Art Classes


Hey all, I've put together a variety of class offerings to peek your imagination and poke your creative self. All classes are at The Bishop's Ranch unless otherwise noted. I hope you can join me for one of the following adventures in art! see you soon, Lisa

9/8/13 Sunday 10:00-4:00: Introduction to Landscape sketching & painting,  $90 $70 if you have your own paints and brushes.
Spend the day playing with color, paint and shape. With The Bishop’s Ranch as our inspiration there are plenty of vistas.  In the morning we will gather spend some time sketching then after demonstration we will launch into paint, painting several small canvases with acrylic paints.  The second half of the class will focus on taking one of those smaller images onto a larger canvas. All materials are included and no prior experience is needed. Participants bring a sack lunch sketchbook or clip board with blank paper for sketching. 
Minimum 6- Maximum 12 participants

9/29/13 Sunday 10:00-4:00: Encaustic Collage Playshop, $75

You will create small collage pieces on wood using art papers, old maps, photos and other ephemera.  The collage is then covered with hot encaustic medium (a mixture of resin and beeswax). Classes include demos of techniques and time to play and experiment. All materials are included and no prior experience is needed. Participants bring a sack lunch. 
Minimum 6- Maximum 8 participants

10/4/13 9:00-4:00: iPad as Art, $145 - Art and Soul Festival, Portland, Oregon
This class will cover drawing techniques on your ipad using the "Brushes 3" app. I'll cover basic techniques of brush strokes, layering and using a photo as the base of your art. I will set up a simple still life; you will take a photo of that and use that photo as the base of your drawing. So those of you who feel like you can't draw don't worry the photo is there to "trace" and set the stage for the layers you add. I will also share different ways of printing your drawing and ideas for taking your art out of the tablet and into the world. See iPad drawing to art quilt article in the Oct/Nov 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine
Registration Art and Soul, Portland, OR

10/6/13 9:00-4:30: Stamp and Stencil Synergy, $145 plus $15 materials fee - Art and Soul Festival, Portland, Oregon
As shown in the June/July 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, we will combine self made stencils and carve your own soft Safety Kut stamps to create unique multi-layered prints. These pieces have a great look of a classic carved wood block but so much easier! The stamps and stencils you make in this class can be used over and over on artist trading cards, gift cards, fabric blocks, tee shirts, wood…
Registration Art and Soul, Portland, OR

10/20/13 Sunday 1:00-4:30: Introduction to iPad drawing, $50
This class will cover drawing techniques on your ipad using the "Brushes 3" app. I'll cover basic techniques of brush strokes, layering and using a photo as the base of your art. I will set up a simple still life; you will take a photo of that and use that photo jumping off point of your drawing.  I will also share different ways of printing your drawing and ideas for taking your art out of the tablet and into the world. You need an iPad loaded with the Brushes 3 app for iPad.
Minimum 6- Maximum 15

10/27-29/13 Sunday Dinner to Tuesday Lunch: Moving Into Winter-Embrassing the Dark
An introspective retreat of art, movement, chant and writing.
We will explore Winter in our lives and embrace the coming season of darkness through writing, movement, chant and art. Each day will be a balance of personal reflection time and group exploration. Leaders: Anne Blanton and Lisa Thorpe. Lisa and Anne have lead groups in the past and are excited to come together again for this retreat. Anne has been leading sacred circle dance for over 15 years and is recently retired from teaching. She is also a writer and is currently working on a book that explores the seasons of life – both darkness and light. Lisa has been the resident artist at the Bishop's Ranch for 17 years and has lead many groups in art and spiritual exploration.
2 day retreat, lodging, meals and materials included $350 double occ, $400 single occ.
Register through The Bishop's Ranch online

11/3/13 Sunday 10:00-4:00: Encaustic Collage Playshop, $75
You will create small collage pieces on wood using art papers, old maps, photos and other ephemera.  The collage is then covered with hot encaustic medium (a mixture of resin and beeswax). Class includes demos of techniques and time to play and experiment. All materials are included and no prior experience is needed. Participants bring a sack lunch. 
Minimum 6- Maximum 8 participants

1/10-12/14 Friday Dinner to Sunday Lunch: Encaustic Collage Creative Exploration Weekend
This intimate weekend workshop gives two day to explore encaustic collage techniques. We will create small collage pieces on wood using art papers, old maps, photos and other ephemera. The collage is then covered with hot encaustic medium (a mixture of resin and beeswax), which cools to a warm glow. Workshop includes demos of techniques and lots of time to play and experiment. All materials are included and no prior experience is needed.
2 day retreat, lodging, meals and materials included., $375 double occ., $425 single occ.
Register through The Bishop's Ranch online

3/7-9/14 Friday Dinner to Sunday Lunch: Moving into Spring, Welcoming the Light
An introspective retreat of art, movement, chant and writing.
We will explore Spring and new growth in our lives and embrace the coming season of light through writing, movement, chant and art.  Each day will be a balance of personal reflection time and group exploration. Leaders: Anne Blanton and Lisa Thorpe. Lisa and Anne have lead groups in the past and are excited to come together again for this retreat. Anne has been leading sacred circle dance for over 15 years and is recently retired from teaching.  She is also a writer and is currently working on a book that explores the seasons of life – both darkness and light. Lisa has been the resident artist at the Bishop’s Ranch for 17 years and has lead many groups in art and spiritual exploration.
2 day retreat, lodging, meals and materials included $350 double occ, $400 single occ.
Register through The Bishop's Ranch online

Sign up for classes now by emailing me at
artist@lisathorpe.com or call (707)431-8489

Don't see the date or the class you can take?  
Arrange your own creative playshop with Lisa,
contact her for details and requirements.