Learn how you can design your paintings to be more appealing and compelling, using tried and true secrets of the Masters.
This 4 day studio class will teach you the methods and use of materials to create more Dynamic Paintings.
He will cover:
- Design and Notan
- Muted to Chromatic Color
- Color Harmony
- Use of Transparent and Opaque Pigments
- Brush and Palette knife techniques to emulate various textures
- Strengthening your Focal Point with Detail
- And other creative problem solving techniques
Howard is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America.
Any questions please call Kathy at (616) 897-7842, ext. 352.
Humans move and our lives tell stories. This workshop will help you capture not only the figure, but how best to “Tell the Story” in your paintings. It will cover photographing your subject, arranging the composition, and how to direct the eye for the greatest message. We will discuss motion and creating a sense of movement and emotion through the control and choosing color, edges and values.
Susan Blackwood has a passion for teaching artists. Her combination of enthusiasm, encouragement and knowledge is the hallmark of her teaching. She has been a professional artist and instructor since the early ‘70s. For 32 years, she was a professional watercolorist. In 2003 she ventured forth into the thick and gooey medium of oils and loves it, too. Her watercolors and oils have been in many national shows and museums, winning top awards. In 2010 she won Best of Show at the American Women Artists National Exhibition. To see more of her paintings and for a more complete biography, go to
Marc has agreed to do two three day workshops with a day in between to rest. We have included a cost for both first, and then listed them separately in the ticket area. Session One – July 8-10, Session Two – July 12-14. For those who take both sets of workshops, the second one will be a continuation of the first. There will be a 10% discount for taking both.
“This workshop is two sets of three 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 students’ 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 either 3 days, or 6 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. I’ve designed a number of exercises that focus on the importance of Value to Design, Color, and Concept. From there we’ll move into simple Color and Design issues, including how to use all of those, and Edges, to emphasize your Concept, what it is you want to say to the viewer in your painting.
You may not go home with paintings that need framing, but you will go home with a portfolio full of valuable exercises that you can refer back to as you move forward in your own painting process. All I ask is that you come with an inquisitive and open mind, and the Art Spirit within you.”
The cost of each workshop is $450, or $850 for both.
When you attend one of Helga’s dozen or so workshops that she teaches in a year, you are immersed in creativity and art. Helga has a way of inspiring the artist in you. You will never receive the same workshop twice because she is constantly practicing with new techniques, subject matter, and media. A typical watercolor workshop teaches you how to create realism and then stretches your imagination to take you further into to world of originality with your painting.
Helga’s daily teaching format from 9am to 4pm each day will consist of demonstrations, critique, and most of all individual guidance. She teaches to all levels of experience. She enjoys opening the eyes of the beginner, encouraging the intermediate, and exploring the more creative abilities of the advanced student. The cost of this workshop is $295.
For more information please visit Helga’s website
or contact her office manager
“Secrets” used by Classical through contemporary painting Masters are introduced and demonstrated: establishing the composition, light and dark masses, and the proportions and structure of the head and figure; selecting and mixing colors on the palette and the canvas; painting convincing flesh tones; understanding and rendering folds and different materials of clothing in a painterly manner; capturing the effects of light and atmosphere; alla prima brush and palette knife techniques; and helpful studio tips.
The workshop is open to artists of all levels, from beginner to professional. Demonstrations will be in oil. After each demonstration, Srebnik will work with each student individually.
This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, this ability to see the end result of a painting, through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision. The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content.
Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational and impressionistic rather than abstract.
The introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye. The areas of topic covered in this workshop include: the importance of tonal value studies, how to do a preliminary drawing, how to edit a complex subject, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting (for an outdoor workshop). Each day there will be a small exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day. Keiko will do two demonstrations a day. There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis. A class critique will be conducted at the end of each day. An amount of time spent indoors and outdoors will be determined by the organizer and the instructor. The cost of this workshop is $460.
Indirect oil painting methods work beautifully to breathe new life into old, or not so loved work. Lightly sanding and beginning again with a foundation already in place is a great way to see new directions to follow. In this two day workshop, we will work from pieces previously started and continue with a new composition from there. I will bring my own painting top reimagine, and share my favorite techniques that can be applied to any genre of painting. Acrylic painters also welcomed. Feel free to bring several pieces to work on.
How to craft a well designed piece.
Working with textural elements to enhance the composition.
Understanding the power of color harmony to create an emotional impact.
Interpreting source materials rather than copying them literally.
*This workshop geared toward experienced painters. Fundamentals of painting not covered.