Category Archives: Workshop

Portrait Drawing Workshop

Portrait Drawing Workshop

Presented by Douglas Pendleton

  • Saturday June 16 & 23 at 1:00-4:00 pm
  • in The Center’s room 202
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Two session fee: $75
  • Pay the instructor at the first class
  • Registration required

Learn in a small class setting how to draw from a live model using graphite or charcoal. Students will learn fundamentals of portrait drawing, such as proportion, measuring, massing, volume, planar construction and chiaroscuro.

Soft graphite or charcoal pencil
Drawing paper
Sketchbook for taking notes

Register online – limit to 10 participants

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Chinese Ink Painting Workshop

Chinese Ink Painting

Presented by Truc Deegan

  • Sunday May 20, 27, June 3, 10 at 1:00-3:00 pm
  • in The Center’s room 211
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fee $140 ($60 supply fee or a list to buy your own)
  • Pay the instructor at the first class

By its completion all the basic brush strokes used in this art form will have been studied, and four traditional paintings will have been completed. Open to 5 participants.

Register online or at The Center.

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About the Artist

Trúc was born and grew up in Vietnam.  Trúc (pronounced Chook and it means Bamboo) migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970. She graduated in University of Iowa in Art History with Honors. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who lives in Penang, Malaysia, a master of Chinese Art with the knowledge of the style of the 12th-18th century artists.

Trúc has held a number of one woman exhibitions and participated in numerous competitive and judged exhibitions as well.  She has taught brush painting in the United States, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.  Her works have been purchased by art lovers around the world and are found in collections in Malaysia, Great Britain, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere.  In 2001 the Iowa City Public Library selected one of her works for its permanent collection.  In 2002 one of her paintings received an Honorable Mention Prize at the Hooverfest.  In 2012 Art of Mercy Hospital collected two of her works for their art collection.

Many of her works are on display at Melrose Meadow, a retirement community at 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, Ia.  Recently, She had a joint show titled Midwest Summer: Light & Warm with other artists at the Iowa at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  Her latest exhibition was held in Central College, Pella, Iowa in Nov. 2016.

Figure Drawing & Painting Downtown

Painting Downtown

Presented by Jo Myers-Walker

  • Mondays 10 am to 12 noon
  • June 11 & 25, July 16 & 30 and Aug 6 & 20.
  • in The Center’s room 211
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fee $25 per session
  • No registration required
  • Pay instructor at beginning of session

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The figure often adds life to a scene

Please join us to draw/paint animated figures in the downtown area. We will begin at the Senior Center and venture out into the cool summer mornings capturing the sunlight casting over the figure to show facial form and folds on clothing. Jo will have handouts and instruction on proportion, value and skin tones.  We will have volunteer models and each other. Bring a folding chair, sketchbook and drawing/painting materials you enjoy.

Jo Myers-Walker’s Watercolor Workshop

by Jo Myers Walker

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Registration has begun for Fall classes at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, including Jo Myers-Walker’s Monday Watercolor Workshop! You can sign up at The Center’s Online Registration site, or see the Fall Program Guide for more information. (Membership in the Senior Center is not required for this class. Note that the last workshop will be on Monday, December 5, not Dec. 7.)

Jo Myers-Walker has one painting, “Lilly,” in this year’s IWS exhibit

The Colors of the Prairie: A Natural Dye Workshop

Here’s a great local opportunity for you to work with natural dyes and Kathy Hattori, president of Botanical Colors, a natural dye company based in Seattle, Washington.


The Colors of the Prairie: A Natural Dye Workshop

Scattergood Friends School July 22, 23 and 24 West Branch, Iowa Instructor: Kathy Hattori,  Botanical Colors.

Join us in historic West Branch, Iowa for a three day dive into natural dyes to create fabrics that evoke a sense of place: the great American prairie.  For more information, click HERE.


Colors of the Prairie Dye Class

We gathered plants from the Scattergood Prairie to print and dye with..and my-oh-my we had fun. And because we could, we also had an indigo vat (or three) going.


The yellow fabric was made from St. John’s Wort and the Orange is from Coreopsis. Really! The folks in the upper center photo are stirring the organic indigo vat starter.

Colors of The Prairie Dye Workshop

The ArtiFactory, Botanical Colors and Scattergood Friends School have teamed up to bring this fantastic workshop to Iowa.
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The Colors of the Prairie: A Natural Dye Workshop at Scattergood Friends School June 27, 28 10 AM to 4 PM West Branch, Iowa 52358 Join us for a two day immersion into natural dyeing u…