Calendar 2015-10-02T14:07:05+00:00
Prosopon School Of Iconology-Dmitrii and Tatiana Berestova-Icon Painting @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Mar 5 – Mar 10 all-day

Students are introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of icon writing. Interpretations of iconographic symbolism and the theological and anthropological basis of each step of the process are presented in parallel to the technical instruction. By the end of an intensive workshop, the beginner completes writing of an icon. No artistic experience is required of the beginning student. Through the visual language of the icon, the student may move toward a better vision of the self, the world, and the Divine. By writing an icon, the student works toward the reestablishment of the original untarnished condition of man’s image in a disciplined way.”This will be the Beginners / Intermediate class.

The icon of the Theotokos Eleusia (Tenderness) will be the theme for the class. The first time students will work on Archangel Michael, the others will work on the icon of Theotokos. Those who have done only one or two icons with us, may do an abbreviated version of the icon of Theotokos.

The cost for returning students is $100 less than for the beginning students since the returning students will be bringing their own boards with the gilding completed before the class. The cost of this workshop is $775.

David Shevlino-“Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day

David’s website: This class is about painting the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. After a demonstration, the class will work in monotone from the model for the first day, concentrating on value. After that, we’ll work in full color from the model; learning how to interpret and simplify by seeing the figure as a series of basic shapes described by color/ light and shadow. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy. The cost of this workshop is $485.

Sarah Rehmer, “Encaustic Painting and Collage Workshop” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day

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. The cost of this workshop is $400.

Michael Chesley Johnson, “Pastel Plein Air Painting Workshop” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
May 7 – May 9 all-day

Join nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location in pastel. In this plein air workshop, you’ll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you’ll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for

“capturing the moment” quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. Michael will show you how focusing on just value and color temperature in an initial “bestguess” will get you started quickly, leaving plenty of time for making adjustments at a more leisurely pace. After the demonstration, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skills with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demo plus critiques of student work done in the workshop. The cost of this workshop is $400.

Aaron Schuerr-“Painting Spring Landscapes in Oil or Pastel” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
May 16 – May 19 all-day

Get ready to explore the beautiful Franciscan Life Process Center campus and the surrounding countryside during this plein air and studio painting workshop with award-winning artist Aaron Schuerr. Enjoy the beauty and challenge of painting in the field, and then learn how field studies can be used as a reference for studio paintings. During our time

outdoors, we’ll focus on sketching, simplification, fresh color, accurate drawing, dynamic composition, and discovering “the story” within the seeming complexity of nature. Back in the studio we’ll analyze the plein air work and dig into the nuances of color, value, and composition. I’ll introduce the charcoal preparatory drawing as a fun and inventive way to plan a studio pastel. This class will include demonstrations in the field and studio, friendly critiques, and plenty of one-on-one time. We’ll start from the thumbnail sketch and work through flat-color plane exercises before diving into longer plein air painting sessions. The focus will be on process over product, in learning to see in new and dynamic ways and work simply, directly, and with confidence. While experience is helpful, it is not required.

Matt Linz-“Painting With a Bold Brush” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
May 17 – May 19 all-day

The workshop description: Painting from a live model can be one of the most challenging subjects for an artist to paint. This workshop is designed to help students over come the problems that arise while

working from life. Matt and his students will be working from live models throughout the workshop. You will learn how to simplify the subject through the use of value, color and edges. Learning to interpret the subject in a more expressive way will be emphasized during the workshop. There will be demonstrations and lots of individual instruction. The cost of this workshop is $380.

Jon Redmond-“Light and it’s Relationship in the Landscape” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day

Jon’s workshop will focus on the importance of light and its relationship to how we paint forms and atmospheric space. Jon will make sense of the complexities of your oil painting materials and how best to use them for interpreting how we see. A special emphasis will be placed on the use of transparent and opaque pigments and how these relate to our perception of light. We will work outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors with still life. Jon will give demonstrations on the use of the

underpainting, the importance of “lost and found” form, and explanations of direct and indirect oil techniques. Intense personal instruction will be augmented with talks about the materials and the working methods of various artists (both contemporary and historical). All levels and mediums are welcome but the emphasis will be on oil. The cost of this workshop is $410.

Peggi Kroll Roberts, “Figure in Oil or Gouache-Acrylic and Watercolor Welcome ” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day

In this workshop, the figure will be the subject matter however the focus will be on improving fundamental skills. Students will experience many specific assignments which will help “get to the point more successfully”. There will be daily demonstrations emphasizing big shapes, value pattern, color relationships, drawing, paint application and attention to the artists individual “voice” nurturing the personal esthetic. Be ready to cover a lot of canvas and paper. Students
will receive plenty of one-to-one instruction and individual demonstrations as needed. The cost of $450 includes model fee.

Jim McVicker, “Creating Colorful Plein Air Paintings” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

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.

W. Truman Hosner-“Concepts for Painting the Figure in Outdoor Settings” @ Franciscan Life Process Center
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

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.