Painting outside is like taking a mini vacation. You become immersed in the beauty of nature, sunlight, atmosphere and colors that cannot be reproduced in photographs. In this class we will be painting trees, foliage, grasses, sky, clouds, aerial perspective, etc. After beginning the paintings outside we will use photographs to complete the paintings in the studio.
If you have ever been intimidated by learning how to paint with oils you will learn that it’s one of the easiest and most forgiving mediums out there. In this class you will learn all the basics from what type of paints and surfaces are best, how different brushes work, how to set up a pallet, color mixing and mediums. There will be step-by-step demos on drawing and color values with lots of individual instruction. We will have a variety of subject matter to explore including still life set-ups. This class will be for all levels from the complete beginner to the more advanced painter.
In this class, you will learn the fundamental principles of portrait painting from life using direct painting methods. We will concentrate on proper proportion, values, skin tones, and getting a likeness. The instructor will give step by step demonstrations and lots of individual instruction from how to begin the initial drawing through mixing beautiful skin tones and atmospheric backgrounds. We will have two models for three weeks each.
In this intermediate class you will explore several different approaches to perfecting your painting skills in portraiture and still life using pastel, charcoal or oils. You'll learn how to create beautifully accurate portraits from photographs. Students may also opt to paint from a still-life of various objects and learn how to paint flowers and shiny surfaces like brass and silver. We will focus on color mixing, tonal values, edges, and accurate drawing.
The traditional miniature painting is delicate, intricate and jewel-like. In this workshop, students will learn the techniques and rules unique to painting the miniature in oils. You will study brush handling, transparent glazes and lift-off techniques on the surfaces suitable for miniatures. A demonstration will be given and advice on preparing your paintings for miniature art competitions.