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"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


"Open Painting in The Medium of Your Choice"
Mondays, August 5-26, 2024
 

Paint with the medium of your choice, (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, Colored Pencil), in a relaxed atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work. 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. The main purpose of this course is one-on-one assistance from the instructor with whatever you need help with (fixing, composition, specific subjects, etc.).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $200 or $50 per week
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


"Impressionist Painting in Plein Air with Oils or Pastels"
October 30-31, 2024
 

Spend two lovely mornings outside learning how to paint with oils or pastels in Plein Air! The first morning, the class will start with painting demonstrations and information. Carol will share how she quickly captures the landscape in Plein Air. You will learn how to focus in on a composition, define the values, identify the light source, establish a point of focus and how to see and use colors effectively in your Plein Air paintings. You will learn the importance of painting light, shadows and colors from life. There will be personalized teaching and individualized feedback.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Carol Iglesias
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Finding Your Focus in Oil or Pastel"
November 3-5, 2024
 

A good painting has a lot of elements that contribute to its success. Color, value, technique and having a clear focus. All of these principles are explored by Aline, emphasizing looking at shapes in an abstract way in order to create illustrative paintings. Working from their own photo references, students will transform these into oil or pastel paintings using the principles of color, value and design. Along with a painting demonstration each day, Aline will talk about understanding color in terms of temperature, intensity and value while translating those ideas using pastel and oil technique. She will also emphasize the concept of creating shapes and carving back on them in order to achieve a painterly finish.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Aline Ordman
Cost: $400
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Very Beginner Oil Painting: Starting Out Right"
November 16, 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. Come prepared to paint! Information handouts are included. A $20 fee will cover all the materials to use in the workshop. All paintings are yours to take home!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Colorful Horizons: A Dive into Luminous Oil Painting"
March 19-21, 2025
 

Unleash your creativity and add depth to your paintings in this adventurous and fun-filled course. Begin with a transparent underpainting, then layer earth tones and vibrant highlights to create depth and glow. Experiment with brushes, palette knives, paper towels, and even your fingers to discover new techniques. Learn the importance of focal points and composition, using complementary colors to unify your work. Subjects may include sunrises, sunsets, moonlight, seascapes, marshes, and florals (reference photos provided) but please feel free to bring your own inspirations too. After a morning demo each day; start a painting and continue working on it the next morning. No pressure—this class is about exploration and finding your own unique style. Come join us!
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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