Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Airbrush Painting Techniques"
March 30 - April 1, 2023
 

The Pastrana beginner airbrush course is intended for students who are newcomers or novices with limited or no experience in airbrushing. This workshop covers the basic principles of airbrushing, along with drills and exercises for airbrush control. This airbrush class is aimed at artists and craftsmen or women who are talented in their field but want to add another unique skill set such as airbrushing to their repertoire. This workshop is also intended for those who have some limited experience in airbrushing and want to reinforce and strengthen their understanding, knowledge, and practice in this particular field. For more information, visit pastranaunlimited.com. All materials and use of equipment included during the workshop.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Pastrana
Cost: $825 Museum members/ $875 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Ceramics: Serving Dishes with Finesse"
April 14 & 15, 2023
 

Master ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks will begin by demonstrating techniques to make unique serving dishes and then help you make your own to serve your special occasion or favorite foods such as cheese balls, shrimp cocktail, asparagus, deviled eggs, or baked salmon. Learn how to alter basic bowl and plate forms by darting, stretching, and reforming them and then embellishing them with carvings, sprigs, lugs, and/or handles. We will demonstrate all the clay wheel and handbuilding techniques used and more, as well as, help each participant individually both days. Pieces may be either taken home unfired or left to be bisqued and picked up later. For more information, visit the artists’ websites: lynnettehesserceramics.com and stevelouckspottery.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lynnette Hesser & Steve Loucks
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $500 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Water Gilding"
April 21 & 22, 2023
 

Come to a once in a lifetime workshop with master craftsman and nationally acclaimed artist Alan Shuptrine! Learn the historical background of this lost art of water gilding and discuss the art of the frame by taking a tour through the museum’s collection and viewing frames on display. Then head to the Museum Academy studios and learn water gilding with 22 kt. genuine gold leaf. At the end of the class, students will leave with their own water gilded and finished frame. Alan Shuptrine is also recognized as a nationally renowned artist for his sensitive and detailed paintings in watercolor and oil. His accomplishments in master craftsmanship with gold leaf are in museums nationwide. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Alan Shuptrine
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Portraits: Beautiful Skin Tones in Oil"
May 19-21, 2023
 

Want to paint more vibrant portraits? Ann Moeller Steverson will teach you how to create beautiful soft skin tones with a rainbow of natural colors. By enhancing your observational skills and noticing subtleties, you will explore how ambient light affects objects and color. You will learn how to observe the planes of the head, set up attractive and effective lighting, create excellent reference images, and mix paint for more natural-looking colors. Learning these techniques will help your subject matter glow, feel alive and significantly improve your skin tones. For information, visit annmoellerstudios.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Ann Moeller Steverson
Cost: $450 Museum members/ $475 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting the Figure in the Landscape"
August 17-20, 2023
 

With this workshop, Qiang will introduce his approaches of adding figures into landscape paintings in oil. Painters need to have adequate amount of training in anatomy, proportion, perspective, and skin tones to be able manage subtle variations in human forms. He will introduce visual tools to make figure painting much easier. The students will create storytelling paintings in an expressive style. Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. For more information, visit qh-art.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Watercolor Painting"
September 11-14, 2023
 

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. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – will be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists & Professional Artists. Visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $600 Museum members/ $650 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


 

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