Painting Workshops

Winter and Spring Sessions:


Winter: January 9 to March 4, 2023 (8 weeks)
Spring: March 6 to April 29, 2023 (8 weeks)
Late Spring: May 1 to May 27, 2023 (4 weeks)

Constructing a Painting with Color and Shape

Days & Times:
Wednesday - 1-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
Instructor:
  1. “I found I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way…”

-Georgia O’Keefe

Here’s your chance to simplify painting using the inventive and expressive power of color and shape. We will examine how great painters of the past use color and shape in such works as the dusty earth palette of Morandi’s bottles, the blues in Cezanne’s Mount St. Victoire, the intense color shapes of Matisse’s landscapes or still life paintings, and the symbolic color of Gauguin. Color harmonies, the temperature in colors, and the use of color as the light will be of major interest. Be prepared to deepen your understanding of the possibilities of painting!


Constructing a Painting With Color Supply List

Chasing the Light with Karen Leffel-Massengill

Days & Times:
February 23 and February 24 - 9am-3pm on the 23rd; 10am-4pm on the 24th
Level:
All Levels Welcome (basic skills in oils recommended)
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C
Instructor:

Students who take this workshop will learn the power of darks and  lights, their potential arrangement via a thumbnail sketch in composing a painting and how to match actual colors to the value worked out in that thumbnail sketch.  We will be doing several exercises to help learn this process.

Horses & Barn Dogs

Days & Times:
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 23, March 24, and March 25) - 10am-4pm
Level:
Intermediate - Advanced
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C
Instructor:

In this 3 Day Workshop students will learn how to paint expressive portraits all the while keeping things simple. With guidance you will be able to take your work to another level.

Painting horses can be a real challenge unless you know how to identify important landmarks. This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of those key elements. Reference images don’t always reveal needed information so the class will have a hands on session with a LIVE horse. Students will learn to compare real life experience to photos of their own or those provided by instructor.

As a bonus we will paint a classic barn dog on the last day. This workshop is a two for one experience!

Floral Workshop

Days & Times:
Friday (March 31) - 10am-4pm
Level:
Beginner
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C
Instructor:

A 5-hour workshop is held, where the student will learn to paint tulips, magnolias, and Chinese roses with acrylics, using the blending and dry brush technique.

It will be taught how to paint full colors, without leaving marks, dirty brush technique, and blending on a 19in x 15.5in canvas.

Exploring Alcohol Ink

Days & Times:
Friday (March 3) - 1pm-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio B
Instructor:

A new type of drawing beyond the typical pencils, charcoal and pastels . . . we’re using Alcohol Inks. You’ll be creating and experimenting with these inks to create landscape, floral and abstract images, whatever you desire. We’ll begin with learning how to use the inks, how to create a safe workspace, what substrates to work best with the inks, and how to use some basic tools like drinking straws, Q-tips to create step-by-step a flower, landscape, or abstract image.

Watercolor Techniques and Methods

Days & Times:
March 28 - March 30 - 10am-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C
Instructor:

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn techniques and methods that will make your paintings better, easier and more fun to paint. You will learn how to use paint and make interesting textures and brush strokes. Watercolor painting for beginners can feel intimidating, but if you have never picked up a paintbrush, this class will get you started on creating beautiful works of art. Some of the techniques you will learn are: Flat Washes, Graded Washes, Glazes, Brush Work, Drybrush, Wet-Into-Wet, and more. You will learn how to know which color to start with when trying to match a color in your reference photo or outdoor painting subject. After practicing these techniques, you will learn how to use them together to create beautiful paintings.

You will also learn some of the techniques of the old masters to draw subjects more accurately on your watercolor paper. There will be discussions about paints, brushes, paper brands, sizes, weights, and textures. You will learn why certain papers are better suited for certain types of paintings.

Glenn will show you how to seal your watercolor paintings with a UV Archival Varnish so your painting can be framed without glass and mats. Glenn will bring paintings that have this varnish coating so you can see the difference it makes in framing watercolors.

Each day, Glenn will demonstrate each technique and then pause as the students will complete that step. He will provide individual assistance while the student paints. Glenn will provide photographs for each student to use as subject matter. The subjects will be part or portions of the two paintings you see here on this webpage.


Watercolor Techniques and Methods Supply List

Shapes, Values, and Color with Lon Brauer

Days & Times:
March 2 and March 3 - 9am - 3pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C & Off-Site
Instructor:

To make a painting, one must understand and recognize the shapes that make up a composition. Then comes value…and then comes color. It is as simple as that!

Award-winning artist, Lon Brauer, will be showing you the value of a very limited palette of colors to unify and construct more compelling compositions. Students will be working both from life and photo references to make landscape paintings with depth, breadth, and structure.

 

 

Color Theory in Plein Air with Stephen Wysocki

Days & Times:
Wednesday (March 1) - 10am - 4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C
Instructor:
The objective for this class is to understand the basics of color theory effects and use them in plein air painting.
The technique of using color theory in Plein Air is an interesting approach to adding vibrant and interesting color combinations to your work.
The course structure will be an introduction to the color theory information then a demo by the instructor and the rest of the day for students to apply what has been introduced.

Plein Air with Krystal Brown

Days & Times:
February 27 and February 28 - 9am - 4pm
Level:
Familiarity with Medium is Recommended
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C & Off-Site
Instructor:

If you want to paint better – Be more accurate – Convey your vision and impression – and do it all with greater confidence and JOY this will help. You will see all the tips, tools, techniques and gear that have taken me years to curate.

 

Through focused intentional learning you will come to understand the effective use of grisaille and sight size and how to incorporate it into your plein air painting. You will see and then practice my unique application of each and the freedom it allows you creatively.


DAY ONE:

DEMO: Watch the birth of a painting as I explain AND demonstrate the process from the grisaille and my unique approach to “Sight Size”. This will go through LUNCH so be sure to have what you need to fuel your body with you.

STREAMLINE: Learn how to streamline your setup, pallet, and sight selection. You will be exposed to all the strategies that I employ to get me joyfully, and successfully through a plein air painting.

ELIMINATE STRESSES: I’ll guide you through the process that will get you to the good stuff of painting out in nature. You will discover what most plein air painters only come to know through trial and error and years of practice.

PLEIN AIR GUIDE: You’ll be presented with examples and guidelines that will take your plein air work to the next level as we discuss composing and choosing what to paint.

 

PAINT: You put into practice what you’ve learned and I will be beside you to help with plenty of one on one interaction – set up – site selection – design consideration – that will speak specifically to your needs. I will ask for your permission to paint on your panel and collaborate with you to get you up and going. Think of it as having training wheels on your bike.


DAY TWO:

MORNING DEMO – GOING DEEPER:

Watch the implementation of what was discussed the day before as you witness the guide in action. Learn what questions I ask myself to gain insight. See how to use the tools that will guarantee success and help you determine what to approach and in what order.

PAINT: You will be guided and helped as you choose your view and design. I’ll be right there as you try what you’ve learned. You will get plenty of one on one interaction that will help you realize your vision. With your permission, I will paint on your pallet to offer individualized suggestions that reaffirm what you’ve learned. All the marks made on your panel will be yours. The training wheels are off and I’m running beside you as you find your balance and way forward.

WRAPPING IT UP: We will wind up by presenting your beautiful paintings. The three pieces you’ve created during our time together will be displayed and discussed. You will have the opportunity to see how what you’ve internalized can be carried forward in effective ways and how our time together was a GAME CHANGER for you. The finish is just as important as the process so please plan to stay to the end.

THE CHERRY ON TOP: Group photo and a send-off that will leave you knowing you have so much to offer when you contribute authentically in your unique way using the new GAME-CHANGING tools and techniques you’ve discovered over the past three days. Thank you for trusting me with your resources, time, and creativity.

I am joyful in your service and looking forward to the beauty you will bring to the world.

Chasing the Light in Plein Air with Natalia Andreeva

Days & Times:
Saturday (March 4) - 2pm - 9pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C & Off-Site
Instructor:

In this Plein air workshop, we will try to catch the color of light, day, sunset, and night. All mediums are welcome: watercolor, pastel, oils, and acrylics. This is an intensive class, with on-site painting and demo.

We’ll work on: better composition, accuracy, fast color mixing, landscape perspective, and pictorial distance; learn to create that using drawn and aerial perspective, the importance of edges, and the right brushstrokes


Chasing the Light Supply List

Composition and Brushwork with Kenn Backhaus

Days & Times:
March 14, March 15, and March 16 - 9am-4pm (1 hour lunch break at 12pm)
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced and Professional artists
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C & Off-Site
Instructor:

This three-day workshop is open to Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional artists. The chance to create a strong visual pictorial should be a paramount decision of the representational painter. Grasping and holding the attention of the viewer to our works, should be our goal first and foremost. After seizing their attention, the artist needs to retain their interest with competent and expressive paint applications directed and intended to create the illusion of object, form, depth, and mood. In this workshop, emphasis will be placed upon developing dynamic and more powerful compositions, teaming this with an expressive medium application or what’s known as brushwork. The creative process is based on a compilation of the basic visual artistic fundamentals and principles, which are essential in the development of a representational painting. The knowledge and opportunity to develop your skills from this workshop can be applied to various disciplines such as plein air, still life, landscape, figurative or portrait painting.

Kenn will work with you to help further develop your individual style. He will identify your strengths and your weak points. We will build on your strengths and work to overcome the weak areas. Kenn teaches through both lecture and demonstration, but to further your painting development he will also work with your individual and unique vision.

Plein Air Workshop with Chris Kling

Days & Times:
April 12 and April 13 - 9am - 4pm
Level:
Intermediate – Advanced
Location:
TBA
Instructor:

Plein Air is the practice of painting outside in the “Open or Fresh Air”. We will be outside on location to view our subject in real-time. Chris will give daily demonstrations and then circulate them to give all students advice and encouragement as they endeavor to create their paintings. Among the topics that will be taught will be composition and design, values, color mixing, color temperature, and edges. Oil is preferred but water-mixable oils or acrylics are acceptable. Familiarity with your medium and basic drawing skills are recommended. In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the studio and work from photographs. There will be an 0ne hour lunch break at 12pm.


Plein Air Workshop Supply List

Gold Leaf Floral with Acrylics

Days & Times:
February 17 and February 24 - 1-4pm
Level:
All Levels Welcome
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio B
Instructor:

This workshop is about developing a floral painting with Acrylics using the gold leaf process as a background or accent to add that extra metallic light touch. We’ll begin with drawing the floral image (a color print will be provided for reference) with an HB graphite pencil and using Acrylics as the painting base, then allow the image to dry. Once the image has cured the gold leaf process will begin on the dried surface. Goldleaf is floated over the adhesive area to either the accent portion or the background. The acrylic image can be either a traditional one or a contemporary abstract one – the artist’s choice.

Acrylic Collage & Construction

Days & Times:
Fridays (March 17 and March 24) - 1-4pm
Level:
Beginning to Intermediate
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio B
Instructor:

This is a very experimental format, many items are used along the discovery time-line along with your unique creative perspective and imagination. We’ll be exploring a large
variety of subject matter – landscape to floral, still life to pure abstract, as we paint in a step-by-step approach. Each session has a unique approach using acrylics in opaque to transparent glazing washes. We’ll be using matte & gloss medium and modeling paste to create textures and we’ll develop our own personal palettes. We’ll also be using photos, ink-jet and laser prints, handmade papers, prepainted acrylic on watercolor paper and even 3D materials (found objects).

Abstract Acrylic

Days & Times:
Saturday (April 15 and April 22) - 1-4pm
Level:
Beginning to Intermediate
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio B
Instructor:

Having fun painting with acrylics is the main objective of this two-day workshop. Paint pure abstract with step-to-step guidance to finish your own work of art.

Impressionist Figure in Landscape

Days & Times:
February 17 - 9am-4pm
Level:
Intermediate – Advanced
Location:
373 Tequesta Drive - Studio C
Instructor:
This fun workshop takes the fear away from adding people to your landscapes. Whether in the background, as part of the scenery, or as the “main attraction”, adding people creates instant interest in a painting. Learn how! Each day will include a demo and a critique.