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Workshops at the Mainstreet Art Centre

In addition to our wide selection of ongoing classes, the Mainstreet Art Centre is proud to bring some of the finest artists from around the country to teach artist workshops or present painting demonstrations.  Some artists featured in recent workshops and demos include Bridget Austin, Kenn Backhaus, Clayton Beck, David Becker, Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Joe Fettingis, David Hettinger, Michael Ireland, Ned Mueller and Zhiwei Tu. 

2011 Workshops:

March 18, 19 & 20, 2011

Carol Marine / Still Life - Small Paintings - Oils

April 1, 2 & 3, 2011

Frank Webb / Watercolor Workshop

April 9 & 10, 2011

Dawn Emerson / Pastel Workshop

April 30 & May 1, 2011

Jan Berglund / Direct Painting




Carol Marine

Still Life - Small Paintings - Oils


Friday, Saturday & Sunday,

March 18, 19 & 20, 2011

9:00 – 4:00 pm


Carol graduated in the fall of 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a focus on painting. She has been featured in local and national magazines (including Southwest Art). She received a Jury’s Top 50 award at the Salon International Exhibit in 2008. Recently she moved to Bastrop, Texas, where she has set up her studio.

There is a fast growing group of people, called daily painters, who do small paintings every day, post photographs of their paintings on a blog, and then sell them through eBay, with a usual starting price of $100. In this way, many artists are finding they can grow quickly in skill and finally make a living with their art, after struggling for years in galleries and at art fairs. Carol has 3+ years of experience daily painting and teaching workshops around the US and Canada.



Whether you are painting for a living or hobby, painting small and often is a powerful way to rapidly improve your skills.

Whether you are painting for a living or hobby, painting small and often is a powerful way to rapidly improve your skills. We will spend most of our time on the basic principles of design – the rules of composition, value, color, and shape – and how to apply them to small still lives. We will then experiment with color relationships using an alternative to the traditional color wheel, explore color mixing, and how each color “leans” towards others. We will push our compositions to avoid “floating” objects and learn the one, simple rule to avoid a boring still life. There will be daily demos, handouts and one-on-one critiques.

Finally, we will learn how to set up a blog, the in’s and out’s of eBay, shipping and marketing your work, etc. There will be reference material on this to take home.

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Frank Webb

Watercolor Workshop 


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 1, 2 & 3, 2011

9:00 – 4:00 pm


Frank Webb is one of the nation's premier watercolor teachers and brings enthusiasm and energy to his classes.

Going beyond the usual technical display of watercolor, Webb’s paintings express his interest in the creative concept and design principles. He stresses the importance of seeing, feeling, and responding to possibilities while synthesizing realism with abstractionism.

Frank Webb is the author of three books and has conducted workshops in 50 states.

In 2006 Webb was included in "20 Great Watercolor Teachers" by the American Artist Magazine, "Watercolor".


Frank will demonstrate a wide variety of approaches and will show you how to re-create your subject with exciting shapes and juicy, luminous color.

New realities beyond the mundane are sought using design principles and creative expression.

The single, most important focus will be pictorial design, which includes planning, color, tonal values, expression and visual theme. Demonstrations, personal instruction and objective criticism will sharpen your critical powers. Not only will you gain a better understanding of the painting process, but you will be confident in your new found skills.

Bring along drawings, photos or old paintings to serve as your subjects. With your regular painting gear include a soft pencil and sketch paper to plan exciting designs before painting.

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Dawn Emerson

Pastel Workshop


Saturday & Sunday,

April 9 & 10, 2011

9:00 – 4:00 pm


Whatever the subject Dawn paints with pastels, there is a sense of energy, movement, and vitality that is engaging to the viewer. Her work has won numerous national and international awards, and she has been featured in art magazines such as The Pastel Journal, The Artists' Magazine, and International Artist.

Her work is included in books such as A Painter's Guide to Design and Composition, The Best of Pastel Volume 1 and 2, and Strokes of Genius Volume 2.

Dawn is a signature member of the PSA and the PSWC, and she is a dedicated artist/teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching drawing and painting to adults and kids of all ages. Her teaching style is dynamic, challenging and inspiring, and most importantly--FUN and innovative.



Be prepared to literally dance your way through 2 days of intensive fun. This workshop is sure to shake you out of your comfort zone and launch you to new horizons with your pastels! We'll focus on animals as the subject the first day and the human figure the second day.  Students will explore new approaches to seeing, drawing, and painting in an environment where you are encouraged to take artistic risks and find a more personal and intuitive approach to pastel painting.


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Jan Berglund

Direct Painting

 Oil or Pastels


Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1, 2010

9:00 – 4:00 pm


Jan Berglund is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She is an award winning artist and instructor for the past 30 years.  Jan was recently included in the Richeson 75 International shows and has paintings in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States.  She has a unique and enthusiastic teaching style that communicates her passion for the creative process that inspires her students to do more than they ever thought possible.  www.janberglundfineart.com


Also known as “Alla Prima” painting. This is a highly expressive style where, instead of building up layers of color over time, the work is usually started and finished in one session. This “fast” painting method is achieved by learning how to mix the correct value, color and texture with each brushstroke. This can be used in the studio as well as confidently in plein air work. There will be daily demos. Students will be instructed while working from photos or from life. So if you’re ready to take your painting to the next level or just learn a different approach to painting this workshop is for you. Learn how to fill your work with fresh beautiful color, feeling and responsiveness.



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