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Academy Workshops


Christina Mastrangelo

Still Life in Oils  

A Ten Day Workshop, October 23-27, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Learn how to paint a realistic still-life in a supportive, academic, inspiring environment. 

The goal of the course is to introduce artists to the representational painting world, understand the observational painting process, and come away with a beautiful painting. Working from life in the sight-size method, students will learn how to overcome the challenges of painting a variety of objects, including cloth, metal, wood, glass, or perishables, and how to push past visual limits to extend the illusion of depth and realism.  We explore line, shape, form, color, texture, edges, composition, and a logical process that makes creating this type of work streamlined and obtainable. Relevant short demonstrations will be given each day, and as students work on their painting they will be guided and critiqued suited to their individual pace and needs.  Besides watching, painting, lectures, and critiques, Christina's much-loved handouts further enhance the learning experience. You will come away knowing how to confidently paint a still life from start to finish, including how to: use the sight-size method, draw and paint with accuracy, mix and match exact colors, use mediums in layers, deal with sinking-in, care for palettes and brushes, set up a still life, set up studio lighting, promote the archival nature of your painting, varnish, and more.  Gain confidence no matter your prior experience, and feel satisfied knowing that everything learned here will translate well into drawing or painting any subject from life.

Course outline available upon request.

Fee: $1200. members  ($30 member fee)

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From Memory to Memoir:  Writing and Preserving Your Life Story
Taught by Susan Omilian, writing coach and published author

A One-Day Workshop, Nov.18, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Whatever your creative gift or passion, why not tell your story?  A book about your life can support your work, embellish your cause, explain your path and celebrate you. You can also turn memories of significant events in your life into a memoir for your children and grandchildren. Learn where to start, how to get organized and keep going until you’ve finished. Get tips on pictures to include and how to self-publish your story. No previous writing experience required.  Bring notebook.

Fee: $85. members  ($30 member fee)

Justin Wood

Alla Prima in Oils 

A Three-Day Workshop, Dec. 27-29, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Alla Prima painting is a historical method where paint is applied wet into wet. This relatively rapid painting procedure yields a typically bold and energized expression as the work or part being worked on must be finished in the first attempt. With time and practice, the skill set gained from this practical and economical process will greatly benefit the artist no matter their subject or style.

In this workshop, artists will create a new painting each day. Participants can bring in their own objects or select from a variety of provided items such as, fruit, vegetables, taxidermy, etc. Once our compositions are designed, we will draw directly on the painting surface with charcoal or paint. After the drawing is completed, a quick grisaille or color lay-in will establish the general color and/or value structure of the composition. While this initial layer is still wet, a final color layer will be applied. The entire process, from the block-in, paint application, and light/color will be discussed and demonstrated in detail.

Fee: $295 members  ($30 member fee)

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Katie Whipple

Floral Studies Workshop     (Workshop Filled, Waiting List Only)

January 18-20, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

In this three day workshop Katie will discuss the ins and outs of her methods for flower painting. Working with Katie’s “petal-by-petal” technique, students will learn to create true floral portraits. We will work to slow down our painting process to observe the beautiful nuances of each flower.

 Katie will explain how to create informed floral studies with accurate floral anatomy, light effect, and color. Starting with a simple drawing and underpainting, we will talk about how to take steps to making an accurate study while using time efficiently to record all necessary information.

 Students will focus on painting just blooms, rather than a more formal still life setup. This narrowed focus will allow us to really dive into discovering the nuances of floral painting.

 All levels of experience welcome!   Katie will provide flowers, but students are also welcome to bring their own. 

Fee: $390. members, $420. non-members

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Elizabeth Rhoades

Painting Snow Scenes in Pastel

February 22-24, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

In this three day workshop, Elizabeth Rhoades will explain and share her technique in crafting colorful winter landscapes using exciting color harmonies. Her award winning snow paintings are full of vibrant color and emotion. This class in pastel painting is for the beginner as well as advanced pastel artist. Elizabeth is an accomplished teacher, and her workshops provide comprehensive  instruction, take home materials, and plenty of individual attention.

Fee: $285. members, $30. membership

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Christina Mastrangelo

Portrait Master Copy in Oils  

A Three-Day Workshop, March 9-11, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Choose from selected Van Dyck, Velazquez, or Bouguereau portraits. We will transfer the image right onto the canvas and begin painting the first class. You will be guided through the process of discovering their palette, mixing and matching their flesh tones, seeing the structure of the eyes, nose, and lips through their eyes, mimicking their brushstrokes and edges, and recreating the image to better understand what it takes to paint a masterpiece.

Fee: $295. members  ($30 member fee)

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Doug Gillette

Perspective in Graphite Workshop 

A Two-Day Workshop, April 9-11, 2018, 9:45 am to 4:00 pm

This two day workshop aims to teach everything you need to know about the fundamental skill of drawing in perspective. Understanding perspective brings a grounded reality to your art and transforms the way your audience interacts with it. It is key in taking your work to the next level.

The overall goal of the class is to have you demonstrate an improved understanding and implementation of perspective in your art, and hopefully how you see the world around you.The information this workshop provides will be crucial to helping you create an environment drawing quicker than you ever thought possible! It's not as daunting as you might think!

Fee: $180. members  ($30 member fee)

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