Workshops

There is limited free onsite parking.  We encourage carpooling plus TriMet bus #51 and #63 both stop in front of OSA.

ATTENTION

  • OSA requires in-person workshop participants be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are currently recommended.
  • If you have not done so already please provide the OSA office with proof of vaccination. A photo or a scan of your card may be submitted HERE: or a copy sent via USPS mail to Oregon Society of Artists, 2185 S.W. Park Place Portland, OR 97205.
  • To maximize airflow we open windows (when weather permits), doors, and set fans. Additionally, there are air purifiers in the room.

OSA Registration is a first-come, first-served basis. Registration must be paid in full to participate. In the event a workshop or class is oversold, registrations received beyond the maximum number will be refunded in full.

A $30 administration fee will be charged for cancellations made greater than 60 days before the event start date. NO REFUNDS can be made for cancellations within 60 days prior to the start of a workshop or once a workshop begins unless your place can be filled from the waitlist. If a workshop is cancelled by OSA, registration fees will be held on account and may be applied to another workshop, class, or made as a tax-deductible donation to OSA. Oregon Society of Artists is not responsible for any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled workshops.

American Easel "deep" birchwood panels of various sizes, are for sale at OSA.  Please contact the office for more information.

For overnight accommodations, please contact Park Lane Suites and ask for for the OSA discounted rate. https://www.parklanesuites.com/ 


Workshop Prices are listed with:  OSA-Member Price first  |  followed by Non-Member Price

Looking for a Supply list? You will find a link included in each workshop description right below the registration button. This is your supply list for the workshop. Click on the link and print or download the PDF. It will not be emailed to you. 


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Nicole Poole: Paint Your Pet!



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10+ 

Learn how to paint Fido! Or whatever you call your beloved companion. Be it dog, cat, fish or turtle, we will have a great day depicting our animal friends in a painting that is sure to please! Make a pet portrait as a holiday gift or create one to treasure for years to come.

Using a photo reference of your pet, Nicole will guide participants in the initial drawing onto canvas and discuss shape, texture and color and how to approach and simplify the details to successfully paint your furry (or feathery or scaly) friend capturing their lovable details and character. Each person will leave with an acrylic portrait to amaze and impress their favorite animal friend and the human ones as well!

$100 for 1 registration or $150 for 2 registrations! (Call the OSA office to pay the discounted rate for two sign-ups: 503-228-0706)


Price: Member $ 100.00 | Non-Member $ 100.00





Patti Mollica: Still Life with Acrylic/Oil



ONLINE WORKSHOP
Mon, Wed, & Fri January 16, 18, & 20, 2023
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
All Levels | Acrylic / Oil Painting

 

Join renowned artist Patti Mollica for an online workshop on still life painting! Learn to compose and paint still life scenes with enhanced drama by learning to design your composition before you paint. Get bold and expressive by using dramatic brushstrokes with a “less is more” approach. With Patti's instruction, we'll spend time learning how to create strong compositions with objects you choose from your home or you can work from Patti’s reference photos. You will be instructed to consider what tools and brushes should be used for the best results. The workshop will include critique time for individual instruction. We will have one day between class sessions to practice what you've learned. Join us for targeted instruction and training - this workshop may be a "game-changer" for you, as it has for many others!

 


Price: Member $ 295.00 | Non-Member $ 355.00


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Scott Gellatly: Color Theory for Painters



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Sat-Sun, January 28-29, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Intermediate - Advanced | Acrylics / Gouache / Casein

Bring “informed intuition” to color-mixing and color strategies for all genres of painting. In this course, we will explore how to use the key characteristics of color to express emotion in our paintings. Each student will create a series of exercises and example paintings that culminate in their own hand-painted, color reference book. This class is intended for intermediate and advanced painters of all genres.


Price: Member $ 275.00 | Non-Member $ 315.00


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Susan Bein: Create & Publish an Art / Photo Book



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Sat - Sun, February 4 - 5, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All Levels | Art / Photo Book Publishing

In this two day workshop you’ll learn how to create and publish a book of your photos or other artwork from start to finish. Using BookWright, a free software provided by Blurb (a self-publishing website), participants will learn how to create a book of their photos or other artwork and upload it to Blurb to be published. From simple magazine formats to elegant coffee table books, Blurb makes it possible to create and customize your own books and publish them quickly and inexpensively. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll cover organizing and preparing your image files, including resizing and sequencing, deciding on a book format, using Blurb’s software to create page layouts, and uploading the finished book to Blurb’s website and ordering. Susan Bein has been a fine art photographer for over 50 years and took workshops with Ansel Adams on the making of photographic books.

Notes: Each participant will need to bring their own laptop to work with throughout the weekend. Students should possess basic computer skills.

Books ordered from Blurb will be at each participant's own expense.


Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00


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Susan Schenk: Map Questing-Landscape Collage Using Maps



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Sun, Feburary 19, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All Levels | Collage

If you've made abstract collages, you are ready to take mixed media to a new level. Learn to use torn and cut maps and magazine pages to create striking, realistic landscapes. Discover how to use recycled paper as if it is paint to create a unique work of art. You will be guided through the technical challenge of making realistic renderings from recycled materials, and produce one or two frame-ready works of art.

Susan Schenk

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Price: Member $ 125.00 | Non-Member $ 145.00


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Amanda Houston: Bird Gestures In Pastel



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Sat - Sun, February 25 - 26, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All Levels | Pastel

Learn how to not only make bird portraits, but capture the subtle gestures of birds through the medium of pastels. This class goes beyond just learning to copy your photograph, but teaches you how to see our subjects beyond the visual form. What is the personality and feeling you want to portray? Birds are just an avenue to do this...and they're quick and fun and easy! 

Optional $20 Supply Fee to be paid to instructor for students who want to try gator board and copper substrates on Day 2.



Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00


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Harold Walkup: Color & Value In Watercolor



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, March 10 - 12, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

Learn how to use color and value to connect with the subject in your painting. There will be three days of demonstrations using strong values and unusual color choices to create works that radiate an inner light. Each day will start with critiques and painting demonstrations. You will have several hours to paint and receive individual professional help from Harold to help your work improve dramatically.


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Price: Member $ 295.00 | Non-Member $ 350.00


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Rene Eisenbart: Expressive Portraits in Watermedia



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, March 24 - 26, 2023
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
All Levels | Painting / Watermedia

Explore concepts that guide you in making an exceptional portrait. Uncover the ESSENCE of your subject as you determine the IDEA you want to express, which will often evolve as you play with the images and shapes in your painting. We’ll interpret our subjects to create personal works of art that tell a story, starting loose and fresh then honing the details. Create a likeness by following the pattern of light, mid and dark values. Composition and texture making will guide us in this process. 

 

Breathe new life into “finished” or unresolved paintings while enhancing the concept behind your work. Adding acrylics and opaques to your watercolor technique opens up whole new worlds of possibilities! Learn to re-evaluate and reinvent your work when it isn’t working to your satisfaction. Any painting can be “fixed” with the right combination of acrylic grounds and liftable opaques. Build your skills and your imagination in this lively, supportive workshop, designed to promote “out of the box” thinking! 

 

Bring reference for new starts and unresolved work if you like. Tips to help choose or create a good reference: http://rene-art.com/wcontent/uploads/2016/03/Choosing-Portrait-Reference-handout.pdf 


 

 

 


Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00


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Marcy Baker: Water-Based Monotype Workshop



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, April 14 - 16, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Printmaking / Watercolor

In this three-day workshop, water-based paints are applied with brushes and other tools onto Plexiglas plates to create painterly one-of-a kind monotype prints. The plate is first lightly sanded to allow for a more complete transfer of the image. Layers of watercolor and gouache paints are built up and blended on the plate and then allowed to dry before being transferred to dampened paper with an etching press. Watercolor pencils are used for drawing and mark-making. We experiment with manipulating paint on the plate using a variety of texture tools. We will also explore chine collé, a method of collage where rice paper is adhered to the support paper with wheat paste during press transfer. 


 

 


Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00


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Dory Kanter: Keeping an Artist's Journal - At Home and On the Road



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, April 28 - 30, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

Enjoy the daily practice of creating an artistic journal while learning innovative ways to chronicle your thoughts and impressions. Artist Dory Kanter makes it easy to capture the sights and scenes around you, whether in the studio or when traveling, with original Art Escape projects designed to spark your creativity. Dory will demonstrate how to produce luminous watercolor mixes with expressive color triads. This workshop explores traditional and non-traditional methods of putting your experiences on paper by enhancing your artistic eye, practicing the art of the quick sketch, and storytelling with image and text. All skill levels will experience both inspiration and success.

Materials fee of $10 due upon registration.

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Price: Member $ 375.00 | Non-Member $ 435.00


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David Cobb: The Art of Garden and Flower Photography



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Sat - Sun, May 6 - 7, 2023
Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Intermediate Level | Photography

In this weekend workshop you’ll learn the finer points of photographing the garden landscape, which include critical composition skills, an introduction to exposure strategies, techniques for photographing the garden landscape, and lens approaches. In addition, David will present techniques for composition and exposure of flora macros, choosing your background, and photographing plants and flowers creatively. The workshop includes both in-class and field work. Students interested in having their work critiqued can bring 2-3 images for review at the end of the Sunday session.

 A digital or film camera is required for this workshop along with a working knowledge of its function.

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, May 6

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Classroom Session at OSA

2:00 pm - 5:00 PM: Photo Outing to the International Rose Test Garden

 Sunday, May 7

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Photo Outing to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (Garden opens at 10:00 AM - $5 entry fee).

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Critique Session at OSA (Optional to attend)

 

OPPA and PPF members eligible for OSA Member discount. Please call the OSA office to register with the discount.


 


Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 375.00


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Joanne Kollman: Expressive Portrait Drawing & Painting--The Nuts and Bolts



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, May 19 - 21, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
All Levels | Oil Painting / Drawing

This workshop is for you if you’ve never taken an intensive figure workshop and want to be prepared, a refresher for those who have, or ff you have ever taken a painting class or workshop and felt in over your head! This workshop will prepare and/or advance your painting/drawing from life skills, especially if you have been working from photographs.

We’ll kick off the first morning with a slide presentation and end the day with a demo on Palette layout & paint application for all levels. Day 2 and 3 we'll focus on working from a live model in color. Beginning students can stick with value drawing and painting for 2 or 3 days.

Students learn how to start and finish Alla prima portrait and/or figure paintings from life in one session. Joanne shares tips she’s gleaned from Max Ginsburg, Zhaoming Wu, David Leffel/Sherrie McGraw, Nelson Shanks and Casey Childs methods & more.

Day 1: Portrait Drawing: Structure and Technique.

Day 2: Taking the Mystery Out of Color: Color Note Painting

Day 3: Putting it Altogether: 12x16 portrait or 16x20 figure painting.

See supply list for beginner, intermediate and advanced supply lists.

Sunday January 8th 7pm PST optional recorded zoom meeting from Joanne Kollman, “Getting the Most Out of Your Workshop Experience”. Contact the OSA Office at 503-228-0706 for more details.


Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00





Anji Grainger: Elements of Nature and Texture in Watercolor



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, June 16 - 18, 2023
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

This workshop offers a 3-day exploration into creating unique textured patterns using different elements to produce dynamic results with watercolor. Create beautiful, textured patterns in your watercolor paintings by employing nontraditional techniques using plant materials, salt, stones and other elements. See how watercolor pigments react and leave beautiful patterns on your paper. This workshop will also emphasize composition and design principles. Each day I will demonstrate and teach different techniques and methods to create unusual outcomes. This workshop connects us with nature and lets each creating artist discover the magic of patterns in natural things that are around us.


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Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00





Don Jacobson: Photographing Wildflowers in the Field



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, July 7 - 9, 2023
Times Vary Each Day
Beginner - Advanced | Photography

Join photographer Don Jacobson for a weekend of photographing the natural world! Learn to use your camera to create compelling photographs of the wildflowers and other plants you encounter in the great outdoors. This three day workshop will consist of a two hour lecture Friday evening covering equipment, techniques, software and a slide show. Saturday, workshop participants will meet at a TBD location near Mt. Hood to spend the day photographing wildflowers (and anything else!) with up to two miles of hiking on trail. Sunday afternoon the workshop will meet at OSA to critique of the photographs we took Saturday.

A fully adjustable camera and a basic knowledge of how to use it are required. A list of suggested equipment will be distributed before the workshop.

Workshop Scehdule:

Friday, July 7: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Meet at OSA for technique/equipment lecture


Saturday, July 8: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  Meet at a TBD location near Mt Hood to photograph. (Wear hiking gear and bring water and snacks!)


Sunday, July 9: 2:00 PM  - 5:00 PM  Meet at OSA for Photo Critique Session

 

OPPA and PPF members eligible for OSA Member discount. Please call the OSA office to register with the discount.


Price: Member $ 295.00 | Non-Member $ 335.00





Kristy Kutch: Vibrant, Versatile Colored Pencil



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, July 14 - 16, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Colored Pencil

Join colored pencil expert, Kristy Kutch for this three-day workshop exploring the vibrant world of colored pencils. Each day we'll focus on a different type of pencil or techinque that will lead to unique results. We'll achieve vivid colors and fascinating textures with colored pencil techniques and tools. Rather than focusing on subject matter, we'll dive deep into using colored pencils to acheive your desired results.

Day 1: Explore the versatile beauty of "traditional" (waxy/oil) colored pencils on Bristol board and Stonehenge paper.

Day 2: Experiment with the unique appeal of colored pencil on toned (colored) surfaces.

Day 3: Focus on water soluble drawing material and techniques, with an introduction to watercolor pencils, watercolor paper, and Ampersand Aquaboard. Feel free to work on the colored pencil project of your choice.

The workshop structure will cover general guidelines for exploring colored pencil in its many dimensions, while allowing for flexibility and fun! Please feel welcome to portray a special subject or to spend more time on a certain project or series if you wish. 

Note: There will be many demonstrator sets of colored pencils available for students to sample and borrow. Each student will leave with a sizable goody bag of free supplies! See the supply list for details.

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Price: Member $ 385.00 | Non-Member $ 435.00


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Rick Fox: The Air In Between--Seeing and Simplifying in a Charged Landscape



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, August 4 - 6, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Oils + Acrylic Painting

Each of the three days will be a combination of in-studio problem solving and plein-air landscape painting. The studio work will involve specific directed limitations in anticipation of some of the core challenges, contradictions, and joys of painting in the open, energized landscape. We will make two paintings each day, one studio painting and one plein-air landscape painting. 

 

 We will be diving into color through specific limitations as we address a variety of issues:


Day 1:  Managing the Chaos + Prioritizing the Picture Plane

Day 2: Retinal Compensation + Clouds and Foliage as Form.

Day 3: Near + Far: Riding the Relative Value of Color + Collision of Land + Sky

 


Price: Member $ 400.00 | Non-Member $ 460.00


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Kristie Mooney: Learn How to Batik in Watercolors



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri- Sun, August 18 - 20, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Watercolor Batik


Watercolor batik is the process of using traditional watercolor paint and wax to create unique and beautiful batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper.  This process is similar to the age old technique where melted wax is applied to fabric as a resist and then the fabric is dipped in dye. Students will begin the process with a drawing and then learn to create highlights and shadows, as well as how to mask areas of the project with wax This class is suitable for both beginner and experienced painters with little or no watercolor experience.



Price: Member $ 320.00 | Non-Member $ 380.00





Jennifer Mark: Connecting Through Collage



Join artist Jennifer Mark to learn the art of painted papers! Participants will experiment to create beautiful unique and durable papers in an endless variety of colors and textures. We will work on mastering the painted paper technique, discover valuable “mark making tools” and delve into all the different forms of collage and the best archival practices for glues, varnishes and substrates. Jennifer will share simple rules for composition and everyone will leave the workshop with several works of art, a collection of collage paper “fodder” for future projects and a new found connection with fellow artists in which to draw future advice and inspiration.

During the course of the workshop Jennifer will demonstrate painting texture techniques, composition shortcuts, color glazing and give plenty of individual attention. The last 2 hours of the workshop will include a demonstration on mounting collages and presenting them as a finished artworks. The workshop will end with a supportive group critique.

$25 Materials Fee due upon registration.


Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00


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Lian Zhen: Watercolor Fish and Flora



ONLINE WORKSHOP
Mon, Wed, Fri, September 18, 20, 22, 2023
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
All Levels | Watercolor

In this workshop, Lian will teach basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unique watercolor methods including "Color Pouring and Blending" and "Paint Around (negative painting)" through the subject matter of Koi and Hydrangeas. He will teach you how to mix colors on watercolor papers, as well as letting the pigments paint themselves. Throughout the workshop, you will learn to acheive all these techniques using only three primary colors.

The demonstrations are step by step with practices between, so students have time to absorb and assimilate the lessons. During student practice times the demos will rerun online several times. Questions are welcome at any time. At the end of class Lian will critique students work, providing comments and suggestions so students can improve their paintings. A one day break between each session allows students to gain more from the workshop by doing practice paintings or finishing up the previous days’ painting.


Price: Member $ 275.00 | Non-Member $ 285.00


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Sarah Hansen: Landscapes Unbound - Acrylic Painting



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Fri - Sun, October 13 - 15, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Acrylic Painting

Sarah B. Hansen’s main objective in painting is to convey an emotional connection to nature using elemental shapes. She captures this feeling by establishing strong color schemes, dynamic compositions, and gestural strokes using various tools. During the course of this workshop, Sarah will discuss the importance of compositions, structure of natural forms, power of value studies, and development of color schemes. You will learn how to see landscape forms as masses of interlocking shapes and values, thus creating an abstract, yet recognizable landscape painting. She will walk you through the challenging aspects of acrylic paint characteristics; its dry-time, how to use acrylic mediums, and tools for application.

Sarah will demonstrate one or more times each day, then allow students to work on their own paintings through out the day, ensuring individual attention for each student. Students may choose to work on one or two paintings as desired.

 


Price: Member $ 380.00 | Non-Member $ 420.00


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Liz Walker: Creating Paintings with Impact



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Sat - Sun, November 4 - 5, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Beginners - Advanced | Acrylics + Collage

 

What makes us stop in our tracks and examine a painting? Color, value, composition, and even subject matter are important, but more than that, a successful painting tells a story that makes us want to linger awhile longer—and keep looking. In this workshop we'll explore how to construct a strong, connected composition, how to juxtapose acrylic paint shapes with patterned collage papers to make your art memorable and personal. It's all about composition, color, value, line and shape. Throughout the workshop, Liz will share tips for how to transform old "failed" paintings into impactful works of art with a new life.

 

 Participants should have basic acrylic painting skills and a desire to jump in with both feet and learn new acrylic and collage techniques.Subject matter is the choice of each artist, so participants are free to paint figure, landscape, still life, abstract or non-objective work. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, you will benefit from this hands-on workshop, gaining a new perspective on how to build and design a better painting.

 

Day 1: We'll discuss tried and true methods for collage as well as color and value, and how to create lovely neutrals through collage. We'll also talk about the process of a painting, where good ideas come from and how to turn a good idea into a series.


Day 2: You'll discover time-tested methods for reviving old "failed" paintings including use of acrylic "skins," stenciling, mark-making and collage. Students will practice some simple "paint-overs" of old paintings and learn how to bring old work to new heights.


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Price: Member $ 255.00 | Non-Member $ 295.00





Yong Hong Zhong: Exploration of Color



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
November 10 - 12, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This three day workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of colors to advanced and expressive application of colors in your paintings. We'll be covering the following concepts in detail: color charts, relationship between value/ hue and saturation, color temperature, light and shadow, and 7 different approaches to color. There will be a 15 to 20 minutes of lecture in the beginning of each day followed by a 30 to 45 minutes demonstration. Students will have a total of 3 to 4 hours of hands-on exercises each day. We will have a group critique on the last day of the workshop.

Yong Hong Zhong

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Price: Member $ 335.00 | Non-Member $ 395.00





Terry Miura: The Figure Demystified



IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
Thurs - Sun, November 30 - December 3, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Levels | Drawing / Oil Painting

The human figure is arguably the most difficult subject matter for an artist. The complexity and the unforgiving nature of the motif is intimidating for many artists, to say the least! This workshop aims to demystify figure drawing and painting, and presents a logical process which will allow students to tackle this difficult subject matter with a much deeper understanding and confidence.

In the first part of the workshop, the emphasis will be on capturing the gesture and depicting form using dry media. Working with short poses, we will focus on analyzing and translating what we see onto paper. We will have demos and in-depth discussions on the relationship between light and form, visual anatomy, and rhythm. 

In the second half, we will apply this knowledge to painting. Using oils, we will cover techniques to communicate simply, logically, and effectively. Controlling values, colors and edges will be our primary emphasis as we work with a series of poses to sharpen our skills and gain a deeper understanding of painting the figure. 

An $80 Model Fee will be charged upon registration.


Price: Member $ 515.00 | Non-Member $ 595.00






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