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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!
"Thank you opening up your shop / studio for a very rewarding and enjoyable day! I thought you both did an excellent job of demonstrating, encouraging practice, minimizing any beginner anxiety and keeping the atmosphere positive and effervescent. You are both natural teachers! "
"Thank you so much for an awesome welding experience. Your patience, expertise, and fun selves made for a great & memorable day."
Weld and Torch Design
Starting with sheet steel we will discuss design possibilities that pertain to this type of metalwork, learn use of plasma torch, practice MIG welding, talk about safety, and introduce other various fabricating techniques. After your practice sessions you will have access to our large and varied supply of metal stock from which you will create 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:
August 25 - 26, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
6 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 11 - 12, 2018 (9am - 4pm)
8 participants
Abstract Painting Process with the Influence of Sound and Poetry
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. 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 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 poetry and 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 poetry, the 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
Private Workshops:
In addition to our scheduled workshops 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.
1 Day Welding Workshop:
We offer a special 1 day private welding workshop for your group of 4 participants on your date ($185 per person materials and supplies included).
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.