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.
During this three-day Alla Prima workshop, students will paint a figure from life, and on the third day do a floral painting. Through demos and individual instruction, the class is organized to enhance each student’s strengths and to help identify and overcome individual weaknesses. The first day will be a demo and a concentration on composition and drawing, the second day will focus on demo, value, and painting the pose. The third day will start with demo and students will finish the pose with a focus on color and edges.
Model Fee included.
Watercolor batik is a resist method that creates a loose look that can not be achieved with traditional watercolor methods. You will get great results with this fun and exciting technique. We will begin with a preplanned design to learn the process and progress to a larger more detailed design from your sketches and drawings. We will start with a value sketch, draw the outline on rice paper with a micron pen and begin with waxing all the whites. The process starts with painting light to dark with waxing one value at a time. The final step is the crackle effect which creates a beautiful batik. We will learn how to mount our paintings on watercolor paper for framing with a mat and creating a deckle edge. We will also learn how to mount our paintings onto a gallery wrapped canvas for an amazing look!
In this three day workshop, we will investigate the process of painting the landscape en plein air.
Painting directly from observation is a difficult task under the best of circumstances. When we are outdoors, the problems are amplified due to uncontrollable factors such as the weather and the moving light. The overwhelming amount of information that needs to be analyzed and translated into a visual language is enough to drive any student to want to throw in the towel. Sound familiar? I believe that there are logical ways to solve most problems in painting, but first, you have to recognize what the problems are. By breaking down the process into smaller, manageable problems, solutions present themselves. We will work on finding logical ways to solve problems of design, value structure, color, and edges, through demos and field studies.
If you find that you get overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated when painting the landscape, or if you simply want to get better at solving visual problems in a logical way, this workshop will help you get to the next level!
October 19-21, Douglas Fryer-Suggesting Reality
Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values; in observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experience. Through art, subjects become significant to us in a unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. The artist must be aware of the spatial and formal reality of the subject but also of subtle personal impressions, memories and symbols that may be inspired by the process, and which comprise the content of the work.
Through lecture and demonstration this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and perhaps surprising ways.
What can you expect? In this workshop I will demonstrate one painting each morning and afternoon, completing a painting in one hour. Following my demonstration the students then have two hours to try the same painting. This will be entirely a studio workshop working from photo references that I will provide. I will be demonstrating landscapes, florals and seascapes. I work in a fast and loose style full of passion and energy with a strong emphasis on composition, light and lost and found edges. I talk during my painting process and can easily field questions while I am working. It is my goal to help each participant find themselves working with more satisfaction and to a higher level with individual coaching. This workshop is geared towards intermediate to advanced skill levels however beginners are not discouraged. I will offer suggestions for beginners ahead of time to help prepare them for the workshop in advance.