Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Creating the Illusions of Depth"
June 25, 2021
 

The illusion of depth in a painting—whether non-objective or realistic—can be very dynamic and pleasing. This appearance is called atmospheric perspective and is used to make contours or objects appear 3-dimensional and to recede into the distance. This effect is obtained by changing values (lightness and darkness) of the color and by reducing the intensity of the color. In a 2-part demo, Alex will demonstrate how to achieve this illusion of depth in both an abstract, and a landscape painting. Alex will be using oils, but the methods and color mixings are the same for all painting media. Plan to paint in your medium of choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Almost Magic, The 6-Color Primary Theory in Practice for Dynamic Compositions"
July 2, 2021
 

Imagine 6 specific colors: reds, blues, and yellows, that will change the way you paint along with how you see and mix colors. All we ever need to know about color is in the color wheel for us to discover. This demonstration will help you broaden your color options, using this limited, but specially chosen, palette of colors. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil, or pastel) as Alex introduces some surprising color combinations that make for brighter, fresher, more intense colors while avoiding dull colors.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Linear Perspective for Artists for Dynamic Compositions"
August 13, 2021
 

We all know when an object or structure just doesn’t look right. Linear perspective is a constant that enables us to draw or paint a structure so it will appear to approach or recede in space. Alex will explain and demonstrate both one-point and two-point perspective in a way that is understandable and easy to apply. Draw along with a pencil and paper. Alex’s demo drawings will be sent out to all registrants.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Six Colors for Painting with an Unlimited Palette for Dynamic Compositions"
August 20, 2021
 

Imagine painting with a wide variety of colors just by mixing six specially chosen colors. Painting with a limited palette of colors is one sure way to achieve unity and color harmony. The word “limited” makes us think we won’t have lots of colors, but with the three primary colors, we can mix all the colors. Alex Sharma will demonstrate the mixing possibilities and the wide color variations achievable. Color mixing with the primaries is common for all media. Paint along in any medium.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Focus on Negative Spaces for Dynamic Compositions"
September 10, 2021
 

Artists consider all shapes in a painting equally. Alex will demonstrate how to make even the simplest of subjects dramatic with some simple compositional devices that create interesting negative spaces. Imagine painting around the subject rather than painting it directly to get some dramatic results. Your positive shapes will “pop” as you develop your composition and painting skills using this technique. Alex will demonstrate in watercolor, but the concept is the same for all media. Paint along in the medium of your choice.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Glorious Greens, Color Mixing for Light, Shade & Distance"
September 17, 2021
 

Getting the right green for your subject can often be a big challenge. This paint along demo will give you all the information and methods you will need to portray greens in sunlight, low light, shadow, and to create atmospheric perspective. Having several greens will widen your color palette and create new exciting greens. Some examples are sap, viridian (or Phthalo green), hookers, intense green, and olive. Alex will paint in watercolor but the color mixings are applicable to all paint media.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Alexandra Sharma
Cost: $8 for Members, $10 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


 

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