Workshop: Fashion

Workshops/Classes/Private Lessons/ Camps/ Retreats to Youth/'Tween/Teen/Adult/Community audiences across the USA, Canada, Internationally with Cynthia Padilla. Am I coming to your town? Request me: padillapost2@gmail.com
  • Fashion Sketching & Illustration
  • Fashion Design 
  • Sewing
  • Needle Arts
  • Silk Painting
  • Textile Arts & Design


When: TH 6:30-9:30. Feb 20 - April 10, 2014
Where: Collin College Cont Edu http://www.collin.edu/ce/ 
Courtyard Center Campus, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano, TX.

Explore the basic principles of developing silhouette illustrations to fashion industry standards. Emphasis on heavy sketching practice, basic principles of proportion of the fashion figure and an introduction to color.

Supply List

Reference/Swipe File
We will work from reference materials for inspiration, so bring in a stash of fashion images from magazines and store promos to inspire. Not fuzzy little photos taken by the paparazzi of pop stars. I’m talking fashion photography as in  Vogue, Elle, Neiman’s, Nordstrom’s, etc:
  • Fabulous fashion faces. (Cosmetic ads are best for this).
  • Fabulous fashion garments.
Technique: Sketch/Design 
“It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.”—Voltaire
·         Drawing Pencils - Any ‘H’ and any ‘B’; Hand held sharpener.
·         Eraser - White vinyl or Kneaded.
·         Sketchbook - Spiral bound only. No larger than 9 ’ish x 12  ish.
·         Ruler - CThru ruler. Clear with grid marks; Small plastic T-square OR ruler & triangle.
Technique: Inking 
“The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.”--Cecil Beaton
  • Ball point Pen - Blue ink; Black ink.
  • Marker - Fine tip black roller pen or felt tip pen. 
“I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind.” --Henry Ossawa Tanner
Cynthia Padilla graduated California State University Los Angeles, and went on to study Surface Design at UCLA. Thus began a 20 + year career as a fashion illustrator/fabric designer/ colorist/ trend spotter for apparel and home interiors internationally. Travel research included the major fashion centers of Paris, New York and Milan and the hip hot spots off the beaten path. 


FREE ! ! ! Colored Pencil Classes

What: Colored Pencil Basics http://artinstructor.blogspot.com/2011/08/colored-pencil.html
When: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2014 (3) Thurs 7-9pm
Where: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving, TX.


Workshop: On Location/Plein Air

--Cynthia Padilla instructs. Northern New Mexico

Relaxed workshops in beautiful out door settings worldwide guides complete beginner as well as studio artist into the beloved open air tradition. 

The sketchbook will be introduced for its unique suitability to house works ranging from the loose intuitive sketch with margin notes & notations----to small format works ready to frame. 

Demos, handouts, lively discussions, individual critiques and one-on-one instruction in the mediums brought into class. We work out of doors (en plein air), weather does not cancel so dress prepared for all conditions.

Plein Air/On Location Demo:
Sun, Sept 22 & Sun, Nov 17, 2014. Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX for the CAC [Creative Arts Center]. FREE! klydewarrenpark.org/Things-To-Do/e Earth, Petal, Wing -‘Sketchbook Journaling’ 2-4pm

Klyde Warren Park

Annual Plein Air/On Location Workshops:
Plein Air - New Mexico  Ghost Ranch Edu & Retreat Center. Abiquiu, NM annually. 

Plein Air - Antigua  Antigua, Guatemala, late Oct-early Nov annually http://artinstructor.blogspot.com/2010/01/art-workshop-guatemala.html

Past Plein Air/On Location Workshops: Alphabetical
Mountain View, AR @Ozark Folk School

Tucson, AZ @Tohono Chul Park

Pagosa Springs, CO @PSAC Art Association

Brookfield, CT @Brookfield Craft Center
New London, CT @Connecticut College Arboretum
Redding, CT @New Pond Farm

Guatemala, Central America
Antigua @Art Workshops in Guatemala

Lake Quivira, KS @Lake Quivira Garden Club
Stilwell, KS @Red Cedar Garden

Jamaica Plain, MA @Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Martha's Vineyard, MA @Polly Hill Arboretum

Columbia, MO @Columbia Art League
Joplin, MO@Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
Kansas City, MO @Powell Gardens
St Louis, MO @Missouri Botanic Garden

New Mexico
Abiquiu @Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center
Albuquerque @New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science; Rio Grande Botanic Garden
Santa Fe @Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

Ontario, Canada
Southampton @Southampton Art School

Austin, TX @Lake Austin Spa
Dallas, TX @ Dallas Arboretum - Southern Methodist University; Dallas Zoo, North Park Mall, Galleria Mall; 
Farmers Branch, TX @ FB Historical Park

Frisco, TX @ The Marriott Hotel
Fort Worth, TX @ FW Botanic Garden, The Kimbell, Amon Carter and Modern museums -Texas Christian U
Plano, TX @ Farmers Market

Cynthia Padilla, leading 'PLEIN AIR' Workshops Internationally. Am I Coming To Your Town? Request Me!

Workshop: Sketching on Location - Ghost Ranch, New Mexico


Workshop: 'Sketchbook: Ghost Ranch' 
Dates: September 2014
Where: Abiquiu, NM - Ghost Ranch Edu & Retreat Center. https://www.facebook.com/padillacasa/media_set?set=a.1434666965301.52370.1791763677&type=1
Description: Imagine the magic that is New Mexico, Land of Enchantment, captured between the pages of a sketchbook journal?  
[The optional Georgia O'Keeffe or Ghost Ranch Landscape tour completes the magic].
All levels/All mediums
Personal direction in style and subject matter encouraged. From quick ink scribble, controlled colored pencil study, to atmospheric pastel landscape and sparkling wee watercolor.
Registration: Directly thru instructor. padillapost2@gmail.com

See Typical Sketchbook Techniques:
Sketchbook - Watercolor Pencil/Watercolor Crayon http://www.flickr.com/groups/sketchbookwcpencilcrayon/

Instructor: Cynthia Padilla [centered sketching demo] international instructor of all-media painting and drawing for prestigious universities, major museums and art societies and travel leader on art tours and retreats worldwide. The ppopular Ghost Ranch instructor has been returning to lead 'on-location' workshops annually since 2005. Avoid disappointment and register early.

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Past Ghost Ranch workshop/retreats:
Aug 5 - 10, 2013. 
Early August annually 2004, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11


Workshop: Antigua, Guatemala [Private & Public Gardens, Lakes & Villages, Artists' Studios! ]

Annual en plein air, late Oct-Nov workshop/retreat with Cynthia Padilla.

Photos of Antigua - Lake Atitlan contribution by international pool of generous photographers w/ a shared passion for the culture & color, people & places, flora & fauna and traditions of Guatemala, 'Land of Eternal Spring.' Thank you.

Request Info for 2014 Workshop Now!!!

DESCRIPTION: Join like-minded art and nature enthusiasts documenting the natural beauty of Antigua, Guatemala. Join international arts instructor Cynthia Padilla painting in ancient structures, tropical landscapes, colorful markets, and private courtyard gardens. Spend unhurried time building a journal collection of rough sketches, tiny vignettes, notes & notations, finished paintings, measurements and personal musings. All the while lulled by splashing fountains and gentle breezes of working ‘en plein air.’(translation: Out doors).

Suggested transportable mediums: Pencil, pen & ink, colored pencil, pastel, (including the new Pan Pastels) and/or acrylic (including the new Chroma Interactive 'open' acrylics), watercolor, watercolor pencil, watercolor crayon.

All levels. Complete beginners to advanced and returning artists will find a unique art and cultural adventure awaits beyond Antigua’s ancient color-washed walls.

ANTIGUA: Our home base is a delightful cobblestoned, bougainvillea-draped town with an international ambiance. Internet coffee shops, funky outdoor cafes, art galleries, open-air markets, artisan crafts and warm hearted, welcoming people: http://www.flickr.com/groups/391329@N20/pool/ and view some of our previous sketch sites, field trips and workshop participants: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cynthiapadilla/sets/72157602588307547/

LAKE ATITLAN: (3) nights. See photos http://www.slide.com/r/rrYO49lR3T_RrHDgVvMmfAJsYSvmxFgd?previous_view=lt_embedded_url

REGISTRATION: Art Workshops in Guatemala offering 10-day educational travel programs that are off the beaten track and at a very reasonable price. Total package price, including tuition, lodging in lovely colonial style hotels, hearty breakfasts; ground transportation and field trips. 
Contact Liza Fourre, Director. Ph:(612) 825-0747 Website: http://www.artguat.org/ Email: fourre@artguat.org for pricing and dates.
For workshop content questions contact me, instructor Cynthia Padilla, here or via email: padillapost@gmail.com


Scribble, Splash, Smash!
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural abilities in this unique immersion in drawing [scribble]; painting [splash], and then mixed media combining of any or all [smash] ! Ideal for the complete novice, the journaler desiring to add image to word, or the advanced artist needing a creativity stretch. From the traditional..to newest products...to alternative applications. Lecture or demo of each technique, followed by one-on-one guidance and then time spent in personal exploration.
End product can be a workbook of techniques and exercises. (An invaluable resource to refer back to for years to come).
[Series below arranged in a suggested order but sign in to any or all in any order. Discount for registration of the series].

(Dry Media Exploration)
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural drawing abilities in this unique immersion in dry mediums. Dry mediums can include graphite pencils, clay based pencils, wax based pencils, woodless pencils, graphite sticks, colored pencil, woodless colored pencil bars and more.

(Wet Media Exploration)
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural painting abilities in this unique immersion and experimentation in wet mediums.

(Mixed Media Exploration)
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural abilities in this unique immersion and experimentation in combining wet and dry mediums.

Demo: Scribble!
(Dry Media Presentation)

Demo: Splash!
(Wet Media Presentation)

2013 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Workshops
Collin College Cont Ed http://www.collin.edu/ce/ Plano, TX.
Scribble! (8 Fri) Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25. 3 - 6pm. 
Splash!   (8 FriSept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25. 6:15 - 9:15pm. 

Creative Arts Center, Dallas, TX
Scribble! (1 SunSept 22. 
Splash!   (1 SunOct 6.

2013 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Demos
June 23rd. 2-3pm. Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX for the CAC [Creative Arts Center].

Klyde Warren Park

Oct 1st. 12-1, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX for the CAC [Creative Arts Center].
Sept 17th. 12-1, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX for the CAC [Creative Arts Center].
June 1st. 2 - 3pm. NorthPark Center Mall, Dallas, TX for the CAC [Creative Arts Center].
April 23rd. 11 - noon. CAC [Creative Arts Center].Dallas, TX

2012 'Scribble/Splash/Smash' Demos
Sept 26thRockwall Art League, Rockwall, TX

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Workshops: Colored Pencil

Workshop: 'Intro to Colored Pencil'
Interested in colored pencil? This introduction is for both the true beginner as well as returning students desiring to advance technique via practice and exploration, not producing finished works. 
Emerge with an invaluable workbook sampler of exercises, notations and small colored pencil studies.

Workshop: 'Colored Pencil Basics'
Interested in colored pencil? Complete beginners will begin a workbook sampler of techniques, exercises and notations. Returning pencil students continue practice and exploration resulting in small colored pencil studies.

Workshop: 'Scribble!' (Colored Pencil Exploration)
Discover the art-making processes to match your natural drawing abilities in this unique immersion in  colored pencil supplies and mediums.

Workshops 2014: Colored Pencil

What: 'Colored Pencil Basics'    FREE CLASS!
Interested in colored pencil? Complete beginners will begin a workbook sampler of techniques, exercises and notations.
When: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2014 (3) Thurs 7-9pm
Where: Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, Irving, TX.
The Irving Art Association (IAA) offers free basic art classes for adults to get you started in art or in a new medium! To register, please fill out the online registration form on the Free Basic Art Classes page

What: 'Nature Journal: Over the River (Chama River) and Through the Woods (Carson National Forest)' http://artinstructor.blogspot.com/2011/08/just-added-workshop-sketchbook-ghost.html
When: Week of Sept 29, 2014
WhereGhost Ranch Education & Retreat Center. Abiquiu, New Mexico
The Ghost Ranch is an idyllic retreat for nature enthusiasts and it is here and in resource rich areas nearby you can begin a lifelong habit of  nature journaling. Try sketching, writing, photographing, journaling...even create wee watercolor studies! And since journaling is for your own pleasure, no particular talents nor skills expected.

When: Oct 27- Nov 5, 2014
Where: Antigua, Guatemala.
Join like-minded arts and nature enthusiasts documenting the natural beauty of Antigua, Guatemala. All levels. Complete beginners to advanced and returning artists will find a unique art and cultural adventure awaits beyond Antigua’s ancient color-washed walls.

Workshops 2013: Colored Pencil
Aug 5 - 11. Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center. Abiquiu, New Mexico
March 21 & 22. 9:30-2. SAIL program http://www.collin.edu/sail/ Collin College, Plano, TX.

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Retreat Black Land Prairie

WORKSHOP/RETREAT:  'On Location: The Black Land Prairie'
DATES:  (3 Days/2 Nights) Fri evenings (arrive anytime after 5:30 pm) and stay thru Sun, 12 noon depart. ('Open studio' concept, so leave/return/leave as your day-to-day schedule allows).
WHERE:  Anna, Texas. [45 minutes north of Dallas]. YMCA Collin County. 1180 Houston St.  75409.
DESCRIPTION:  Desiring the art retreat experience...ie 24-hr access to the studio, working self directed or alongside instructor, evenings gathering over dinner & drink celebrating the days progress?  
Join popular instructor Cynthia Padilla sketching and painting ‘on location.’ Emerge with a workbook of rough sketches, notes/notations, photos and wee paintings executed in a quick n easy style even those with no previously recognized talent will delight in !
REGISTER: This instructors workshops usually fill, with a waiting list, immediately at announcement. Avoid disappointment and contact instructor now about next workshop/retreat: padillapost@gmail.com
FEE  $190:  Slots are very limited and are pre reserved. Fee includes instruction plus: (2) Nights Lodging - Fri and Sat (arrive Friday, at your leisure, anytime 5:30 pm or after; (1) Welcoming Reception - Fri evening 6:30/7pm 'ish begin; (2) Continental Breakfasts - Sat and Sun; (2) Dinners - Fri and Sat.; (1) Sunrise or Sunset Sketch Out; (2) Cocoa Summits - End of day sharing of sketchbooks and days progress over cookies and cocoa.
CANCELLATION POLICY:  No refunds for any reason as beds are booked and secured immediately upon receipt of payment.  Please find someone else to take your slot if  circumstances find you unable to attend.
R & R OPTION: Know someone simply in need of rest and relaxation? Writer, photographer,  crafter, nature enthusiasts, day dreamer. Your (adult) non painting friends are welcome to register and take advantage of the beauty of  site and benefit from time away from daily routines. Deduct $55.
LODGING DETAILS: Basic dorm style/camp house lodging. (First paid registrants will likely snag all the lower bunks. Upper bunks to the procrastinators go); Handicap showers; Microwave and refrigerator; Morning - into - night art making opportunity; On site recreational facilities; Classmate arranged carpool option.
BRING: Comfy lounge wear/warm ups to hang out in evenings into night; Twin sheet set and blanket or sleeping bag; Pillow/pillow case; Toiletries, Towel/wash cloth; Shower shoes/Flip Flops; Flashlight; Whistle; Sack lunch and beverage from home to join Sat/Sunday classmate's al fresco lunch.


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Workshops: Sketching On Location - DFW, TX

Description: An introduction to working ‘on location:  Landscapes, street scenes, art, architecture, nature?  Even en route, on the train, and over coffee…we fill our sketchbooks.  Emphasis on practice and exploration, not producing finished works. 
Emerge with an invaluable workbook sampler filled with quick-sketch studies, exercises, notations and wee vignettes in the medium of your choice. 

View Sketchbooks:
4.    Watercolor Pencil/Watercolor Crayon http://www.flickr.com/groups/sketchbookwcpencilcrayon/

Photos 2011http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1601847424708.66117.1791763677 
Sketch Sites:
  • Farmers Market,  Plano, TX.

2013 'Quick Sketching' Workshops:

2012 'Quick Sketching' Workshops:
The Craft Guild Dallas http://www.craftguildofdallas.com/