Workshops are hands-on experiences where attendees have the opportunity to play with paints in a variety of techniques and take home their projects!  These can be set up through art stores, art associations or small groups and can be booked by anyone, anywhere nationally and internationally!  If you are interested in setting something up, please contact me at amyshawley@gmail.com.  I look forward to working with you!

Below is a list of my current workshops, please note that they are listed by state and workshop dates/details are subject to change at anytime.  I'm always adding new dates and topics, so if you don't see something you want to attend, keep checking back or join my mailing list to receive event announcements!  





Drawing and Painting Buttercup the Black Vulture 

Saturday August 11, 2018

Location: The Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro VA

Description: Come join us for a special painting workshop featuring Buttercup the Black Vulture as our model!   The workshop will begin with a short presentation from Wildlife Center staff on Buttercupand his role as an education animal, then students will work with artist Amy Shawley Paquette to discover the basics of watercolor and illustration as well as learn fun and easy ideas for painting birds.  We will have three 20 minute sessions with Buttercup present to draw and paint him from life and we will also provide photographs of him to use during the remainder of our painting time.  

After a short snack/lunch break, workshop attendees will be given a tour of the wildlife center.

The workshop is open only to adults 18 and over (no children) with all levels of art experience and all workshop-use materials including paints, pencils, palettes, brushes, and surfaces will be provided!   Please bring a sack lunch/snacks (if desired), a camera if you wish to take photos, and note-taking supplies.  Please wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on or bring an apron.

Workshop registration must be completed in advance, and is done directly with the instructor - email Amy at amyshawley@gmail.com to coordinate payment and for details on her cancellation policy.  Seating is limited so sign up early!  

Fee: $68 (with 50% of all profits going straight to the Wildlife Center of Virginia!)

Time: 12:00-4:30pm



Acrylic Encaustic Effects 

New Date TBA (Rescheduling from June 16)

Location: The Art Box, Lynchburg VA

Description: Explore how to simulate the ethereal and luscious look of wax painting by mixing and applying recipes of acrylic "beeswax"! We will work with varying thicknesses of acrylic gels and tint them with color to make several types of "wax-like" recipes. Students will apply these mixtures to several drawn and painted surfaces to see how each recipe interacts uniquely over color and line! Observe the varying degrees of translucency and shimmer of the simulated waxes, see how you can carve into them while wet and embed items between the layers! Come discover how these recipes can be an exciting element in your painting and mixed media applications. 

Workshop use paints, surfaces, and tools will be supplied by the instructor. Please bring reference images to inspire you (i.e.: landscapes, florals, animals, etc) supplies to take notes, and a bin/box to transport your projects home in (about 3-4 surfaces sized 8x10).

Fee: $55 

Time: 11:30am-3:30pm

Registration Info: Registration and workshop fees are due in advance, please make checks out to Amy Paquette and drop off at the store or mail to Amy.  Email amyshawley@gmail.com for mailing address and questions!






Workshop Cancellation/Refund Policy:

 - Workshop cancellation policies vary by venue.  Please contact each venue to find out what their policies are regarding refunds and transferable registrations!