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Discover Workshops for 2018!
Join Rand and Holly Smithey in the exploration of art making! We welcome you to discover and engage in wide ranging creative processes in our studios!
Weld and Torch Design
Starting with sheet steel we will discuss design principals that pertain to this type of metalwork, learn use of plasma torch, practice MIG welding, talk about safety, and introduce other various fabricating techniques. From there your time will be spent designing and creating your artwork.
Materials and supplies are included in workshop fee. Additional information will be sent prior to worksop to ignite your creative ideas!
2 day workshop offered several dates:
May 19 - 20, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
August 25 - 26, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
6 participants
Acrylic on Copper
Explore dynamic possibilities in this active mixed media workshop. Beginning with surface texture investigations in copper sheet we will explore effects created with layered acrylic paint in an additive/subtractive manner. Emphasizing the unique patterns of marks created with acrylic on copper students can build expressive and complex images. Cold connection techniques including nails, wire, and rivets can be used to mount and embellish the painted copper to a 12’ wood panel.
All materials including copper sheet, acrylic paint, wood panel, and assemblage supplies included in workshop fee.
1 day workshop
June 2, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
8 participants
Layered Compositions in Mixed Media
Gain insight and discover possibilities in layered media using basic printmaking and mark making techniques, color pencil, ink, and acrylic paint. Visual elements of abstraction will be explored including surface texture, pattern, color, and composition. The use of cold connections will aid in giving dimensional and experimental approaches for your collage assemblages.
This class has a supply list. Studio will provide all cold connection materials.
2 day workshop
August 4 - 5, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
8 participants
Painting Workshops:
Poetry and music have long inspired and influenced visual artists. In these workshops we’ll be exploring ways we can tap into that tradition and bring our own individual experience and expression into the art.
Abstract Painting Process with the Influence of Poetry
Poetry can be directly incorporated into painting and drawing, but it can also be used to generate rhythm and pattern within a paining without showing itself explicitly as words or stanzas. Poetry can also provide a rich source of inspiration for visual artist in a variety of different ways such as thru it’s use of repetition, vivid imagery, concision, and inventiveness.
Students gain insight in how to use a variety of tools and techniques to create expressive abstract work. Learn how to combine a wide range of application techniques effectively. Color expanse, texture, mark making, layering and excavation can all contribute to the creative whole. We engage in slide lectures and discussions, technical demonstrations, exercises, and ample individual work time.
Students are responsible for their own water-based paints, medium, tools and substrates. Comprehensive supply list will be provided.
3 day workshop
June 8 - 10, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
8 participants
Abstract Painting Process with the Influence of Sound
Music can provide fertile ground for the inspiration of visual artists, and it can also have a profound influence on the experience of viewing art. A painting, or really any work of art, can be more or less sensitive to this effect. In this workshop we’ll be exploring some of the factors that go into making pictures that will respond to music as well as mining music for sources of inspiration.
Students explore combinations of new materials and approaches in pattern, color, composition and fragmentation with various water- based paints and drawing media. We discover and practice many techniques of layering medium on substrates as we build and rework the surface as it responds to the influences of sound.
Through demonstrations, slide lectures and discussions students are guided to develop their own artistic vision and interpretation of the subtle yet powerful effects of sound and it’s response in the visual work.
Students are responsible for their own water-based paints, medium, tools and substrate. Compressive supply list will be provided.
3 day workshop
August 17 - 19, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
8 participants
Please email or call Holly to be put on the list for this upcoming class this summer. Once we have finalized dates with our yoga teachers we will send out information about registration. 541-280-5635
Private Workshops:
In addition to our scheduled classes we welcome private workshops for individuals or small groups. Please email Holly at or phone her at 541-280-5635 to schedule a private workshop.
How to register for workshops:
Please email Holly at and she will send you a registration form. You can also reach her at 541-280-5635 with questions regarding workshops etc.
Registrations are accepted on first-come basis. Workshop enrollment is limited. Wait list will be added when needed.
Cancellation Policy:
Canceling a registration 15+ days prior to workshop = 100% deposit refund.
Canceling a registration within 14 days of workshop results in 50% refund of total fee.
Rodes Smithey Studio may cancel a workshop 14 days prior to start date if enrollment is too low. 100% refunded if this occurs.
Workshops are led by both Rand and Holly Smithey at their studio in Bend, OR. They are multi media artists and look forward to sharing their creative sprit with you.

Rodes Smithey Studio. The home of Artists' Rand Scot Smithey and Holly Rodes Smithey.