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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278


workshops for Calistoga art center

The Calistoga Art Center offers workshops and classes specialized in painting, ceramics and more. 

Member Cost; $180

Non Member Cost; $200

Please print your receipt and bring it to class


Secrets of color harmony

taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls           

Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11, 2017

10 AM to 5 PM both days (Bring a lunch!)

Do you wish you could get your colors to work together better in your paintings? 
Colors can be like children – sometimes they just don't play together well, and it’s frustrating when they don’t. How do you change that? How do you make colors play – and work – together well in a painting?

In this two-day workshop, you will learn foolproof secrets of creating beautiful, harmonious color in your paintings – and you'll put them into practice! You will learn and apply ten specific, surefire methods of creating color harmony. 

You will also learn about color wheels (two kinds), complementary colors, and color mixing, and you'll practice what you've learned. Then you will experiment with different color palettes, using acrylic paints, so you can compare and contrast the results of making different color choices.

Next, you will learn how to introduce new colors into your work and ensure they all play well together, how to recognize and work with warm and cool colors, and more. We'll do all this with friendly, versatile, water-soluble acrylic paints — but what you learn will be applicable to other media as well.

You'll also learn more about how and why colors work with – or against – each other, how and why the same color changes depending on where you use it, and how to use that knowledge to create stronger compositions. It's color theory, simplified and made practical, so that you can apply what you learn in your own paintings. Over the course of the weekend, you will create your own book of examples that you can use as an invaluable color reference later. And you will receive Karen's mini-book on The Secrets of Color Harmony, as a resource.
Taming those uncooperative colors really isn’t as hard as it may seem, once you know these secrets and have a chance to put them into practice.

Materials Fee: $25, payable to the instructor (all the materials you’ll need to use are provided, including many different colors of paints, paper, brushes, palettes, your book materials, and Karen’s mini-book on The Secrets of Color Harmony)

Sign up by Wednesday, June 7. Classes fill up, so register early!Maximum 12 people, minimum of 4.

For more information, see, under "Painting," or call Karen Lynn Ingalls at 707-942-0197.

Image by Karen Lynn Ingalls

Image by Karen Lynn Ingalls

Mixed Media Workshop Member Cost; $185

Mixed Media Workshop Non-Member Cost: $210

Please print your receipt and bring it to class

Mixed Media Workshop

taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls

Saturday and Sunday, July 22 - 23 2017

Have you ever wanted to just be creative with paint, without stressing about how things will turn out? This workshop may be just what you are looking for!

You’ll learn to combine acrylic paint with various mixed media techniques, including using stencils, collage, and relief printing, to create artwork that is fun and engaging — and you’ll come home with at least two paintings and a practice sampler.

If you’ve painted before, these methods will transform your mixed media paintings from something interesting but ordinary to something extraordinary and fabulous.

This work-play-shop is designed for both beginning and experienced painters. It’s a great way to give yourself a creative jump start!

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bring your lunch!

Location: Calistoga Art Center, Napa County Fairgrounds, Cropp Building, 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA

Cost: $185 for CAC members and $210 for non-members, materials not included

Materials Fee: $25 for all the materials you'll need (if you've seen the price of all these materials, you'll know what a great deal that is! Or email Karen for materials list if you'd like to bring your own.)

Maximum of 12 people; minimum of 4. Sign up early to reserve your space!

Create Compelling Compositions:  
Members Cost $185

Create Compelling Compositions:  
Non-Members Cost $210

Please print your receipt and bring it to class

Create Compelling Compositions

Taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls
Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27, 2017

How many times have you been stuck on a painting, not knowing just what it was that wasn't working? Frustrating, isn't it?

In this workshop, you'll get specific, practical tools and know-how to help you create compelling compositions. You'll be able to identify what makes a painting work, and fix it when it's not. Whether you paint landscapes, still lifes, portraits, abstracts, or work in any other genre, the same principles apply. We'll be using acrylic paint — and the workshop is designed for people with at least some previous painting experience.

Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days – bring your lunch! 
Sign up early to ensure your place.

Location: Calistoga Art Center, Napa County Fairgrounds, Cropp Building, 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA

Cost: $185 for CAC members and $210 for non-members. Includes Karen's mini-book on Composition & Design, which you can use as an ongoing reference and resource. Painting materials not included.


Advance enrollment is appreciated, if possible.

Call us, email us, or enroll and pay directly from our website
(707) 942-2278