We are honoured once again to have acclaimed international artists, offering a host of  diverse workshops at Listowel Visual Arts Week.

Perhaps it’s time to delve into a new medium or rediscover the joy of returning to a skill left untapped. What better opportunity than to take a class from a Master!

Class sizes are intentionally small, ensuring maximum one to one time with each participant.  Booking  and Cancellation Policy

‘Ars longa, vita brevis’ – Hippocrates

Classical Andamento in Modern Mosaic/The language of mosaic

Instructor:    Anabella Wewer
Dates:              Mon 15th & Tues 16th June
Time:               9:30am – 5:30pm daily
Fee:                  €300 (includes materials)
Level:              All Levels
Spaces:           12
Venue:            TBD
Description: Learn the principles of andamento – the ways to lay tesserae to form lines and give mosaics definition. We will study the principles and best practices of andamento, and their variations in modern mosaics. You will learn how to shape the tesserae to achieve flow in your designs, using the ancient principles of the mosaic language. We will start the workshop with a thorough lesson on hammer and hardie, studying proper posture, the best set-up for the stump, and techniques to achieve good cuts. Because of studio limitations, only a few hammers and hardies will be available, and participants should bring their own nippers to do the majority of the work, but Anabella will encourage all to cut with a hammer and hardie at least some of the time. Participants will be working on a series of exercises and samples and will not complete a finished mosaic, though if you want to follow the class sample, you are welcome to!

Tool list: Nippers, spatula, tweezers. If you own or can borrow a mosaic hammer (steel and/or carbide tipped), please bring it!

About Anabella Wewer

One-of-kind Necklace – Choice of three styles

Instructor:    Joan Schwartz
Dates:              Wed 17th June
Time:               9:30 – 5:30 pm
Fee:                   €125 (includes materials)
Level:              All Levels
Spaces:          12
Venue:            TBD
Description: You will be creating a necklace by choosing one of 3 styles
that I will provide for you. This one-of-a-kind custom piece
will be yours and yours alone. You will be able to complete
this necklace in the time provided.
I will bring as many materials as I can carry for your use.
Tools, adhesives, and more, will be available for loan.
My easy techniques makes this a fun and unique workshop.
Bring an apron, a pad of paper & pen for notes,
eye glasses or safety glasses, camera or smart
phone if available.
If you have any tiny buttons, broken jewelry or broken
china that you would like to incorporate into your
necklace, please bring them.
Most importantly, bring your sense of humour and
willingness to laugh and have fun while creating your own
unique necklace.

Plein Air Painting in beautiful Listowel: How to simplify the landscape

Instructor:    Diane Pike
Date:                 Wed 17th June
Time:                9:30 – 11:30 am
Fee:                   €35 (inc some materials)
Level:              All Levels
Spaces:          12
Location:      TBD
Description: Looking at a landscape can be overwhelming at first. This workshop will demonstrate how to do quick sketches to select a good composition, how to transfer that sketch to the painting surface and how to lay in the first big shapes of colour. Diane will demo at the beginning and then everyone will paint.

About Diane Pike and more info

Exploring Abstraction

Instructor:    Lillie Morris
Date:                Wed 17th June
Time:              12:30 – 5:30 pm
Fee:                  €100 (inc most materials)
Level:              All Levels
Spaces:          12
Venue:            TBD
Description: This one day workshop will include demonstrations and individual practice – encouraging you to let go of traditional visual references and subject matter.
Develop your own visual language and improve your understanding of the principles of abstract painting through experimentation. To compliment your learning, there will be references to contemporary and historical examples of abstract art and abstract artists.
Topics Covered

  • Elements of Composition 
  • Mark-making and intuitive drawing 
  • Paint application/manipulation & color
  • Texture, layering & collage 
  • Reworking

This course is designed for painters wishing to experiment with themes of abstract art, although it would also be suitable for beginners eager to experiment with abstraction & expressionism.

About Lillie Morris

Mosaic Workshop: Rendering Real & Flippin’ Unglued

Instructor:    John Sollinger (Solly)
Date:                Thurs 18th to Sat 20th June
Time:               9:30 – 5:30 pm daily
Fee:                  €450  (includes all materials)
Level:              All Levels
Spaces:          12
Venue:            TBD
Description: Learn to mosaic like no one else. Emphasis in this 3 day workshop will be on a double reverse technique whereby all glass pieces are placed dry onto an underlying image, flipped over, adhered to its substrate, and then flipped back to its original orientation. Solly will share how he chooses an image, and time will be set aside during lunch or other breaks to demonstrate the double flip procedure and provide interns opportunity to practice his techniques. As time allows, Solly will entertain discussions on achieving realism. Open to all skill levels, from beginner to old hat.
Each participant will make one 12 x 12 inch (30.5 x 30.5 cm) stained glass mosaic that is suitable for indoor hanging. There will be a choice of two images (photograph and painting) to render into a mosaic. Materials such as glass, adhesive, substrates and hanging hardware are provided) Non-beginners are encouraged to bring their own photos (abstracts work great) of size no larger than 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) in either direction AND glass that may not be offered.

About Solly and more

The Joy of Pastel Pencils

Instructor:    Emily Andress
Date:                Thurs 18th June
Time:               9:30 – 12 pm 
Fee:                  €50 (includes materials)
Skill Level:   All Levels
Spaces:          12
Venue:            TBD
Students will learn how to use pastel pencils on sanded pastel paper to create anything their heart’s desire. Whether creating a landscape, still life, or figure, this class is for those who want to learn to build color utilizing undersketching techniques.

About Emily Andress


Plein Air class in beautiful Listowel: How to paint the landscape

Instructor:      Diane Pike
Date:                  Thurs 18th June
Time:                 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee:                    € 35 (inc some materials)
Level:                All Levels
Spaces             12
Location:        TBD
Description: Now that I have my sketch, how do I begin? How do I finish? This workshop will offer some tips on colour mixing, brushwork and how to finish a painting. Diane will demo at the beginning and everyone will paint.

About Diane Pike and more info


Rendering architecture in paint and collage

Instructor:    Brendan Campbell
Date:                 Fri 19th June
Time:               9:30 – 4:30 pm (inc most materials)
Fee:                   €80
Skill Level:    Beginners to Advanced
Spaces:           10
Venue:            TBD
Description: This workshop is aimed at those who have an interest in painting buildings and architecture; however it is also suitable for people who are relatively new to art, and who would like to experiment with expressive and individual methods of working. In this one day workshop participants will learn how to create dynamic and exciting images related to the built environment. Areas covered will include composition, colour mixing, collaged surface effects and impasto, and the development of a personal expressive approach.

About Brendan Campbell and more.


Paint the Pantry

Instructor:Jean Cauthen
Date:             Sat 20th June
Time:            9:00 – 11:30 am
Fee:               €50 (includes materials)
Skill Level: Beginners to Advanced
Spaces:       10
Venue:        TBD
Description: Jean learned long ago through her own artist’s journey that a wonderful route to learning to paint (or painting better) is to work with simple objects as subject matter.  Once those principles are learned, we can apply them to any subject from still life to landscape.
This is the perfect class for the near beginner or more advanced painter who wants to loosen up and explore the expressive potential of your paint brush!
While covering the basics of painting (“What exactly is a Medium?” and “How do I even START a painting?” ), Jean offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere for honing your skills as a painter. 
Complete a small everyday object painting with a step by step approach that will stay with you long after the paint is dry!
Jean is known for her positive approach to learning and an ability to reach students whatever their current level of skill.
All supplies are included, just be sure to bring a good ole’ sense of fun!


 Feel more confident in your understanding of

         Colour mixing
         Blocking In
         Expressive brushwork
         Making vibrant colour choices

About the Artist Jean Cauthen

Using Nests as a Metaphor for Life in Painting

Instructor:    Laura McRae Hitchcock
Fee:                  €50 (includes materials)
Skill Level:   Beginners to Advanced
Spaces:          10
Date:                Sat 20th June
Time:               2:30 – 5 pm 
Venue:            TBD
Description: Laura has been painting nests for years and has discovered that they can be a lovely, sweet metaphor for life. Nests can symbolize the “empty nest” and all kinds of other fun , serious, special and thoughtful events in one’s life. In this class we will talk about some of the various  ways that nests can represent events, stages and/or feelings in our lives. Laura will have examples for you to see from her work so that you can experience her “nest life paintings”. Then, keeping what we’ve talked about in mind, we will each paint our own life nest painting. Laura will show you step by step how to paint your nest, and give you tips on creating a nest that represents your own life.