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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Challenging Collage
February 3-4, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Explore the technique of collage and décollage as strategies for mixed media works of art with artist and educator Jean Hess. Day One: Create “traditional” collages on a backing or substrate using the more common methods of joining or overlaying materials such as gluing, acrylic resins and paint. Techniques include but not limited to spilling, breaking, crushing, marking and chance juxtapositions of materials. Day Two: Free-floating collage/assemblage. Using techniques such as stitching, wiring, stapling cold figure in place. Explore the works such artists as El Anatsui in 2000’s, Howardena Pindell in 1970’s and Pierre Buraglio in 1970’s. Hess will also demonstrate different surface materials, tools, methods and manipulations. Visit jeanhess.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Jean Hess
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $275 Museum members/$300 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Loosening Up & Seeing Color Everywhere: Watercolor Portraits
March 16-19, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) — Do you find yourself picking up those small brushes too soon? Do you wish you could see more and different colors in your images? Do you always intend to loose some edges but then find your finished paintings very tight? In this workshop, students work on understanding the structure of the face and expanding their color palette and then applying what they learn to working from photographs and from life. Kathy Durdin has exhibited and won awards in numerous watercolor exhibits across the US. She is a signature member of Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Societies. In 2013, she was featured in Watercolor Artist “Ones to Watch”. Visit kathydurdin.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Kathy Durdin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Still Life Oil Painting
March 23-25, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) — Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. He will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Exhibitions. Visit qh-art.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $550 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Watercolor: Simple, Fast and Focused!
April 3-7, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Gain more confidence by simplifying your approach to subject matter. Learn to paint with energy and focus. Understand that clarity of thought and emotion are essential in the medium of watercolor. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute and also studied the art with Edgar Whitney. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society. Mel has written numerous feature articles and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused. Visit melstabin.com Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Mel Stabin
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $850 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting
August 10-12, 2017 (9:00-4:00) — Have you ever wondered how to Loosen Up your painting style? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer is Yes, this workshop is for you! We will also develop a firm foundation of structure through the study of shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. Come join the fun! Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Email: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 334-221-5883

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Understanding Skies & Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil/Pastel
August 24-26, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Improve your paintings by adding drama to your skies! Join Michael for three days as we use the sky as a dramatic design element within our landscape painting. We will observe and interpret cloud formations and how they reflect in water. We will also apply oil and/or pastel painting techniques to convincingly capture the mood of a scene. Michael will provide photo reference or students may bring their own. Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally known artist, Daniel Greene. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Michael Story
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $400 Museum members/$425 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Charcoal: Expressive Mark Making, A Painter's Approach to Drawing
September 15-16, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Students will explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making. Combine additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers for mark making and developing grounds. The workshop will focus upon mark making as it relates to abstraction and later students may opt to explore the different ways these same techniques can be applied to observational drawing for a provocative and beautiful fusion of abstraction and realism. Gary Chapman is a Professor of Art - Drawing and Painting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has had over 60 solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Arts Center of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center. Visit artist’s website at garychapmanart.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $225 Museum members/$250 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
October 2-6, 2017 (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) — This intensive class, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian’s instruction, through the day. The class will end with a critique of the day’s session. Visit drawright.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Brian Bomeisler
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $1,600 for Museum members and non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Watercolor Painting
October 9-12, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ) — The workshop sessions begin each morning at 9:00 a.m. when Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. The “mysteries” of design will be unraveled for you while you learn watercolor painting! Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. He has written three books on watercolor. His first, titled Watercolor: You Can Do It was published by North Light Publishing in 1987. In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. A third book, on design, titled Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. Visit tonycouch.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Tony Couch
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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Pastels: Inside/Outside – The Best of Both
November 8-11, 2017 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) — Explore both studio and plein air pastel painting with instruction by internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood- Sullivan. This intensive pastel workshop starts with one day in the studio where we will cover using her Good Bones structural system to painting and discussion of portability with pastels. The next two days we move into the outdoors. Our daily studies will involve direct observation of the landscape with instruction in choosing your subject and composition from life, aerial perspective, working with underpainting, correct drawing and sky and water valuework. In both settings Liz will start each day with a demonstration and there will be two group critiques. There will be plenty of daily individual instruction. Visit lizhaywoodsullivan.com. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Cost: $625 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Email: Laura Smith
Phone: 256-535-4350 x222

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