Special Events, Retreats, and Demonstrations…

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Workshops for 2018…

ANITA ELDER – One Day Beginner Plein Air – two, one day offerings

October 26, 2018 – $100


November 2, 2018 – $100

*** Two separate one day offerings, you can take one or both for $100 each ***

This workshop is for the beginner Plein Air Painter that has been reluctant to go on location to paint. The mountains of North Ga.are beautiful this time of year. We will be going on location to learn how to compose the four divisions of the landscape and establish the aerial perspective in your painting. We will be studying color, value and edge quality.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

ANITA ELDER – Christmas card workshop

November 17, 2018 – $100

Be creative this year! What better way to give a gift at Christmas then creating a hand painted Christmas Card.

Come join us for this one-day workshop and leave with your card ready for print.

Description of workshop.   Oil or watercolor .  You may bring your own photos for your card or Art Loft can supply pictures for you to create your card.   The Art Loft will be providing lunch and Christmas goodies for the occasion.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm       Min. 6, Max 12

ROGER DALE BROWN – Foundation of Painting

October 4 to 7, 2018 – $675

Roger will begin with an orientation and slide show of Master Artist works. It is there that he will explain in detail the techniques and compositions of the masters, to help enhance your understanding of the foundation of painting.
You will have four days of a lot of personal and intensive learning. Instruction will include the importance of simplifying, how to use your reference material successfully, value and color, and how to see as an artist. Roger will demo, and you will have a lot of paint time practicing the techniques you are learning.

More about Roger Dale Brown –  Roger Dale Brown’s Website

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


October 12 to 14, 2018 – $500

All plein air workshops are on location. Plan for an eight hour workday. Every morning there is a lecture/demonstration. The demonstration painting is completed on location each day. Everyone breaks for lunch. Artists select their location for their 3 to four hours of painting. Group critique is generally on location. Located near the romantic City of Dahlonega, GA the home of the first Gold Rush set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit farms on the river, waterfalls, a quaint village and stay in a forested home right in the mountains.

More about Morgan Samuel Price at morgansamuelprice.com

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

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

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

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

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