Sep 28

Still Life in Oils

Artist: Barbara Binford Davis 

3-Day Workshop
Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Learn to create light and shadow on your canvas and to arrange your own floral still life for painting in the studio and en plein air. Barbara will provide demonstrations and personal attention to beginning and intermediate students in this 3-day workshop in oils. 


Oct 19

Oil Painting Basics

ARTIST: Craig Reynolds

3-Day workshop
Beginner level

Alabama artist Craig Reynolds will provide demonstrations and individual instruction to beginning painters in this 3-day studio workshop. Students are invited to bring their own photographs to use as painting subjects or to use photographs provided during the workshop.


Oct 26

Composition in Plein Air: working with water-mixable oils

ARTIST: Charlie Hunter

4-Day workshop

Charlie Hunter’s distinctive plein air work turns heads and raises questions. Why water-mixable oils? Is it true that a squeegee is involved? And what about those Stim-U-Dents and Q-Tips we keep hearing about? All will be revealed in this fun and fast-moving workshop. There will be daily demos and plenty of time for painting; we'll go over some simple, yet invaluable tools for accurate rendering, and Charlie will expound and instruct about how and why he uses water mixable oils. Most importantly, there will be discussion and mutually-supportive critique sessions at the end of each day’s painting. We’ll learn and laugh a lot each day while staying true to the credo of have big fun; make big mess.

"If it is within the realm of human evolution, or the whim of the Divine, to allow one individual to possess the gift of a natural sense of design, then Charlie Hunter is certainly the lucky winner... No master of the pure line can surpass what Charlie, almost matter-of-factly, does when he takes pencil in hand.” – Richard Schmid, ALLA PRIMA II.

Using water-mixable oils and a reductive technique based on 19th century tonalism informed by modern reproduction processes, Charlie Hunter explores textual and graphic elements of contemporary representationalism. Organic yet irrevocably hinting at photography, Hunter’s work is simultaneously journalistic and deeply subjective. He lives and works in Bellows Falls, Vermont, 20 miles from where he grew up on the highland farm built by his great-great-great grandfather. Hunter holds a degree in art from Yale University, worked as a graphic designer creating tour posters for scores of rock bands ranging from Jerry Garcia to Bob Dylan, Ramones to The Clash, was a music manager for a dozen years and now exhibits at museums and galleries across the US. He has been profiled in ARTSCOPE, VERMONT LIFE, RAILWAY HERITAGE and PLEIN AIR.


Nov 2

Plein Air in Oils and Pastels

ARTIST: Nancie King Mertz

4-Day workshop
Beginning to advanced levels

Nancie King Mertz was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began painting and selling her work in her early teens.  She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, where she was a James Scholar, and also where she met her husband, Ron.  They settled in Central Illinois and Nancie pursued a Masters Program in Painting at Eastern Illinois University where she taught for 3 years.  While in graduate school, Nancie began a gallery/framing company which she has continued to operate after re-locating to Chicago in 1987.  Her husband joined her in the business in 2000.  Their gallery/frame shop features Nancie’s originals, Ron publishes Giclée prints and cards of her work, and Nancie and her staff run a thriving framing and conservation service.  

Nancie’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60% of her work created en Plein air.  She paints approximately 100 pieces annually and has traveled to over 20 countries for inspiration to paint on-site.  Urban & rural subjects capture her attention when traveling in the States, and she can often be found painting in the varied neighborhoods of Chicago.  She offers destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows in the Midwest.


Nov 9

Painting the Autumn Landscape

Artist: David Boyd, Jr.

3-Day workshop
Intermediate to advanced levels

David will use demonstrations and individual attention to assist students with some experience painting in oils en plein air. Autumn colors reflecting in the still waters of Lake Martin should provide inspiration for students interested in painting the southern landscape.


Nov 16

Painting Oil Portraits from Photographs


2-Day workshop

Ron will teach portraiture through demonstrations with individual attention given to each student. Students may bring their own photographs and Ron will provide photographs for students who would like to use them.


Nov 29

Painting the Landscape in Oils


2-Day workshop
Beginner to Advanced Levels

Perry will work with students at all levels to create landscapes in oils in our spacious, northern-light studio overlooking Lake Martin. Tables, chairs, and easels will be available for all.