When we think of Sargent, what might come to mind are realistic portraits done with the fewest brushstrokes. His beautiful paintings done with flowing brushstrokes and accents drop so carefully in the right place they made his paintings sing. He showed the birth marks of his later style in his earliest portraits. Often painting a passage here and there with the fewest strokes. “Too clever,” said some critics. It was only after the age of 30, did he accept his natural talent, as his signature. He no longer forced himself to paint in the traditional methods of the time. When one of his paintings seemed too laborious he never hesitated to scrape it off and start a fresh. He maintained that if one studied his approach, one could learn to go after the subtlest qualities of the model.
In this workshop you will learn about his method and ideas that he adopted in his later years. You will learn the difference between his early work versus his later paintings. We will go over his color choices and how to mix flesh tones. An emphasis will be placed on getting the right values from the start.
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Enjoy a full day to explore some of the unique properties of working with acrylic paints with an emphasis on COLOR. There are techniques that acrylics are perfectly suited for that will take your colors to a new level. Combine acrylics with watercolors, graphite pencil, conte crayon, and special techniques for a rich surface with Absolutely Luscious Colors!
Plan on bringing a $15 fee for materials made out to Kathleen Mooney.
This workshop is specially designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work, while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques.
A series of progressive exercises will guide the student through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression.
Students should bring their own reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class. Prints may be used and/or laptop/iPad (especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set-up.
Bryan Mark Taylor’s Plein Air Painting Workshops are for professional and aspiring artists who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of outdoor painting through demonstrations (in oil), lectures, practices, and critiques. The workshop will focus the artist on effectively capturing light, atmosphere, and mood in paint while using strong composition and color harmony.
Tristan Fuller-Introduction To Sequential Art (Introduction To Comic Creation)
July 20, 21 and 22, 9 AM – 3 PM
Comics are an exciting medium, and are constantly being reimagined. Now, it is very easy to break out into the comic world and make a career out of writing and illustrating graphic novels, comics, and strips.
In this workshop, attendees will be walked through the foundations of comic creation, from thumbnails to final artwork. Instruction will focus on the storytelling aspects of the medium, and how to link together static images to create a dynamic visual story. After lessons heavily influence by the work of Scott McCloud in Making Comics, students should walk away from the course with a one-page comic they created during the workshop. All materials for the course can be easily found at any local art supply store.
Learn the fundamentals of painting with encaustic paints and medium. This three day workshop will cover color mixing, making glazes and safe studio practices for working in this versatile medium. We will also work with the various characteristics that make this medium unique – from optical depth, to texture and mark making – as well as working with image transfers and mixed media and collage applications. Part of day one will be spent using wax and other materials to create our own collage papers. You will come away with a basic understanding of the media and fusing techniques, as well as how to incorporate encaustic painting into your current studio practice. You do not need prior experience working with encaustic paint, but general art making experience will be helpful. Instructor will supply paint and medium plus all equipment and brushes needed for use during the workshop.
Cost is $400 this includes $65 for the supplies that Sarah is providing.
Day 1 will be basics: equipment, colour theory and colour mixing, composition, values in black and white, values in colour, the light planes. These last 3 would be taught through a demo and student one on ones after lunch. The first topics would be covered inside. A group critique with coffee follows after dinner!
Day 2 will be a demo in the morning by me demonstrating the previous days lessons but we now would add in ‘How to see simply’ (break down and design a complex scene). Afternoon would be student painting while I do one on one instruction. Group critique again in the evening.
Day 3 Would be a demo by me again in the AM going over all the points one more time and one on ones in the afternoon.
This workshop can be taken as a whole or you could take either the charcoal drawing or the painting part.
First Two days-Figure drawing. In class practices and demos will be focused on how to draw both short and long pose with charcoals from life models. Different techniques mentioned in Henry’s book (Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing-Techniques and Tips) will also be introduced and practiced. Other than techniques, students will also learn the methods in handling proportions, anatomy, rendering etc.
Second Two days: Figure painting-In class practices and demos will be focused on traditional, as well as contemporary ways of painting human figures and portraiture.
Class will begin from a relatively simple, limited color palette for quick paintings, to full color palette long time paintings. Different techniques will be introduced and practiced.
Demos and individual help will show how to mix right skin colors based on lighting and environment conditions, and painting in a realistic way to more expressive contemporary approach.
Skills like how to mute colors in order to match the right values; how to handle color temperatures; method of premixing colors; the application of various thin and thick brushworks, edge control, lost and found, composition and design, etc, will be explained. This class is for all levels students.
Helga always has new innovative and creative ideas. Her curiosity, daring, and search for new ways of solving painting problems keeps her love of painting and teaching fresh, exciting, and most of all inspirational. Everyday we tackle a new subject with more problem-solving ideas, discussions, and different approaches.
Everyone in the class will benefit from Helga’s 40 years of professional painting and teaching experience. Her helpful, kind, and encouraging manner will challenge the beginner, advanced, and professional artist to a new journey in Helga’s Art World.
Daily plans include demonstrations, critiques, lectures, discussions, and of course lots of FUN!
This class will cover the process of how to create a successful plein air painting. Roger will instruct you on how to compose a painting out of the vastness of the landscape, how to see as an artist, how to handle the light changing, and much more. He will also give you the thought process that he uses to create a successful painting from the foundation to a completed painting and help you with paint application. Roger will begin the class with a slide show and a lecture that will demonstrate many of the elements that he will be teaching. He will paint demonstrations and will give you a lot of paint time and personal critiques.