Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Alla Prima Clothed Figure & Portrait Painting"
October 18-21, 2018
 

This workshop is about painting the clothed figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Then students will paint from the model. For the portrait, we’ll talk about the overall shape of the head and placing the features. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid-tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Visit davidshevlino.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David Shevlino
Cost: $500 Museum members/ $525 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Watercolor Painting: Let the Colors Paint Themselves"
November 9-11, 2018
 

Lian begins the workshop with teaching basic watercolor painting techniques – composition and coloring – “color pouring and blending” and “paint around.” There are four to six short demonstrations each day with practice sessions in-between. During critiques, Lian will help you understand possible next steps and how to touch up your paintings. Lian Quan Zhen is a highly sought-after workshop watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the United States and abroad. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, he received a BA from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT in 1996. Visit lianspainting.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lian Quan Zhen
Cost: $375 Museum members/ $400 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Painting the Landscape in Oil"
November 15-17, 2018
 

Painting is always about controlling the viewer’s eye. Good composition and drawing is paramount to this effort. Students will focus on considering composition before the painting is started as well as the four planes of a landscape and inherent values. The workshop will be held indoors, and we will paint from resource photos. Perry Austin will demonstrate each day during the workshop. Students will create several studies of their own during the workshop that can be used for future reference or to create their own studio paintings. Other subjects will include using the camera to compose reference materials, color studies, en plein air studies and variations in composition. Skill Level: Open to all levels of students. Visit perryaustinfineart.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Perry Austin
Cost: $425 Museum members/ $450 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-4350 x222


"Ceramics: Serve with Finesse"
April 5-6, 2019
 

Come watch master ceramic artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks demonstrate some of their clay wheel and handbuilding skills and techniques making unique serving dishes and then make your own to serve your special occasion or favorite foods. Learn how to alter basic bowl forms by darting, stretching, and reforming them and then embellishing with carvings, sprigs, and/or handles. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks are ceramic artists working in their studio in Wellington, Alabama. The husband/wife team has just published, Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective: A Simple, Kitchen-Method Approach to Understanding Glaze Development. Loucks received his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University and Hesser, from the University of Florida. Visit lynnettehesserceramics.com and stevelouckspottery.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Lynnette Hesser & Steve Loucks
Cost: $325 Museum members/ $350 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Power of the Pastel Landscape"
May 16-19, 2019
 

Join master pastelist and widely popular instructor Robert K. Carsten in exploring four varied ways to express your ideas and feelings in your pastel paintings. Each day begins with an introduction of characteristics and concepts, and a demonstration of techniques related to the day’s theme – Impressionistic Sketch; Passionate Color in the Landscape; Tonalist Landscape and Less is More. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced. Award-winning Vermont artist Robert Carsten attended the Art Students League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti (Italy). He is a master pastelist and signature member of the Pastel Society of America, master circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. Visit robertcarsten.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Robert K. Carsten
Cost: $475 Museum members/ $500 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


 

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