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Workshops & Lectures

Trish Murtha

Water Media Workshop Studio & Plein Air


April 3rd & 4th, 2020



Trish Murtha has been painting and filling classrooms from New England to Colorado for over 25 years. Her keen eye and love of nature are a perfect blend for sharing tips on composition and discovering painterly secrets hiding in a scene to translate into a work of art. Trish's family home in Steamboat and her Loveland studio are bases for frequent plein air forays and adventures. She is a busy, creative, spirited teacher balancing a myriad of design and teaching projects and her impressionistic style of painting...and life! 


Trish’s distinct thoughts on planning your work have simplified composition and color for every skill level with her inventive instruction. Her classes are full of technique and serious fun—what to leave out and where to use just the right values and detail


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Tracy Barnett

Pine Needle Basket Weaving


May 2, 2020 @ 9:00 AM in the SAM Workshop Room

$60 with Materials Fee $20


Join long time local Tracy Barnett as she shares the skill of Pine Needle Basket Weaving.  The class will cover materials and tools needed, where to find and how to prepare needles, how to start a basket and different stitches you can use.  By the end of class, you should have a small trinket basket.


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Painting With Pastels
Mike Beeman


June 12, 13, 14, 2020



Learn the techniques of using pastels in a painterly style.  After a demonstration, individuals will work on projects with one-to-one assistance.


Mike will cover the systematic process of blocking in, simplifying, value relationships, and working with edges. Students will become familiar with the use of color notes for problem solving, developing color, and composition.


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Mixed Media 
Judith Cassel-Mamet

June 19, 2020 - Mixed Media Art Journaling
June 20, 2020 - Travel Journal


9:00am-1:00pm at the SAM Workshop 

$90 for one day,  $180 for two days

Mixed Media Art Journaling:
Do you have any blank journals you would love to work with but don't know where to start? Do you love layers, textures and learning about new materials? Join artist Judith Cassel-Mamet for a workshop that will lead you into the Joyful Pages mindset. You will be invited to work with a mountain of mixed media (all provided) and to fill your pages with your unique creative energy. No experience in journal writing, sketching or collage needed. We will play and explore many fun and accessible journal techniques. All you need is some curiosity and your own art journal (instructor will have some for sale at the start of the workshop). This workshop is great for complete beginners and those who have been pursuing art expression in traditional disciplines.


Travel Journaling: Pack Light and Fill Your Pages!
Do you dream of capturing your adventurous moments in an art journal? Whether traveling with a passport or just around the block, a wonderfully fulfilling practice is to record your memories in a mixed media journal. 

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Fabric Painting and Texturing and Construction Techniques 
Denise Labadie


June 27, 28, & 29, 2020



In the hands-on fabric painting portion of the workshop participants learn (some oftentimes rather surprising) techniques for using sun-reactive transparent color paints to create uniquely textured and colored fabric. The focus is on how best to apply and layer paint, how to use various fabrics and resists, and – depending on desired results – how to most successfully influence or cause (and control) layer-by-layer differential paint absorption, diffusion, blending, and/or mottling. Resulting fabrics can be remarkable.


The construction techniques portion of the workshop focuses on reverse appliqué, turned edge appliqué, raw edge appliqué, and insetting; workshop adds free-form strip piecing, couching, “thread shadowing”, and quilt finishing.

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Stephen Henry

Plein Air Basics with Your Favorite Medium!


July 10, 11 & 12, 2020


Stephen is a nationally recognized plein air painter. He has won over 20 plein air awards in the last 5 years, including several “Best of Shows”. Stephen has been awarded for oils, watercolors, and charcoal. He has a wealth of knowledge to share with participating artists.

Not only is Stephen knowledgeable in the area of plein air techniques, but he is also proficient in delivering instruction. A veteran of the classroom for 21 years, Stephen knows how to help his students understand what it takes to make plein air enjoyable and, with practice, successful!  


Please make plans to attend, and know that above all, the goal of the class will be to “have fun!

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Dennis Pendleton

Steamboat Springs Watercolor Workshop 2020


July 24, 25 & 26, 2020


Join Dennis Pendleton for a 3-day plein air watercolor workshop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and a chance to inspire your creative development.  Immersing yourself in the lush summertime mountain setting, learn everything from how to simplify the complex landscape to capturing sparkling color and creating a strong sense of light in your paintings.  Steamboat Springs is rich in beautiful subject matter.  From working ranches with old barns and haystacks to dramatic mountainscapes with quaking aspen trees, you will revel in the scenery.  Whether you are new to watercolor painting or a more advanced student, Dennis will help push your skills to the next level through daily demonstrations, individual attention, and friendly critiques.  Basic watercolor experience needed.  Students are responsible for their lodging and meals.  Dottie at the Steamboat Art Museum can make recommendations on lodging. 

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