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.
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.