs throughout the United States as well as internationally including Australia, Guatemala, Argentina, and Germany. She lives and works in Weddington, North Carolina where she is raising her children. Linda is represented by SOCO Gallery. Her work is in the Permanent Collections of The North Carolina Museum, The Mint Museum, The Ogden Museum, The New Orleans Museum, The Harry Ransom Center, The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, The Norton Museum, as well as many corporate and private collections.

***Everyday Moments, Our Personal Language, and Stories for our Photographic Work (Week III)
Linda will join us for an artist lecture to inspire the use of everyday moments and our own personal language, and stories for our photographic work. Linda believes that inspiration is around us everyday, it is how you choose to see it. She also feels that the more personal you are, the more universal you are. Linda will also take time to demonstrate her working methods with her 8' x 10" camera and will work with students interested in exploring this further. 

DWIGHT ROSE (watercolorimpressions@yahoo.com ; 864-415-6370; www.dwightrose.com) is a graduate of the Ringling College earning a BFA in painting. He went on to teach both in Ringling's degree and community art programs and VCU School of the Arts in Qatar. Over his 35 year career Rose has won numerous awards. His work has been in the SC Watermedia Society Traveling Exhibition, and recently featured at Converse College, Blowing Rock History and Art Museum, the Peacock Gallery at the Middle Georgia State University, and USC-Aiken. He teaches for Greenville Center for the Creative Arts and Spartanburg Art Museum, and has offered many regional workshops. His work is collected by the City of Greer, Spartanburg County Public Library, the Hobcaw Barony, and many private collectors.

***Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor (Weeks II and III)
Make the most of watercolor's fresh, vibrant nature through light, color and contrast. Using traditional methods of art instruction, you will learn the basic techniques that are specific to this medium. One will learn about color compliments to gain more visual power and balanced excitement to one's work. Becoming more fluid, fresh and transparent in your color mixes will be an emphasis in this course. There will be plenty of individual attention, critiques, corrective techniques and demonstrations. The instructor will provide step-by-step approaches from beginning to completion of the entire painting process. Subjects painted will mainly be landscapes and some prior experience in drawing and watercolor painting would be helpful but not required. 

BILLIE SHELBURN (billiews@frontier.com; 828-389-6218) is a professional artist currently serving as the Resident Artist at John C. Campbell folk school in Brasstown, NC. She has taught at many learning institutions and painting societies in the U.S., including Belmont University in Nashville and Miami University in Ohio. She has served on many Boards in the past, such as the Georgia Watercolor Society. She has been represented by galleries in Soho, NY, Munich, Germany, and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Her work has been featured in national publications and in corporate and business locations in the U.S. and abroad.

***Creative Watercolor Techniques (Week I)
Join us for a week of adventure and exploration into the wonders of watercolor. We will be concentrating on the elements and principles of design and color theory while enjoying the "happenings" that always occur when you let watercolor have a say in the process of painting. You will be able to finish a painting a day, or more if you are an experienced painter.

ANNETTE SIDNER (sidnera@scf.edu; 503-265-9589) holds an MFA from the University of South Florida. She has been a faculty member at the State College of Florida for the past 18 years and currently runs the 3-D Art Department at the SCF Venice campus. Annette teaches a variety of courses; Ceramics I & II, Wheel Throwing I & II, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture. She has taught at Wildacres Retreat for Ringling College for many years. Her work is shown in annual faculty shows for both colleges, in local galleries and she recently attended a residency at Watershed Center for the Arts. She is published in Lark Books 500 Figures In Clay, Vol. II.

***Pottery/Clay: Forms, Finishes and Fire (Weeks I, II, III) 
Come and learn or advance your skills in hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and firing with us, atop a beautiful mountain this summer in North Carolina. Your team instructors, Annette and Seth, will inspire students to push their creative ideas and advance their skills in clay. In this fast paced and energetic workshop students will create three to five pieces from start to finish. Students will experience multiple firing techniques; Raku processes, sawdust firing, sagger and low fire glaze. All skill levels are welcome. We'll work hard, create Art and have a great time.

MICHAEL JAMES WHITE (michaelwhiteart@yahoo.com; 941-350-4172; www.michaeljwhiteart.com) started drawing at age 2 and never stopped. He was published by age 10 and at age 14 he was hired to draw courtroom sketches for the local paper. At age 17 he became the youngest portrait artist working at Carowinds amusement park near Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the Ringling College of Art with honors and awards. He became intimately comfortable with soft pastels during his time as an amusement park portrait artist which led him to embrace pastels as a favorite medium, especially for painting landscapes. Michael now makes his living doing commercial illustration. He's done everything from cartoons, comics and caricature to logos, album covers and editorial art. Michael has been teaching for over 20 years while also freelancing and drawing live at parties. He lives with his cat 'Tony' and can be found grooming his Japanese garden at his home studio in beautiful Sarasota Florida.

***Drawing and Pastel Painting (Weeks II and III)
If you are looking for a fun time and want to let your creative spirit out to play then this is your class. Beginners and seasoned pros are welcome. Enjoy stimulating drawing lessons coupled with plenty of time and freedom to work on anything else you prefer. Draw and paint from the beauty of the mountains around you, your imagination or from cherished photographs. Use pencils, conte, charcoal and/or soft pastels to breathe new life into old projects or start something new. There will be plenty of studio time as well as the freedom to wander and create whatever you decide. Michael's only rule of thumb is "if it's not fun you're doing it wrong". Bring your own original photos from your travels, pics of houses, animals, relatives or other favorites to fully enjoy this class.