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ART CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Get taught personally by Marla herself!

Introducing Art Classes with Marla Blackwell: Unleash Your Creative Potential in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour or Pastels!

If you have a passion for the visual arts and a desire to learn or enhance your skills in painting, then look no further than Marla Blackwell's art classes. Designed for beginners to advanced artists, Marla's classes cater to pastel artists, oil painters, acrylic painters, and watercolorists alike.

These art classes are an exciting opportunity to explore various painting techniques and styles, whether you're interested in capturing the beauty of landscapes, depicting the human figure, or venturing into the realm of abstract art. Marla believes that each student possesses a unique artistic voice, and her classes encourage individual expression and creativity.

With Marla's guidance, you'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and artistic growth. Whether you're just starting out or looking to refine your skills, Marla provides a supportive and inspiring environment for all levels of experience. Each class is carefully structured to meet the needs and interests of each student, allowing you to work on your preferred subject matter and style.

As you attend Marla's art classes, you'll benefit from her wealth of knowledge and expertise. She will share invaluable insights, tips, and techniques to help you master the medium of your choice, be it oil, acrylic, or watercolor. From brushwork and color mixing to composition and light effects, Marla's instruction covers a wide range of essential skills.

Furthermore, Marla fosters a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere, where students can learn from one another, exchange ideas, and gain inspiration. You will be surrounded by fellow art enthusiasts who share your passion, making the classes an enriching and enjoyable experience.

Classes

Class Times

Blackwell Studio

Cochrane Location

Swinton's Art Supplies

Calgary Location

Tuesdays

12:30 - 3:30 pm

Thursdays

9:30 - 12:30 pm

Thursdays

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Parkdale Nifty Fifty

Calgary Location

Mondays

9:30 - 12:00 pm

Mondays

1:00 - 3:30 pm

Painting of a man on a horse.

Artist Workshops

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Current Workshops

Loosen your Landscape

Landscape painting of a forest.

Whether you work with oil, acrylic, or watercolors, this workshop is designed to help you explore and refine your skills in creating impressionistic landscapes. Marla Blackwell, a talented and experienced artist, will be your guide through various methods and techniques that will inspire a more loose and expressive style in your landscape paintings. Expand your artistic horizons and join us for “Loosen your Landscape with Marla Blackwell” on September 30th.

Any Medium
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

Price:

$99.00

Saturday, September 30, 2023
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Landscape Poetry in Pastel with Jane Romanishko

Pastel landscape of fall trees.

Pastel is the most pure, immediate, easy to use medium that will outlive oils, acrylics and any other materials. And if you handle it right, it will create the most luminous paintings. “Landscape Poetry in Pastel” workshop is designed for strong beginners or students who want to improve their pastel and landscape painting skills. In this easy going and informative 2 day workshop you will learn all about soft pastels and different grounds that will produce very different effects. View Janes bio by clicking here.

Pastels
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

Price:

$275

October 27 & 28, 2023

Paint the Autumn Landscape

Landscape painting of a winter scene.

Autumn Landscapes is an exciting art workshop that revolves around the mesmerizing beauty of the fall season. Led by the talented artist Marla Blackwell, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to delve into the world of autumn colors and landscapes. Participants are encouraged to bring their paints and join Marla for a delightful afternoon of painting. Delving into the depths of nature’s vibrant hues, Marla guides the participants in capturing the essence of autumn through art. Attendees have the chance to create stunning works of art that showcase the rich warmth and earthy tones of the season

Oil or Acrylic
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

Price:

$99.00

November 4, 2023
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Loosening Up Landscapes

Lanscape painting of trees.

The number one question students ask Instructor Marla Blackwell to help them with is “How do I loosen up my painting style?” Let Marla draw upon her years of professional experience to show you how to do that in a painterly artistic way!
 

• Approach your painting with a design and composition figured out in your sketch book

• Learn how value (everything between light and dark) works in your painting and how it is the most important element in your painting

• Get the larger shapes right and the smaller ones will take shape

• Use value, edge, line, shape, contrast and finally colour to pull off your creation

• Learn how to paint with passion and emotion and enjoy the process!

Oil or Acrylic
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

Price:

$125

November 18, 2023
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Warm up your Winter Paintings

Winter landscape painting of a snowy road.

This engaging workshop is designed to inspire and guide students in painting captivating winter scenes while exploring a range of techniques and color palettes that perfectly complement the winter season. Whether you’re an experienced oil painter, acrylic enthusiast, or watercolor artist, this workshop welcomes all skill levels and mediums. Marla Blackwell, with her extensive expertise and passion for painting, will share her invaluable knowledge and techniques to help you bring your winter scenes to life on canvas.

Any Medium
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

Price:

TBD

Saturday, February 24, 2024
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Casa Buena Art Retreat | Vibrant Paintings in Oil or Acrylic

Fall landscape painting of a barn.

Discover more colours you love by mixing primaries and adding black or white. The possibilities are endless and so is the subject matter…landscape, waterscape, figures, buildings.  Want to loosen up your style…..no problem!  Marla will demonstrate her technique on painting more freely and ‘painterly. You'll learn perspective, composition and how to design the painting in your own and unique style and color palette! Lots of demos and one-on-one instruction

Oil or Acrylic
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

March 20 - 27, 2024

Price:

$2300.00

Accommodations & Transportation 

Included!

Bring on Spring in Pastels

Spring landscape painting of a lake and trees.

Join artist Marla Blackwell on April 27, 2024, at the Paint Works Art Studio in Okotoks for an inspiring art workshop focused on exploring the wonderful world of pastels. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this workshop is designed to enhance your skills and ignite your creativity. During this engaging workshop, Marla will guide students through various techniques and approaches to working with pastels. From understanding the different types of pastels and their unique properties to creating vibrant, textured, and expressive artwork, participants will gain valuable insights into this versatile medium.

Pastels
Beginners - Advanced Welcome

Event Date:

Price:

TBD

April 27, 2024