at Grand Marais Art Colony

January 18 - 19, and 20, 2020 | 2 days; 3rd day optional

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Since before cave paintings, humans have left their mark. How a painter chooses to apply paint is one of the most defining characteristics of their artwork. Through guided play and experimentation with various techniques of paint application, you will learn how to “make your mark” thoughtfully and with confidence. Lessons will apply to all subject matter, styles, genres, and painting media.


We will experiment with the variety of paint applications used by classical through contemporary painters. These will include sfumato, glazes, modulation, wet into wet, pointillism, stippling, gestural and many more. We will utilize conventional brushes, painting knives, rags, fingers and long sticks as we consider the scale and energy of our mark-making. 


My class instruction provides an encouraging and comfortable environment for you to develop your skills as a painter, including plenty of time for you and I to discuss your personal goals for your painting.  


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Registration for this class remains open until January 17, 2020 at 4 pm.

at Grand Marais Art Colony

October 9 -10,11 | 2 days; 3rd day optional

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


A painter’s use of color is a critical component of their artistic voice. Through quick exercises and discussions, we will study various aspects of color theory and how to personalize those for your own style. Bring your favorite images and ideas, and with Karen's guidance, begin developing your personal color theory. Lessons will apply to all subject matter, styles, genres, and painting media.


Topics covered:

  • value
  •  color wheel – general,
  •  color wheel - analogous
  • edges and passages
  •  to outline or to color block
  •  perceptual effects
  • local color vs. actual color 


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Enrollment for this class will begin in the Spring of 2020.