Studio School Summer Workshops

Every year, the StudioSchool brings a nationally recognized artist to Roanoke to teach a 4-1/2 day workshop. Past instructors include painting greats such as John Salminen, Carla O’Connor, Joan Fullerton and Joe Miller.

Workshops are announced 7 months in advance and first registrations are open to those having paid dues to the school’s Easel Society ($35) for the upcoming year. Our workshops are limited to 25 participants and spaces fill quickly.

We encourage you to consider becoming an Easel Society member — your gift enables us to continue offering great classes for all ages and all levels of ability. And because you get first dibs on our summer workshops, you have a better chance of getting into a workshop with an artist you really admire! Our workshop prices are often below those of other locations!

We are delighted to welcome Ron Thurston as our national workshop instructor for 2019. We are looking forward to Ron’s creative approach to watercolor. Sorry, this workshop is full.

Ron Thurston

I hope it’s true when they say watercolor is the difficult medium. This keeps it exciting and not for everyone. Practicing starts with a stroke of the brush and a follow trough, like the strum of a guitar or the shooting of a basket. My classes begin with the basics of brushes, paints, and paper and move into that all important design and composition. Watch how your painting, abstract or otherwise, will come alive when the foundation is exciting. Each day different topics will be discussed or demonstrated. Personal expression is encouraged. Lessons are designed to explore color and compositional possibilities to spark ordinary subjects into eye catching visuals. Dive right in. Ask questions. A casual friendly atmosphere makes the class a fun and rewarding adventure.