Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Adding the "You" Factor to Your Paintings 2"
March 26-28, 2018

This workshop is all about making unique, personal, and creative paintings. We will explore options and strategies for you to try on that will include still life, figure, and landscape examples of each concept as well as a look at the art history behind it. Plan on bringing personal photos or sketches of subject matter that you love to paint or would love to paint. The subject will be the jumping off place – the real subject will be YOU. Our focus will be on seeing and thinking abstractly, crafting a beautifully designed painting, and finding and expressing that thing that is your own.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Donna Zagotta
Cost: $345
Sponsor: Artensity
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"Painting the Story in Still-Life"
April 30 - May 2, 2018

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It’s told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made. We’ll work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of oil paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint and why we make art.
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Scott Conary
Cost: $420
Sponsor: Artensity
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"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest.
Location: Lowell, Michigan
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Franciscan Life Process Center
Website, email, 616-897-7842


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