"THE ART OF SEEING ANIMALS" WORKSHOPS
aka "Julie's Boot
Camp for Artists"
"I gain more from these 4-day workshops than I did during a whole
semester in college. Combine
that intense instruction with the animals and it’s a deal of a
lifetime." - workshop student
||I've been leading artist workshops at the Triple D Game Farm for
8? 9? years now, and each one is better and more fun than the
last. Any artist who loves animals and wants to work on his/her
drawing, values, and expression will find the workshop valuable. In
each workshop, we focus on:
- Photographing Triple D's gorgeous animals (cougars, bears,
tiger, wolves, foxes, and much more - the animals we photograph are chosen by group vote)
- Drawing - lots and lots of drawing! - both the infamous "2
minute sketches" and drawing from life, as well as longer
- Building a foundation to critique our own and others' work
- A focus on values to help build form
- Experimenting with composition and "pushing our
- Plenty of give-and-take discussion of art, business,
life, the universe, and everything
...and more. Read on for what's coming up, highlights from
previous workshops and participant reviews:
2014 AUTUMN WORKSHOP
Friday, Sept. 26 - Monday, Sept. 29
Limit 10 students -
$1500 $1200 for 4 days
** $300 nonrefundable deposit due at registration
We should expect chilly nights, and crisp days that warm up nicely, as well as animals in good coat, and fall colors in the Flathead (Kalispall) area.
I'm keeping the price at $1200 for the 4 days, which is a huge bargain - just photographing Triple D's animals would cost far more than $1200 if you weren't a part of the workshop.
Please read the sample workshop schedule (including essentials on what to bring), as well as "From the Horse's Mouth" below, written by a repeat workshop participant.
Sample workshop schedule
|From the 2012 autumn workshop...
2015 WINTER WORKSHOP
Mon. Feb 2 - Thurs. Feb. 5
Limit 8-10 students - $1200 for 4 days
This workshop will incorporate longer studio exercises, and we'll be focusing on the "craft" of our work - with plenty of emphasis on drawing and values.
We'll be living and working at the elegant Creekhaven Inn, so this is a true "art retreat"! It's been called the "Cadillac of workshops" because of the all-inclusive nature of the event - your lodging and meals are included in the workshop fee!!
For more info, pricing, and to sign up, please visit www.wimberleyartistworkshops.com
FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH
Want to know what it's really like? This was written by a
participant who has attended several workshops.
"As you will all find out, the larger brushes and larger pencils
will be the preferred sizes from the cattle prodder Julie, so
just leave the little stuff at home. Don't give her a chance to
make an example of your picky drawing and painting styles by
bringing picky small stuff to work with. This is about speed and
freedom of expression. She doesn't give you time to be picky and
you will thank her for it when you're done. Remember, these are
LIVE ANIMALS that never stop moving. If you are practicing with
the cats and dogs from home, you will have a good start, but
trust me, these animals are just this side of wild and they
never stop moving. It will test your skill at gesturing and it
will make you a better artist in the long run. If you are a
loose artist in your work, you will get better. If you are a
picky artist you will get better.
The timed paintings will test your ability to make fast strokes
of color and decisions about shapes and shadows and again it
will test you in a good way and you will see results within a
This is by far the best experience I have had in many years and
that is why I am coming back with my daughter. The animals will
have an impact on you and the workshop will test you. In the
end, you will walk away with a great appreciation for the leader
Julie, and you will have a clear understanding of where your
weaknesses are and you will strengthen your skills for SURE.
Bring what you can, but make sure you are willing to go through
a ton of pages of sketch paper and you will paint faster than
you ever have. You will also be very glad you signed up for this
experience and I can guarantee you will see a change in your
work and skills when it's all done. The ranch is amazing, the
people are even more amazing and the animals will just blow you
I am a full time Creative Director who paints as much as I can.
This workshop has had lasting effects on my future and Julie
will get every drop of your energy left at the ranch. I use the
skills Julie taught me 2 years ago to this day, in my job and in
my paintings. Get some rest and get ready for a wild ride of
shooting, drawing, painting, training and good talk with fellow
artists. The views are amazing and the folks at the ranch will
make you want to leave wherever you are from and move to
Other quotes from workshop
"You probably do not
charge enough. The money is worth every bit spent. The photography alone
is worth the whole cost – not to mention the art instruction. This is
the best which is why I keep coming back."
"I couldn't put a price on the progress I made in just 4 days."
line up of animals we had access to – the hard work the trainers
did to pose the animals and the critique & access we had to
Julie was more than worth the fee. I have amazing amounts of
material to work from in the future and the progress I made on
drawing and value in just four days was wonderful!"
"Julie has a great personality and puts people at ease,
recognizes each person’s need."
has a comfortable teaching manner with some humor tossed in. She pushes
you hard and challenges you and makes you a better artist for it. You
can see your drawing improve in just days. I recommend her workshops and
Triple D to all my artist friends. She also is genuinely excited to see
her students progress. Triple D animals are gorgeous and well-loved. The
staff makes you feel right at home. Great teacher, great animals!"
art instruction, camera instruction, photography instruction – all were
extremely informative. It is obvious that the instructor is interested
in passing on her knowledge to the students, and sincerely cares about
them and their journey."
taught me more about painting in 4 days than what I learned from a whole
semester in college. I would love to come back and do this again."
"I recommend this to everyone I meet! Julie,
you’re the best!"