Director's Notes ... Fall 2017

Awesome New Classes to Spark your Creative Genius!


I mourn the passing of Dewitt Hardy, a master watercolor painter and a beloved instructor here at Sanctuary Arts since our doors first opened in 1999 to art students. Dewitt was seldom without a watercolor brush in his hand, demonstrating his techniques and urging his students to improve. His critiques were blunt, but encouraging.

Crocus by Russel Whitten

I've invited Russel Whitten, long mentored by Dewitt and one of his best students, to come teach here- not to fill Dewitt's shoes- but to help students continue their quest to create beautiful watercolors. I've watched Russel's work become more and more accomplished over the years and am delighted he can help out here.

Dustan Knight celebrates the publishing of her new book Painting the Impressionist Landscape in Watercolor and Acrylic and returns to teach with “The Joys of Acrylic Painting” and “Expressive Figure Painting in Watermedia”. An accomplished artist and art historian, Dustan has a unique perspective on expressive watermedia techniques and takes students on a tour of a wide range of important painters and visual art practices.


Sydney Bella Sparrow returns to offer Drawing the Figure and Painting the Still Life in Oil. Sydney's classes have been held to great aclaim, as students learn the observational process to create vibrant paintings from still lifes or accurate drawings from the live model.

New this semester, our wonderful foundry gurus, Emily and Brian Boucher will teach Basic Pour Molds for Artists. Brian and Emily are Green Foundry's resident mold and wax technicians and know how to guide students through one of the more challenging technical procedures in the foundry.

Lou Kohl Morgan offers Drawing Atelier to help students learn to draw what they see, from simple volumes to the challenge of portraiture while celebrating each person's unique way of making lines and marks on paper.


Sean Kramer offers Mythical Maps of the Psyche & Its Journey. Using a variety of visual art practices such as intuitive drawing, scared geometry, story maps, and sunken relief, students will explore ancient myths and rituals under the light of modern psychology and science. And Sean offers Ancient Materials & Techniques in a very hands on, handmade art course while examining the symbolic-alchemical world-view in which ancient cultures made art.



Tom Glover returns with Abstraction and Clouds, Trees & Skies. Tom is a thoughtful and excellent instructor who guides students on their painterly paths, examing techniques of important artists to learn how to create specific effects and expand student's references and technical abilities.



I celebrate the other stalwart, amazing instructors here- Carol Ann Morley with her Botanical, Building Drawing Skills and Colored Pencil classes, Sean Beavers with his Representational Oil Painting class, and Gail Sauter who encourages us all to paint Loose & Lively. Alice Carroll with her ongoing Jewelry classes and Antoinette Schultze who offers her expertise as well as her studio for Stone Carving classes and Josh Dow who offers Beginner Blade Smithing at our Green Foundry, all are so appreciated.