Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

Mississippi River Arts Workshops

Welcome to Mississippi River Arts Workshops. Our initiative was organized in late 2014 by Dubuque area artists and arts supporters who recognize the unique beauty of the community and surroundings. Our goal is to create events for artists which explore and capitalize on this natural and man-created beauty. We will focus initially on painting, but will broaden our focus as we move forward.

Why Paint in Dubuque

Dubuque, IA, is settled on the bluffs and flats of the Mississippi at the juncture of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Geographically, this is part of the Driftless Area, a small area of the US that escaped glaciation. The area was left with a hilly topography and is replete with meadows, forests, creek valleys, and of course Mississippi River vistas and close-up riverfront views. First settled by the French fur trader Julien Dubuque in 1785, and chartered in 1838, Dubuque also has a historic architecture of homes, neighborhoods, storefronts, churches, industrial buildings, and bridges. It's park system includes several parks with spectacular Mississippi overlooks and a large mature arboretum with a Japanese garden. All of this provides a rich and varied pallet of painting opportunities.

2017 Workshop

Workshop full - Taking Waiting List

Registration Materials: HERE


October 2016 Workshop


Join us for a unique workshop October 7-8 in Dubuque, IA.  This workshop will be led by Kathleen Newman of Chicago and will explore the landscapes of Alfred Caldwell in Dubuque's Eagle Point Park.  It will be conducted simultaneously with a symposium on Caldwell for architects, landscape architects, and restoration professionals, to be held by Heritage Works Dubuque.  A briefing on Caldwell's design ideas will be provided, and participants of both the workshop and the symposium will be invited to a Friday evening reception at the Dubuque Museum of Art.  This workshop is being partially subsidized by Heritage Works Dubuque, enabling us to provide it a reduced price.

For participants staying on for Bluff Strokes, our October 9-15 plein air paint out, a limited number of dorm rooms are still available at Clarke University for $20 per night.  These can be reserved with your Bluff Strokes Registration.  Kathleen Newman will also be juror for Bluff Strokes, which will offer $10,000 total prize money, a $2,000 purchase award, and 80% return to artists on paintings sold.


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