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 and mentorship 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! 














Jammin' Gellis and Journals

Saturday - Sunday, May 14 - 15

Saturday 9 - 4 pm, Sunday 12 - 4pm

ArtPlay Studio & Gallery

River Arts Ditrict

Asheville, NC


Join us at ArtPlay for this unique opportunity! For this 2-day workshop we will welcome special guest artist Kirah Van Sickle, who will travel to Asheville to teach this fun introduction to the joy of gelli printing!!

Kirah has taught printmaking in multiple venues and her classes are always fun and full of creative energy! We are so excited to welcome her to ArtPlay Studio!

Students will explore an array of mono-printing processes using slo-dry acrylic paint as our "ink.” Gelli print play includes layering, image transfer, stencils, masks, and creating unique abstract designs with everyday household items and ephemera. The Gelli Arts plate is a versatile tool for making collage papers, fine art prints, gift wrap, gift cards, ATC's, zines, and art journal fodder...the options are endless. Day 2 we'll have some art play fun turning our prints into custom journals, cards and art journal elements.
No experience required - all levels welcome.


Sun & Shade: En Plein Air 

Friday -Saturday, May 20-21, 2022

9 - 4 pm

Cameron Art Museum

Wilmington, NC

$189/$210 non-members

This two-day intensive explores painting all prima en plein air. All levels and painting

mediums welcome. Plein air offers opportunity to focus on quickly capturing value

patterns, dynamic compositions and working with a limited palette. Friday we meet at

CAM for an introduction and instructor demos. We willl then use 4th emuseum grounds

for iinspiration. Saturday we will meet at aa local site for more time building confidence

with loose, expressive landscape sstudies. TThis is a geaat introduction to plein air for first-timers and seasoned outdoor painters. 




44th Annual Artist Week at Sea View Inn

SOLD OUT (Contact Kirah for Wait List)

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.



Caves of Painted Dreams:

Dreams, Symbolism and ART in the Painted Caves of France

with Resident Artist Kirah Van Sickle

September 9-18, 2022

La Tour de Cause B&B Dordogne Valley, France

$3900. Per Person Double Occupancy*

$4900. Private Room

“What gives this art its power is that it makes us dream” Jean Clottes

Let's explore archetypal images in the caves, in our dreams, and in the

beautiful landscape of the Dordogne Valley, France, with instruction from our

resident artist and teacher who helps each person, novice or advanced, express their inner landscape.

The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the internal journey to the unconscious that we experience each night in dreams. Art is a visual language of symbol and metaphor which has been the language of humankind since the first dawning of human consciousness. Suitable for professionals as well as lay persons, anyone interested in dreams, symbolism and archetype. Time in the caves inspires dream work and a variety of mixed media art journaling techniques.

More Information and registration: Workshop Brochure 

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$ 6149/5849

Lower deck                US$ 5649/5349


Land Only:

Upper deck                US$ 4499/4199

Lower deck                US$ 3999/3699

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, or Jenifer Roser  @ 704.877.3443 or

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