2015 Workshops and Information

Dean Nimmer Fall 2015 Workshop Schedule:

This is a new group of art workshops I’m teaching at Gateway City Arts this fall that help develop your imagination, spontaneity and skills bringing more pleasure to making art no matter what level of experience you have. There are several new workshops as well as some of the most popular ones I’ve taught before.

All of the workshops are $100 per person, per session if taken separately. A Fall Season Pass that covers admission to all 6 workshops is 50% off at $300. But Wait! (as seen on TV)

*Any student currently enrolled in art classes at any college in the U.S. may take any workshop for $50 or the 6-class series for $250.

To reserve a place in an individual workshop or make a deposit on a season pass, please send a $50 deposit check to: Dean Nimmer 146 Allyn St, Holyoke, MA 01040.

All workshops take place at the Gateway City Arts building at 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.


Sunday, Oct 1811am to 3pmOffbeat Off-press Monotypes

Making monotypes – one-of-a-kind prints – using lo-tech, off-press techniques. Use monotypes combined with drawing, painting and collage. No printmaking experience needed.

Sunday, Nov 111am to 3pmArt with Your Eyes Closed

Spontaneous drawing and painting without planning or controlling the outcomes. Trust your intuition and make art with no hang-ups stopping the fun! Basic materials supplied, nothing to buy.

Sunday, Nov 1511am to 3pmCreating Abstract Art

Based on Dean’s best selling book, this class demystifies abstract art and shows you many ways to explore the vast territory of non-objective drawing and painting. Basic materials supplied, nothing to buy.

Sunday, Nov 2211am to 3pmBanishing Dull, Dumb, Boring Art!

If you are unsatisfied that your artworks are too typical, safe or just the standard traditional boring same old, then this class will show you several techniques and strategies to add more excitement and pizazz to your compositions, that are fun and easy to do. So leave your comfort zone and reboot your creative spark for the better!

Sunday, Nov 29 11am to 3pmDrawing Marathon!

This will be a 4-hour, non-stop, no time to think or take a break, drawing session that emphasizes passion, process and pleasure over fussy, analytical picture making. This marathon session will explore a variety of different techniques, subjects and mixed media combinations. We will create to upbeat music and draw ‘til we drop!

Sunday, Dec 611am to 3pm Art Open Studio

This workshop provides an open studio environment for participants to bring in one or more art project – drawing, painting, collage, print or sculpture – and work on it with the guidance of Dean Nimmer for the 4-hour session. This class is open to all levels of experience and there’s no restrictions or requirements for the type of art you make.

You may bring your own supplies, but all needed drawing, paint and paper supplies are provided free of charge.

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This is a schedule of the weeklong workshops I’m teaching this summer. Please check with the host college listed below for descriptions, material lists, costs and early registration dates. Note that registering early can be important to secure a place in my summer classes particularly those of you interested in my “100 Drawings Challenge” course. I’m teaching the 100 Drawings Challenge at both Cullowhee Mountain Arts, (Western Carolina University, NC – June 14 to 19) and at Art New England (Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bennington, VT – July 18 to 25.

Links to my workshops:

Montserrat College of Art – (Beverly, MA) workshop, “Creating Abstract Art”, meets

June 29 to July 3. Link to course registration starting in mid-January  – http://www.montserrat.edu/continuing-ed/summer-workshops/index.php

Course Description: Based on Dean Nimmer’s best selling book, Creating Abstract Art, Ideas and Inspiration for Passionate Artmaking, this class explores abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques from observation, memory and your own uninhibited imagination. The goal of this class is to come away with an abundance of new ideas and directions for making art no matter how realistic or abstract. Come and fully enjoy your insatiable passion to make art!

Cullowhee Mountain Arts  – (Western Carolina University, NC) – “100 Drawings Challenge” meets, June 14 to 19. Course registration starting in mid-January – link to course registration – http://www.cullowheemountainarts.org/week-1-june-14-19/dean-nimmer-100-Drawings#sthash.s4OCXhTu.dpbs

Course Description: The objectives of the 100 Drawings class are to strengthen your drawing skills and broaden the opportunities for experimentation in your work through an intense concentration on the process of drawing. We will work from both observation and imagination at a pace of 20 drawings per day using drawing, painting, collage and monotypes. Like running a visual marathon, 100 Drawings will inspire your creative spirit, bolster your confidence and open new avenues to enthusiastically make art in the future.

Mass. College of Art and Design/Art New England link to sign up for the – “100 Drawings Challenge” meets July 18 to 25. Registration begins onJanuary 1, 2015 Link to class registration  – http://ane.massart.edu/register/
Course Description: Same as above

My courses are open to all levels of experience and all that is required is your unrestrained creativity.

*Note: I will announce my schedule of 1-day workshops at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Mass, in mid-January.



  1. Hi Dean,
    Any plans for a west coast/west of the rockies workshop? Thanks

  2. any west coast or west of the rockies workshops coming up? Thanks

  3. 5 days preferably!

  4. Sorry that I don’t have any west coast workshops scheduled this summer. Maybe in the fall?

  5. yes, please!

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