Aug
13
to Aug 16

Creative Wire Techniques

Creative Wire Techniques
with Jessica Bohus
August 13-16, 2pm-4:30pm
$160


Using very basic tools we will explore manipulating steel and copper wire to create sculpture and jewelry. This class can be combined with the morning bead class if students are interested in incorporating glass elements. All levels welcome.

FACULTY

Jessica Bohus has her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Fiasco glass, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, and Water Street Glassworks. She has exhibited at The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, IN; The Holland Area Arts Council, MI; The Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; Torpedo Factory, MD; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI; and Good Goods, MI. You can learn more about Jessica at blueroanstudio.com.

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Aug
13
to Aug 16

Glass Beadmaking

Glass Beadmaking
with Jessica Bohus
August 13-16, 10am-12:30pm
$190


Using a Hot Head torch, learn the basics of making, shaping, and decorating unique flame worked glass beads. Explore in-depth techniques through demonstration, hands-on classroom time, and personalized instruction. Beginning students will learn how to make many shapes of beads, as well as pull stringers and decorative cane. Advanced students can focus on decorative surface techniques, sculptural beads or individual projects. This class can be combined with the afternoon class to incorporate glass elements into wire sculpture and jewelry. 

FACULTY

Jessica Bohus has her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Fiasco glass, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, and Water Street Glassworks. She has exhibited at The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, IN; The Holland Area Arts Council, MI; The Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; Torpedo Factory, MD; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI; and Good Goods, MI. You can learn more about Jessica at blueroanstudio.com.

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Reduction Printing

Reduction Printing
with Alynn Guerra
August 11, 10am-5pm
$100, lunch included

In reduction printing, a multicolored print is made by carving each color from a single wood or linoleum block. Learn how to plan, carve, register and print a color image in this one-day workshop in Ox-Bow’s Printmaking Studio!

FACULTY

Alynn Guerra studied Graphic Design in Central Mexico, and has been a printmaker for over 20 years. Currently she works out of her studio in the Tanglefoot building, her work is inspired by concern for the environment, nature, social justice and food issues. Alynn’s work can be seen during open days and sales at the studio, as well as at multiple shows and festivals throughout the year.

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Aug
6
to Aug 9

Expressing the Human Figure

Expressing the Human Figure
with Jill Lareaux
August 6-9, 10am-12:30pm
$150, must be age 18 or older


Drawing the human body can be daunting even for an experienced artist. We will use dry media and washes to train our eyes to really see and interpret the figure, to hone our drawing skills and increase our comfort level with this challenging subject. We will touch on principles of color use, drawing technique, and composition while working from the model.

FACULTY

Jill Lareaux has broad experience with the figure as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Her emphasis is on the succinct but expressive quality of the medium, with the figure as the vehicle for her message.

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Jul
30
to Aug 2

The Art of Nature

The Art of Nature
with Robin Reva
July 30-August 2, 10am-12:30pm
$135, ages 7-11

Students will embark on a series of expeditions, navigating through Ox-Bow’s natural setting, where they will observe and gather natural habitat specimens to study through drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Nature will be our inspiration for art-making in this adventurous class. 

FACULTY 

Robin Reva graduated from Western Michigan University and attended Eastern Michigan University, New School, Arrowmount School of Craft, and Grand Valley State University. Her works are seen in U.S. corporations and homes, most notably the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel with 63 original beach scenes and abstracts. Robin was a national speaker for the art and picture framing industry, and a public and private school art teacher. She is currently an art instructor for Fennville, with a studio in South Haven. 

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Jul
30
to Aug 2

Papermaking

Papermaking
with Andrea Peterson
July 30-August 2, 10am-12:30pm (lunch break 12:30pm-2pm)
OR 10am-4:30pm
$180 for mornings, or $360 for full days,  lunch included for full day only
* most materials provided


Students will make handmade paper by learning the basics of processing fiber and sheet forming. Using cotton, abaca, and denim, students will create paper that can be works of art in and of themselves, or can be used in tandem with another art process such as photo, print, drawing, painting, sculpture, or books. Learn how to easily transpose this simple process for an at-home set-up. You will also learn special techniques such as inclusion and embossment. Students staying for the full day workshop will learn additional techniques such as how to pigment fiber for pulp layering, drawing and stenciling. 

FACULTY

Andrea Peterson has her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She co-operates Hook Pottery Paper: a paper, print, and pottery studio and gallery in northwest Indiana, with her husband Jon Hook. She teaches nationally and does instructional residencies and workshops from her studio. Andrea lectures and exhibits internationally

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Jul
23
to Jul 26

Still Life in the Landscape: Working with Soft Pastel

Still Life in the Landscape: Working with Soft Pastel
with Anne Corlett

July 23-26, 10am-12:30pm
$150

In this workshop students will learn the art of using soft pastel, or, for experienced students, further expand their pastel agility. Using still life in the landscape as a subject, we will explore ways to fine tune our focus and create successful pastel paintings. Students will begin each day with a series of simple charcoal drawings, then move slowly into applying color, with an emphasis on using big shapes and exploring value. There will be class discussions on attaining personal focus, creating a strong composition, and capturing light and shadow. Frequent demonstrations and individual attention will help students reach goals and improve personal style in this soft pastel workshop. A supply list will be provided.

FACULTY
Anne Corlett graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Fine Art. She continued her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Royal Academy of Art in London, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Ox-Bow. After raising a family, Anne became a full-time artist, working and showing out of her studio on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck. She draws her inspiration from nature, whether it be in the form of a landscape or fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. Anne’s artwork has been included in multiple publications and is in public and private collections nationwide.  Follow Anne’s latest work on Instagram @easelondowntheroad.

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Jul
16
to Jul 19

Drawing and Painting in the Landscape

Drawing and Painting in the Landscape
with Erica Shirey
July 16-19, 10am-12:30pm
$135, ages 7-11

Ox-Bow’s landscape will be our subject as we explore its beauty through painting and drawing. Sketchbooks in hand, we will hike and draw the woods, dunes, and lagoon. We will then work from our drawings to create larger works using watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paint. Looking at the art of French Impressionists, students will learn a variety of fun painting techniques they can use to express their inner landscape artist!

FACULTY 

Local artist Erica Shirey has worked with kids in the Saugatuck-Douglas area for many years as a teacher, a children’s theatre director, and as a summer art camp instructor. She loves exploring creative possibilities with young minds and watching their unique talents unfold. She is a mother of four who lives in the dunes along Lake Michigan with her family. Erica has also been a student at Ox-bow, taking her first class there in glass-blowing 25 years ago. Her artwork can be viewed at her website: www.EricaShirey.com.

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Jul
16
to Jul 19

Expressions through Mixed Media

Expressions through Mixed Media
with Sarvin Haghighi
July 16-19, 10am-12:30pm, OR 10am-4:30pm
(lunch break 12:30pm-2pm)
$150 for mornings, $300 for full days,
lunch included for full day only

In this course we will create mixed media art by exploring a variety of materials and techniques, and learn different ways of layering to bring more depth to our pieces. One goal of this course is to share parts of our individual cultures with each other and create work that is not only visually interesting but also prompts dialogue. We will do this by exploring media that are personally nostalgic but also easy for others to access while telling a story. We will explore ways to freely express our feelings visually, how to turn something negative into something positive, and to use the unconscious mind to create an artistic expression. Students who stay for the full day will have the opportunity to dive deeper into some of these explorations, and learn additional techniques to further advance individual artistic articulations. 

FACULTY
Sarvin Haghighi found art as a young girl lost in childhood fantasy, and eventually found her voice amongst paint, canvas, and panels. There she could capture every cherished memory of childhood, honor time-held traditions of her people, and issue commentary on the social and cultural dimensions of women’s experiences in contemporary Middle East society. Like many others, her immediate family found themselves spread throughout the world. A new hybrid reality would give way, where East meets West, and diversity would be the norm. While passion for her Persian roots provides continual inspiration, it’s the cross-cultural exposure that provides universal subtext to her work. A single voice now amplifies the voices of many the world over who long for peace and freedom.

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Landscape Painting

Landscape Painting
with James Brandess
Saturdays: July 14, July 21, July 28,
August 4, 10am-1pm

$225 for all four workshops, or $60 per workshop

In these multi-level Saturday morning oil painting workshops, participants will paint outdoors in the historic Ox-Bow landscape. We will study the relationships in size, shape, color, and value of what we see around us. Through this process of learning to see, we will create paintings that have veracity and strength. We will also learn the tools and materials needed to set-up and paint anywhere we choose. Participants may sign up for one or all four of these three-hour landscape painting workshops. 

FACULTY
James Brandess is both a figurative and a landscape painter.
He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He maintains his studio in Saugatuck, MI, where he also conducts painting workshops

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Jul
9
to Jul 12

Page Turn

Page Turn
with Jack Ridl and Meridith Ridl
July 9-12, 10am-12:30pm
$180

In this class you will write each day from varied prompts- from Haiku to collaborative writing- and then create visual work through painting, drawing and collage to accompany your words. Come be a writer, illustrator, maker, artist, explorer, collaborator, and appreciator amid story-filled Ox-Bow.

FACULTY 

Jack Ridl’s latest book, Practicing to Walk Like a Heron, was named by ForeWord Reviews/The American Library Association as the year’s best collection. His previous two collections also received national awards, and his Against Elegies was selected by then Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Center of Book Arts/NYC Chapbook Award. He and Collins read together in NYC at Christmas after 9/11. This year a new collection, Saint Peter and the Goldfinch is scheduled for publication. Recipient of the Gary Gildner Award for Poetry, named the second Honorary Chancellor of the Poetry Society of Michigan, honored by The Literacy Society of West Michigan for his lifetime of work, named by The Carnegie Foundation Michigan Professor of the Year, Jack is also co-author with Peter Schakel of Approaching Literature and 250 Poems both from Bedford/St. Martins Press. After the election of 2016, he began his “In Time” project where each Thursday he posts a comment and poem. Over 11,000 people from all over the world visit the site. Jack conducts workshops and one-on-one sessions. For information on all of these projects go to www.ridl.com. More than 85 of his students are now publishing.
 

Meridith Ridl is an artist and an art teacher with a BA from the College of Wooster and an MFA from the University of Michigan.  Her individual work is represented by Lafontsee Galleries and has been exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the University of Toledo, the Butler Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Queretaro, Mexico. She also works collaboratively with artist Lisa Walcott, and their work has most recently been shown at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and at The Holland Area Arts Council. Her first illustrated book, The Lake Michigan Mermaid, by authors Linda Nemec Foster and Anne-Marie Oomen will be published this year.

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Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga & Writing: Exploring Breath | Inspiring Voice

Yoga & Writing: Exploring Breath | Inspiring Voice
with Michelle Shaw
Saturday, June 30, 10am to 5p
$100, lunch included

Both yoga and writing change our perspective in powerful and unexpected ways.  Regardless of age, flexibility, or fitness level, yoga offers benefits to everyone. Movement, breath, and meditation reduce stress and balance our emotional state, allowing us to experience greater vitality and joy. Writing clarifies our perceptions, heightens our creativity, and connects us to ourselves and others. Whether you are trying to complete a project or hope to gain fresh inspiration, this immersion into the body, mind, and spirit will help you harness and unleash your creative energy. Soak up a day in the natural beauty of Ox-Bow and explore what’s unfolding on your path.
No experience needed.  

FACULTY

Michelle Shaw is a Registered Radiant Body Yoga Instructor with a BS in English Literature and an MA in Educational Leadership. Having taught International Baccalaureate English and Advanced Placement Composition, she has now dedicated herself to teaching yoga (MichelleShawYoga.com). Her yoga studies have taken her to the Himalayan Institute, the Kripalu Center, and the Sattva Center in Rishikesh India. Michelle’s focus on movement, breath, meditation, creative writing, and storytelling allows for exploration of the inner self in a safe and transformative environment.

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Jun
25
to Jun 28

Painting with Oil Pastel

Painting with Oil Pastel
with David Baker
June 25- 28, 2pm-4:30pm
$150,
*Special afternoon time- Lunch is not offered for this class unless it is taken in tandem with Watercolor: Special Effects, in which case lunch is free!

The various trees along the dunes and glacial moraines that surround Ox-Bow’s meadow provide a wonderful starting point for this oil pastel class. With its expressive marks and layering qualities, this unique medium combines some of the best features of both drawing and painting. We will explore color blending, diluted underpainting, impasto, scraffito, scumbling, and rich calligraphic line in our paintings. Use these techniques to record the character and variety of the Ox-Bow trees with this versatile medium. 

FACULTY

David Baker  earned his BS from Western Michigan University and his MFA from Indiana State University.  Much of his current work is plein air painting in oil and watercolor. David is Painting Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College. Additionally, he designs art workshops for a variety of media. He has mounted solo exhibitions at Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI; Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI; Goshen College, Goshen, IN; and Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, MI, among others

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Jun
25
to Jun 28

Clay for Kids

Clay for Kids
with Kimberly Meyers-Baas
June 25-28, 10am-12:30pm
$145, ages 8 and up

Held in Ox-Bow’s ceramics studio, this class will introduce students to clay with basic hand-building techniques. Students will start each day by watching a series of simple demonstrations, then move to hands-on experience making and creating their own pieces. Projects are tailored to the group and involve unique functional and sculptural works designed to exercise a child's imagination. Independent thinking and problem solving is encouraged every step of the way! All of the works will be fired at the end of the course and ready for pickup at a time TBA.

FACULTY 

Kimberly Meyers-Baas was born and raised in West Michigan where she spent her summers outdoors, curious about the environment. She also loved art. When she realized these interests are complementary, she moved to Chicago to get her B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola University and an MA in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently back in West Michigan with her family where art and nature still inspire her artwork, and she is teaching art in private and public spaces. As an artist educator, she is passionate about giving all children the opportunity to explore the significance of being shaped by our natural environment.

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Jun
25
to Jun 28

Watercolor: Special Effects

Watercolor: Special Effects
with David Baker
June 25-28, 10am-12:30pm
$150,
*Free lunch plan if students take both Watercolor: Special Effects and Painting with Oil Pastel!

Beginning watercolor artists quickly learn the importance of preserving the whites of their paintings. Our class will go much further. We will explore a variety of resist and masking techniques to expand the expressive range of your watercolors. In addition to layering, we will apply masking fluid by pouring, pulling, and spraying to make abstract substrates for our paintings. We will also experiment with creating resist effects with less traditional materials: crayon, oil pastel, wax, acrylic gels, and glue.  The lagoon, the woods, and collected natural materials will provide perfect motifs for these techniques. Get ready to add these effects to your tool kit!

FACULTY

David Baker  earned his BS from Western Michigan University and his MFA from Indiana State University.  Much of his current work is plein air painting in oil and watercolor. David is Painting Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College. Additionally, he designs art workshops for a variety of media. He has mounted solo exhibitions at Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI; Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI; Goshen College, Goshen, IN; and Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, MI, among others

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Indigo Dyeing

Indigo Dyeing
with Anny Crane

Saturday, June 23, 10am-5pm
$120, lunch included
*most supplies included, short additional supply list will be provided

In this workshop we will go over how to make and maintain an indigo vat. We will also experiment with different resist dyeing techniques such as shibori and katazome. While materials will be provided to experiment with, students are encouraged to bring in small to medium lightweight fabrics to dye. The best fabrics to dye are light-colored natural materials, such as cotton and linen. 

FACULTY

Anny Crane studied Fine Arts and Psychology at Florida State University. After completing her degree, she spent a year traveling and living in New York and California while developing her art practice. In 2012, Anny settled in Brooklyn, New York, and began working at the Textile Arts Center. While her work ranged from teaching adult and kids workshops to running their internationally known blog, her biggest project was managing their 2014 print publication: TAC Magazine. Anny has taught workshops and shown work in New York, Florida, and Michigan. In 2016, she curated the sinkhole at Superfun! Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, which showcased Florida based women-identified artists. Anny was a resident artist at Have Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has written for and been featured in blogs, print publications, and podcasts. Anny currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her partner and their daughter, teaching workshops and growing her art practice. You can follow her work at www.annycrane.com, on instagram @annycrane, or visit her studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Jun
18
to Jun 21

Considering Flowers

Considering Flowers
with Dawn Stafford
June 18-21, 10am-12:30pm
$180,
all paints included

In this drawing and painting workshop students will use flowers as their subjects. To draw or paint a flower is to participate intimately in its complexity. Each one is a very small sculpture with delicate geometry and hidden spaces. When successful, the painting itself will transcend the flower and hum with its own logic and illusionary journey. That is the quest.  Referencing the history, symbolism, and techniques of this classical oil painting genre we will practice building composition, value structure, and color through drawing and painting techniques. All skill levels welcome. A pre-selected palette of pure-pigment oil paints is included in the price of the class. An additional short list of supplies will be provided.

FACULTY

Dawn Stafford is a full-time artist who lives and paints in West Michigan. In 2005 she opened the Peachbelt Studio, her private painting studio and seasonal gallery (www.peachbeltstudio.com) located in an iconic little red one-room schoolhouse (circa 1867) in Fennville, MI. Her compositions are an extension of her connection with rural environments and her personal family history.  Originally from New York, she received her BFA from Swain School of Design in Massachusetts before moving to Michigan in 1992. 

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Jun
18
to Jun 21

Art in Three Dimensions

Art in Three Dimensions
with Ellen Sprouls
June 18-21, 10am-12:30pm
$135, ages 6-10

Experience art in three dimensions. Join us as we explore the light, colors, and environment of Ox-Bow. Under the influence of the impressionists and the cubists, we will translate our experiences into works of art using a combination of objects found in the natural environment, recycled stuff, paper, paint, clay and anything our imaginations need to build three-dimensional works of art.

FACULTY 

Ellen Sprouls is an independent arts and science educator, and is the Coordinator of the Early Childhood STEM Program for the Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center at Salisbury University. Previously, Ellen was the Executive Director at the Delmarva Discovery and the Curator of Education in Galleries and Collections at Grand Valley State University. She has exhibited work at the International Center at the Smithsonian Institution, the Kresge Museum of Art at Michigan State University, and the Michigan Women’s History Museum. She has enjoyed exploring art with children for many years at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Impression 5 Science Center, the Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Coasting with Your Camera

Coasting with Your Camera
with Carolina Lopez-Ruiz
Saturday, June 16, 10am-5pm
$100, lunch included

Come explore the coast of Lake Michigan and the woods of Ox-Bow with your digital camera! This workshop aims to teach you about lighting, composition, content and flexibility. Gain tricks and tips to build and foster creativity within your body of work. We will also cover general manual settings such as shutter speed, depth of field and focus.  Bring any type of digital camera, yes, even your phone! As a group, we will explore the space around Ox-Bow, using our equipment to capture landscapes and portraits (or selfies). We will collaborate and share resources to help fulfill our individual visions. Learn how to use what you have around you to make your photos look the best they can. Practice with everyday materials to create your own reflectors, tri-pods, and diffusers. Let’s explore and gain new appreciation for the digital photography world!

FACULTY

Carolina Lopez-Ruiz currently works as a program coordinator for the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology After School Teen Arts + Tech Program. As a freelance photographer she has developed her body of work with wedding, portrait and event photography. Carolina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2009

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Jun
11
to Jun 14

Mini Molds & Metal Melting Module 1

Mini Molds & Metal Melting Module 1
with Lloyd Mandelbaum
June 11-14, 10am-12:30pm
$190,
includes most metal casting supplies

Foundry FUNdamentals for beginners! In this class students will learn about basic sand mold making techniques, aluminum casting, and finishing. Over the course of four days, each student will get to make one or more open-face artist tile sand molds, carve original designs in those molds, and pour them in molten aluminum. Students will also learn about basic metal finishing including shaping, cleaning, patination, and sealing. Each student will leave the class with one or more pieces of original cast metal art. No previous experience required. 

FACULTY

Lloyd Mandelbaum is an artist and owner of the art casting foundry Chicago Crucible, which has been producing cast bronze, aluminum, and iron sculpture for public and private clientele since 2009. Lloyd received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in metal arts and has been in the field ever since. Lloyd also designs and builds foundry equipment for himself, other businesses, and institutions. Lloyd’s personal sculpture is figurative and abstract and is intended to evoke an energetic liveliness despite being made of static cast metal. In addition to operating his business and creating his own work, Lloyd has taught, lectured, spoken on panels, and consulted on foundry craft, operation, construction, and development for universities, industry, and individual artists.

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