Please join national, award-winning landscape artist Greg LaRock as we explore the landscape through the studio process! Selecting proper images to paint from is critical to the start of a successful painting. Understanding what makes for a good reference photo and how to edit is the key. In this workshop we will discuss:
• The process of painting the landscape using photo references
• What to look for and what to avoid in your image selection
• Understanding where the camera images fail and how to compensate
• Adjusting you images for better color and cropping
• Building a painting (16×20) in two sessions
My workshops are designed to take you to the next level in painting. They will cover:
• How to organize elements for successful composition
• The importance of shape division, shape balance and focal interests
• The construction of a painting: How to build it from the ground up.
• Achieving depth and atmosphere: What works and what doesn’t.
• Understanding the power of large masses.
• Colors and temperatures and how they relate to your values.
And much more! We will cover the entire painting process from concept to completion. Don’t miss out!
WORKSHOPS WITH GREG LAROCK
Student Level: Advanced Beginner and up. Students should have a basic understanding of how to set up their easel and work with their materials, plus some paint mixing experience. You should also have a knowledge of perspective and a capable drawing ability.
Objective: To improve your painting approach and provide information to help you understand how to create a more successful painting. If you feel you’ve reached a “plateau” in your work or are having problems with composition, values and simplification, then this workshop can help.
What To Expect: I try to give students a solid foundation to build upon and the tools to improve. This is based in the structure of a painting and understanding how to make things read correctly. I’ll show each student what’s working in their own paintings and where the problem spots are. I’ll point out the fundamentals of good design and proper organization of elements. Although, due to the limited amount of instructional time in a workshop, no one will become a master overnight, nor are there magical shortcuts or equipment. Only with hard work and perseverance, will one be able to meet the individual goals as a painter.
• On location demos: My demos cover the entire painting process from concept to completion. I’ll talk through every step of the process so you will see and understand exactly how I work and think.
• Individual instruction at each student’s easel.
• Group critique at the end plus personal critiques of student’s work brought from home.
• Free goodies for all students.
This class will explore both the organized and elegant manner of classical drawing, and the dynamic, fresh approach of contemporary alla prima painting. Though each style has a distinctive character, together they provide the artist with a more complete understanding of artistic technique. The first part of the class will focus on drawing methods with an emphasis on form and light. The final days will concentrate on the spirited technique of alla prima, (“wet into wet” application of paint) which will center on color and paint dynamics. Demonstrations will be given each day which will illustrate each approach.
Learn how you can design your paintings to be more appealing and compelling, using tried and true secrets of the Masters.
This 4 day studio class will teach you the methods and use of materials to create more Dynamic Paintings.
He will cover:
- Design and Notan
- Muted to Chromatic Color
- Color Harmony
- Use of Transparent and Opaque Pigments
- Brush and Palette knife techniques to emulate various textures
- Strengthening your Focal Point with Detail
- And other creative problem solving techniques
Howard is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America.
Any questions please call Kathy at (616) 897-7842, ext. 352.
Humans move and our lives tell stories. This workshop will help you capture not only the figure, but how best to “Tell the Story” in your paintings. It will cover photographing your subject, arranging the composition, and how to direct the eye for the greatest message. We will discuss motion and creating a sense of movement and emotion through the control and choosing color, edges and values.
Susan Blackwood has a passion for teaching artists. Her combination of enthusiasm, encouragement and knowledge is the hallmark of her teaching. She has been a professional artist and instructor since the early ‘70s. For 32 years, she was a professional watercolorist. In 2003 she ventured forth into the thick and gooey medium of oils and loves it, too. Her watercolors and oils have been in many national shows and museums, winning top awards. In 2010 she won Best of Show at the American Women Artists National Exhibition. To see more of her paintings and for a more complete biography, go to