Northwestern College to offer summer art workshops and camps

Adults and young people interested in learning how to paint or in developing their artistic talent are invited to sign up for a summer workshop or camp offered by Northwestern College’s art department.

Faith Tyrrell, the department’s community outreach coordinator and a 2023 Northwestern art/graphic design graduate, will teach three one-session classes and two four-session camps in June and July.

“Want to Paint Like Bob?” will guide participants in painting a nature scene in the style of famous ’80s television icon Bob Ross. A two-hour daytime session starting at 10 a.m. either Tuesday, June 25, or Thursday, July 25, is geared for sixth graders through adults, while Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. is designated as a date night activity for adults. The cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple. All supplies are provided; paint clothes are recommended.

“Wild Watercolors,” for students in fifth through eighth grade, is a four-session camp scheduled June 18–21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tyrrell will demonstrate how to mix colors and the difference between wet and dry brushing. Participants will also learn how to use salt, masking tape and watercolor pencils in their work. The final day will provide an opportunity for the campers to show their parents their paintings and to teach them some of the techniques they learned. The cost is $80 per person, all supplies are provided, and paint clothes are recommended.

Finally, “Amazing Acrylics” is a four-session camp for students in seventh through 12th grade. It will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Participants will learn about color mixing, how to use palette knives, and how to paint light reflections with a disco ball. They’ll also get to experiment with a variety of acrylic pour-painting techniques. The final evening will provide an opportunity for students to show their parents their work and to teach them painting techniques. The cost is $80 per person, all supplies are provided, and paint clothes are recommended.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Faith Tyrrell at or 641-691-5692. The registration deadline is May 23.