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Welcome to Art Expressions: a division of Taag Studios

Class & Workshop Information

Introduction to Drawing w/ Austin Caskie

In this survey course students will tackle a variety of topics. Subject matter will include observational drawing, composition, portraiture and perspective drawing. This course is meant to introduce students of all skill levels to just some of the huge variety of topics in the rich field of drawing. While projects may change class to class, students will consistently discuss drawing strategies, mark making,

composition, and the illusory aspect of their drawing.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting w/ Austin Caskie

Students will engage in a range of topics from material properties and drawing strategies to color theory. Students will primarily work from still life while slowly introducing new palettes, all while studying specific aspects of color interaction. This class is designed as an introductory course and welcomes all skill levels; all you need is a willingness to learn to paint from observation.


Paint Pouring Workshops for Adults & Kids w/ Eve Minkler

Learn the latest painting style that is sweeping the country—it’s fun, easy, and anyone can do it. Once you know how to mix the paint and the options for special effects, you can create stunning artwork for your home, or even to sell.  You will watch the instructor make samples and see how the results change in front of your eyes. Come join us and learn what all the fuss is about. Pour painting might just become your new passion! 

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Thank you for your interest in the classes and workshops offered at Art Expressions / Taag Studios!  We are currently scheduling more for your enjoyment and learning. The next round of classes and workshops will be in the fall, which is fast approaching, so check back soon to register. If you want to have the upcoming schedule sent to you, join our mailing list to be the first to know about them.

About the Instructors

Austin Caskie

Austin Caskie is a working artist who recently relocated to Iowa City from Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a B.F.A from the North Carolina State University College of Design, and has been teaching painting and drawing with the college’s craft center. Austin’s work is primarily focused on exploring the interaction between computer imaging and traditional modes of art making.

Eve Minkler

 Eve Minkler is a local ghostwriter, novelist, poet, jazz singer, and self-taught painter working mostly in fluid acrylics and alcohol inks in an abstract style. She believes art can be like jazz improvisation or steam-of-consciousness poetry, tapping directly into the river of creative energy from which all artists draw and flowing through the subconscious mind, through the medium, and onto the canvas or paper. Each painting represents a three-pointed effort: the artist, the paint, and fate contribute equally. Eve’s paintings tend to manifest themes of nature, music, and metaphysics.