Real Color in Practice

Usually color is taught as “Color Theory” which involves tediously painting in hundreds of little squares or placing pre-colored papers next to each other.  After doing these exercises you still don’t know what to do in your real life painting.  This workshop is focused on actually using color on your painting and understanding how it works in a way you can use right away.  First we will understand how to create and see color using a limited pallette which will teach you how to mix and see subtle color much more effectively.   Then, studying particular masters, we will unlock the color harmony in their work so that you can reproduce it in a work of your own.  In the end you will have at least two paintings to take home that you can use to find your own individual palette.  We will be using oil paint and canvas which is provided for you, please bring your own brushes and palette knives if you have them.  

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED.  Prerequisite: none

12/2/2017  10am-6pm

$100 plus $40 materials fee

 


Mysteries of Acrylic

Acrylic is a mystery to many people.  To make the full variety of beautiful effects acrylic is capable of many rely on acrylic workshops in stores that sell very pricey little bottles of modified acrylic.   What many don't realize is that all of these varieties are easily made yourself in a few minutes through simple additives.  In this workshop we will make all the commercially available materials and give you time to play with them.  Every student will come away with $150 worth of acrylic paints in a full spectrum of colors and various mediums to take home.  ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED. Prerequisite: none

1/6/2018, 10am-2pm.

$50 plus $50 material fee.


Figure in Proportion: the Intuitive Approach

Many people think that if they can’t draw in proportion they are “not talented” and have no business doing art.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If you are not suited to careful measuring and painstaking draftsmanship you are not alone.  This has nothing to do with whether or not you are “talented” or whether or not you should try making art.  This workshop will teach even the most drafting averse person how to get proportion without sacrificing the real value of the artwork, which is to learn to be comfortable with your own set of “talents”.  Some people never can make precise measurements, but they can still draw in proportion through an intuitive quick approach.

ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED.  Prerequisite: none

1/7/2018, 10am-2pm

$50 plus $20 model and materials fee



Expressive Figure Drawing and Painting

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw and paint from the figure without having to draw like Leonardo? Then this rigorous, but fun class is for you. Learn how to follow shapes, create space, and most of all compose your page, without painstaking proportions and measurements. We will use the model to look hard, but we won't be working towards 19th century realism. You will be composing and deconstructing on the fly, at a fast pace, alternating with very slow and deliberate observation. You can't be attached to the outcome, or even have any idea of what your work will look like when it is done. In fact your work will be “undone” if it gets predictable. This will be action packed 'process' with no possibility of staying in your rut if you have one.  You will be provided with a large canvas, paper, and drawing and painting materials.  Absolute beginners are perfect for this class as well as advanced artists.  

ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED. Prerequisite: None.

1/13/2018-1/14/2018, 10am-6pm  

$200  plus $50  fee for model and materials


 

Beginning Experimental Painting

Have you ever wanted to see the range of things you can do with your paints?  The possibilities will open you up and get you out of any rut.  From learning about traditional oil mediums to thick clear layers of glossy acrylics we will try it all.   We pour, brush, scoop, squeegee and soak.   Many of the processes are completely unpredictable and surprising.  Even if you only plan to paint traditionally this will show you ways to use your materials that you never dreamt of.

ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED. Prerequisite: none

1/20/2018, 10am-6pm.  

$100 plus $40 material fee

 


Real Color in Practice

Usually color is taught as “Color Theory” which involves tediously painting in hundreds of little squares or placing pre-colored papers next to each other.  After doing these exercises you still don’t know what to do in your real life painting.  This workshop is focused on actually using color on your painting and understanding how it works in a way you can use right away.  First we will understand how to create and see color using a limited pallette which will teach you how to mix and see subtle color much more effectively.   Then, studying particular masters, we will unlock the color harmony in their work so that you can reproduce it in a work of your own.  In the end you will have at least two paintings to take home that you can use to find your own individual palette.  We will be using oil paint and canvas which is provided for you, please bring your own brushes and palette knives if you have them.  

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED.  Prerequisite: none

1/21/2018  10am-6pm

$100 plus $40 materials fee

 


Portrait Pouring

It is possible to paint a portrait in one session and get a likeness with just pouring paint.  This will teach you how to mix latex house paint to just the right color and keep the paint controlled to depict a human face so accurately the individual will be recognizable.  First we will take a photo of you and project it on the canvas board.  You may think doing your painting with the help of a projection is “cheating”.  But did you know there is evidence that even the masters of the Renaissance used projections to start their paintings?  Optics revolutionized how we see the world and painting emulated its “realism” for centuries.  Projection can save you hundreds of frustrating hours laying out the groundwork for you painting and it has never been easier or as effective with today’s technology.  The first half of the class will be showing you how to choose and  prepare your digital image.  The second half will be how set up your projection and lay it on the canvas.  If you have your own laptop and digital projector please bring one.

ALL SUPPLIES PROVIDED. Prerequisite: none

1/27/2018, 10am-6pm

$100 plus $40 materials fee

 


Oil Mediums and Effects

Mediums are what we add to oil paint to make it come alive with unique character all its own.  The masters carefully guarded their own formulations of oil mediums because they knew how important they were to the very essence of the painting.  Now making your own oil medium or even understanding how to use the readymade mediums in the store is becoming a lost art.   Historically the alchemy of paint occupied many artists all of their lives.  Find out what you may have been missing in your painting and straighten out the confusion array of mediums to make your art  come alive!  In addition we will cover Non-Toxic Oil Painting.  Some people would love to paint in oil at home but are concerned with the fumes.  Some try water based oils but find them less than satisfying. But there is a way to use oil paint without using any solvents.  It is identical to the range and feel of traditional oil paints with just a few changes in procedure.  Find out how to put together your own set of non-toxic paints and how to use them in one lesson.  You don’t even need to buy materials in advance, just come and see if it they will work for you first.  I will also let you in on the ways to avoid the art store and get some of your materials for much less. All materials provided and you get to take home a selection of mediums to try at home.

ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED.  Prerequisite: none

1/28/2018  10am-2pm

$50 plus $20 material fee



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