Summer Series: Alisa Koch
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Series: Alisa Koch

1-Day Workshop
Beginner Level

Artist: Alisa Koch
Painting with your palette knife: Landscapes in Oils
$150 includes tuition, all supplies, lunch, coffee, tea, bottled water and snacks. Please contact Dorothy by email at dorothylittleton@gmail.com to register.

Using her palette knife as a tool, Koch has a talent for working with oils, creating stunning landscapes that almost have an Impressionistic, Paul Cézanne-type feel. Often, Koch dots her background with vivid pinks, blues and oranges to create a rendering of a sunset or sunrise, while blocks of vibrant greens and yellows lay the foreground for her work. Her intention is to capture the transient quality of nature, from dusk to twilight, and she leaves room for people to interpret her work as they see fit. “I grew up in the country, and I spent a lot of time outdoors, inspecting the elements around me,” Koch said. “Leaves, flowers, or a change of weather had an effect on me emotionally, and I wanted to recreate what I was feeling and put it on canvas. I came up with a method to apply paint very minimally, breaking things down into shapes and colors so that you understand what you’re looking at, but each person can interpret it on their own.”

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Sep
17
to Sep 19

Still Life in Oils

Artist: Barbara Binford Davis

3-Day Workshop
Beginner to Advanced Levels

Believing that learning to paint the effect of light will allow you to paint any subject well,  Barbara will work with you in this class to learn specifically how light and shadow define form.  You will learn about different light effects and composition as we work from life using still life arrangements inside the studio.  Fresh brushtrokes and use of color will be emphasized. The valuable lessons of observation you acquire in this controlled environment will help you in your plein air work - just as your plein air work helps you in the studio!  

Weather permitting, we may venture outside to paint a still life to see and understand the transforming effect of sunlight.  

A lifetime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, Barbara obtained a degree in Fine Art from Auburn University Montgomery.  She credits plein air painting with changing her life and opening doors allowing her to paint on a full-time basis as well as stirring in her a passion to paint, to pursue painting in an impressionistic manner capturing light and its effect on the form.

Barbara is a active member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and the Portrait Society of America.  

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The Coastal Landscape in Oils
Oct
1
to Oct 3

The Coastal Landscape in Oils

ARTIST: Morgan Samuel Price

3-day Studio Workshop

Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Registration for “Locals ” package for this workshop is available by email only due to special pricing. Cost of tuition only is $575. Please contact Dorothy, dorothylittleton@gmail.com, for registration information. Registration for all-inclusive packages is available online at standard prices.

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The Classical Landscape in Oils
Oct
15
to Oct 17

The Classical Landscape in Oils

ARTIST: Chris Groves

3-day Studio Workshop

All Levels

Registration for “Locals ” package for this workshop is available by email only due to special pricing. Cost of tuition only is $575. Please contact Dorothy, dorothylittleton@gmail.com, for registration information. Registration for all-inclusive packages is available online at standard prices.

Chris will employ a classical approach to landscape painting. Class will begin with topics on materials, palette, and composition. We will cover various techniques of drawing along with preliminary charcoal sketches, value and color studies, and fundamentals of color mixing in order to prepare for the final painting. Classical approach of monochromatic under painting, directed observation and application of color, followed by glazing techniques will be discussed and shown. Class will consist of lectures, slide analysis, and individual critiques, while the student paints his or her own landscape. Students are invited to bring their own reference material to paint from, i.e., a photograph or a small color sketch.

Day 1: Materials. Structure of the landscape. Concept and Themes. Values – Shapes – Focal Point Composition and Drawing

Day 2: Color Mixing – Limited Palette discussed. Application of color. Brush handling. Getting your values and colors to work together. Light

Day 3 Pushing your painting with respect to the focal point. Edges. Accents and Highlights. Finishing up Demo on glazing techniques.

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The Southern Landscape en Plein Air
Nov
6
to Nov 8

The Southern Landscape en Plein Air

ARTIST: DAVID BOYD JR.

3-Day Plein Air Workshop
Oils en Plein Air
All Levels

David will teach plein air painting in oils in inspiring autumn venues on Lake Martin including the Stables and Barns at Russell Crossroads (David can’t resist a rusting tractor or a red clay road) and the Dixie Sailing Club. As David describes his love of outdoor painting:

I use my plein air work as a way to “capture a feeling.” I use my camera to record a moment. Back in my studio I like to combine these into large scale paintings of those things I wish I could keep forever... old signs, decaying building, old cars, trucks and tractors, and beautiful rural landscapes. My paintings are my memories, and accordingly, some of my paintings take the angle of a child’s viewpoint; lower to the ground.

Boyd considers himself an obsessed experimenter.  Recently he has been focusing on studio and plein air oil paintings of the urban and rural landscape. Boyd has studied under Millie Gosch, Gene Costanza, Jill Steenhuis, Roger Dale Brown, Marc Chatov, Scott Christensen, Greg LaRock, Sherrie McGraw, Ken DeWaard, Marc Hanson, and James Richards.

 Boyd is a member of OPA and AIS. He has been selected for regional OPA shows and AIS National where he was awarded an Honorable Mention by the judge, Kevin McPherson. In addition, Boyd has participated in and won awards at plein air events around the southeast including the Plein Air Affair in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, where he received the 3rd place award for his quick draw painting, the Callaway Gardens Plein Air Paint Out, the Paintin' The Town plein air event in historic College Park, Georgia, where he won second place, and most recently, Boyd received the Emerging Artist award at Florida's Forgotten Coast Paint Out Quick Draw event, earning him an invitation to the Forgotten Coast Paint Out.

 Boyd’s work can be seen at Two Smith's Gallery, Duluth, Georgia; Fine Lines Gallery in Newnan, Georgia; Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, SC; Two Galleries, North Atlantic Beach, NC; and Quincy Avenue Art and Things in Seaside, Florida. Boyd’s work can also be seen at his studio by appointment. View Boyd’s work at www.davidboydjr.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pintrest.  

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The Figure in Pastel or Oil
Nov
19
to Nov 21

The Figure in Pastel or Oil

ARTIST: Margaret Dyer

3-Day Studio Workshop
All Levels

This studio workshop is an intense three-day class in which students are taught a traditional pastel or oil painting technique.  Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step method. Working with a live model, we will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application or oil painting method. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow. For those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take.

Margaret Dyer has lived in Atlanta, GA, since her family moved from New York in 1960. She attended the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum of Art and furthered her studies under painters Roman Chatov, Kate Fetterolf and Jim Richards. Margaret is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies and award-winner in the American Impressionist Society. 

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Mar
31
to Apr 3

Plein Air in Oils and Pastels

Artist: Nancie King Mertz

4-Day Workshop
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!”

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Apr
21
to Apr 24

Plein Air in Oils

ARTIST: John P. Lasater IV

4-Day workshop
Intermediate to Advanced Levels: Registration for “locals” packages is not available online due to Special Pricing for this workshop. Tuition only is $725. Please contact Dorothy by email at dorothylittleton@gmail.com for registration information. All-inclusive packages may be booked online at standard prices.

John Lasater excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. He is a master of plein air painting and nocturnes. John will perform a nocturne demo that all registered students (including those who attend as “locals” will be invited to observe, and will be available to assist students staying on site during the workshop with painting their own nocturnes.

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.

Workshop Objectives

  • 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.

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Plein Air to Studio in Oils
Apr
29
to May 1

Plein Air to Studio in Oils

ARTIST: Bill Farnsworth

3-Day Plein Air to Studio Workshop
Oils
All Levels

Join Bill Farnsworth for this 3 day Oil Painting Workshop. For two days students will paint en plein air and learn how to choose, edit and create a painting full of light on location on Lake Martin. Back in the studio students will learn how to get the most out of their studies and photographs. Every morning Bill will paint a step by step demo to show students how to build a painting from 3 known values.

We will be traveling by pontoon boat to beautiful gardens and marinas at this most colorful and peaceful time of year on the lake.

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The Watercolor Journey
Sep
22
to Sep 25

The Watercolor Journey

ARTIST: DAVID R. SMITH

4-Day Studio to Plein Air Workshop
Watercolors in the Studio and en Plein Air
All Levels

Join David on a Watercolor Journey to learn the most valuable concepts and techniques.  This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity.  Participants will be provided with reference photos, drawing guides, typed outlines, and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the painting process.  The workshop is packed with demos, guided practice and individual help, both in the studio and en plein air.  Regardless of your level of experience, whether the subject matter is a Street Scene, a Misty Lake, or a Radiant Floral, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.  David will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques, including "wet-on-wet," "pouring," "spattering" and "spraying" – methods and approaches that will keep your paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures, and keep you inspired and eager to explore your new watercolor capabilities long into the future. 

David has studied under numerous instructors in the states and in China.  He has displayed his work in galleries and museums across the United States and his work has been awarded at the state and national level.  David has received Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society and others.

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Painting Lake Martin en Plein Air
Nov
10
to Nov 20

Painting Lake Martin en Plein Air

ARTIST: GREG BARNES

4-Day Plein Air Workshop
Soft Pastels and Oils
All 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 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 will employ in on site demos, oils or acrylics are welcome. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, you will enjoy your experience with Greg.

We will be traveling by pontoon boat to beautiful venues on Lake Martin, where the banks are alive with the colors of native azalea and mountain laurel. Spring gardens cultured by Lake Martin dwellers, waterfalls, moored sailboats, and unique architecture are among the subjects we will paint at this most beautiful and peaceful time of year on Lake Martin.

Selected comments from a recent workshop:
"Wonderful experience"
"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."

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Still Life in Oils
Mar
26
to Mar 29

Still Life in Oils

ARTIST: QIANG HUANG

4-Day Studio Workshop
All Levels

Qiang's approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on creating dramatic set ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his or her current skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.

Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) came to the U.S. from China. He has studied art from multiple master artists including David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions. Qiang is a signature member of OPA. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and Artist Magazine.

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