Workshops, Classes, and More!



Workshops, Classes and More!

Drop in every Friday at 9:30 am for a big dose of fun and friendship at the Oregon Society Of Artists "Pixels, People, and Paint!

(will return in 2019)

 Each week Ward shares his unique style and passion for painting and touches on digital devices, marketing, print making and other art related topics. Mostly we paint like crazy:)!
Dedicated to the education and
nurturing of talent in the visual arts



 For more info on Wards July 2019 workshop

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Class #: PWJS070819
Dates: 07/08/19 to 07/12/19
Level: All Levels



Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country. The school is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.

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Ward Jene Stroud Workshop: Ready, Paint, Go!

September 18 - September 20


Three days of instruction prior to festival plein air competition –  Wednesday, September 18 thru Friday, September 20 

COST: $250 / Minimum of 8 – Maximum of 22

All levels welcome – beginner to advanced

The supply list for workshop is here.  

I’ve been watching Ward’s Youtube videos and I was so excited when I saw that he was coming to Cheap Joes. He is an absolutely amazing teacher and person. I came from California to share this experience with him and he far exceeded my expectations. This was SO much fun!!! – 2018 Cheap Joe’s Workshop participant 

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In Ward Jene Stroud: Ready-Paint-Go! Not only will  you learn Ward’s internationally acclaimed techniques for using the exciting Brusho Crystal Powdered Paint, you’ll learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting with exciting exercises and full step-by-step projects utilizing the latest techniques and hacks. Learn new ways to shake up and incorporate new ideas and life into your current masterpieces. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, if you paint tight or loose, photo realistic or abstract, there is something for everyone and every style. Ward’s open and sharing personality is infectious and you’ll benefit not only from group talks and projects, but also demos, activities, and tons of one-on-one time with this energetic teacher. Ward believes that it’s important not only to share amazing skills and ideas with you, but it’s even more important to inspire! His mission is to make sure you learn and have fun in a safe creative environment.


Ward is one of America’s most diversified and fresh new faces in the watercolor community. In 2018 Ward was featured in the French art magazine Les Pratique Des Arts, and in the prestigious Watercolor Artist and Palette magazines. Ward believes “Who we are and everything that we do and create in every moment of our lives is a culmination of what we have learned, done, and experienced on life’s journey.” This award-winning artist has assembled some of life’s greatest lessons working as a professional figure skater, choreographer and coach, graphic artist, fine artist, singer/songwriter/musician, published photographer, dancer, art instructor, and entrepreneur.  Ward has had numerous solo exhibits, and his work has been featured in national and international publications. He has also produced the instructional DVD series “Brusho and Beyond” and has a popular and highly viewed YouTube channel www.YouTube/wardstroud.

Visit Ward’s website to see more of his work here.

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Workshop Registration



September 18 End:
September 20
Cost: $250
Event Category:
Cheap Joes 2020!!!

Cheap Joes July 13th - July 18 2020. Boone, NC


When you take a workshop at Cheap Joe’s in Boone, you're not just taking a painting class, you're participating in a life enhancing experience!

Besides coming to a beautiful and popular vacation destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll have access to the best workshop instructors in the business, individual workstations, free gifts each day, a discount on supplies, delicious lunches provided, HD camera/large screen TV monitor for demonstrations, discounts on lodging, the friendliest customer service in the world, and much, much more!


Interview with Terry Henry. Editor of the New "Palette" Magazine.

 Comments from Students!

"This has been the best class I have ever taken at Cheap Joes. Teacher was wonderful down to earth. Took time with all of us. Was careing and sharing, did not make you feel he was above all. Did not look down his nose like most do."

"Excellent! We had a wonderful time. He was professional, polite and knew his stuff. Besides all that he was fun! Cant wait for his next class".

"Energy and warmth."

"Fantastic, dynamic, talented and a great teacher."

"Wow - Bam! (word of the day!) Say no more... Wonderful week and Ward was down to Earth and made everyone feel welcome."

"Wonderful spirit, passion, heart - excellent methods."

"I know what I need to paint now. Ward is a special person. I am requesting him to return."

"Excellent! tremendous instructor. learned more than expected - Great, Great, Great!"

"So personable, enjoyed the Brusho so much. Ward is a breath of frest air and we laughed more in this class than any I've taken. A wonderful week!"

"Fantastic presenter and willing to share his total knowledge of technique and materials."

"He was the absolute best! Not only did he teach me about art, he gave wonderful bits about life, I am inspired. This is the best vacation I have ever had."

"I've been watching Ward's Youtube videos and I was so excited when I saw that he was coming to Cheap Joes He is an absolutely amazing teacher and person. I came from California to share this experience with him and he far exceeded my expectations. This was SO much fun!!!"

Supply List


 I like 140lb Arches Cold Press but I highly encourage experimentation with all papers including super texture 300 lb rough or even crazy fun Yupo. It's really fun to try different surfaces to see what kind of results you can achive. For more consistent results stick with and learn all the characteristics of one particular kind of paper.
Iridescent Paint.
Iridescent Paints are amazing. There are several on the market and you can buy the "sparkle" and add to your existing paints.
Brusho or Crystal Paint
An assortment of set is usually a great bargain and most companies offer them. Be sure to get black and grey as they will serve you well. I like Brusho and have several Youtubes on what to buy and how to use it.
Tube paint - I love American Journey Paints available from Cheap Joe's but I do tend to mix and match and encourage you to do the same. This is the palette that I use I highly recommend that you use whatever your most comfortable with and have an established relationship. Having said that I hope that you experiment with new colors and exchange likes and dislikes with other artists and friends from time to time to keep your work fresh and exciting.
Yellow ochre
Quin. Gold
Burnt Sienna
Ultra Marine Blue
Burnt umber
Naples yellow
Cerulean blue
Andrew's Turquoise 
Cobalt Blue
Phthalo Blue
Janet's Violet Rose
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Rose Madder Genuine
Cadmium Red
Aureolin Yellow

These are the brushes I use.
I love a  small, medium and a large mop or round brush or Chinese lettering brushes for the bulk of my painting. It's a good idea to have and a small fine detail brush (for detail) and a 1/16 flat brush (for cleaning up lines) because they are treasures. I also highly recommend a "lizard lick" brush from Cheap Joe's (medium size) for calligraphic work add a couple of "scrubbers" (stiff bristle brushes that can lift even the toughest staining colors *use with care:) small and medium sizes and your good to go!
Other Supplies
Masking Fluid
Can be very useful for special effects (youtube it) but can also add an unrealistic and clumsy lines. I do use it from time to time. There are many ways to apply masking fluid or liquid frisket, and more still being developed every day. I love the "Fine-line" applicator bottle because it has a resealable "non clogging" tip and you can get spiderweb fine lines and cover large areas with no fuss.
Softer lead (HB 4-7) lifts and disappears more easily, I recommend experimenting with different "grades" of lead to learn the pro's and con's of each.
I love the kneaded erasers but keep several kinds for different effects. Small round and cube erasers with sharp corners can do amazing things. Erasers are pretty inexpensive and I encourage you to have a collection at your ready. Always take care not to bruise or smudge your paper.
Sturdy Board or Painting Surface.
I use Gator board ( a stiff and treated non porous light foam board) to tape my paper onto. Any non flexible board that is easy to clean and move around should do the trick. Most paper sizes range from small to '30x22"  so size your surface to fit the paintings. You can of course paint right on a table, just be careful of staining! I like to put something under my board it to tilt it up -like a rolled up towel or equivalent. A table to easel or similar is great also!
Tape. If you use tape to secure your paper masking or DIY tape works great. Some artists "pre soak" and stretch their paper and secure with staples. Find what works best for you.
Drinking straw.
Small and large kitchen sponges.
Spray bottles. I have a small and a large.
Plastic tubs or whatever you use for water, and paper towels (viva has no pattern to transfer to you paper).
Cloth kitchen towels or rags for cleaning and for soaking up excess moisture from your brushes. Don't use your good towels, they will get funky!
That's pretty much all you need! Enjoy!!
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