Winter Workshop Descriptions

Register now for Winter/spring 2019 One, two, & three-day workshops

WINTER SESSION I: January 7 - February 16, 2019

WINTER SESSION II: February 25 - April 6, 2019

SPRING SESSION PREVIEW:  April 15 - May 25, 2019

Class Registration:  Please register at least one week in advance of the class/workshop start date.  Classes/workshops with low enrollment will be closed 3 - 5 business days before the first class.  

Cancellation Policy:  A refund is given to students who cancel 10 days or more prior to the class start date.  Students who cancel enrollment within 10 days of the first class will not receive a refund.  

If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, registrants will be notified by email or phone within 24 – 48 hours of the first class. Registrants will be given the opportunity to transfer to another class or issued a refund.

If you have any questions, please call 864-735-3948 (ext. 2) or email liz@artcentergreenville.org

*Please note:  Workshop descriptions are listed by duration first, then alphabetically by medium category.


One Day Workshops

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Medium: Fiber

English Paper Piecing - Spinning Wheel

Instructor: Debbie Moyes

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, February 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 14+

Tuition: $65 (price includes supplies)

English Paper Piecing is a popular quilting technique used to make small quilts. While hand sewing the “Spinning Wheel” pattern, you will learn how to choose fabrics, use paper templates and sew everything together. The “Spinning Wheel” is a portable project which requires few supplies. You will be able to sew the pieces together and start a quilt, make a table runner or cover a pillow. Bring your own fabrics or choose from the instructor’s stash.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Needle Felted Easter Eggs

Instructor: Sarah Mandell

1 Day Workshop:  Saturday, March 30, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 7+

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Students of all ages and skill levels are invited to learn how to sculpt colorful wool fiber into a set of needle felted Easter eggs. A demonstration of needle felting techniques, shaping, layering fiber, blending colors, and an overview of felting tools will equip students ages 7 and up to be able to turn wool roving into 3D objects. The class will begin by felting a set of 3D eggs, then move on to decorating the eggs using applied lines, dots, and other detailed designs. Supplies will be provided and include several ounces of dyed wool roving, felting needles, and foam felting pads.

 
 
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Medium: Fiber

Needle Felted Hoop Art: 2D Botanicals

Instructor: Sarah Mandell

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 7+

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Students of all ages and skill levels will learn how to draw and paint with colorful wool fiber on a flat surface. A demonstration of needle felting techniques, layering, blending colors, and an overview of felting tools will equip students to be able to use roving to create pictures on fabric. Workshop instruction will begin by felting simple shapes and lines onto test fabrics, then move on to felting more complex botanical designs such as leaves or flowers onto high quality wool sheet felt. Supplies will be provided and include several ounces of dyed wool roving, flat sheet felt, wooden embroidery hoops, felting needles, and foam felting pads.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Needle Felted Cactus

Instructor: Sarah Mandell

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 7+

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Students of all ages and skill levels will learn how to sculpt colorful wool fiber into a needle felted cactus. A demonstration of needle felting techniques, shaping, layering fiber, blending colors, and an overview of felting tools will equip students to be able to turn roving into 3D objects. Workshop instruction will begin with felting a simple multi-colored pincushion to store felting needles, then move on to the more complex cactus project. Supplies will be provided and include several ounces of dyed wool roving, one small flower pot per student, felting needles, and foam felting pads.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Hand Pieced Quilts: Thousand Pyramids

Instructor: Debbie Moyes

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, April 20, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 14+  

Tuition: $65 (price includes supplies)

Thousand Pyramids is a vintage charm quilt pattern made by women long ago using scraps left over from other sewing projects. In this workshop, you will start your own beautiful and modern quilt.  Learn to choose fabrics, use templates and sew these fun shapes together. Finishing ideas will also be covered. Bring your own fabrics or choose from the instructor's stash.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Felt Applique Wearable Art

Instructor: Cecilia Ho

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, January 19, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 7+

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Create unique wearable art by using needle felt applique. Make and embellish your own unique statement piece to wear. Please bring a fleece jacket, cozy headband, fuzzy mittens, knitted hat or even a pair of jeans for your wearable art project. All basic felting materials and supplies are included. No experience necessary.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Abstract Wet Felting Decorative Art

Instructor: Cecilia Ho

1 Day Workshop:  Sunday, March 10, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 14+

Tuition: $120 (price includes supplies)

Wet felting is an ancient felt making technique that was used to make clothes before the introduction of the loom or machines. Step by step workshop instruction will include how to mix and blend colorful NZ Wool and silk; then follow with wet felting techniques to create an unique abstract wool felt.  All basic felting materials and supplies are included in tuition. Please bring an old bath/beach towel.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Wool Painting: Spring Nature

Instructor: Cecilia Ho

1 Day Workshop:  Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, ages 7+

Tuition: $69 (price includes supplies)

Nature lovers will love to create a custom needle felted 2-D wool painting in a 5” wooden hoop or picture frame. Pick your favorite landscape scene or spring flower design and learn to transform them into lively felt art with colorful NZ corridale wool rovings. All basic felting materials & supplies are included.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Wool Painting: Car / Sport Motif

Instructor: Cecilia Ho

1 Day Workshop: Sunday, May 26, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 7+

Tuition: $95 (price includes supplies)

This workshop will teach you to create Car/Sport themed wool painting. Wool can be transformed into a painterly image using a few simple felting techniques. Learn how to blend and mix various shades of colorful corridale wool fiber to achieve an unique fiber art. All basic felting materials & supplies are included.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Wool Applique - Penny Runner

Instructor: Debbie Moyes

1 Day Workshop:  Saturday, March 23, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 14+

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Sometimes referred to as coin, button or money rugs, women used these common items to trace around bits of wool to make decorative mats. Choose from beautiful hand dyed wool and craft a runner, mat or pillow to brighten your home.  Learn to hand appliqué these circles with colorful threads and how to add decorative stitches to embellish the simple shapes.

 
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Medium: Fiber

Wool Painting: Needle & Wet Felting Masterpiece

Instructor: Cecilia Ho

1 Day Workshop: Sunday, February 17, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 14+

Tuition: $120 (price includes supplies)

Recreate your favorite masterpiece like Starry Night or Wheat Field with Crows in wool while learning various felting techniques.  Instructor, Cecilia Ho, will teach you how to blend, mix and needle felt with corridale wool.  Students will have the option to apply wet felting techniques to needle felting. All basic felting materials and supplies are included. No experience necessary.  Please bring an old bath towel and a color copy of your chosen masterpiece.

 
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Medium: Glass

Stained Glass Mosaics

Instructor: Vaunda Browning

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, February 2, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Make a small (4"x 6") abstract stained glass mosaic using pre-cut pieces of stained glass.  Students will learn the placement of the glass and how to adhere the glass to finish their piece. Students will also learn to grout and polish for finished stained glass mosaics.

 
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Medium: Mixed Media

Alcohol Inks

Instructor: Dottie Bruce

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, April  27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $125 (price includes supplies)

Learn how to use a relatively new medium known as alcohol inks. Instruction will include demonstrations of easy-to-follow techniques to create vibrant, beautiful and interesting works of art. Ample time will be provided for students to experiment and create at their own pace. We will work on Yupo paper, Ampersand clayboard, and ceramic tiles. At the end of class, students will have several pieces of original work to take home.

 
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Medium: Mixed Media

Paper Collage

Instructor: Laura Nance

1 Day Workshop:  Saturday, April 6, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $125 (price includes supplies)

Explore how painted, stained and textured papers can be used to add dimension and color to your work and extend your individual boundaries.  Instruction will include a look at how acrylic paint, gesso and gel medium techniques can be utilized with paper collage. Participants will paint, stain and texture their own papers and then discover how they might incorporate them into a collage piece. Tissue and rice papers, gesso and gel will be provided. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this workshop.

 
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Medium: Mixed Media

Pysanky: Learn to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Instructor: Andrea Kulish

1 Day Workshop:  Tuesday, March 5, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $89 (price includes supplies)

Make Ukrainian Easter eggs using batik – also called wax-resist – dyeing.  Participants will also be familiarized with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols and their history. The designs are made with beeswax which is melted in the flame of a candle and applied to the egg using a tool called a kistka. The eggs are dipped into successively darker dyes. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal the beautiful and colorful design. Use the traditional patterns, or also freestyle and make up your own design.

 
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Medium: Painting

Learning to See Abstractly

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, March 23, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $75

Learn to experience the visual world by de-emphasizing the need to label objects and places with ‘names’ as a way to understanding them. A wonderful world of visual and spatial anomalies exists when one allows their senses to dictate how they experience their environment as opposed to letting knowledge stifle that experience. There will be some demonstrations of visual anomalies that artists have utilized historically as well as a discussion about the historical context of these ideas. Then the class will go on an outdoor walk to work on discovering things that now hold different meanings based on the ideas that have been discussed. There will also be examples and discussion about how these principles can influence an artist’s work.

 
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Medium: Paper

Practical Origami: Photo Cube Project

Instructor: Laura Reines Willems

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, January 12, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, ages 14+

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Get your photos out of hiding and learn a clever, artistic way to enjoy them every day.  Step by step workshop instruction will give you a lasting, useful technique to create precious memory cubes of vacations, pets, the kids and grand kids for years to come. Your photo cube requires six 4“ x 6“ photographs, and six 4” x 6” base cards (which will be provided). Bring at least twelve photos if you wish to make two cubes. A mix of vertical and horizontal photos preferred.

 
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Medium: Photography

If not Photoshop, then What?

Instructor: Joann Benzinger

1 Day Workshop: Thursday, January 31, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $75

It's not just a Photoshop world anymore - there are endless options available for editing your photos. In this workshop students will explore a variety of alternative desktop/laptop programs available to edit photos. Students should have a working knowledge of their computer system and bring a laptop to the workshop.

 

French Language Immersion Series: One Day Workshops

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Medium: Paper

Papermaking Techniques

Instructor: Aurélie Klein

1 Day Workshop: Friday, January 25, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, instruction designed for all levels of French speaking

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Discover paper making techniques that range from choosing paper for the pulp to drying the final sheet of paper while practicing French speaking skills. Participants will compose 6"x8" sheets with different colors, inclusions and textures.  Each student will leave with various papers and ideas for use and can also be used in the follow-up workshop, Papermaking II.

 
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Medium: Painting

Abstract Ink Painting Introduction in French

Instructor: Nadia Barbotin

1 Day Workshop: Saturday, January 26, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, instruction designed for all levels of French speaking

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Learn the basic principles of abstract acrylic ink painting while practicing French speaking skills. Students will learn the acrylic ink process, from ink effects on different papers (yupo paper, textured paper and smooth paper) to techniques by blowing, brushing, using wood sticks, shapers and knives. This workshop will be taught in French and will be designed for all levels of fluency, from beginner to fluent, as the instructor will switch from French to the English language. Participants will need to bring photographs or pictures for references to be inspired. Open to all skill levels, instruction designed for all levels of French speaking.

 
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Medium: Printmaking

Printmaking Introduction in French

Instructor: Sylvie Bucher

1 Day Workshop: Sunday, January 27, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, instruction designed for all levels of French speaking

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

Learn the basic principles of linocut printmaking while practicing French speaking skills. Students will learn the linocut process, from the creation of a drawing, to cutting, to inking and hand pulling a print on paper.  This workshop will be taught in French and will be designed for all levels of fluency, from beginner to fluent, as the instructor will switch from French to the English language. Participants will need to bring sketches, photographs or pictures for references and will leave the workshop with numbered and signed originals.

 
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Medium: Paper

Papermaking (Part II)

Instructor: Aurelie Klein

1 Day Workshop: Friday, February 1, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, instruction designed for all levels of French speaking

Tuition: $75 (price includes supplies)

This workshop follows the Papermaking Techniques workshop introduction. Students will be able to use the paper they made in the Papermaking (Part I) workshop to create a book or journal cover or to make and decorate a lamp.

 

Two Day Workshops

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Medium: Drawing

Discovering the Mystery of Art History: Drawing from the Masters

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

2 Day Workshop:  Saturday, January 12 & Sunday, January 13, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level:  Beginner – Intermediate (basic drawing skill encouraged)

Tuition: $125 (price includes supplies)

This workshop will serve as introduction to drawing from master paintings.  Discussion will include how to analyze composition and break down paintings into simple formal shapes to understand how the artist made decisions in making the painting. Emphasis will be placed on how those formal decisions give a painting its power beyond serving as a representational image of something.  Exercises will help students to see a painting as a set of relationships. A range of paintings from Renaissance to early Twentieth Century will be used as sources.

 
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Medium: Drawing

Charcoal Portrait Drawings

Instructor: Gerry Wubben

2 Day Workshop:  Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level:  Intermediate – Advanced (basic drawing skill encouraged)

Tuition: $225 (price includes model fee)

Create charcoal portrait drawings using a traditional approach based on anatomy studies from sculpture casts as well as live models.  Students should have some basic drawing skills.

 
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Southern Art: Redux

Instructor: Kara Soper

2 Day Workshop: Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $125

Learn about the evolution of Southern art, contemporary Southern artists, and our region’s role in the art world of today.  Instructor, Kara Soper, will apply a pluralistic approach to presenting course content. Day 1 will focus on iconic and obscure Southern artists of the 20th century and how they were visionaries in their respective media. We will look at their work in the context of socio-economic events, cultural paradigm shifts, and happenings in other artistic disciplines in order to better understand motivations and causes of art movements. Day 2 will be focused on contemporary Southern artists, and how artists covered in Day 1 may have influenced their work. We will also examine current institutional and market trends in Southern art and the South’s role in the art world of the future.

 
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Medium: Painting

Impressionistic Landscape Painting from Photos

Instructor: Daniel Helgemo

2 Day Workshop: Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $185 (price includes supplies)

Explore a direct and immediate approach to landscape painting using a full palette and loaded brush.  Learn to simplify the image by dividing it into relatable shapes, values and colors. Emphasis will be given to composition, making a start, the optimal use of the color palette, and paint application. Students can choose from a range of reference images provided or bring in their own. Methods covered make for a great preliminary introduction for students who wish to work outdoors. This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques, but acrylic painting can be accommodated All skill levels are welcome.

 
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Medium: Painting

Dynamic Landscapes / Oil Painting

Instructor: John Guernsey

2 Day Workshop: Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level: Intermediate – Advanced, adults

Tuition: $275 (supplies not included)

Gain new insights and skills in color mixing, light and shadow theory, and brushwork, and create paintings with a professional and dynamic look. Gain confidence in the painting process, from start to finish, and learn ways to handle complex subject matter with great ease and simple gestures. Through a variety of lecture, demonstrations, enjoyable practice studies, and one-on-one assistance, you’ll be challenged to apply some unique techniques, and to think in new ways about oil painting. Expect a focused, yet relaxed, atmosphere.

 
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Medium: Painting

Build A Better Painting

Instructor: Jane Todd Butcher

2 Day Workshop: Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $185

Learn to plan for a successful painting, regardless of style. For this 2-day workshop, artists will bring photos (landscape, portraits, still life, etc.), or design ideas (for non-objective painting) for a new painting or study. First, analyze your concept to plan your composition. Then put your photos away for a more spontaneous look. Students will plan a color scheme, and use value to give your painting impact. Jane will demonstrate techniques for painting various subjects, creating texture, and further develop your painting. Demonstrations will be in fluid acrylics, but watercolors and oils are also welcome. Artists should have some painting experience, and will bring their preferred paints and brushes.  Additional materials such as acrylic medium and gesso will be provided.

 
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Medium: Painting

Abstract Landscape Painting in Oil & Cold Wax Medium

Instructor: Mark Russell

2 Day Workshop: Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level: Intermediate – Advanced, adults

Tuition: $275 (price includes supplies)

Work with cold wax medium while learning to incorporate this and other mediums into your current oil painting practice. Experiment with numerous methods to add texture, unique mark-making and layering to your paintings. Discussions will include the process of composition, planning and editing to build a painting along with how to incorporate abstraction into your landscape painting process.  This hands-on workshop will include instructor demonstration and guided exercises as well as individual and group critique sessions.

 
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Medium: Painting

Abstract is Not a Style

Instructor: Mark Brosseau

2 Day Workshop:  Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $125

This workshop will introduce students to various ideas about how to make decisions when working abstractly. We will use different exercises to demonstrate how artists can use various sources as the impetus for an abstract composition and focus on ways to make formal decisions based on ideas other than design principles. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how decisions can affect the spatial feel of a piece, and how that can be used to strengthen one’s work. This workshop will discuss how drawing informs painting, and each lesson will be accompanied by art historical examples. We will also discuss how developing a set of criteria (or an artist’s statement) for an art making practice can help with making decisions within a body of work. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. It is not necessary to take this workshop before taking Abstract is Not a Style 2.

 

Three Day Workshops

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Medium: Mixed Media

Assemblage and Collage

Instructor: Judy Verhoeven

3 Day Workshop:
Friday, January 18: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 19: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 20: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $225 (price includes supplies)

Collage and assemblage allow us to combine different and sometimes unlikely materials. In this workshop, students will express their ideas using both collage and assemblage techniques, such as paper cutting, paper painting, drawing and image transfer with inclusions of their choice - found objects, magazines, cloth, wood, metal, plastic, etc. Participants will also experiment with integrating text into art.

 
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Medium: Painting

Expressive Figure Painting

Instructor: JoAnne Anderson

3 Day Workshop:
Wednesday, February 20, Thursday, February 21 & Friday, February 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level:  All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $325 (price includes model fee)

Discover how easy it is to do expressive figure work and how much fun it can be!  Each day starts with some quick drawings to loosen up and get into a creative mode. Clothed models will be posing each day. There will be short discussions of the instructor’s philosophy and working methods using transparent watercolor and gouache throughout the workshop. The majority of each day will be left for drawing, painting and individual instruction. Demonstrations will be in watercolor and gouache, but participants may work in any medium they prefer.

 
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Medium: Painting

A Direct Approach to Portrait Painting

Instructor: Daniel Helgemo

3 Day Workshop:  
Friday, February 1, Saturday, February 2 & Sunday, February 3, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Instruction Level: All skill levels, adults

Tuition: $225 (price includes model fee)

Study the naturalistic and impressionistic techniques of painting sometimes referred to as 'the Boston School' or American Impressionism. The methods imparted are broad, direct, brilliant in color and immediate. Students will learn about these methods and philosophies as applied to portrait painting from the live model. Teaching will proceed through demonstration, discussion and one on one critiques. Emphasis will be given to composition, doing a simple start, value unity, color relationships and an overview of American Impressionism- with examples of its practitioners. This workshop will focus on oil painting techniques, but acrylic painting or mass drawing in charcoal can be accommodated. All skill levels are welcome.