Workshops + Seminars

A dynamic range of workshops, seminars, discussions, presentations, lectures and excursions is offered during the Art Teacher Workshop. This array of experiences allows participants to develop and share innovative approaches to creating vibrant curriculum and instruction. Participants are also given individual studio space to work in as they immerse themselves in their own artistic practice and the workshops below. Teachers are invited to bring: examples of student work, examples of their own studio work and best teaching practices to share with the community. Listed below is a summary of the range of workshops and seminars typically offered during the Art Teacher Workshop. 

In addition, the ATW is designed to be flexible so that it can be built around participant's individual needs and personal goals. Upon arrival at Les Tapies, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own interests to determine areas to concentrate on and pursue. Developing and following this independent course of study is also a significant part of the ATW experience at Les Tapies. 



In the Studio, Outside the Box –  Creating an Energized Environment for Teaching Drawing & Painting

Strategies for maintaining vital connections with the practice of observation and response are explored, while employing drawing and painting media in exploratory and innovative ways. 

A Measure of Accomplishment –  Creating Student Portfolios

What constitutes a solid and successful student portfolio? This seminar looks at issues involved in constructing student portfolios, including time management, prioritizing areas of focus, and sequencing content and media. 

Student Exhibitions & Visiting Artist Programs –  Raising the Profile of the Visual Arts in School Communities

The presence of art departments in schools need not and should not be peripheral. This seminar looks at how regular exhibitions of student work, sensitively installed in prominent locations within a school environment, can greatly enhance a general awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. The operating costs, general procedures, and long-term advantages of instituting Visiting Artist Programs in schools will also be discussed. 

Placing Art In Context –  Art Historical Perspectives in the Studio Environment

This seminar explores the opportunities available in studio art classes for introducing relevant art historical content, from the optical discoveries of Renaissance artists in the 15th century through the influences of photography and Freudian psychology on painting in the 19th century, to the pervasive presence of popular media culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Round Table Discussions: Held before dinner on most evenings, informally over a glass of wine, the topics will vary according to the day's work and suggestions from the participants. This valuable shared interaction by creative colleagues draws on the interests and experience of the group and expands on the Workshop/Seminar subjects listed here. 


STUDIO workshops 

A variety of studio experiences are also offered to introduce participants to black and white film photography, printmaking, sculpture and working from direct observation in drawing and painting. In addition to selected workshops, participants have ample opportunity to work independently in their personal studio spaces. Participants enjoy the opportunity produce artwork in a variety of media in a manner not possible during the busy school year. Surrounded by an incredible natural landscape and a talented community of artist-educators, participants thrive as they rekindle their roots as practicing artists. 

Painting Plein Air

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).

Traditional Black & White 35mm Film Photography

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

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.


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

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.