ARIST: Bill Farnsworth
Beginning to Advanced levels
Bill Farnsworth will teach a 4 day Oil Painting Plein Air/ Studio Workshop. For two days students will paint Plein Air and learn about how to choose, edit, and build a painting full of light. The other two days students will paint in a studio environment using high quality photographs and/or field studies. Bill will talk about the pitfalls of photography and the technical aspects of getting the most out of studio time.
Every morning Bill will paint a demo whether Plein Air or Studio to show students a step by step on how to build a painting. This four day workshop will give the students the best of both worlds and they will come away with a greater understanding of the principals of painting.
ARIST: Greg Barnes
Beginner to Intermediate Levels
Greg welcomes students who are new to plein air painting as well as students with prior experience and provides individual attention to students at all levels. Instruction will range from advice on supplies to choosing a subject for your painting, the painting process, and adding final touches in your studio.
Greg teaches pastel and plein air painting the way he learned: By giving daily demonstrations and instruction at your easel. This format accelerates the learning process by first seeing and then by doing. While pastel is the medium Greg focuses on, oil or acrylics are welcome. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, you will enjoy your experience with Greg.
Selected comments from a recent workshop:
"Excellent workshop - it is the best I have ever participated in"
"Felt like Greg strived very hard to make sure that everyone got personal attention and positive suggestions"
"A delightful person, who translates "Yes, you can" to students"
"Wonderful workshop - please come again."
Artist: Dan Graziano
Beginning to advanced levels
Whether you are a beginner picking up a brush for the first time or someone returning to art after a long time away from the easel, this workshop is designed to be informative, fun and stimulating. Beginning with a discussion on the “basics” of painting (from materials to paint handling), the workshop will also address the fundamentals of composition, color, value, edges and perspective. Instruction will include a short painting demo by Dan each day, with explanation of his process along the way.
On the first day of the workshop, participants will work from a still life to paint quick studies from life that incorporate the fundamentals discussed, with plenty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout the day. The following three days of the workshop will focus on painting en plein air, including how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings. Participants will paint outdoors at different locations each day within the picturesque Tallapoosa Art School retreat and along beautiful Lake Martin. The basic goal for each day of this workshop will be to develop the ability to create expressive, accurate, and “painterly” paintings!
Artist: Nancie King Mertz
Beginning to Advanced Levels
This workshop will improve your speed & confidence when using soft pastels for Plein Air painting. The information shared over the 4 days will also be helpful for studio pastel work.
One or two paintings will be fully completed each day, depending on your comfort zone. Individual attention is stressed in this workshop, rather than group lecture. Short demos will be offered as needed, throughout the workshop, to help clarify techniques.
Artist’s statement: “Pastels are perfect when painting on-site because they’re so immediate…no time is required to mix paint. This is a huge benefit when racing against the clock or chasing the sun. I’ll share techniques that help you capture light & shadow quickly and that enable you to complete works in 2-3 hours. Lake Martin is beautiful in October and provides a wealth of subjects, just begging to be painted!”
ARTIST: IAIN STEWART
Beginner to Advanced Levels
Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression.
Through demonstration, thoughtful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. Iain teaches workshops both en plein air and in a traditional studio setting. In both settings his purpose is to provide you with a repeatable process involving carefully planned steps that you can use for painting any subject.
Students will follow Iain in group demonstrations from photographs provided by Iain or life - more experienced painters are encouraged to work from their own photography. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all quite often with a broad mix of experience and skill levels represented. Most importantly, Iain allows as much time as possible for one on one instruction and critique. After all a workshop should focus on the student and not how well the instructor can paint. In the end it's about you and your experience and whether it will help you to continue on your artistic journey.
Iain Stewart is a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies amongst others. His work has received top awards in international competition. In addition to working as a fine artist and workshop instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator with an international clientele and an Adjunct Professor at Auburn University where he teaches Architecture in Watercolor.
ARTIST: John P. Lasater IV
Intermediate to Advanced Levels
A familiar name in the national plein air scene, John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. And now, with years of teaching under his belt, expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help.
John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, and Carolyn Anderson, and indirectly through self-study of historical sources such as Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickenson, Georgio Morandi, James Whistler, Edgar Degas, Andrew Wyeth, Camille Corot, Diego Velazquez, and Italian and Roman historical art.
- Introduce you to new ways of approaching one of the toughest artistic subjects – landscapes painted outdoors.
- Further your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools.
- Empower you to make better choices when deciding what and how to paint; choices that fit you personally and this place in art history.
- Introduce you to painting larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions.
- Add nocturnal painting to your repertoire.
- Learn new ways to conquer your emotional roadblocks.
- Teach you about the history of outdoor painting, and how you fit in its current manifestation in the United States.
ARTIST: RONALD BAYENS
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.
Artist: David Boyd, Jr.
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.