Drawing and Painting

Encaustic Workshop: Working with Charcoal Transfers

Encaustic (hot wax) is a versatile medium that lends itself to dramatic results--especially when paired with charcoal transfers. Lear how to lay down a flat layer of way and begin to build texture and images. We can add photos or collage items along the way and the end result is ethereal-like images imbedded and layered within the wax. Create your own image or bring a favorite pic to outline in charcoal and transfer. All levels welcome for this class full of experimentation and surprises.

6:30-9:30pm Thursday, April 20 (please note this is a date change from April 13) online registration


Cost: $40 includes all materials

Instructor: Dylan Evans-Weiler



Gouache Experiments

Gouache (pronounced "gwash") is  opaque watercolor disguised in a fancy word. It is very versatile and can be rewetted as it doesn't absorb into the paper. It can be watered down for soft layers or built up for texture. Although it isn't as well known as acylic or oil paints, it is preferred by many artists because of its versatility. We'll explore color mixing, brush choices, loading the brush with paint and approaches to a blank page. All abilities welcome -- from beginner to intermediate. 

10am-12pm 4 Mondays, April 10-May 1 CLASS NOT AVAILABLE


Cost: $115 includes all materials

Instructor: Dylan Evans-Weiler


Beginning Drawing and Illustration

Drawing can be intimidating for many of us—especially adults! This class puts the FUN back into drawing and helps everyone relax and enjoy the simple act of creating something. Drawing can be learned and we'll start the first class with exercises to loosen up—doodling and mini drawings, drawing with a non-dominant hand, even drawing blindfolded.  Learn to "SEE" objects in new ways --exploring cross contouring, negative space, and edges…to name a few. You'll be astounded by your "before" and "after" sketches.  


6:30-8:30pm 6 Tuesdays, April 18-May 23 online registration
11am-1pm 6 Wednesdays April 19-May 24 online registration


Cost: $145 includes all materials and a sketchbook

Instructor: Dylan Evans-Weiler

Blackbird Arts   |   1485 Barlow Street Traverse City, MI   |   (231)421-8085    |    Drop us a note at info@blackbirdartstc.com.