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Carlton Gallery Workshops 2012 – Registration Open for Many Expressive Arts Explorations

May 16, 2012. Carlton Gallery Workshops 2012 – Participants with all levels of painting and artistic experiences are welcome. Please contact Toni or Carolyn at Carlton Gallery for information or to request a reservation form. A reservation form must be completed to assure proper registration. We encourage early registration, as space is limited.

A $100 deposit and Pre-Registration is required for all workshops. Please read the reservation/refund policy. Contact Information: 828-963-4288 or info@carltonartgallery.com.

Hwy 105 Grandfather Community – Banner Elk, NC 28604 


“Discover, Express and Originate” – Expressive Arts Workshop with Toni Carlton $215

(Mixed Media Collage) May 16, 17, and 18 – September 12-13-14 (11am – 5pm)

Most art materials included – limited number of participants

Discover, express and originate art through the creative process by utilizing mixed media, writing, movement, toning and meditation. Open your heart with art! Explore and express your passion, joy, love and connection to spirit. For over 15 years Toni Carlton has been creating art as a means to deepen her connection to the divine and express the oneness of all. In her workshops she intends to help participants open their hearts through the creative process. No prior art experience is necessary.


“Follow Your Intuition” Exploration in Acrylics with Debbie Arnold $145

Acrylic Techniques – May 30-31 (11am – 5pm)

Most art materials included

Intuitive painting is the merging of art and spirituality. Through painting you can connect with your own source of creativity. Intuitive painting can be used as a tool of self-discovery, helping you to understand yourself through color and form. It develops your connection with the source of all that is. This leads to deeper trust of your own internal guidance and creativity. The class will primarily use the versatile medium of acrylic, layering transparent colors and textures utilizing many different techniques –sponges, pallet knives, spattering and imprinting along with pouring layers of thinned colors onto canvas.


Oil Painting with Andy Braitman

June 1-2-3 – Follow My Lead – Beginners to Intermediate

July 10-11-12 – Strengthening Your Brushstroke – Intermediate to Advanced

August 29-30-31 – Design and Alter – All Levels (10am – 5pm) $395

Andy Braitman’s emphasis is on teaching control of the painting palette. He wants students to minimize their color and to maximize their color potential by learning methods of controlling color and mixing paint on the artist’s palette. Students will explore the principals which make a painting work. Each workshop will be geared toward a specific technique and skill level as he works individually with each student.

(Send email to request more information on these workshops)


“Ink, Brush and Paper” with Mike Grady $275

June 8-9-10 (10am – 5pm)

An introduction to East Asian approaches to art. Emphasis will placed on the use of ‘chi’ – vital life energy – as the basis for artistic expression using traditional Chinese artistic approaches. The workshop will explore traditional East Asian tools such as sumi-ink, traditional bamboo brushes and rice paper.

In-class exercises will explore the basic skills of brushwork and ‘flow (liu)’

by learning basic Chinese characters and then to incorporate the principles of calligraphic painting into personalized artistic styles that allow workshop participants to create their own unique blend of Asian and European artistic styles. Ink-wash and watercolor techniques will also be explored as essential elements of East-West approaches to art. We will explore Chinese and Japanese approaches to calligraphy and landscape genres and explore the connection between body, mind and creative flow that makes

East Asian art unique.

Students will be encouraged to develop their own artistic approaches using traditional Chinese tools rather than attempting to ‘master’ traditional East Asian techniques. This class is appropriate for students at all levels of experience from novice to professional.


Mixed Media with Vae Hamilton” $245 

June 12-13-14 “The Basics” (10am-5pm)

Always wanted to make art? Now you have the time and need the basics?

August 21-22-23

“Innovation, Motivation and More””

Have you taken some art classes and want to move on or have gotten away from your art and need some motivation, new ideas or to try some new mediums and techniques?

Create, recycle and combine media with Vae Hamilton as you explore new dimensions and freedom in your artwork emphasizing new and experimental ways of painting with water based paints and collage. Working from transparent to opaque with color and value, explore the use of water media and the application of acrylic gel mediums and gesso. Learning to Transfer images, create texture, work with computer generated images, gold leaf, “found” materials and photographs are just a few of the highlights.


“Abstract Landscapes in Acrylic Using Palette Knives” with Egi Antonaccio $305

June 19-20-21 July 31, August 1-2 October 9-10-11 (10am – 5pm)

Learn to divide the light using strokes of color with pallet knives with Italian artist, Egi Antonaccio whose loose strokes create wonderful detail in this IN Plein Air workshop. Participants will experience color and the music of life through landscapes as they work from photographs to loosen their style and develop a new technique to enhance their skills in painting.


“Painting the Landscape (Pastels or Oils) with Photographic References” with Kevin Beck $305

June 26-27-28 July 24-25-26 (10am – 5pm)

This workshop is for beginners or advanced painters interested in learning the fundamentals of creating spontaneous fresh landscape paintings using photographs as the reference. The goal is to create life infused paintings and not a copy of a photograph. Issues to be discussed and demonstrated include:

Seeing and interpreting values, the Do’s and Don’ts of working from photographs, the painting process in Pastel and Oil, Staying “loose” and painterly and Achieving Clean Color. You may choose pastel or oil.

Plein Air with Kevin Beck – October 16-17-18 (10am – 5pm) $305

Local landscapes – weather permitting – studio optional


“Creative Oil Paintings from Photographs” with Egi Antonaccio $305

July 17-18-19 August 14-15-16 (10am – 5pm)

Using various techniques with a limited pallet, Egi teaches all levels how to create a realistic rendering from photographs. Individual attention in any subject matter will be offered in this studio workshop to bring your best creativity to canvas. His approach in realism or surrealism to bring a canvas to life with reflections of light offers the students an incredible learning experience.


“Watercolor – Gouache Figure Painting” Workshop with Kate Worm $315

(model fee included)

August 7-8-9 (10am – 5pm)

Working with an unclothed model, Kate will emphasize composition; color and good drawing as it relates to painting. Through many different drawing, painting and color exercises Kate helps the student to develop confidence in their artistic endeavors. Kate’s nudes were featured in the summer 2006 issue of Watercolor Magazine. She is a popular instructor at the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC.


All ability levels are welcome.

Space is limited for each workshop. Please contact Carlton Gallery at 828-963-4288 or email at info@carltonartgallery.com to request a reservation form or download a reservation form at www.carltonartgallery.com A Supply List will be provided.