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Off-Site Venue Workshop

1-3-day workshops
Class minimum 12 students, maximum 20
Per student teaching fee $225 (1-day), $400 (2-day) & $550 (3-day)
10-5 pm (1 hour lunch)
 

Expressive Figures



Description:

Rendering the human figure is both vulnerable and intrinsically beautiful.  You will learn to paint the movements of the body and explore expressive intentions and emotions through each mark of color. Your paintings will evoke a powerful, dreamlike quality.

My personal style is to render the body in abstracted block of colors and bold brushwork. The figures emerge as broken, but beautifully constructed and expressively raw.

JUST THE FACTS!
Overview of the Workshop Lesson
  • Complete 1-3 figurative paintings.
  • At least 2-3 reference photos to paint from. 
  • This workshop can be done in acrylics or oils (or both)
  • We will not be striving for realism, but focussing on the expressive quality of painting the figure.
  • We will explore paint colors, skin tones and color mixing.
  • Elements of composition.
  • Using a grid to establish proportion.
  • Defining the body through shadow and light.
  • Highlighting the stylistic differences each artist brings to their own painting.

 

Students will need to bring the following supplies:

  • One to four 18x24 or larger canvases
  • Paint colors (Either Acrylic or Oil)
    • Titanium White
    • Raw Umber  
    • Burnt Umber
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Red or Pyrrol Red
    • A variety of  flesh tones in pinks & yellows, OR otherwise we will mix our own
  • Princeton Catalyst Silicone wedge, #6
  • Princeton Catalyst mini blades #1, #2 or #6
  • Paintbrushes.  I like a size 4 or 6. Maybe a detail round size 2, but I always recommend using what you have on hand and not buying anything new for the workshop.
  • If painting in Acrylic:
    • Water bucket to clean brushes
    • Paper towels and/or baby wipes
    • Golden OPEN acrylic medium (optional, but this keeps your paint workable and easier to blend longer)
    • Sta-wet palette
    • Palette knife for mixing colors
  • If painting in Oil:
    • Brush washer
    • Gamsol
    • Palette
    • Paper towels
    • Gloves (optional)
    • Oil medium (optional. I like Gamblin Alklyd)
  • Tabletop easel if preferred (optional)

 

Note: My favorite oil paint colors are from Charvin. (I like any yellows, pinks or tans, yummy!)


Simplified Portrait

1 & 2 Day Workshops Only

 

Description:

One of the most magical discoveries I have experienced as an artist is that, "I can paint faces!!" These were the exact words that escaped in excitement when I finished my first portrait. Since painting that portrait, I have not only seen my portrait work grow beyond my own personal artistic boundaries, but I have also gained a more expressive quality and voice in my work. Exploring this new expressive approach to my art, I can directly attribute much of that growth to simplifying my portrait painting process.

I designed this class for all levels from the very beginner to the practiced artist. Although we will work together in establishing some basic portrait basics, we will not draw a single line!  NO DRAWING NEEDED. We will be painters, enjoying the art of the painted portrait without measuring and technical mumbo jumbo that only confuses the joy of painting.

JUST THE FACTS!
Workshop Overview
  • Complete 2-6 Simplified Portraits.
  • We will work from the same image provided for first piece and then an individualized image (student choice) for additional pieces.
  • This workshop can be done in acrylics or oils (or both).
  • We will not be striving for realism, instead focussing on the expressive quality of portraiture.
  • We will explore paint colors, skin tones and color mixing.
  • Elements of the face and how they apply to facial expressions.
  • Portraits from different perspectives.
  • Defining the face through shadow and light.
  • Highlighting the stylistic differences each artist brings to their own painting.

 

Students will need to bring the following supplies:

  • Two to four 9x12 or larger canvases (pre-primed with a coat of inexpensive red acrylic paint)
  • Any color red, inexpensive acrylic paint to prime canvas
  • Paint colors (Either acrylic or oil)
    • Titanium White
    • Raw Umber or Burnt Umber
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium or Pyrrole Red
  • Paintbrushes.  I like a size 4, 6 and/or 8 Filbert. Maybe a detail round size 2, but I always recommend using what you have on hand and not buying anything new for the workshop.
  • At least one reference photo to paint from. Some tips for choosing a photo:
    • Image should be a simple headshot, sometimes it helps to have a B&W and color version to reference.  If you crop the photo to 3x4 and then print it to “fit the page” the dimensions will be correct to work from.
  • If painting in Acrylic:
    • Water bucket to clean brushes
    • Paper towels and/or baby wipes
    • Golden OPEN acrylic medium (optional, but this keeps your paint workable and easier to blend longer)
    • Sta-wet palette
    • Palette knife for mixing colors
  • If painting in Oil:
    • Brush washer
    • Gamsol
    • Palette
    • Paper towels
    • Gloves (optional)
    • Oil medium (optional. I like Gamblin Alklyd)
  • Tabletop easel if preferred (optional)

 

Mixed-Media Masterclass

2 & 3 day workshops

 

Description:

This intense workshop is designed to give you a hands-on and in depth look into combining  my favorite mixed-media techniques and applications. Demos and projects will include altered book sculpture, collage, encaustic, plaster, structural flower dipping, wax carving, oil rubbing, patina and much more

This class is for every artist, no previous experience necessary. However all will leave mixed-media masters

 

JUST THE FACTS!
Workshop Overview
  • work to complete one encaustic piece
  • work to complete and altered book sculpture
  • 2-4 mixed media collage pieces
  • working in mixed media acrylics 
  • Building layers
  • collaging with textures

 

Students and or venue to supply the following supplies:

  • 9x12 wood surface. This could be wood panel, cradle board, mdf, etc.
  • 4-6 ink jet copy images to use in collage (any/all sizes)
  • 2-4 white cheap/dollar store fake white flowers (roses work best)
  • Plaster of Paris (this can be shared), stir stick and plastic disposable cup to mix in. This dries quick so may need multiple cups for whole group).
  • Joint compound (used to texturize one surface, 1 gallon tun will work for 10 people)
  • Palette knife
  • Encaustic medium/heat element/wide encaustic hake brush. This works best with one large skillet, 1 brush and 5 lb bag of medium for a class to share.
  • Raw umber oil paint (1 tube will do whole class)
  • Hard cover book any size
  • Sticks and ephemera to personalize book sculptures
  • Fluid acrylic paint in the following suggested colors: Raw Umber, Bone Black, Titan Buff, Manganese Blue Hue, Yellow Ochre 
  • white gesso
  • Collage papers/scraps
  • Box cutter or exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Matte medium
  • Crackle paste
  • i jar of coconut oil (1 jar for whole class)
  • paper towels
  • metal tablespoon (1 spoon we use this for the encaustic image transfer)
  • stencils
  • paintbrushes (suggested 1 wide flat and one detail)
  • brush bucket
  • baby wipes
  • wax paper (used to place plaster dipped flowers on)
  • awl or paper piercer 
  • encaustic heat gun 
  • Rigid Wrap (4ft per student)

we will kit and bring for class use

  • Watercolor paper
  • lyra pencils
  • Marabu sprays
  • 5x5 mdf board
  • text transfer image