• Watercolor Journaling Workshop

    Monday, October 5, 11 - 12 noon Central

    Join me for this one hour watercolor journaling workshop chock full of tips and techniques, color theory and value scale assignments, demo on how to transfer enlarged images to bigger substrates. Access to a private Facebook group with recorded class available for your reference for three months. Register by submitting fee via PayPal to Helen.dannelly@gmail.com.

  • 3-D Structures for Encaustic, Oil, Acrylic and Other Surface Treatments

    3-D Structures for use with Encaustic and Other Media
    Helen Dannelly with Jeff Hirst

    Thursday, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2020
    1:00 – 2:30 Central

    In the four week workshop, participants will learn basic structural techniques for creating three-dimensional forms both on and off the panel incorporating encaustic, acrylic, oil, cold wax and other surface treatments. Materials include wire and wire mesh, wood, plaster gauze, joint compound, and fiber. We will discuss scale and display options. There will be a PowerPoint presentation of artists working three dimensionally. For painters with no previous sculptural experience, this is an opportunity to explore moving off the two dimensional plane in fun and informative ways.

    $575 for four week class
    To register, submit fee via PayPal to Helen.Dannelly@gmail.com

  • *Beginning Acrylic Painting - Online Class!*

    Spring 2020 (tbd)
    Topics covered include composition, underpainting, perspective, value, color-mixing and more! I am a professional Golden Artist Educator through Golden Paints. We will discuss materials and how to organize your palette and keep your acrylic paints moist on your palette overnight.


    Encaustic and Alternative Materials on Paper
    Thursday and Friday, July 2-3 10am - 4pm
    Stretch your imagination and learn exciting new ways to create images on paper using encaustic (molten, pigmented beeswax with resin), graphite, and unique alternative mark-making materials in this two day workshop co-taught by Jeff Hirst and Helen Dannelly.
    $400 and includes all materials.
    Laura McHugh’s Art Studio
    285 Poplar Street,
    Half Moon Bay CA 94019.*
    Contact Jeff Hirst to register: Jeff@jeffreyhirst.com or (612)414-3030

    Experimental Drawing (with Encaustic, R&F Pigment Sticks and more!)
    Co-taught by Helen Dannelly and Jeffrey Hirst
    July 10 - 12
    Haiku, HI (on the beautiful island of Maui!)
    Carla Thistle Studio
    To Register: Contact Carla Thistle at carlajean814@gmail.com​

    Intro to 3-D Encaustic Workshop
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 11 - 13, 2020
    $625 including all materials
    Chicago artists Helen Dannelly and Alicia Forestall-Boehm co-teach this class which explores basic structural techniques for creating three-dimensional forms and using encaustic medium. Materials include wire and wire mesh, plaster gauze, Fosshape and fiber. We will discuss line, mass, scale, weight and display considerations. There will be a powerpoint presentation of artists working three dimensionally with encaustic and a discussion of participants unique creative voices. Dare to move off the panel! Contact Helen to register today - space is limited! $200 registration fee will hold your spot in this popular workshop. I accept payments via check or through Paypal to my gmail account: helen.dannelly@gmail.com

    Advanced Explorations in 3-D Encaustic
    (2020 workshop tbd)
    $445 including materials
    Jeffrey Hirst and Helen Dannelly co-teach this advanced sculptural encaustic workshop utilizing wood, plaster, fabric, encaustic and other materials. Explore novel materials while incorporating encaustic medium.

    Space is limited - register now! Reserve your spot with a deposit of $200.00 (fully refundable up until one month prior to class). Contact Helen: 415-515-4254 with your credit card, or send payment via PayPal to Helen.Dannelly@gmail.com. You may also send a check payable to Helen Dannelly c/o Bridgeport Art Center, Mailbox #150, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609. We look forward to having you in the workshop!

    Alcohol Ink Painting Workshops
    Learn how to paint with alcohol inks both realistically and abstractly. After a short, thorough demo, Helen will turn you loose to explore these vibrant, colorful inks on synthetic watercolor paper, while providing occasional suggestions and guidance as you create. You will complete 4 - 6 small paintings in one session! These abbreviated painting workshops (just 2 1/2 hours!) are offered for only $115
    Contact Helen to register! Offered monthly on Saturdays between 1 - 3:30 pm.

    Golden QoR Watercolor and Alcohol Ink Painting
    Pick one date:
    Wednesday, March 18, 7- 9:30pm
    Saturday, March 28, 1 - 3:30pm
    Saturday, April 4, 1 - 3:30pm
    Wednesday, April 15, 7 - 9:30pm
    Saturday, April 25,1 - 3:30pm
    Wednesday, April 29, 7 - 9:30pm
    Saturday, May 9, 1 - 3:30pm
    Saturday, May 23, 1 - 3:30pm
    Learn to use these beautifully vibrant materials in combination with one another on Yupo, a synthetic watercolor paper and cotton paper.
    Class is held at Helen's Bridgeport Art Center Studio, #3120. Only $115 and includes all materials! Contact Helen to register! 415-515-4254

    Helen Dannelly and Jeffrey Hirst teach beginning through advanced encaustic painting, sculpture and printmaking workshops out of their studio at the Bridgeport Art Center throughout the year. We also have a visiting artists program as well. A complete list of workshops can be found at http://jeffreyhirst.com/2018-hirst-teaching-schedule

    For questions or to register, please contact Helen at Helen.Dannelly@gmail.com or (415)515-4254.


    Open Studios are held every third Friday at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street (at Racine). Please use the Racine Street entrance as that elevator comes closer to our side of the building on the third floor. (Press "3R" to get to our studio!) Walk through both galleries to studio 3A-3120. We'd love to have you stop by for a visit!