This workshop is designed to encompass both the novice and the experienced Painter that would like to better understand how to work with all the elements involved in creating a successful still life painting in oils. If you have taken a workshop from me in the past I will be introducing more information as well as reinforcing what was covered in the “Sculpting a Still Life in Oils” workshop.
As an instructor it is my goal to help each painter move forward from the level they personally are at. At the beginning of the workshop I will be asking you to tell me what you are wanting to learn! Bring your questions!!
Some things I will be covering include:
- Creating a successful composition
- Understanding and working with transparent and opaque, thick and thin paint
- Improving your drawing skills
- Better understanding the importance of value
- Using lost and sharp edges to create the illusion of depth and dimension
The workshop will include demos and hand outs based on what the class needs and wishes are.
My workshops are about building skill sets. Whether you’re a figurative, plein air, still life, or landscape painter, you have to have a visual vocabulary, a foundation if you much on how to take a painting from concept to completion. I start with a lecture and demonstration on the first day where I take the class thru concepts of color, shape and value to point-to-point relationship drawing. This lecture provides a vocabulary for which the class is on the same playing field for the remainder of the workshop.
We begin with these principles and apply them a class participation painting. This piece usually is a still life (could be plein air) but most important is to direct the class thru the piece with a hands-on approach. Classes (paintings) are followed up with self and instructor critiques. Students are encouraged to critique one another’s pieces during this time.
Each day we expand deeper into the principles, take on bigger visual problems. So each day we have two paintings or problems to solve. Lunch is about one hour.
Each day concludes with a wrap-up, critique and review.
There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important, it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s compositional and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing, value and color. As Jeff demonstrates daily he will show his techniques and discuss key principles associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait painter. For students who have already studied with Jeff he will bring you to your next level of painting.
See the Energy of Abstraction transform an inspiration image in 3 variations – lightly abstracted, symbolic essence, and non-representational. Mooney will share valuable insights as she makes her way through 3 real-time demos using water media and her multi-layered approach to award winning art creation.
This workshop is three fun filled days of taking your existing paintings through the Continuum of Abstraction. Along the way you will gain powerful engagement for you – the artist and your audience.
Learn how to grab and hold the eye of the viewer or juror. Explore the enchantment of imperfection and the lure of the unexpected.
Your paintings will gain energy and excitement as you learn how to add the power of abstraction — to even the most the most realistic rendering! There will be a $15 fee for supplies.
This workshop, focusing on the draped figure, will explore the fundamentals of working from life. Students will learn how to confidently and systematically approach the complexities of the most difficult yet most rewarding of all subjects….the human form. Students will work directly with the live model, first in a series of short alla prima poses focusing on the essential building blocks of art (shape, value, color, edge, and drawing).
The workshop will then move into longer poses focusing on composition/design, concept and color harmony. The knowledge of color harmony is an important step in understanding the relationship between the subject and the surrounding environment. We will also discuss how to successfully use photos to help complete a gallery painting. The course will include demonstrations, group critiques and discussions with as much individual instruction as possible.
Student Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Medium: Oil, Charcoal
During this Three Day Plein Air Workshop, students will inevitably be chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more. No matter what we are faced with, it all comes down to design. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. It is all about the design and interpretation as well as simplification, shapes, and Light and Shadow patterns. Individualized critique, at the student’s easel, will form the basis for instruction. Demonstrations, as a means toward clarification of a concept, will be performed as well. Students will work from the landscape en plein air. Students may work in the painting medium of their preference, be it oil, watercolor, pastel, or acrylic. A very modest, suggested supply list, will be presented upon registration.
“My personal objective during this workshop is to make sure that each and every student experiences advancement.” – Ken DeWaard, Instructor
The focus of the workshop will be on practice with live settings, composing dramatic setups by observing light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Students will be given personal attention based on current skill level and goals. The process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges and brushwork will be explained by demonstrations, presentations and individual assistance. Marketing art using Internet tools and advertising blogs, websites, email newsletters and on line galleries will be introduced, as well as using eBay to conduct on-line sales, including image capturing, posting, selling transactions and shipping.
This workshop is five days of painting outside in the landscape, for painters of all levels, working in oils, pastels or acrylics. I work in all three of those mediums on location and in the studio, and am happy to see artists in my workshops with either of the three.
Since we all come to painting with a lot of information and history of our own, it’s not possible for me to know each individual student’s experience and abilities. I’ve designed my workshops so that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been painting for half of your life, or for half of the last month, each student will benefit from the exercises I’ve designed. They will help to strengthen your current abilities, and expose those skills that need strengthening. I work with each individual student at their own level, spend a lot of time with each student at their easel giving individual instruction. I demo everything that I ask you to do.
You’ll leave the workshop having spent five days studying the basic elements of painting… Drawing, Value, Color, Edges and Design… with one other element, possibly the most important one of all… Concept… being explored and discussed at length.
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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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.