Past students describe Kristen Gilje as an expert teacher who encourages students to try new things while taking the fear and judgment out of the creation process. Here at the Guild we know Kristen best as a silk painter, but watercolor is her first love. She says:
Come play with me sacred realm of divine color! Let’s pay close attention to our paints, paper and brushes, to our hand movements as we paint. We’ll attempt deep observation of both our exterior surroundings, and our interior emotional and prayer lives, to invite the sacred into our painting time.
Each morning will start in the studio with a painting demonstration, followed by time to paint. We will explore the individual character of our paint colors, learning a bit about where each pigment comes from to appreciate their source as part of sacred creation. We will use simple drawing techniques to help us see more deeply the sacred essence of what we observe. And we will use simple watercolor techniques to pull it all together on paper.
Whether you are a beginning watercolor student or more advanced, my goal is to help you advance in your watercolor skills, as well as develop a tool for sensing the sacred presence in all life.
All experience levels welcome. Ages 16+
What will class time be like? Will I need to work outside of class?
This class will meet daily from 10am-noon and again from 2-4pm, with some additional studio time available for those who wish to continue working outside of class.
Each day will start in the studio with a painting demonstration, followed by time to paint. Daily drawing exercises will help us capture our vision. If the weather cooperates we will spend time painting outdoors, and if the weather is inclement we’ll paint near a crackling wood fire with tea in the studio instead.
There will be no required homework, but the studio is open 24 hours, and participants are welcome to continue working in the afternoons and evenings.
Each participant will create a series of paintings (11 x 15 or larger) and additional small studies and sketches. Participants will also have the opportunity to take palettes, paints, and brushes home at the end of the week to continue painting after the class is over.
What should I bring to the class?
All necessary art supplies will be provided; however, advanced students may wish to bring their own sketchbooks, paints, brushes, etc.
WEDNESDAY Guests please check-in from 3 – 6pm.
7:30 Welcome & Orientation
THURSDAY – SATURDAY
8 am Breakfast
9 am Matins (Morning Prayer)
10 – 12 Class
2 – 4 Class
7:30pm Vespers (Evening Prayer)
9 am Community Gathering
10:30 Closing Brunch
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Wed dinner – Sun brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $465-$805
- Private Room – $805
- Shared Double Room – $585
- Library Dorm: $485
- RV Hookup: $465
Commuter Cost: $215
October 25-29, 2017
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Oct 25, 2017 until Oct 29 2017