Jodi Ohl
Contemporary Abstracts in Acrylic

Sep 8 - Sep 13

4 Teaching Days


Contemporary Abstract Painting Using Acrylics 

If you are an artist who wants to dig deeper into abstract painting or one that wants to explore something new and exciting, “Contemporary Abstract Painting using Acrylics “will guide you along in that journey of discovery.   Over the course of this 4-day workshop, students will learn to practice their craft through exercises designed to stretch their wings.  We will be working on both paper and canvas, but students can bring wood surfaces as well if they prefer a sturdier substrate.  While we will primarily use acrylic paint, students will also explore working with charcoal, a variety of drawing instruments, assorted mark making tools, and mediums to expand our paint texture and viscosity. 

If you have trouble moving passed the background stage of an abstract painting or would like to enhance your overall strength in the area of composition, this workshop will gently guide you towards these goals under the guidance of artist, Jodi Ohl, who is also the author of “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink”. 

Students will have plenty of time for painting and exploration as the studio will be open 24/7 for their use.   During the day, we will incorporate demonstrations, discussions, feedback and critiques as well guided projects and exercises daily.

Topics that will be covered in “Contemporary Abstract Painting” will include but not limited to:

  • Sketching with Paint 
  • Letting go of Expectations and Not Taking Yourself So Seriously
  • Creating Drama in Your Painting
  • Expanding a Limited Palette
  • Transforming Your Paint Using Mediums
  • Working in a Series

Students can expect to work on several warm up paintings/painted sketches that may or may not reflect a finished piece but will serve as inspiration for our main project which is to plan and begin the creation of a new series of Contemporary Abstract Paintings. 

Who is this class for? All levels of painters are welcome, but students should have a working knowledge of acrylic paint and a desire to let go and explore abstract painting.  This course will be flexible enough for beginners to dive in and start developing their skills and challenging enough for the more experienced painter to deepen and enhance their practice of abstract painting.   

We hope to see you in this fun-filled and adventurous Contemporary Abstract Workshop!


Jodi Ohl is a best-selling author, visionary artist, and creative instructor known for her captivating abstract and whimsical compositions created through the enchanting interplay of acrylic and mixed media art supplies. After leaving her day job in 2011 as a bank manager to pursue her art, she has reinvented herself as an artist known for pushing creative boundaries and embracing experimentation. Jodi’s vibrant artworks reflect her unique creative voice and intuitive approach to artmaking. Originally from Dunkirk, NY, she now resides in Aberdeen, NC, and works in her home studio, traveling around the US and abroad several times a year to conduct art workshops and retreats.

Drawing inspiration from the world around her, Jodi translates emotions, experiences, and the beauty of nature into captivating visual narratives. Her art explores the interplay between chaos and harmony, pathways and connections, humor, and contemplation, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in a realm where imagination knows no bounds.

Jodi’s artistic journey has been marked by a deep commitment to continuous growth and learning. She has written numerous published articles and contributed to several art books, including her acclaimed solo work “Abstracts and Acrylic and Ink,” sharing her expertise, techniques, and insights with aspiring artists and students.  Through these publications, she empowers artists to find their own creative voices and explore the vast possibilities of abstract art.

As an instructor, Jodi is known for her engaging teaching style, fostering a nurturing and inspiring environment for her students. Her workshops, both in-person and online, are highly sought-after by art enthusiasts worldwide, providing them with opportunities to immerse themselves in her innovative techniques, embrace the joy of experimentation, and unlock their artistic potential.

Jodi’s art has garnered recognition and accolades, captivating collectors and enthusiasts alike. Her works have been featured in various galleries, exhibitions, and publications, making a lasting impact on the contemporary abstract art scene. Currently, Jodi is working on a variety of new writing and video projects, building upon the success of her best-selling book, “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink,” released by North Light Books in late 2016.

Published in over 36 international mixed media magazines such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studios, Artful Blogging, Artful Journaling, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and Acrylic Artist, as well as a contributor to 7 mixed media books. For three years in a row, Jodi’s paintings have been featured in the curated books featuring the best of mixed media, Incite 2, 3 and 4. Recently, Jodi had the distinct honor of being the featured artist in Somerset Studio magazine’s Nov/Dec 2016 issue has been a regular guest columnist for Cloth Paper Scissors. Jodi enjoys writing about her art and sharing the love of healing and motivation through creativity. She is represented by regional galleries in North Carolina and several others along the East Coast. In addition, Jodi is a popular mixed media art teacher online and in person, teaching at both large and small local and national workshops around the US.


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $590
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $600
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $650
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $700

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $480
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Sunday, Sept 8
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman’s (included in Room and Meal Package. $28 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday – Sept 9 – 12
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, Sept 12
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

4:00 Class ends

Friday, Sept 13Depart – check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events – Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Monday 7:00 p.m. S’more Roast (no charge)

Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.