Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Fresh Ideas About Observation and Abstraction"
January 20-21, 2018 (snow dates January 27-28)

Located in historic downtown Staunton, BSSS is committed to providing high quality art instruction. Instructor Bill Scott will work with experienced painters on ways they can structure pictorial space by relying primarily on color. “In my own painting practice, I am an abstract painter but my pictures are based on observation,” Bill explains. “If you are patient and trust me to not steer you wrong, I will likely succeed in proposing new ways you can approach painting and fresh ideas you can consider.” Bill has had a remarkable career as a writer, gallery director, art historian, and painter. He worked in the studio of Joan Mitchell and has contributed essays to catalogs for exhibitions of Berthe Morisot’s paintings.
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Instructor: Bill Scott
Cost: BSSS Members: $200; BSSS non-members: $230
Sponsor: Beverley Street Studio School (BSSS)
Website, email, 540-886-8636

"David Shevlino Paints the Clothed Figure"
March 8-11, 2018

Would you like to create fresh, loose figure paintings? Instruction by this contemporary master is relaxed, in my home studio and outdoors in the Broadlands neighborhood, limited to 12 students. David will teach you how he paints from live models alla prima (wet into wet). Learn how to simplify form, values and color into understandable tones and shapes. Each day in the workshop we will watch David demonstrate, and then paint from live models ourselves. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn. Every student will appreciate painting loosely and with greater economy in their strokes.
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $545
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047

"Juan Jr. Ramirez Paints Realistic Portraits"
April 15-18, 2018

Learn how Juan uses the masters' methods to paint from photos as if they were live models. The focus in this class will be on realism. Explore the techniques that bring your portrait paintings to life. Instruction is relaxed, limited to 15 students. Explore in depth how to use drawing, color mixing and oil paint application to create realism. Each day in the workshop we will watch Juan demonstrate, and then paint from photos ourselves. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn.
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Juan Jr. Ramirez
Cost: $395
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047

"Carlo Russo Paints the Still Life"
May 18-21, 2018

In this 4 day class we will explore some of the key elements in creating a successful still life painting. The instructor will cover subjects such as composition, object selection, color harmony, painting technique, materials and more. Often the success of a painting is determined before a mark is ever made on the canvas. In this class, the instructor will share his insights, experience, and expertise on how to create a harmonious, well designed and successful picture. Each day the instructor will demonstrate for the class to give a deeper understanding of the techniques involved.
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Carlo Russo
Cost: $495
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047

"TJ Cunningham Teaches Landscape Painting and a Trip to the NGA"
September 21-25, 2018

The focus of this workshop is learning to see reflected light and color in landscape painting. Working from life, TJ Cunningham will demonstrate his process during daily demonstrations and then assist attendees as they complete their own paintings. This focused, four day workshop will be conducted outdoors at various wooded sites in the Broadlands neighborhood of Ashburn, VA. We will locate close to ameneties and parking. All levels of experience are welcome. Composition, drawing, and basic value and color distribution will all be discussed. Optional: Join us for a day at the National Gallery of Art on the mall in DC 9/25.
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: TJ Cunningham
Cost: $465
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047

"Felicia Forte Paints Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait"
October 5-7, 2018

Alla Prima painting, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in, and with which she gained her skill with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction. Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher with 9 years of teaching experience under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome!
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Cost: $480
Sponsor: DebKArt Home Studios
Website, email, 571-236-0047


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