Drawing Outside the Lines

WREN is excited to introduce an art workshop series offered in conjunction with our summer Gallery show. Drawing Outside the Lines features the work of 8 professional artists from the WREN community. Learn from the artists in this awesome workshop series!

Get creative with these fun and engaging workshops hosted at The Gallery at WREN and Bretzfelder Pavilion. These workshops are open to folks of any and all skill levels. Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, think outside the box and draw outside the lines with us this summer! 

These workshops are suggested for ages 15+, and no experience is necessary. The workshops are $25, $15 for members, and free for CDBG members. Scholarships are available! Email carync@wrenworks.org for the discount codes, or to inquire about a scholarship or a CDBG membership. Become a member here!

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Drawn to Trees with Kelly Slater

11:30-3:00 on Friday, June 28th at Bretzfelder Pavilion

Kelly will lead an en plein air workshop devoted entirely to trees. Using a wide variety of playful and relaxing techniques, we will be both seeing “outside the box” and “drawing outside the lines.” A few of the methods we’ll experiment with include negative space drawing, mixed media collage, and three and five-line drawings. If you love trees and would like to look more deeply and express yourself more freely, this is definitely the class for you!

About Kelly:

Kelly is a self-taught artist who specializes in figurative abstracts of landscapes. Since 2017, she has focused on several woodlands and specific groups of trees in the northern Berkshires and northern New Hampshire. She firmly believes that art is a fun, accessible and life-enhancing activity for everyone and that playful art-making is the route to more proficient art-making. Kelly works out of her home studio in Saugus, MA where she is gradually transforming her ¼ acre lot into a permaculture food forest.

Drawing Into Monotype with Kathie Lovett

10:00-1:00 Wednesday, July 3rd at The Gallery at WREN

In this workshop, participants will explore three dynamic methods of monotype printing. The direct experience of mark making in freestyle will be both meditative and expansive. Working with ink and wooden spoons and handling tools and materials will be integral to the process. Guaranteed to be messy. Join us in your old clothes and aprons. Bring a snack or lunch.

Materials to bring from home: a wooden spoon if you have one, sharp scissors, ruler, pencil, Q tips

About Kathie:

Based in the White Mountains of NH, Kathie works in the spirit of this place. With a BA in art history and an MFA in painting, and a long independent bookstore behind her, she now spends time in the studio.

Strong segments of her life have been devoted to fiber art, architecture, painting, printing, and community arts. Attracted by the material world simultaneously with the world of ideas, she makes her way. She is curious about the everyday, the mundane and the familiar, as well as the unusual, the hidden and the cosmic. Art making combines tactile and visual stimulation, critical thinking, and a way to stay present in a fast moving world. She hopes to create a dialogue with viewers through her visual works.

Portraits with Larry Golden

10:00-12:00 Wednesday, July 10th at The Gallery at WREN

Draw from a live model with a master craftsman.  Learn the facial proportions from different perspectives while enjoying Larry’s deep knowledge and perspectives on art history.

About Larry: 

Larry earned his MA from Pratt Institute. He has had numerous shows at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He has also exhibited at the Southern Vermont Art Association and has permanent work in the Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, the Vermont State House, Lyndon State College and numerous murals at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire. In addition, he has done portraiture at the Mount Washington Hotel 25 years.

Larry retired from St. Johnsbury Academy, where he worked for 42 years. He has been painting steadily, if not daily, for the last 50 years. Find Larry in his St. Johnsbury gallery: Golden Studios, 1567 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.


Building A Drawing By Breaking It Down with Rebecca Fullerton

10:00-1:00 Wednesday, July 17th at The Gallery at WREN

In this drawing workshop we’ll explore the fundamental tools of creating solid drawings from life: observation, construction lines, and starting with a drawn “scaffolding.” Using several short sketching exercises and a few longer drawing sessions, we’ll practice simple techniques that will help set you up on a firm foundation. We will train our brains not to get bogged down in all of the overwhelming detail of the object we’re drawing and focus on seeing angles, shapes and values. 

About Rebecca:

Rebecca M. Fullerton is a White Mountains landscape painter who lives in Bethlehem. She seeks to capture the unique atmosphere and ruggedness of our region’s wild places in her oil and watercolor paintings. Her work has been in group and solo shows around New England. Fullerton has a B.A. in studio art and art history from Hartwick College and an MA in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School. Not only does she love to make art but also help others “see like an artist” through group and private painting and drawing lessons.

Playing With Color with Susan Retz

1:00-3:00 Wednesday, July 24th at The Gallery at WREN

We will spend two hours creating our color pallet, learning how to mix watercolors, and creating a “stained-glass” painting. The class is designed as a fun and accessible introduction to watercolor painting. Each student will receive a pocket color wheel, a pentel pen for drawing, a watercolor brush, a 10-page pad of watercolor paper, and a mixing pallet to take home. 

About Susan:

Susan Retz graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Architecture. While a student at CWRU, she received the Alpha Rho Chi Award, a scholarship given for leadership, service, and merit. Upon graduation Ms. Retz returned to the Washington D.C. area, where she was a registered architect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Susan had her own architectural practice, and did mostly residential projects, from new house design to additions and corrections.

Susan worked with the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (FCRHA) from1984 until 2007 when she retired and planned her move to New Hampshire with her husband Chuck Lovett. She was Architect of Record for projects designed and constructed by the Housing Authority. Her work includes community centers, senior centers and multi-family housing including design and production of housing types from single room occupancy units to senior housing campuses. Her love and knowledge of landscaping allows her the creativity to integrate the interior and exterior environments.

Susan was on the WREN board from 2010 to June of 2019 when she resigned from her role as President of the Board. She is currently chairman of AHEAD’s Board. She believes that good affordable housing is the foundation of a healthy community.

The Art Of The Thumbnail Sketch with Jessica Fligg

10:00-12:00 Wednesday, July 31st at The Gallery at WREN

In this workshop students will explore the use of thumbnail sketches in their artistic practice. Students will do this by using thumbnail sketches to edit scenes and find compositions. Inspiration images will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own images to work from as well!

About Jessica:

Jessica Fligg is an artist that works in oils in her studio and extensively en plein air.  She paints throughout the year with winter being her favorite time to paint plein air.  Jessica utilizes her background in drawing and thumbnail sketches to inform her paintings.

Expressive Landscape Sketching with Rachel O’Meara

10:00-12:00 Wednesday, August 7th at Bretzfelder Pavilion

Let’s loosen up and have fun doing quick plein air landscape sketches. The goal here is not precision but expressing how we feel about what we are seeing. We’ll  do several multi-media sketches, using watercolor, charcoal, pencil, and ink. Bring along any art materials you might have: pastels, ball-point pens, pencils, ink, watercolor-you name it. We will supply paper, watercolor supplies and charcoal/pencils, at the minimum. Absolutely no drawing “skill” required. 

About Rachel:

Rachel O’Meara has been messing around with art most of her life. Largely self-taught, she enjoys drawing, print-making, and painting. She lives in Stratford, NH.

Dancing With The Pen with Rick Hunt

1:00-3:00 Wednesday, August 7th at The Gallery at WREN

Join Rick for a hands-on drawing experience. Working with mural paper, pens and markers, participants will be encouraged to “play.” Rick will provide background music and facilitate participants’ exploration of drawing that is free form, based on feelings rather than classical approaches. Drawers will work on their own pieces and can contribute to a collaborative mural as well. All supplies will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their favorite pens and markers.

About Rick:

Rick is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art (Fine art/illustration/painting/film) and of Lesley College (psychology/Eastern philosophy).  He has exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, Canada, and the USA. His art has also been featured in numerous books and magazines and is currently being published by Angie Bowie as a coffee-table art book. Rick and Angie Bowie are collectively known as CREATIVE COMBUSTION. Together they publish books, attend book signings and conferences, and have had internet interview shows for 6 years.

Fun Drawing Experiments with Kelly Slater

10:00-4:00 Saturday, August 10th at the WREN Pocket Park

Celebrate Bethlehem Summerfest and the joy of drawing at our fun-filled drawing experiments workshop on Saturday, August 10. This is a free, drop-in drawing event, sponsored by WREN and facilitated by artist Kelly Slater.  

Using a wide variety of techniques, we will learn how to let go of drawing anxieties, deliberately lose control and enhance our enjoyment and creativity. Among our experiments will be drawing with rags and paper towels, sketching with sticks and ink, drawing with one continuous line, drawing by touch with eyes closed, drawing in a minute or less, and many more!

Come dressed for some good messy fun!

About Kelly:

Kelly is a self-taught artist who specializes in figurative abstracts of landscapes. Since 2017, she has focused on several woodlands and specific groups of trees in the northern Berkshires and northern New Hampshire. She firmly believes that art is a fun, accessible and life-enhancing activity for everyone and that playful art-making is the route to more proficient art-making. Kelly works out of her home studio in Saugus, MA where she is gradually transforming her ¼ acre lot into a permaculture food forest.