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.