Workshops

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September 2022

Abstract Made Easy

  • September 17 & 18, 2022

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    with an hour lunch break

  • Studio “B”
  • Member $235
  • Non-Member $270

Workshop Description

If you’ve always wanted to try abstract painting but found it too hard or if you just want to play around with abstracts and want to learn more about strong design, then join me for a two-day workshop.

Day One. Looking at abstract artwork and noting what appeals to you. (i.e., Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Joan Miro and Hilma af Klint, etc.) Then using different design compositions and only 3 colors on poster board or w/c paper (we will make light pencil marks dividing the surface making small squares or rectangles that can be cut up later into smaller works) adding (optional) collage, pencil, pens, markers, etc. Value will be key. I will be handing out notes that will include pages of art design compositions (or formats). Explore the ones you like. We will talk about the 7 elements of art and why knowing them is important. (Line, Shape, Form, Space, Texture, Value and Color) At end of day one we should have one or more small pieces that we can work up on a canvas (or paper) but in a larger format.

Day Two. More discussion about the Abstract genre and Color palettes, color mixing and why using more value is important and necessary for the wow factor. I will encourage you to try new things while working quickly and discover new ways to apply paint and marks. Learn to answer the question “what if” with the reply, YES and give it a try. Think of it as having a constant dialogue with the painting.

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Painting Trees with Confidence

  • September 24 & 25

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    with a lunch break

  • Studio “B”
  • Member $350
  • Non-Member $385

Workshop Description

This class is for any artist struggling with making trees look realistic, mixing those greens, or anyone who wants to sharpen their observation skills. Robin will be sharing her tried and true tricks for making trees and other vegetation come to life in an oil painting. Whether you paint plein air, or from photos this class will help you improve your landscape paintings.

Robin will demonstrate her approach to tree painting within a landscape. Students will paint several different varieties of trees and learn what details describe realistic trees to the viewer. Color, patterns, leaf shapes and directional growth will all be discussed and practiced. Then, students will take their knowledge and paint a final landscape painting of their choice.

Many artists are frustrated when painting trees in a landscape or around architecture. Robin’s easy teaching style makes learning how to conquer painting them fun and less intimidating. Beginners welcome. Depending on the weather, we can go out and paint on location and put it all into practice!

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November 2022

Painting and Drawing with Mixed Media Collage - Part 2

Part 1 is not a requirement for the Workshop. Beginners are welcome!

  • November 5 & 6, 2022

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    with a one-hour lunch break

  • Studio “B”
  • Member $250
  • Non-Member $285

Workshop Description

Learn the joys of mixed media collage. In the workshop, I teach the fundamentals of collage, drawing and painting while challenging artists to unlock and find their inner voice. The process requires at least 2 days. My teaching technique caters to the individual artist and their level of expertise, so I have techniques for both beginners and advanced artists who want to enhance their skill sets. I will address working with papers, fabrics, found objects, past artwork, pencil and charcoal drawing, and acrylic painting. Students have the option to play with gelli plates, stamps and monoprinting on papers in addition the collage. The materials used will be the choice of each student, but students are encouraged to incorporate some of their own prior artwork into new pieces. The objective of the workshop is to explore new mixed media techniques and excavate each student’s authentic voice in their art.

I teach two drawing methods using the student’s own photos. I teach how to graph a photo for any size free hand drawing and a tracing method that works well for small pieces and individuals who are intimidated or new to drawing. We learn the fundamentals of collage on the first day and then spend the second day drawing and painting over those collages. I do drawing demonstrations on the first day so that you know what to expect and what kind of photo reference to bring. I work individually with each person trying to get their projects to a place that they love.

I encourage everyone to incorporate mixed media collage into what they already do! I will work with each of you on whatever style project you would like to work on whether it is faces, figures, landscapes, still lives or abstracts. There are no set rules in my workshops. I try to create a fun time that introduces new techniques and a comfortable learning environment to enhance where you already are. All levels are welcomed!

Manon Sander
back-to-back workshops

Capturing the Light

  • November 12-13, 2022

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch

  • Member $260
  • Non-Member $295

Workshop Description

Learn Manon’s secrets about how to make a vibrant, light-filled painting by implementing techniques that will replace random decision making with intentional choices in regards to the pillars of creating a painting. Manon will demonstrate her process step-by-step in order to give you the confidence to use your new skills on your own. Manon will dive deeply into color mixing and the use of color in easy to understand terms and will help you at your easel with your own painting. Although you will paint a still life in this class, you can use the learned techniques to all subject matter. Oil preferred, acrylics acceptable. All levels welcome, working knowledge of your medium and some drawing skills beneficial.

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Simplifying the Landscape
en Plein Air

  • November 14, 2022

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch

  • Member $130
  • Non-Member $165

Workshop Description

Learn how to capture the landscape en plein air while infusing a painting with luminous light. Manon will share her favorite strategies so you can confidently tackle a scene through simple shapes, correct values, mixing of accurate color, and impressionistic paint application. Oil preferred, acrylics are acceptable. Working knowledge of your medium and basic drawing skills are beneficial.

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February 2022

Beyond the Zorn Palette: A fresh approach to painting the modern portrait with high key colors in oil

2-day Workshop with Ruth Squitieri

  • February 5 & 6, 2023

  • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    with a half hour lunch break

  • Studio “B”
  • Member $250
  • Non-Member $285

Workshop Description

This intensive workshop is for the intermediate oil painter.

We will review the popular Zorn palette for painting portraits and apply a modern twist to it by using fresher, high-key colors and lively reference photos. We will do some color exercises that you can apply to any other subject on your own, then paint individual features of the face, and culminate in creating one portrait together.  There will be plenty of demos and small exercises.

We will learn how to select suitable reference photos, explore the pitfalls of selfies, and find out how the knowledge and proper application of values can enhance your artwork of any subject.

You can bring your own reference photos (prints or on tablet) if you wish, but please email Ruth at krautgraphics@gmail.com for review. Not everything is suitable!

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