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New Hope, PA


The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

"Dandelion Wishes" - Sunday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


This is where you will find my workshop schedule for New Hope. Can't make one of the dates? If you are a group of 8 or more, either bring them here or I'll come to you! Details in ART PARTIES.

My workshops are ABSOLUTELY NOT copy the teacher classes—quite the opposite. We will all begin with a clean board or canvas so that we are exploring together. I teach technique much like a recipe, telling you step by step what we are doing, answering questions and making recommendations along the way, if desired. Color and design choices are always up to the individuals. You will be surprised and amazed at how we all set out with the same tools and instructions and then end up with so many varied, unique, beautiful pieces.

 My ONLINE CLASSES with Carla Sonheim Productions can be found HERE.

“You are really an amazing artist and a wonderful teacher.  You have a very kind and generous spirit and that totally comes out in your art and your teaching.” ~Sally March

“Wanted to let you know  how much I enjoyed your class yesterday and for your warm hospitality. Thanks for opening your heart ❤️ and home. You are a great teacher!” ~Janet Colainni

"Dandelion Wishes" - Sunday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


"Dandelion Wishes" - Sunday, December 9, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The beloved wildflower of wishes... the humble Dandelion. From the French word, "lion's tooth," as children we dashed into a field of these yellow lovelies gone-to-seed to set our wishes to the wind. The art we create together in this workshop will hold the wishes and intentions we have for today.

Your 6x6" painting will be created on a gorgeous, smooth cradled birch board. This workshop will feature a basic resist technique, a primer on the difference between the different viscosities of acrylics and an introduction to collage with DuraLar and Soft Gel Gloss.

$60.00 includes instruction, all materials and a day full of creative, soul food. 

My workshops are designed for all skill levels! No art experience necessary, just curiosity!

Classes are held at my home in New Hope, PA. I am about 2 miles from town. If you have not been to New Hope it is a lovely town and it would be great to take a workshop with a friend and then catch a dinner here—or the other side of the river, Lambertville— afterwards.

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~ Minimum of 4 registrants, maximum of 8, for all sessions. Your payment in full is your guaranteed registration.

~Classes that do not have 4 registrants at one week before their scheduled date will be canceled and your tuition will be refunded.

~Should you need to cancel for any reason, your refund will be given as credit for future workshops or my art merchandise.

~All participants receive a 10% discount on my art, prints, books, tiles and attire on the day of attended session.