Elio Camacho, a San Francisco painter, is an accomplished colorist who teaches in oil and acrylic. He uses engaging demos in his still life workshops and stresses design and color theory in conveying emotion and effective composition. His technique incorporates an ala prima approach to mixing color on the canvas as well as the palette. Revealing how warm and cool colors, value and transparency control composition, depth and focal points of the painting, Elio can help you bring new life to your work.
Students will work from still life setups in the studio that provide basic challenges of composition, form, texture, highlighting and shadowing. Each student is given personal attention with care not to discourage their style or vision, but to enhance them. This workshop is meant to help the student to raise the bar on their own work by finding new freedom in painting. Let your brush become your voice!
Demo scheduled for Thursday, March 1st 1-4pm. Free for DFAC members/$5 for non-members. Reservations required. Please call 727-298-3322.
The Beauty of Imperfection-Brave, Bold, Beautiful
Jennifer dares you to be brave while exploring your inner voice, letting go of perfection and playing with a variety of materials to create bold expressive works of art as we step fearlessly into the unknown. Using timed exercises to loosen up and reveal your innate intuition forces us to use bold strokes with wild abandon, creating happy little accidents and mark-making that reveal your personal style. Students will work with landscape photos provided by instructor, with their own photo reference, with still life objects, and, weather permitting, do some plein air sketching. Along with a good variety of soft and hard pastels, and good sanded pastel paper, other materials like ink, markers, brushes and graphite will be used. We will use a contemporary impressionist, expressionist, and abstract styles as we explore shapes, composition, positive and negative space, bold vs neutral color and mark-making. There will be plenty of challenging exercises, instructor demos, one-on-one coaching, critiques, discussions, and painting throughout this intense fun 2-day workshop with PSA Master Pastelist Jen Evenhus. Come with an open mind and a willing spirit !
Jennifer is a nationally recognized award-winning artist, naturally drawn to patterns, shapes, and movement found in landscapes, earthscapes, florals and everyday objects, translating those into unique works of art. She exhibits on a national level and is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, a Distinquished Pastelist in the Northwest Pastel Society, an IAPS-Master Circle member, and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Modernism is often as much about process as content. How do your marks look? Can they stand for ideas and feelings all by themselves? This workshop will explore how to present visual information using the greatest variety of quirky dots, characterful dashes and idiosyncratic masses to represent the outside world. Using digital or printed photographs as source material, we will explore direct painting unconstrained by the requirements of realism. Our goal is to work more texturally. Our means: unconventional tools, such as paint shapers, squeegees, palette knives and found implements to assist each painter in generating her or his own visual language. Abstract and representational artists are welcome to participate.
Like California’s San Andreas fault line, David Lobenberg likes to shake things up. He applies watercolor paint to paper with splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes. It is added, subtracted, and added again. He floods, blossoms, and textures. His style is about gesture, no-holds-barred expressive color, odd shapes in odd places, soft transparency and hard opacity. In his three-day workshop, you too will learn how to shake It up starting with David’s method of posing and taking photographs of your subjects to tracing out simple outline contour drawings of their head and features from the photographs. The drawings are then easily traced onto sheets of watercolor paper from quarter to full sheet size.. After that, it’s time to California-Vibe them!
David Lobenberg’s watercolor paintings can be found in private, public, and corporate collections across the country. He has had his work published nationally and internationally in American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, the French art magazine, Pratique Des Art, Plein Air Magazine, The Palette Magazine, and the European magazine, The World of Watercolour.
This special Destination workshop will offer you, the student, the opportunity to express your creative intent with the renowned workshop instructor, Richard McKinley. You will explore various artistic manipulations of composition, value, and color as a means of helping you, the artist, add your personal feelings and emotions to the landscape.
In addition to ‘easel time’ indoors or out, the workshop will offer a special trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg for a private viewing of selected artwork in their collection, a private walking tour of the famous outdoor wall murals around the city, and a live glass blowing demonstration at the Duncan McClellan Gallery.
Take advantage of the beautiful weather, sugar sand beaches, golf, art galleries and all the wonders of the Dunedin area while you are here.
You may reserve your place in the workshop with a $250 non-refundable deposit with the balance due on or before Dec. 1st. Call to make your reservations today as this incredible opportunity will fill fast.
The instructor is a Registered Teacher in the Michael Wilcox (author of Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green) School of Color. The Wilcox method saves money on paint and time in finding the color you need! Features introduction to color theory, video presentation and hands on exercises. Discussion will also include lightfastness, color schemes, and literal/interpretive use of color. Bring your lunch. *$10.00 Materials fee is paid directly to instructor.
Ever wondered how to work with pastels or if this is even the medium for you? Here's your chance to try pastel techniques before you invest in materials. We'll provide materials and one of our top art instructors to introduce you to this fun medium.
Find out if acrylic painting is for you. Students will complete three small projects on paper and/or canvas inspired by the subject of your choice. A $5 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor and includes all supplies.
This is a 3 week class. Want to learn to paint dogs, cats, birds? Week one will focus on picking several subjects from your photographs and working on the pencil drawing…with the emphasis on learning to draw. Week two, we will deal with color theory and how to mix colors from a limited palette. Once we have mastered the basics, we will paint our animal subjects.
After drawing, the most important aspect of your watercolor is value and color. Come to this workshop and get an intensive learning experience in both subjects. We will learn the color wheel, how to mix colors using a limited number of colors, discover the beauty of "grays," and how to translate value into color. We will not be painting any subject matter in this workshop, so just bring your curiosity, desire to produce great art and the items on the materials list.
This class is a brief introduction to watercolors for beginners. No experience is necessary but it is helpful to have some drawing skills. In this hands on class, you will learn basic brush techniques, some mixing, and some basic principles of watercolor such as line, balance, value, color and composition. You will have a completed painting (or nearly so) by the end of the class. We'll even supply all the materials so you can try the technique before investing in supplies.
In this 4-week series, you will continue to gain confidence and bravado in approaching your still life and you are strongly encouraged to use a full sheet (22"x30"). You will strengthen your skills of observation, principles, techniques and use of color no matter what level you are at. The instructor will provide guidance with personalized demos and offer more suggestions to further your style and increase your confidence in the direction you need. Drawing and previous watercolor classes are required.
In this 4-week series you will develop your own painting style. You can continue working on your own approach to painting, or try some new approaches such as pouring or gessoed and charcoaled surfaces. You will use half sheets to strengthen your skills and gain the ability to compose and scale your paintings.
This 4-week series will give you a solid foundation on which to build. It is chock filled with information, techniques, principles about watercolors and the still life and it is done in a very hands-on way. In the first class, you will create a grid of eight basic painting techniques using a minimum of supplies. You will learn about color mixing, using an angle brush, keeping your painting harmonious ans how to keep viewers engaged in your paintings.