Kooky bird picture

Art Classes for Kids at Impressions Fine Art Gallery

Kooky bird picture

Have you heard about the art classes?

Drawing and painting for children ages 5-16 are being offered at Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. in Kingsport. Led by Anne Thwaites.  Home School classes for ages 5-8, Wed. 1pm to 2 pm. Home school class for ages 9-16, 3-4pm. After school art classes- Fridays from 3:30 to 7pm: One hour classes for kids ages 8 to 16. Cost per hour-$20. Pre-registration required).

Saturday Sculpture with Miss Pancake (Patti Lawrence), for kids ages 8-14, 1pm -3pm., every Saturday. $25 per class. (Pre-registration required).

For more information or to register, email


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Catherine Murray Encaustic painting

Intro to Encaustic Painting with Catherine Murray

Catherine Murray Encaustic painting

Want to try an ancient art technique?

Students will learn about the ancient art of encaustic painting, using pigments in warm beeswax with Damar resin to create luminous surfaces.  We will explore various encaustic painting techniques with the intent of developing skills and an understanding of possibilities with hot was as an art material.  Students will receive a brief overview of the history of encaustics, including a look at the work of contemporary encaustic artists.  We will use encaustic on paper, wood and mixed media, exploring techniques such as fusing, incising, painting on Plexiglas, collage, and photo transfers. Imagery and content will be up to each student. Materials and equipment will be provided with the course fee.

Cost: $75 tuition plus $25 materials= $100 total fee

Questions: Please email

Mail Checks Payable to:
Catherine Murray
552 Matson Rd.
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Or register online at using PayPal

Notes: Wear clothing you don’t mind getting messy, bring a bag lunch; if available bring an old pancake griddle and/or propane torch-but not required.

Cancellation Policy: See “Workshops and Classes” for policy

About the Instructor:   Catherine Murray, MFA University of Montana, has been teaching sculpture, 3D Design, and a variety of special topics courses, including Encaustic Painting at ETSU for 22 years. She is now a full-time studio artist and has upcoming regional solo shows and sculpture commission in the works.



Alla prima or “direct painting” is a fast a loose style of oil painting that is done in one or two sittings. This workshop begins with a strong emphasis on gesture drawing from the live model. Students will also learn to mix light and shadow colors of the face, hair and clothing from direct observation and learn to see the light and shadow sides of the face. We will also explore wet into wet painting techniques with the brush. This is an intermediate level class.

Drawing and painting experience with oil paint is a must.

FEE $75

Supply list will be sent upon registration. Register at or contact Donna Bird at (snow date 2/24/18).

Donna Bird holds BFA in Graphic Design and worked in Memphis, TN for 15 years before moving to Johnson City, TN in 2007. She is an active member of the Kingsport Art Guild and continues to study art and painting with local, regional and national artists. Recent awards include: 2017 Award of Distinction in the Virginia Highlands Juried Fine Arts Show and 2017 Jonesborough Fine Art in the Park “Best in Show.”

Thelma Wyatt-Beginning a new painting

Building on the Basics of Design: Volume, Space and Distance


This class led by Thelma Wyatt will help participants learn how color selection and value enable them to create the illusion of volume, space and distance. Fee $55 Supply list will be sent upon registration Fees may be paid online at or by contacting Thelma at (snow date 2/15/18)

Thelma Wyatt-Beginning a new painting

Building on the Basics of Design – Beginning a New Painting

Participants will learn about planning a painting along with creating a focal point. Subject selection, ground choices and palette decision will be covered. FEE: $55 per session Fees may be paid online at or by contacting Thelma at Supply list will be sent upon registration.

Instructor – Thelma Wyatt

Thelma is a native of Kingsport and has traveled extensively. She worked as a CPA and a teacher before retiring. She continues to teach for the KAG. She is an award-winning artist in area shows.

Jennifer Hilton Collograph

Collograph (Collage and Printmaking) with Jennifer Hilton

Jennifer Hilton Collograph flowersThis two day workshop is ideal for those collage and printmaking fans, no matter what their experience level might be. All that is needed are a few simple supplies and an interest in experimenting while enjoying an art technique that gives a surprising and unique result! Fee: $ 90 plus materials fee of $10 for a total of 100. Register by emailing or visit (snow dates 1/27/18 and 2/10/18) Bring bag lunch.


Instructor – Jennifer Hilton. Jennifer Hilton’s work is in the public collection of Brooklyn Museum, Boston Public Library and Harvard Business School. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council and Worcester Art Museum and was a visiting artist at Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, Ireland and Great Spruce Head Island, Maine. She is a retired printmaking instructor from Clark University in Worcester.