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New Hope, PA


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

"Circles & Lines" - Sunday, August 12, 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 like a "choose the #17 choice with the pine tree and the owl" and that’s what we are doing kind of class. I encourage my students to NOT copy my example—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. My students and I are always pleasantly 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.  

We work together on pieces you will enjoy making and taking home with you to display in your home! Bring your curiosity -- and maybe a friend -- to my home studio in New Hope, PA for one of my adult art workshops.


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

"Circles & Lines" - Sunday, August 12, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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"Circles & Lines" - Sunday, August 12, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


JUST CHANGED, Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Circles and Lines. A crowd favorite... this fun and meditative doodle-based painting class is dedicated to my favorite shape... THE CIRCLE. We will create a colorful, painted doodle full of circles and lines, in your favorite color palette, on a gorgeous 6x6" piece of smooth, cradled birch. Details will be added with High Flow paints and acrylic inks and then we'll finish by "writing" our very own inspiring piece of "found poetry" that will be collaged on top of our painting. A final coat of gloss finishes off this lovely and personal piece of art. You are a poet and you don't even know it... your poem will amaze you. $60 includes instruction, all materials and an afternoon full of relaxing creativity. 

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.