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 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! 

2024 Workshops


ABC's of Acrylic: For the Beginner Painter

Cameron Art Museum

Tuesday-Friday, March 5th-8th

2 - 5 PM 

CAM Member $256 / Not-yet member $320

By far, this is one of my most popular classes!

We'll dive into the amazing, versatile, and forgiving world of acrylic! Starting with the basics,

this adult "art camp" is a rich kickstart for the beginner painter. It can also be a refresher in

fundamentals for the more seasoned student-artist, as well. Through instructor demos,

handouts, historical context and guided painting techniques, students will have a foundation

in color, value, composition, brush-handling and acrylic painting. 

Skill Level: Adult: Beginner

Register Here!

Gel Printing Journals & Zines

Cameron Art Museum

Sunday, April 14, 2024

10 - 4 PM  Pancoe Studio


CAM member: $112; Non-yet member: $140

With gel printing as our medium, students will explore multiple handmade journal and zine

designs. Students will use a variety of fold patterns, as well as adding ephemera and layered

design. Mixed media/art journaling techniques include drawing, collaging, stencils, painting and

adding texture. This is a fun introduction to gel printing for the beginner and anyone who loves

the creative freedom of working with mono printing with the Gelli Arts gel plate.

Adult: All Levels  

Register Here!







46th Annual Spring Plein Air Artist Week

Pawleys Island


Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26, 20024


Sea View Inn

414 Myrtle Avenue

Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585


Join Kirah for this 46th year of combining great painting locations in the South Carolina low country and a charming, beachfront, shabby chic inn. Each day, artists visit area gardens, historic plantations sites, nature preserves and coastal locales for plein air sketching and painting. All mediums welcome. Includes daily instruction, demos, on site guidance, evening programming and includes low country breakfast, mid-day dinner and evening charcuterie. The workshop will fill quickly. Call 843-237-4253 for registration details and reserve your spot. 




Caves of Painted Dreams Workshop

Dordogne, France 

Stay tuned for September - 2025 Dates!

Dreams, Symbolism and ART in the Painted Caves of France

with Carol Aalbers PhD & Artist Kirah Van Sickle

Nestled in the Dordogne Region we find some of our oldest and most notable

cave art sties in the world. Paleolithic art, which likely functioned as sacred

spaces for early humans, is our focus. Our artist-ancestors maintained a

sophisticated art and crafts practice that mystifies and inspires. By exploring

through art the archetypal images in the caves, in our dreams, and in the 

landscape and villages of the Dordogne Valley, we connect to creativity,

personal iconography, and to what makes us human. Utilizing active imagination 

and recording our own dream images with various art mediums, will enhance

our experience and aid in our inner journey.

Contact Kirah at for 2025 registration, itinerary, and pricing details. 

Art + Travel Workshops
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