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Watercolors by Oscar Rayneri
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Oscar Rayneri, GWS
Watercolor Artist & Instructor

Oscar, watercolor artist and instructor, lives in Dahlonega, Georgia where he is surrounded by inspiring subject matter.  It is among the beauty of the mountains that he searches out waterfalls, flowers, rustic barns and historic structures to capture in his paintings. Oscar is a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, which was earned through juried acceptance in GWS National and Members’ Exhibitions.  His painting, “Sunbathing,” earned a Members’ Award in the 2013 GWS Members Exhibition, as well as a First Place Award at the Festival of Trees, judged by a High Museum curator. Other recent awards include “Best of Show” at the Twelve Rivers Festival of the Arts for his painting, “Goodbye Old Friends,” and several Honorable Mention Awards at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA.

Oscar and his watercolors were featured in the 2014 spring issue of Northeast Georgia Living Magazine.  Rayneri specializes in painting many Dahlonega historic buildings available in limited edition giclee prints.  His latest series features original watercolors of the local wineries, also available in limited edition giclee prints.

In March 2015, Oscar’s painting “Morning Light,” was selected for the Art of Georgia II: Portraits of Community, an exhibition of work by Northeast Georgia artists, for display in the Georgia Governors’ Office.  The exhibition was from April 2015 through April 2016.

At the 2019 Cumming First United Methodist Church (CFUMC) Festival of the Arts, Oscar’s painting of a homeless man, “The Least of These,” won the Audience Choice Award. This painting was also selected for the 2019 Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition and was featured in an article in The Dahlonega Nugget on March 2019.

As a watercolor instructor, Oscar has taught at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC and in Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.  He also conducts workshops in locations throughout the Southeast and accepts commissions.

Rayneri watercolors hang in many private and corporate collections, such as Procter & Gamble, Miller Brewing, and Merck Chemical.  Some of his commissions have included watercolors made into limited edition prints for Thronateeska Heritage Foundation in Albany, GA and for the National Kidney Foundation to raise money for kidney research.

Class overview & materials (for adults 18 and over only)

My strategy for teachimg watercolors is to help improve each student's ability to use the medium. I welcome adult students in my workshop from every level of competence. However, some experience with painting will be very helpful. That could be in any medium and does not have to be in watercolors.
I normally begin a session explaining the use of materials and starting a painting demonstration. I then encourage studends to begin their own painting. For this workshop, the students will all work on the same subject. I will provide them with a sketch and the method to transfer that sketch to their watercolor paper. The idea is to save drawing time and maximize painting time and also, hopefully help them to complete their painting faster. For the short time we will have, I will have them attempt only two paintings.

Materials provided for each student

1. Two Sheets of 10” x 14” Arches watercolor paper
2.  Dabs of concentrated quality pigments based on the need of each painting
3. Plastic palette to hold pigments with mixing areas
4. A sheet of graphite transfer paper
5. Two copies of sketches, one for each painting. (These will be traced using the transfer paper to each sheet of watercolor paper.)
6. Two plywood boards cut to the fit the paper for stapling the watercolor paper
7.  Jar of masking fluid

Materials available for borrowing (to be shared and returned to instructor at end of workshop)

1. Brushes of various sizes

2. Liquid soap for brushes to be dipped in masking fluid

3. Brushes for masking fluid use

4. Pencils and erasers

5. Sheets of Bounty towels

6. Color photographs of the subject of each painting

7. Other miscellaneous items

Cost of materials


Oscar Rayneri


Acrylics by Beth Stull
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Beth lives in Dahlonega and began taking art lessons when she was 11 and continued to take classes in various mediums at schools in Florida and Georgia throughout her life.

She has found her favorite medium has become Acrylics over the past 12 years.

Her work has been shown and sold at the Quinlan, Bowen and Sautee Natoochee, and Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Arts galleries.

She was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Cumming United Festival of the Arts.

Learn to Paint a Landscape in Acrylics 

This class will teach Acrylics while learning to enjoy the process of focusing on color, mixing, perspective and value in your work.

You will learn what makes a painting draw in the viewer to a landscape by using these important techniques. 
Choose from two different scenes one horizontal and one vertical. 

Supplies - $100 includes, table easel, canvas, paints, brushes, palette and palette knives, water spray bottle, tote bag and clean up supplies. All supplies above are yours to keep.

Cost of materials


Beth Stull

Leathercraft by Tom Slavicek
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Tom Slavicek has been leather crafting since he was a Boy Scout, when he earned his Leatherwork Merit Badge on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. During his career days as an executive director for a national youth organization, his hobby managed to stay alive and thrive in the form of creating numerous Native American leather/beadwork outfits and articles of clothing, along with his favorite item,  hand-crafted leather pouches and shoulder bags.

After a 37-year career serving young people, Tom retired in 2010 and he and his wife, Karen, moved to Dahlonega, GA. His enjoyment of working with leather is coming to fruition through his crafting of various styles of pouches and bags, with the added feature of inscribed images on the front of the pouches. Tom uses a wood-burning tool to inscribe the images free hand directly onto the leather. Each pouch is a unique work of art, and no two are alike.

 Currently Tom teaches leather classes at about a dozen venues across north Georgia, including the John C. Campbell Folk School (North Carolina), Camp Mikell Folk School (Toccoa, GA), and the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, at Young Harris.

Class Description

You will learn how to use the tools of leather bag making, and how to do the basic stitching technique. Leather will already be pre-cut and pre-punched to make it easy for you to put the pieces of your first bag together, making for yourself a one-of-a-kind beauty!  You will have a wide variety of leather colors and textures to choose from. After stitching you can decorate your bag with your choice of “bling”. All leather, materials, tools, straps and tassels, and decorations are provided along with instructions. In addition to making a leather bag you can also make a leather belt, phone belt pouch, wallet, notebook cover and more. Instructions for making these will be included. You will have time to make 2 to 3 pieces, depending on size and complexity.


What Student needs to bring

You don’t need to bring anything except your enthusiasm, and the desire to make something beautiful!


Cost of materials


Tom Slavicek

Wire Wrap by Thomas Geckler
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Thomas Geckler is a Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine specialist by profession, and began taking courses at the William Holland Retreat in Young Harris in 2015.

Thomas works with cabochons, wire wrapping, wire weaving, and most recently faceting.

Thomas is teaching a basic Wire Wrapping course.

Class Description

Expect to work in copper or silver-filled wire, and to produce several projects including earrings, a bracelet, ring, and a pendant.

All materials will be supplied to complete three chosen projects as able.

What student needs to bring

Nothing. All materials are provided.


Cost of materials


Thomas Geckler


Drawing by Dan Tomberlin
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Dan Tomberlin is an artist that draws. He creates original art on paper with graphite, colored pencils, aqua media, watercolor & acrylic. But he considers all his work DRAWING; his artwork is in numerous private collections and has been shown in close to 60 art show and museum exhibitions, and he has received numerous awards. His current work is on display at the Bleu Gallery in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Dan Tomberlin has been a graphic designer and illustrator, a museum exhibit designer and design educator and a full-time artist for 40 years. He did undergraduate work at Auburn University, Georgia State University, received his BFA from University of South Carolina, and Graduate Studies at Denver University. He has taught drawing and design at Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Kansas Wesleyan University, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Art Institute of San Francisco, Westwood College, Denver, Klahowya Secondary School, Silverdale, WA and Montgomery, AL Catholic Preparatory School. 

In the 80s Dan formed his first design company, Tomberlin & Talent, and has continued to work as an independent illustrator and designer; and has worked for the Atlanta Journal, Advertising agencies in Atlanta, Denver, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Miami and San Francisco, printing companies like Litho-Krome, Hallmark, and Mebane Packaging. His experience includes the areas of printing, publishing, packaging, corporate identity, product design and development, retail and trade advertising, annual reports, magazines, catalogs, and corporate identity for such companies as Ligget-Myers, Sony, Burroughs-Wellcome, Mountain Bell, Pacific Bell, American Bankers Association, The National Archives, U.S. News & World Report, Mobil Oil, BMG and Concord Music, Target (Dayton-Hudson Corp), Kroger, American Express and Carnival Cruise Lines. He has also designed and built exhibits in major museums across the country.

Uncover Your Hidden Talent for Drawing

Learn how enjoyable and rewarding drawing can be in itself, whether you're a beginning artist or an experienced hand that wants to broaden your skills. In his workshop, we explore the key elements of drawing, taught by an award-winning arist with more than forty years of study, studio work, and dedicated teaching. Participants will be introduced to each kind of drawing style and material. You will receive materials for use as a step by step, and to follow up with each exercise. 

Some of the Elements of Drawing we will cover:

• Line • Shape • Form • Value • Space • Color • Perspective • Composition • Drawing Techniques

• Drawing Styles


Workshop Materials

• #2 Pencils

• B6 drawing pencils

• White Rubber & Kneaded Eraser

• Strathmore 400 Drawing Pad  (11x14)

• Newsprint pad  (11x14)

• Charcoal, dark crayon, or Conte crayon (Small Box)

• Crayola Colored Pencils (Box of 12 or 24)

*One favorite (still life) object you can bring to class to draw - something small, original & unusual

Cost of materials

$30/student (or purchase on your own)

Dan Tomberlin


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