kirah van sickle : the workshops 

"I learned more in a week with Kirah than ten years of classes."

Kirah offers a variety of educational opportunities. As a certified Golden Artist-Educator, Marabu USA Artist-Educator, and Silver Brush Educator, Kirah has tremendous insight and experience with materials, and professional history in both traditional and contemporary processes. She teaches acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastel, mixed media, monoprinting (gelli arts), and creates custom programming for the individual or small groups. 

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Interested in a critique or consulting session? Perhaps a painting session to work on a specific issue or technique. The punchcard is $60, can be used to get insights/advice on up to three works in progress, or a painting session, juried show submissions, grant proposals, art biz advice, materials questions, or push past blocks. 

This can be in person or virtual. Available in the art "store."

Purchase a card! 



BEYOND ORDINARY MASTERMIND SERIES is a powerful group of seven inspiring women sharing their passions and pathways to a more radiant mind, body and spirit. 

Kirah embraces the power of expressive mark-making by tapping into what she believes is an innate,creative spark within us all. Through art journaling, Kirah helps set a foundation for reconnecting to the artist within, that radiant, creative and playful self. 

A simple daily proctice of 10 - 15 minutes a day of visual creativity, often referred to as art journaling, provides a sense of play, joy, meditation, emotional processing, gratitude and connection to Self.

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introductory series offers a 30-minute segment from Kirah and the six other masterminds, with hands-on techniques that bring vitality, inspiration, and real whole- health pathways to mind, body and spirit.   

Check out the introductory videos to meet these soul warriors... and join us! 




Painting Fundamentals: Dynamic Compositions

Tuesdays, March 1 - 15, 2 - 5 pm

Cameron Art Museum: Pancoe Studio 

CAM member: $153; Non-member: $170

Composition is often overlooked in foundational painting classes but understanding the design principles that artists through the ages employ, we gain confidence and inspiration for staging dynamic paintings. We'll turn to the magic of the masters and explore the golden ratio along with other tried and true design templates. Students can work in their preferred painting medium. Instructor will demo in acrylic. The class pulls inspiration from both traditional and contemporary masterworks, photographs, and in-studio setups. Sessions include demos and plenty of techniques and painting studies. 




Paint Like the Masters: Matisse

Thursdays - Saturday, February 10-12, 9 am - 4 pm

Centers for the Arts: Bonita Springs

26100 Old 41 Road - Bonita Springs, FL

Member: $360; Non-member: $410

Medium: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pasteel

Level: Beginnre/Interemediate (w/basic paint handling skills)


A fun, creative exploration of Matisse's still life/interior painting style and collage/cutout process. We kick off the workshop with a look at his place in contemporary art history, and embrace the ways he continues to inspire generations of artists. Through lectures, handouts, instructor demos and multiple still life painting setups and references, students will completed 3-4 painting studies and 2-3 collage/cutout designs.   


44th Annual Artist Week at Sea View Inn


April 22 - 29, 2022

Sea View Inn, Pawley's Island, SC

All Levels


It’s time to put the Spring Artists’ Workshop at Sea View Inn on your calendar. The annual workshop continues its 42nd year of combining great painting locations with gorgeous spring weather. The charming shabby chic inn serves three meals a day of low country cooking by Myrtle and Vertrella, adding to the ambience of a most enjoyable workshop.

Kirah takes the artists to a new location each day, having scouted out delightful spots for plein air painting at area plantations, Brookgreen Gardens, and historic cottages on the island. The week is informal and relaxed. Students are encouraged to do as much or as little as they desire. The groups are small enough to get individual attention. All levels are welcome as long as you feel comfortable painting outside. If not, you can work on your own at the inn, or avail yourself of her instruction that focuses on values, color, and the principles of design. Kirah has a natural positive approach to helping individuals achieve their personal goals. She encourages exploring mark-making and improving visual acuity. She always includes handouts and historical context, and will demo in watercolor and acrylic. Kirah is well versed in all painting mediums and happy to work with you in your preferred process. The group winds down by discussing each day’s paintings before supper. Evenings may include videos or slides of other artists’ work. We also reserve a time for painting the wait staff/models.



Paint Maine! Deposit Due 12/1

June 11 - June 18, 2022

Portland, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

All Levels - All Painting Mediums Welcome

For details, Paint Maine!

Coastal Maine and Acadia National Park are an artist's dream!

With amazing coastal topography we will explore landscape and

seascape colors and composition, building confidence through

"quick" sketching and alla prima plein air painting. For all levels,

this workshop is rich with cultural history, unique painting locales and creative inspiration.  


We will enjoy boutique hotels, local insider guides, explore Portland's art district, sunset cruise through Casco Bay, lighthouses, lobster boats, sketching and painting techniques, naturalist guide at Acadia, and both a welcome reception at a Portland art gallery and farewell dinner in Bar Harbor. Kirah will provide handouts, demos, historical context and plenty of painting prompts each day, closing out with informal critique sessions each afternoon to discuss the day.

Price includes: 7 nights hotel, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, sightseeing, insider experts, roundtrip airport transfers, taxes, and hotel space for art class meetings and supply storage. $300 refundable deposit due by November 1, 2021. Final payment due April 12, 2022.

Jewels of the Adriatic:

Croatia with Kirah

September 27 - October 8, 2022


Few Spots Left!!

12 Days Land + Sea (18 cabin luxury yacht)

Zagreb to Dubrovnik 



Join Golden Artist-Educator, Kirah Van Sickle as we explore, sketch and paint the jewels of the Adriatic, Croatia and its islands. This 12-day adventure starts in Zagreb with our 3 day land portion, picking up our yacht in beautiful Split for 7 nights of island-hopping, ends in Dubrovnik. Both Kirah and our personal journey host will guide us through inspiring natural and cultural resources for the plein air artist, photo-grapher or companion traveler, . Optional 2-night Dubrovnik add-on available. 

W/Air from ILM:    Artist/Companion:

Upper deck                US$ 5949/5649

Lower deck                US$ 5449/5149


Land Only:

Upper deck                US$ 4299/3999

Lower deck                US$ 3799/3499

Rates per person based on double occupancy, including air from ILM. Land only pricing available. For more information and registration, contact: Kirah @ 910.233.7507 or, Susan Perry, AAA booking agent @ 910.679.1440 ext. 17411 or, or Karen Thomas @ 910.679.1440 ext. 17450 or

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