Students are introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of icon writing. Interpretations of iconographic symbolism and the theological and anthropological basis of each step of the process are presented in parallel to the technical instruction. By the end of an intensive workshop, the beginner completes writing of an icon. No artistic experience is required of the beginning student. The Prosopon School does not hold the preparation of professional icon writers as its foremost purpose, although such a possibility is not excluded. The main goal of study is rather to cultivate a clearer consciousness of the Image of God according to which man was created. The student is (re)introduced to the teaching of the Church through the language of line, light, and color. Notions are drawn from Scripture, Tradition, and Patristic thought. Through the visual language of the icon, the student may move toward a better vision of the self, the world, and the Divine. By writing an icon, the student works toward the reestablishment of the original untarnished condition of man’s image in a disciplined way.”
The cost for returning students is $100 less than for the beginning students since the returning students will be bringing their own boards with the gilding completed before the class.
There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor. I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important. Painting loosely doesn’t just happen, it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. In my workshop, we’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly. Value studies are emphasized from the outset. I will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.
Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control.
With demonstration and (gentle – use this word if you think the word “critique” alone will be off putting) critique Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.
“Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked – start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish – make a lot of starts. It is so hard and so long before a student comes to a realization that these few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate.”
—Charles W. Hawthorne , “Hawthorne on Painting”-
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.