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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! 

2022 Spring Workshops
2022 Art + Travel Workshops


Contemporary Impressionism:

Landscape Color & Composition

February 16 - 18th

9:30 am - 4:00 pm 

Centers for Art - Bonita Springs

26100 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, Florida



From Monet to modern, we will tap into the foundation of Impressionism, with a contemporary twist. With a focus on color relationships and loose Impressionistic brushwork known as “broken color,” we will work from still life, landscape photos, and from a variety of Impressionist masters from 19th century and beyond. Build brush-handling and color-mixing confidence through instructor demos, handouts, historical context and plenty of painting studies. Mediums: Acrylic and Oil; Level: Beginner to Intermediate



Spring Plein Air Artist Week at Pawleys Island

April 21-28, 2023 (Full - Waitlist)

SeaView Inn

Pawleys Island, SC

Call 843-237-4253 or email


The annual spring artist workshop continues its 45th year of combining great painting locations with gorgeous spring weather. The charming shabby chic inn serves two meals a day of low country cooking, adding to the ambience of our low country getaway. While the retreat is currently full, I encourage interested artists to contact the inn and get on the waiting list. Spaces often open up. 

I take the artists to a new location each day, including area historic 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. If not, you can work on your own at the inn. Fundamentals of painting and compositional design are the foundation for improving painting confidence. We explore mark-making and improving visual acuity. Handouts, and historical context, as well as demos and plenty of time for painting studies are included. I will demo in watercolor and acrylic but well-versed in all painting mediums. Students are welcome to work in their preferred process. Evenings may include videos or slides of other artists’ work along with time for instructor and group feedback. 

The costs listed below include 7 days’ room, instruction, and two delicious meals per day. Also included are models’ fees, where applicable. The rates do not include taxes, gratuities, or entry fees for pay-to-enter parks and attractions. 

Ocean Side/cottage rooms
$2,350 Double (if both occupants are artists)
$2,050 Double (if only one of the 2 occupants is an artist)
$1,560 Single

Ocean front rooms (highly recommended!)
$2,630 Double (if both occupants are artists)
$2,330 Double (if only one of the 2 occupants is an artist)
$1,770 Single


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