Floral Workshop by Jackie Kamin
Students will explore the basics of setting up a poetic still life, with an emphasis on the fleeting beauty of flowers. This will encourage a bold, direct application of paint to capture essential beauty. We will discuss the importance of finding an abstract, visual idea in the set up that is all-important for conveying this beauty to the viewer. Students will experiment with the lush quality of oil paint to find the inherent beauty of thick, opaque lights contrasting with thin, transparent darks. This exploration will help students find their own unique voice. Flowers will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring any still life objects or fruit they would like to paint as well.
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We are very excited about our workshop venue in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a world-renowned art mecca. The drawing and painting classes will be held in the grand ballroom of The Lodge hotel where all forty students will enjoy attention from three instructors daily. In the drawing class, we will focus on understanding the form beneath the costumed model; the painting class will also focus on the costumed model, as well as setting up a beautiful idea in a still life. Santa Fe is a magical place; come join us for a rich week of learning!
Santa Fe Workshops
- Drawing: October 18-21, 2017
- Painting: October 22-27, 2017
- Drawing & Painting: October 18-27, 2017
In this three-day drawing workshop, This class will focus on capturing the gesture in the figure. While we will emphasize shorter poses, the longer poses will allow students to take their drawings further without losing the gesture or line quality. The drawing instruction will help in the painting class where achieving a good gesture will give the figure presence in a room environment.
In this five-day workshop, the figure students will focus on composing the clothed and nude figure in an environment. We are encouraging students to paint larger and take their starts to completion. However, there will be flexibility for students to do numerous “interior studies” instead, but all will be encouraged to do more than a portrait by putting the model in an environment.
The still life students will focus on the importance of getting an idea in the set up. Students will then learn what it means to continue to paint that idea as they develop the painting.
No matter which subject matter you choose, all painting students will begin to understand what it means to paint the concept in oil.