Summer Painting Workshop

June 11-13, 2021

Instructor: Michael Orwick

Fundamentals of Good Painting

Skill Level: All

Media: Oils and Acrylics

We are thankful to present this workshop in partnership with the Oregon Society of Artists.

Registration and cost will be posted soon.

Interested? Make sure we have your name and email address and we’ll let you know as soon as registration is open.

I'm Interested - Keep Me Posted


Workshop Overview

Having an idea of what to paint is one thing, but translating that idea onto the canvas is accomplished through your individual technique and process.

Join award-winning artist and popular instructor Michael Orwick for this 3-day painting class, designed for oil and acrylics. Michael's painting classes are open to all levels of painting experience. In it, we will focus on the fundamentals of good painting.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Composition
  • Value
  • Design
  • Choosing a subject
  • Identifying and mixing accurate warm and cool colors
  • Establishing a focal point
  • Tips and do's/don'ts for the studio and outdoor painter to consider
  • Focusing on a simplification process, the step-by-step method to creating a successful painting

The workshop will be complete with informal lectures, instructor demos, group critiques as well as individual advice.

Michael Orwick will mix in process demonstrations with individual work time both in-studio time indoors and weather-permitting, outside for a little Plein Air painting.


Artist's Statement and Website

"I think there are many, many ways to communicate what you want to say through a painting. I will show you some of the techniques and processes that work for me, but more importantly, I will show you how to develop and adapt your own techniques and processes which suit you."

Supply List Suggestions*

*Student are not required to get everything that is on this list, just the basic essentials are good enough.

For the full supply list please visit 


Accommodations and Dining

Workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Everyone gets their own bedroom and their own painting table. Housing and painting will be in Wright Hall. If you have any mobility concerns, please let us know so we may assign you an appropriate room.

Menucha's kitchen prepares excellent, plentiful, cooked-from-scratch meals. If you have any dietary restrictions, we'll ask you to fill out a form ahead of time so we may prepare to feed you properly. Due to pandemic health restrictions, meals will be served take-out style (in individual boxes on trays). Participants may opt to eat at a dining room table (socially distanced from any other guests), in your room, on the terrace, at a picnic table outside, etc.  As guidelines change, we will update this description.


Paintings by Michael Orwick