Special Events, Retreats, and Demonstrations…

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Workshops for 2019…

DENNIS PERRIN – Painting Workshop

January 17 to 19, 2019 – $450

Dennis studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art with M. Dell Weller, who taught him the power of seeing and translating his vision of the natural world into paint. He continues his studies exploring the subtleties of light through paint. Among his favorite subjects are the human figure, clothed and nude, flowers, still life, and the interior space, often populated with one or more figures. Though not as frequently seen in his work, Perrin is an avid plein air painter of the New England landscape.

More about Dennis Perrin at the website dennisperrinfineart.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


Dennis Perrin Demonstration - $55

Dennis will be conducting a painting demonstration on:

January 20th

BARBARA JAENICKE – Composition Boot Camp for Oil and Pastel

February 7 to 9, 2019 – $485

Composition is one of the most difficult skills for an artist to learn. However, it’s often one of the least practiced and studied skills. The composition approach we’ll practice in this workshop goes way beyond simply finding a focal point or minding the rule of thirds. It will also help you learn to simplify and edit your landscape paintings.
The focus of this workshop will NOT be on finished paintings; it will be on the “bones” of the painting. Expect to do lots of thumbnails and block-ins. The goal will be to train your brain to think in terms of shapes and proportions rather than merely recording literal subject matter. These skills will also improve your ability to select strong subjects to paint. If you’ve never liked bothering with thumbnail sketches before, it may be because you’ve never completely learned the objective of this important stage. By the end of the workshop, this objective will be clear.
On day 3 of the workshop, we’ll allow time for taking one or two of your “starts” to a more completed stage so you can see how a painting progresses more easily with a stronger start.
Artists of any level are welcome, but this workshop tends to be more beneficial for the more serious artist who is prepared to spend three intensive days improving this one necessary but often elusive skill. Students may work in oil or pastel and should already be experienced with their medium and basic supplies.

More about Barbara Jaenicke at the website barbarajaenicke.com

Thursday thru Satday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


Barbara Jaenicke Demonstration - $55

Barbara will be conducting a painting demonstration on:

February 10th

QIANG HUANG – Still Life

MARCH 21 to 24, 2019 – $595

Qiang’s approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on creating dramatic set ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his or her current skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.

More about Qiang Hiang at the website qh-art.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


Qiang Huang Demonstration - $55

Qiang will be conducting a painting demonstration on:

March 25th


APRIL 18 to 20, 2019 – $425

Join Bill Farnsworth for a three-day oil painting workshop exploring both plein air and studio practices. Spend a day outdoors as Bill demos and shows you how to choose, edit, and capture the essence of a scene in plein air. Back in the studio for the following two days, you will learn how to get the most out of your studies and photographs. Bill’s unique teaching style will give you lots of one-on-one attention while working from the inside out with three main values.

More about Bill Farnsworth at the website billfarnsworth.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

JASON SAUNDERS – Landscape, Plein Air

MAY 23 to 25, 2019 – $595

My style of teaching is very hands on. Class will be full of demonstrations, personal one on one instruction, and short lecture. Individual instruction will be taught to each student based on their individual level of experience as a painter. Class will be primarily taught on location.

More about Jason Saunders at the website saundersfineart.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

PATRICK SAUNDERS – Paintings without Borders

JUNE 6 to 9, 2019 – $585

The purpose of the Painting Without Borders Class is to present students with a method of working which translates to any subject and any situation. Explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography with award winning painter Patrick Saunders. Learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex with one approach. Patrick will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Students will learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application. Each day will begin with a short lecture and a full demonstration, followed by one on one instruction with the students and ending with a group critique and individual goal setting.

More about Patrick Saunders at the website patricksaunders.com

Thursday thru Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

JASON SACRAN – Painting The Landscape

JUNE 26 to 28, 2019 – $550

This class will be concentrating on painting landscapes, whether outside, in the studio, or both. Each day will be a different experience and painting. We will be utilizing reference material such as photo, sketches, memory, and imagination in the studio as well as observation, spontaneous reaction, and a direct method approach outside. We will concentrate on process, design, and intent. The instructor will demonstrate each day as well as give group and individual talks, assessments, and critiques. The students will follow along as the instructor guides you through his process and thinking during what would be a few real life-painting sessions for him.

More about Jason Sacran at the website jasonsacran.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

DEBRA NADELHOFFER – Studio Landscape

JULY 25 to 27, 2019 – $475

Bring what medium you would like, but I paint in Oils and Pastels. This workshop is designed to help you paint more painterly from photographs. We will be doing small studies from photos (I will provide some and you can bring your own but I must approve the photos that you will be working from) inside the studio, then choosing how your studies will be used to create a painting. We will work on one or several during the 3 days of the workshop depending on each student’s pace. I will show how to simplify your paintings through the use of your studies keeping the sense of place. I will demo each morning and then will work with the students on their paintings. Some drawing experience is necessary.

More about Debra Nadelhoffer at the website debranadelhoffer.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12


Debra Nadelhoffer Demonstration - $55

Debra will be conducting a painting demonstration on:

July 23rd

MARGARET DYER – The Figure In Pastels And Oils

AUG 8 to 10, 2019 – $450

In Margaret’s workshops students are taught traditional pastel and oil painting techniques. Working with a live model, students will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color and pastel and/or oil application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow using Margaret’s easy step-by-step method.
Bring your digital cameras (with small compact flash memory card), iphones or ipads for a short photo session at the end of day one. We will have a small portable printer with wifi capability and the ability to read your camera’s memory cards and will work from our printed photos on day two. Day three, back to the model.
For those who are bewildered by color or are wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take.

More about Margaret Dyer at the website margaretdyer.com

Thursday thru Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

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