Workshops for 2017/18

August workshop

Taking the Bull by the Horns: Creating a Body of Work
March 20, 21-24, 2017
1-3 pm (Mon)
10-4 pm (Tues-Fri)

Alexandria, VA

Participants plan and begin a series of three to four paintings based on their own photos and sketches. On the first day, students meet with Diane to review ideas and plan subject matter for the week. Rolled canvas and stretching supplies will be made available so we can move beyond the boundaries of standard canvas sizes. This workshop offers a chance to explore a subject in depth and from different angles while developing several paintings simultaneously. Following the workshop, participants can keep in contact with Diane via email for feedback on work in progress.

Classes are held in Old Town Alexandria at the Art League School, 703 683-2323.


Midwinter Portrait Workshop
February 9-11, 2018
10-3:30 PM (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Kewanna, IN 46939
Spend three intensive days learning the basics of portraiture with Diane in the Logan St. studio in Kewanna . Each morning, we will begin with a one-hour session with a live model, learning how to map out facial features and build the planes of the face. Then we will work on a project of your own choosing, be it a self portrait or from your own photo references, using charcoal and pastel or oil. (Acrylic also OK)  A materials list will be available prior to class. Class size limited to 10.
Contact Diane at 574 653-2223 or


Oil and Pastel  Still Life Workshop
May 4-6, 2018
9:30-3 PM (Fri/Sat/Sun)

Kewanna, IN 46939

Join Diane for an intensive three days of painting, using still life set ups that will remain in place throughout the workshop or your own sketches and photographs as sources.. A materials list will be available prior to class, which will be held at the studio space at 101 E Main St., Kewanna, IN. Class size limited to 15. For additional information, call Diane at 574 653-2223 or email . .


Outdoor Still Life Workshop
August 18-20, 2017
9:30-3 PM (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Kewanna, IN 46939

Combine plein aire landscape and still life in a variety of compositions set up here in town.  We will meet at the Main St. studio, then pick your favorite location –all within walking distance.  A materials list will be available prior to class, which is limited to 15. For additional information, call Diane at 574 653-2223 or email .



Still life workshop
Three  Day Still Life Workshop
November 10-12, 2017
9:30-3:30 pm (Fri-Sun)
Edinburg, VA
Sponsored by VECCA, with classes held at the Old Mill in Edinburg, VA. For more information contact or call Barbara Randel at 540 984-9299.



Workshop on locationA Week in the Indiana Countryside 
August 7-11- 2017 $530.
Kewanna, IN

Spend a week painting on location in and around the town of Kewanna, IN and the surrounding countryside. Each class is limited to five to maximize individual attention and flexibility.

Diane has a guest cottage which can sleep five and a large studio (the former Odd Fellows Hall) when we wish to paint indoors. Motels are also available in the neighboring town of Rochester. Lunch and dinner are provided at Diane’s house.

While each workshop begins on Monday, it would be best to arrive on Sunday, so that you will be ready to start painting Monday morning.

Registration through the Art League (703 683-2323) or contact Diane (574 653-2223). Lunch and dinner are included with tuition, travel and lodging are additional. Diane will contact you prior to the workshop to discuss what to bring, how to get there, etc.

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