Master Workshops

Master Visual Artist Workshops

The Master Artist Workshop Series brings renowned national and international artists to Pittsburgh every August for multi-day immersive workshops. Enjoy a full day of instruction, as well as open studio hours until midnight. Students have the opportunity to engage other local artists as as you learn from visiting masters. Courses are for students working on an intermediate level or beyond. Students should feel comfortable with the medium, but have a desire to develop new techniques and experiment with a new process. Class will break for lunch and include ample time for working independently if desire.
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Multi-Plate Color Etching with Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna
Aug 26 - Aug 28, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Price: $440 members, $465 non-members

This 3-day workshop will provide the opportunity to learn and explore the exciting way of creating an image in full color in the etching technique, preparing up to 100 colors with the use of only 3 plates and 3 primary colors. You will learn to use the “additive” method that gives each color a sharp edge, distinguishing one color from the other. You will also learn the “subtractive” method where each color fuses, combines, and transforms into another through gradual transitions. Both methods require previous knowledge of and experience with aquatint etching.

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Getting to the Surface with Adero Willard
Aug 25 - Aug 29, 10am - 4pm
Price: $505 members, $530 non-members

Work with Massachusetts-based master artist Adero Willard to learn how to create new and exciting surfaces on clay by layering color and pattern, and playing with principles of transparency and opacity. The goal of these explorations is to generate new ways to work with form and surface that bring out the personality of your clay forms. A basic understanding of how to work with clay is required.

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Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna

Painter/printmaker Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna was born in Poland in 1940 of Russian origin, raised in Germany following WWII, educated in the United States in the 1950s, and has been resident of Florence, Italy, since 1964. Best known for his multi-plate color etchings, his artwork can be found in private collections and galleries around the world, as well as in the Uffizi Gallery’s Permanent Collection of Prints and Drawings in Florence. Since earning his undergraduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1962 and his MFA from the University of Southern Illinois in 1964, Kraczyna has held close to 150 solo exhibitions across five continents. He lives most of the year just outside of Florence where he continues to produce artwork at a prolific rate. During the academic year he teaches art on paper and printmaking courses at Syracuse University’s and Sarah Lawrence College’s Florence programs, while he spends summers in the Tuscan hill town of Barga (Lucca), where he teaches intensive month-long workshops in the technique of multi-plate color etching.

Adero Willard

Adero Willard currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is a studio potter and instructor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. Previously, Adero taught at the Chautauqua Institute and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY. Adero received a BFA from Alfred University in 1995 and an MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. In 2008 she completed a one-year residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. As a full-time artist, Adero has shown in a number of galleries and craft shows, including Ferrin Gallery, Craft Boston and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. Adero's decoration techniques are being featured in a book on glazes being released in August 2014 by Quarto Publishing. Her lifelong interest in surface decoration is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage. View her work at