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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


Abstracting the Urban Landscape

Friday - Saturday, June 7 - 8, 2024

9:30 AM - 4 PM  

St. James Community Center

4136 Southport-Supply Rd SE,

Southport, NC 28461



Registration Form

The urban landscape is our muse for this exploration in abstraction and distillation. Let’s consider the fundamentals of color, value and composition to embrace more dynamic, personal, visual storytelling. Urban scenes can be a challenge, rooted in geometric shapes and forms, with the addition of glass, reflective surfaces and lots of moving parts. This two-day painting intensive will provide a foundation in the context of modern masters, local imagery, demos and handouts. Kirah will lead a variety of techniques and templates to embrace the urban genre.

Seasoned beginner to advanced. Your preferred painting medium welcome. 




Caves of Painted Dreams Workshop

Dordogne, France 

September 10 - 19, 2025 

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. 

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