Workshops with Ruth Ellen Hoag

recording-historyThe Structure of Abstraction

Santa Barbara, CA: Monday – Wednesday, September 19-21, 2016

Three Full Days, 10-4, $295

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Workshop with Ruth Ellen Hoag

Simplicity & Complexity: The Structure of Painting

May 16, 17 & 18th, Wilsonville, Oregon

Watercolor on Paper ©Ruth Ellen Hoag

This workshop relates to artists working with realism, abstraction, or a combination of both. We spend a lot of time learning about traditional forms of composition, but in today’s art, we look at the arrangement of the elements we use as thestructure of a painting.

We are, after all, contemporary artists. Whether we think of ourselves as having a more traditional approach or looking to push the boundaries of what has come before, what we most need is to find our own individual voice, the structure that best represents our ideas. Together we will put aside notions of playing it safe and reach for a satisfying sense of self-expression.

Class size limited to 16 – $295.00 for 3 full days.

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Skip Lawrence

Same Weeks in 2017 – Exact Dates Posted Soon

Artistic Exploration

I am more convinced than ever that what keeps us from making our best art, having the most fun, being the most proud of our work, is that we are trying to make a good painting while what we should be doing is just make a painting. Making a painting without traditional judgments, rules, and the need for acceptance. History shows us that the great artist are never the followers and always the leaders, those that don’t give a damn about joining the clubs of conformist.

For years I have instructed in a traditional workshop format.  For many of my workshop this is appropriate and the best way of sharing ideas and techniques and hopefully moving people along to a better place with their art.  Most of you are well beyond this group instruction.  So this spring I will conduct the workshop as a masters class. This means we will have a lot more one on one conversations about your ideas and the techniques you are going to use to express them. Ideas define the goal while techniques deliver the goods. Less about ‘show and tell” and more about questions and answers.

Indian Summer ©William B. Lawrence

Indian Summer ©William B. Lawrence

In preparing for this workshop I ask you to spend some time organizing your thoughts and agenda:

There are no wrong answers to these questions as long as the answers are honest.

While your evolving ideas may require new materials let’s not make this a technique and materials class.  Ideas, experimentation, exploration, and a willingness to fail will make the work exciting, rewarding, evocative, and, most of all, yours.

I am excited about this time together and to seeing the results of “What If” painting.

Cost: $625 –

Registration is limited. To enroll send your check, made out to Ruth Ellen Hoag, or reserve your space with a $300 deposit. Balance Due January 8, 2016. Send to:

Ruth Ellen Hoag, Whistle Stop Art Studios

220 W. Canon Perdido, Suite D

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cancellations before January 8th will receive a full refund. After that, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds after February 12th unless your space can be filled. Hotel information and venue location forthcoming. Questions? Please Contact me.

William B. (Skip) Lawrence received a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.A. degree from Towson University.  His book, Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor, was published in 1994.  Skip is editor-and-chief of “The Palette Magazine”.  Website: .

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Travel to Limoux, France

with Ruth Ellen Hoag

Two weeks painting in the south of France

April 9-23, 2016

Hotel Le Monstére

Hotel Le Monstére

Reside in a charming B&B with all the modern amenities and enjoy excellent food and wine; all while painting in an unspoiled region of Southern France.

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Ruth Ellen Hoag

recording-historyValley Watercolor Society

Demonstration: Thursday, March 10, 2016 7-9 pm

Workshop: Friday, March 11, 9:00 – 4:00

Location: San Fernando Vally Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356

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