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! 




From Painter to Storyteller:

the Magic in Master Techniques

July 26-28, 2021


Associated Artists of Southport

130 East West Street

Southport, NC 28461


Wilmington artist, Kirah Van Sickle, will be presenting a workshop at the Associated Artists of Southport/Franklin Square Gallery on July 26, 27,and 28, 2021, 9 - 4 pm (One hour for lunch). 

What are the characteristics of visual storytelling that distinguish the works of the masters? By drawing from their techniques and insights, breaking barriers and habits that hold us back as artists, we can build on fundamentals to enrich our painting process. This three day workshop distills from both ancient and contemporary masters advanced approaches that enrich and build brush confidence. Through historical context, demos, art of the critique and plenty of time at the easel, we’ll dig into achieving next level process and elements of compelling visual storytelling. All painting media welcome, for intermediate to advanced levels. 

Registration is limited to 15 participants at this time to respect COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements. The cost of the workshop is $260 for AAS members, $310 for non-members. Please make out checks to AAS and deliver to the gallery or to Nancy Schulte at 3745 Canary Drive, Southport, NC 28461.

Deadline for registration: June 25

For additional information contact Carol Kidd at 240-321-0839.



Fall 2021 Workshops


Acrylic 101: Fundamentals for the Beginner

Tuesdays, October 12 - November 16, 2 - 5 pm

Cameron Art Museum: Pancoe Studio 

CAM member: $288; Non-member: $320

This course is a primer for the adult student interested in learning painting

fundamentals. We'll us a variety of simple still life subjects to explore color

mixing, brush-handling and the frame upon which we build a painting.

Acrylic is a rich, versatile and forgiving medium and great for learning

traditional painting techniques. Through historical context, demos, handouts and lots of painting exercises, beginner painters will have the foundation to build confidence and reconnect to creative mark-making.



The Expressionist Landscape: Classic to Contemporary

Thursdays, November 11-December 9, 1-4pm

Cameron Art Museum: Pancoe Studio
CAM member: $207; Non-member: $230

Expressionism is a wonderful pathway to abstraction! With a nod to the classic

Impressionists to current contemporary abstract styles, through discussions, demos

and plenty of painting exercises, this course is a fun exploration of beginner abstract

techniques. We will use the landscape as our inspiration for semi- and non-objective approaches to abstract expressionism. Not for the true beginner painter. Acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolor welcome. 


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! 

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.