In this three day workshop I plan to start by talking about my process and my thoughts on landscape painting.I will paint a small demo the first morning to show my process for starting a landscape, how I work over the entire canvas in order to develop the painting as a unified whole, working on the land, trees, water, and sky so the painting develops with a cohesive feeling and not as separate parts.
I will describe how I see, and how I simplify what I see, how to focus on the design and values which will give your work a sense of completeness, throughout the process. I will also talk about my process of taking landscape paintings back into the field for several sittings to complete larger paintings. The cost of this workshop is $425.
Drawing the figure is complex enough in and of itself. Add to it the changing light and the constant movement found in nature and the challenge becomes even more exciting! I will discuss concepts (as taught to me and also proven over the years in my own work) for working with speed and confidence and about the effects of color unique to outdoor settings. I will begin with Frank Reilly’s (Art Student’s League) 6-line system of connectivity in drawing the figure . . . an abbreviated system that helps to deal with changing light and movement and results in an organic feel to drawing/painting the figure.
I teach a manner of thinking and all medias are welcome. I often have oil painters and watercolorists in my classes. My demos are in pastel. The cost of this workshop is $450.
This will be a watercolor workshop for all skill levels. There will be a wide variety of watercolor techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated including positive and negative painting, composition, using creative colors, glazing, charging color, and many more. We will begin each day with a demonstration painting that will be finished before lunch. The daily demonstration will be different each day so that you will see a wide variety of subject matter and styles including landscapes, floral, stylized, and abstract. My preferred method of painting is to use large brushes for most of the painting and complete the painting will a small amount of detail towards the end using smaller brushes. The end result is a watercolor painting that is loose and fresh with expressive brushwork. Following lunch each student will have the afternoon to work on their own painting with assistance when needed. There are no requirements as to what subject the student paints or what size they prefer to paint. The cost of this workshop is $670.
A three-day gathering tailored for artists who are advanced beginners and beyond with experience working out-of-doors either in oils, acrylic, or pastels.
Pleinair painting has been on the rise for many years now. Gifted painters regularly conduct workshops throughout the country teaching well-established open-air painting fundamentals. I will be advancing the understanding of these fundamentals where they are needed, but my ideas and methods are not entirely orthodox.
For example, few would recommend that a painter choose colors arbitrarily. However, experience has shown me that if the value (lightness or darkness) of a hue is depicted accurately, this can free the artist to select unexpected colors that avoid cliché and result in a much more personally expressive painting. The cost of this workshop is $400.
This is a great workshop for the beginner or the seasoned painter who wants to advance and refine their knowledge of color. The workshop will focus on the portrait using the limited palette of the 19th century master Anders Zorn. This is a very utilitarian palette and can be used for the figure or portrait indoors. I still use the palette today and highly recommend it to anyone who paints the human form. Using a limited palette helps keep everything under control it simplifies the already complex practice of oil painting. We will learn to accurately mix and judge color temperature and value. The workshop will begin with a lecture and a demo then the students will start their work. The instructor will assist students as they work. The cost of this workshop is $425.
My 3 day workshop will help artists develop a complete understanding of how to plan and execute landscapes in oil or pastel with an emphasis on painting skies and water. All my working methods will be demonstrated and broken down into a step-by-step process, showing you how to achieve fresh, bright color in your landscapes, while avoiding muddy mixtures. Before beginning our paintings, various surfaces, the pros and cons of using photo reference, and the need for a strong composition and center of interest are all explained. Artists can bring their own photos to work from or paint using one of my references I’ll bring to class. I’ll reveal how hard and soft edges can add more depth and believability to your paintings. We’ll begin the painting process with an initial charcoal drawing, which when finished is spray fixed, followed by an acrylic wash applied on top. (I will provide the acrylic). On top of this, we’ll start our process of layering color, going dark to light to completion. The cost of this workshop is $395.
In this workshop Elizabeth will discuss the strategy of painting light and shadow. She will do daily demonstrations and help students understand the importance of putting emotion into your paintings. Students will gain a better understanding of composition, value, temperature and edges. The cost of this workshop is $420.
This workshop will take you through the entire process of painting a realistic landscape. We will work from photography and/or plein air and learn how to: 1. simplify all the information around us and build thumbnails to give us choices 2. compose this information and thumbnails into a block-in that creates depth and organization 3. Learn about and choose a believable and realistic color palette 4. Learn the technical skills needed to create our painting. 5. Have a great time along the journey! The cost of this workshop is $350.
Enjoy a full day to explore some of the unique properties of working with acrylic paints with an emphasis on GREAT SHAPES. There are techniques that acrylics are perfectly suited for that will take your colors to a new level. Combine acrylics with watercolors, graphite pencil, conte crayon, and special techniques for a rich surface with GREAT SHAPES! We are working our way through the principles and elements of great design – one class at a time. See how using GREAT SHAPES makes it all seem effortless…If you already work with acrylics and watercolor be sure to bring your favorite colors along! If not, Kathleen can share…Kathleen Mooney has been exploring the possibilities for over 2 decades – come enjoy the magic! Plan on bringing a $15 fee for materials made out to Kathleen Mooney. This $15.00 materials fee includes items that you would have to buy in bulk or spend a lot of time and effort seeking out. This ensures everyone in the class will have the same standard materials and supplies for this class. For this class that includes a 1 1/2 inch brush, scraping tools, pipettes, Deli Wrap, Graphite pencil, and Conte Crayon. You may also use additional colors from Kathleen’s bin of acrylic paints. We need a minimum of 4 students to run this class.
In this workshop, we will learn how to take complicated subject matter and synthesize it down to its most basic elements. By learning to recognize the large value masses, and organizing them into a pleasing design, the students will learn to see the landscape as a tapestry of interconnected shapes, rather than a conglomerate of individual objects. I will be placing special emphasis on learning to paint the large masses in a wet-into-wet approach that will render them simple, but interesting. Through this simplification, we’ll learn how to make our paintings stronger artistic statements. The class will include demonstrations, lecture/discussions and critiques, with an emphasis on individual assistance. My two goals are to help each student to develop confidence and good judgment, and to make sure that the process is both fun and rewarding.