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"Landscape Painting Beyond the Photograph In Your Choice of Medium"
Thursdays, February 29 - March 21, 2024
 

Join Art League instructor Joyce Nagel for this 4-Week offering for students working on their landscape painting. Come, ready to work in the medium of your choice (oil, pastel or acrylics), and let the instructor teach you tips and techniques to take your landscape paintings beyond the photograph. Weekly demos, individual and group critique and instruction will be given! This class is appropriate for all levels of students! Drawing is a prerequisite.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Joyce Nagel
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Color Theory for Painters"
February 29, 2024
 

Imagine 6 specific colors - reds, blues and yellows -- that will change the way you paint and how you see and mix colors. Now imagine using these colors to achieve clear, bright colors, the illusion of distance, volume, depth and shadow! This is a hands-on full-day workshop to immerse yourself in color possibilities and put your learning into practice. Come prepared to paint along in the medium of your choice as Alex introduces, in a step-by-step manner, some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, more intense and fresh colors, and how to alter them to create the illusion of distance and shadow. In the afternoon we will paint from still life to practice using our colors.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Oil Painting for Beginners, Starting off Right"
March 2, 2024
 

If you have ever wanted to try to paint in oils but didn’t know how to start, this 1- day workshop will introduce you to classic oil painting and the methods used to put paint to canvas and get you on your creative path. All the basics to get you started on an exciting journey are covered in this workshop: paints, brushes, surfaces to paint on (canvas, board etc.), color mixing, mediums, brushwork, palette knife use, and care of materials. All will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay for use of supplies, all of which will be provided for you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, March 4-25, 2024
 

Paint with the medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel) of your choice in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos, techniques, and critiques will be available to assist you. Realism, impressionism, or something more modern is all welcome. This class is appropriate for beginner painters, intermediate painters and advanced painters of any medium and style. The main purpose of this course is one-on-one assistance from the instructor.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Acrylics or Oil: Making Your Mark with Palette Knife and Impasto Texture"
March 9, 2024
 

This is your opportunity to learn how to use various shape palette knives and a paint-loaded brush to obtain texture and glassy smoothness in your paintings. Be prepared to paint along with Alex as she demonstrates palette knife and sgraffito techniques for various subjects: sky, water, trees, flowers and marsh. The morning focus will be to practice mixing and layering and getting comfortable using the palette knife to really get your shapes and forms to come to life. In the afternoon, we will paint from life in the studio and from your reference photos or your imagination. The objective is to capture the spirit of the composition's colors and textures through simple use of palette knife and loaded brush.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"All about Art and Where to StART"
March 20, 2024
 

This class is for those who would like to work in art but do not know where to start and/or with what mediums. We will start with pencils, charcoal and work our way through watercolor, acrylic, pastels and oil and any others that students may be interested in. Barb will explain the pros and cons of each of the mediums including prices points and other materials you'll need for that medium, including, brushes, surfaces and framing. At the end of the session, students will have time to try them all on a small scale. In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, all of which she will provide to you.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Barb Snow
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Impressionist Oil Painting: How to Paint Fast with Oils"
March 26-28, 2024
 

Learn how to paint quickly in oils with wet-on-wet or alla prima in an impressionistic way. Carol will share her process for first blocking in large simple shapes before laying down colors. You will learn how to define values, identify your light source, establish a point of focus, and how to use color effectively in your paintings. You will learn how to crop and interpret your reference photographs for strong composition and understand the relationships between value, color temperature and color intensity. These methods will allow participants to quickly paint a fresh, loose looking painting! Students will practice using their own photo resources. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $180
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Transparency for Water & Glass in Oils and Acrylics"
April 8, 2024
 

Oil and acrylic colors can achieve that transparent - almost watercolor - look with deep, jewel-like colors. The addition of a paint medium specific to oils or acrylics along with the application of specific techniques, methods and color combinations, will result in transparent depth and illusion. Whether painting in an abstract or realistic form, transparency can create the illusion of water and glass, or any subject. Spontaneity of method and color mixing for the subject will be achieved through technique exercises and demonstration. All levels of experience are welcome!!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Creating Dynamic Still Life Paintings in Oil"
May 13-15, 2024
 

Still life painting can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Perhaps your past attempts to paint fruit have looked flat and formless. Maybe the colors in your flowers have appeared "chalky" or "muddy." Perhaps you've struggled to arrange a good still life in the first place! If these difficulties sound familiar, I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop. Learn how to identify and accurately capture the most subtle color changes. Learn how to make fruit and other objects look 3-D. And learn how to draw your viewer's eye from across the room with the 5 Principles for Powerful Paintings!
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Plein Air Painting the Landscapes in Oil"
May 16, 2024
 

Stepping outside and painting the landscape can be exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming! In this plein air workshop, I will share the powerful principles you need to break down a scene into manageable chunks, establish your center of interest or "focal point" and create a dynamic, engaging composition. I'll begin the workshop with a demonstration of key plein air principles. In the afternoon, you'll be able to paint the landscape, and I will offer my thoughts and assistance. Please join me for this fun, informative plein air workshop in the great outdoors.
 
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Instructor: Adam Clague
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Seeing - The Power of a True Artist"
July 17-19, 2024
 

To be a successful artist, it is essential to see things accurately. Enhancing the skills of perception enables the artist to draw or paint anything! For centuries, artists have utilized various aids to seeing. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to use these aids, allowing for skillful observation and to recreate what they see on paper or canvas. Various ways to measure, make comparisons, define values, see shapes, and identify colors are explored. Regardless of current abilities, completing this workshop significantly transforms the participant’s capacity to view the world as with “new eyes.” With improved powers of perception, they can create artworks of ever-increasing levels of expertise! This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Expressive Abstracts in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 28-30, 2024
 

This workshop will teach you how to paint with cold wax and oil in an abstract way. You will learn everything I know about this technique. We will work with several abstract compositions and learn about various materials, surface effects and techniques used to create unique pieces. Color harmony will also be part of this workshop. This workshop is geared towards the beginner to intermediate levels. Many demonstrations are given along with personal help and critique. Be sure to bring all supplies the first day!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Linda Benton McCloskey
Cost: $450
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finding Delight in Color"
October 16-18, 2024
 

This workshop reveals secrets even the old masters did not know! Participants discover the source of all color, elevating their powers of observation to permit identification of hues hiding in plain sight. With this heightened skill, students are better able to replicate colors seen without the frustration of endless experimentation, memorizing formulas, recipes, and complicated color systems or “happy accidents.” Special focus is placed on assisting the artist to determine the most suitable pigments for producing paintings of quality and unfailing harmony. This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Robert H. Way
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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