A variety of studio experiences are also offered to introduce participants to black and white film photography, printmaking and working from direct observation in drawing and painting. In addition to selected workshops, participants have ample opportunity to work independently in a community of artists 


By taking advantage of the unique opportunities for experiential learning available at Les Tapies, the workshops and seminars are designed for visual art teachers interested in renewing their roles as practicing artists, while promoting creative teaching methodologies and building dynamic visual arts departments.

Participants who wish to work independently in a community of artists enjoy the chance to pursue work in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and architectural design, while interacting with peers in the art teaching profession in a manner not possible during the busy school year. 


Traditional Black & White Photography: July 20, 21, 22,


 Reviewing  essential 35mm camera functions and darkroom techniques, emphasis is on

 optics and their functions for working from direct observation, as well as approaches to

fine art and documentary photography. Also considered is the role photography

plays in creating journals and research workbooks and how to incorporate traditional black and white photography into the art curriculum.

Direct Printmaking Processes: July 23, 25

Covering basic techniques involved in making drypoint intaglio prints (on both zinc and copper) and monotypes (on plexiglass), the workshop explores both oil and water-based inks

by utilizing an etching press.

Sculpture:  July 20, 21, 22, 24, 25


Structure and Likeness: This series of workshops addresses the tools, materials, and methodologies for creating a portrait head from direct observation. Anatomical studies

 will focus on the structure of the human head in preparation for sessions with the model. Sculptors and painters working together in the studio emphasize the shared ideals and

 concepts between 2-d and 3-d work.


Architectural Design: July 21


By examining existing art studios in the participants’ schools, teachers learn

 basic design skills and practical ways to improve their art facilities, which will

 strengthen their art programs. The workshop also focuses on how an architecture

design course can be integrated into a high school visual arts program.

Working Plein Air:  July 20, 21, 22


Comparing and contrasting contemporary practices with the traditions

 of great 19th century French landscape painters such as Corot, Pissarro,

Monet, and Cezanne, this three-part workshop covers the rudiments of

 working directly from the landscape utilizing dry media (graphite, charcoal,

 and pastels) and wet media (watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and oils).