Sudden, newfound downtime since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has afforded folks the world over to explore their creative sides, and beloved downtown Truckee merchant Atelier is happy to help you discover yours. Atelier regularly offers a series of artistic workshops, both virtually and in-person, at its Reno location, designed to help you become better acquainted with your inner artist.

COVID CREATIVITY: Atelier offers regular opportunities to explore your creative side with workshops at its Reno location, featuring anything from making succulent planters and wreaths to knitting and watercolor painting. Courtesy photos

While pandemic protocol requires a reduced number of participants for in-person classes, you can still get out of the house and into the studio to try out something fun and new. As of press time, there was still availability in the Feb. 14 heart-shaped succulent planter workshop, during which participants will make their own succulent arrangement in locally handmade reclaimed wooded boxes. Come March, in-person offerings will include miniature botanical watercolor painting, teaching the techniques of using pen and watercolor paint to create “quick, loose, and lively” representations of botanicals. Celebrate the change of seasons March 20, crafting spring equinox seasonal foraged moon wreaths. On March 21, try your hand at greenwood spoon carving — no experience is necessary.  Other workshops include building a largescale abstract painting and intuitive animal portraits.

In the virtual world of artistic instruction, budding creatives can work with needles of all sizes through Atelier’s intro to knitting on Feb. 13; a three-week short row knitting class Feb. 14, 21, and 28; and an introduction to embroidery on Feb. 20. Those who prefer to work with a brush can tune in to roses in watercolor on Feb. 19 and mountains in watercolor on Feb. 26 or March 12. On March 26, artist Kristine Palmer will lead a workshop on painting crystals in watercolor. Participants will learn how to paint the “intricate geometric corners and planes of crystals.”


In-person classes are held at Atelier, Reno, located inside Sierra Water at 2135 Dickerson Rd. Private workshops are also an option. Virtual classes are held via Zoom. Sign up online. Any required supplies are noted under each listing.




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