This workshop is designed to help artists enhance their skills in painting portraits. All skill levels, from beginning to advanced, are welcomed. While painting from the live model, artists will employ various techniques for developing accurate proportions, and the proper placement of the model on the canvas. Participants will receive instruction on starting the portrait with a solid structural drawing done in monochromatic lines and tones on a stained canvas, and finishing the portrait in stages from darks, to middle tones, to lights. Instruction will be based on demonstrations, discussions, and individual critiques. Participants will work each day from a model in the morning, and a different model in the afternoon. The same morning and afternoon portrait will be worked on each day, for the duration of the workshop.
Tues – Fri
Feb 7 – Demo at 7 PM
Feb 8 – 10
9 AM – 4 PM
We will pack into 2 days as much as we can about the basics of watercolor. This class is perfect for those who’ve never painted watercolor or have only played with it a little. There will be lots of demos and time for you to paint with one on one help. This class will be limited to 12 people. We will go over the fundamental techniques to teach you how to control watercolor. Supply list online.
May 19 and 20
Friday and Saturday
10 AM – 5 PM
Paint your way through a full introduction to this exciting medium that truly serves as a cross between oil and watercolor. Not like the tube acrylics that don’t really capture the joy of either medium, but a wonderful dance between thin and thick, transparent and opaque, subtle and brilliant. Whether you paint in other media, or have never picked up a brush, you will enjoy this wild and loose workshop with a distinctly contemporary approach. Supply list online.
Friday Jan 27, 6 PM – 9 PM (Demo)
January 28 and 29
Saturday and Sunday
9 AM – 5 PM
Focus on capturing the essentials of painting while developing your skills in drawing, value, color and edges. Learn to create depth and dimension with the use of rich and lively color. Explore the unique nature of flowers, plants, cloth, and metal in paint. Artists at every skill level will learn techniques to create successful, beautiful paintings. The work and knowledge explored in this workshop can be translated to any genre of painting. Personal attention will be given to the different needs of each student.
Feb 21 – 23
Tuesday – Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM
In the morning we will begin with Sergio discussing the aesthetic issues and techniques of art as he demonstrates and completes a field study, encouraging the fellow artists to observe. “Sometimes you learn more by observing and memorizing than actually painting. While I strongly encourage the students to observe my demonstration, they will have to option to paint alongside of me.” After the demonstration students will receive individual personal instruction and encouragement while completing their painting “Alla Prima” (in one sitting). The objective of this three day course is to sensitize the class to the aspects of outdoor painting, including:
* Learning how to see nature’s details
* Understanding the interplay of light and shadow
* Knowing how to mix the right colors
* Eliminating the fear of outdoor painting
April 13-15, 2017
Thursday – Saturday
8:30 AM – 3 PM daily
If you feel that you are concentrating too much on small details at the expense of a bolder, more dramatic outcome, this step-by-step workshop will help you to learn what to paint and more importantly, what to leave out. You will practice using bigger brushes and ample paint. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with simplified values. You will learn how to loosen up and apply your paint in a gestural, painterly manner. Join us for targeted instruction and training – this may open the door to an exciting new level of creativity and artistic expression. Supply list available online.
The workshop begins with a full explanation of materials, methods and a step-by-step painting demo.
You will learn and practice:
– how to simplify and see values clearly
– how to create a value sketch as a “roadmap” to a successful painting
– how to translate values into colors
– how to simplify – knowing what detail is important – and what is not
– how to paint with fewer strokes for a bolder look
– how to work with thicker paint and bigger brushes
– how to keep colors clean and bright
– how to get energetic, gestural brushwork
Feb 26 – 28
Sunday – Tuesday
9:30 – 4:30 PM
This class is focused on how to use photographs to create studio paintings. Students bring photographs to paint from or use those provided by the instructor. Students will choose 1 photograph for the entire workshop and the instructor will show students how to use 1 photo in creating several different paintings. Instructor will emphasize the development of a painting from composition to finish including initial drawing, lay in, color and color mixing. Underpainting techniques for both mediums will be discussed as well as materials and surfaces for both mediums. Demo each day by instructor.
January 12 – 14, 2017
THURSDAY – SATURDAY
9 AM – 4 PM
$350 – FULL – WAITING LIST
Flowers are one of nature’s great beauties that have inspired artists through the ages. If you want to learn to paint flowers of your choice then consider taking this class. We will be learning about a variety of painting styles and techniques to help you develop your own personal painting style. We will start with a basic sketch of the flower and then dive right into the painting.
6 Tuesdays: Feb 14 – Mar 21
1 PM – 3 PM
$125 members – $150 non-members
Students will select a scene to paint each week and assistance will be provided regarding the plein air process, how to identify correct values, setting up the composition, color choices, and achieving 3-dimensional qualities in the painting. The instructor will provide optional quick demonstrations to illustrate particular points. We will explore strategies to make plein air painting simple and manageable, with a particular focus on creating atmosphere and perspective in the landscape. Strategies explored will include relative values and colors as they come forward and recede and linear perspective.
3 days: 10 AM – 4 PM
Thursday – Saturday
April 20 – 22
Every landscape includes at least some of certain elements – sky, clouds, ground, trees, mountains, and fabricated structures. This class will focus on what to expect from each of these structures and how to “see” them accurately. We will then translate that “seeing” to the canvas.
6 Tuesdays: 10 AM – 2 PM
Session 1: Jan 3- Feb 7
Session 2: Feb 21- Mar 28
$225 members – $250 non-members