This workshop will address several possibilities and strategies for using references as a source of subject matter in encaustic painting, and will focus on the process of opening possibilities in the presence of limitation. Painting is ultimately concerned with using the “how” to communicate the “why “of visual pursuits. This search for “how and why” is the foundation for fruitful encounters for the artist and viewer of the finished painting. This workshop will focus on the use of various encaustic methods to express your response to the landscape. The class structure is informal with the emphasis on personal challenges, experimentation and growth. Levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.
This workshop is an action packed exploration of the beautifully saturated colours of acrylic inks and mixed media. You will be working on a flat surface; dripping, pouring, spraying, brushing and scratching into the surface. We will play with texture by adding acrylic gels, pastes and collage, working on many paintings at once. We will explore trees, night skies and landscape. Come prepared to have fun and work on many paintings.
Big Brush Watercolor will be the focus of this workshop, using creative shapes as building blocks to our landscape designs. This workshop will include painting demonstrations and talks each morning, along with individual painting instruction during class time. This workshop will emphasize using sketches as a way to get to good design, and the creative interpretation of landscape photos through the drawing process. Dale will provide technical instruction on transparent and opaque watercolor; color layering and mixing, and class critique.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
This workshop will focus on the idea that painting can be fun and experimental. Too often we prevent ourselves from letting loose because we think we need to follow a strict formula, or that we must end up with a finished painting that fits our preconceived idea of “perfection”. I like to think of a painting session as messing around with ten bucks worth of materials. As a result, I can take creative risks, try new ideas or new palettes, and learn something during the session. I might even get a killer painting out of it. But if not, I’ve invested ten bucks and had fun. Through exercises and demonstrations, Perry will show his approach to tackling design fundamentals and processes, and participants will be encouraged to break out of their old routines and “out of the box.” Bring your sense of fun and adventure.
Perry will be painting with acrylics. Oil painters are welcome, but some of the processes may not be completely transferable.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
So many elements go into making a good painting and in this workshop we will cover as many as time permits, including composition, value sketches, black and white studies and blocking in with full colour. We will pay particular attention to making a good beginning. The initial block in can have an enormous effect on the progress of that painting; it can flow relatively smoothly or be a struggle all the way through. Deborah will demonstrate several ways to tackle that initial block in, and demonstrate her approach to any problems that arise, offering plenty of help one-on-one. Reference photos will be available but you may bring any that you feel will make good paintings.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
The focus of this workshop is to create a compelling landscape painting with acrylic paint. We will explore the importance of design and composition before painting and how to simplify what you see in your reference photo. This will involve sketching and trying different value studies with pencil and paper.
The goal is also to expand the participants understanding of acrylic painting and to encourage expressive use of color and to share an array of tips and techniques. Each day the workshop will include a short demo and mini-lessons through the day as well as individual instruction.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Learn how to “paint in the moment” and work with oil and cold wax. Experience how cold wax gives oil paint a stiffer, more buttery body which lends itself in creating texture and depth. Use various tools, such as squeegees, credit cards, palette knives, and brayers to build up layers, and scrape back into your work to reveal underlying imagery in surprising and exciting ways. Focus on exploring the cold wax medium, and learn to loosen up and let chance and serendipity influence your work. Use your “mistakes” to contribute to the interest, depth and sense of history in a piece. Laura will offer plenty of one-on-one instruction, insightful and constructive critique and positive encouragement. Participants are encouraged to work on several pieces at once, to allow a true sense of play and experimentation to pervade.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
This exciting portraiture painting course will develop your ability to capture the likeness of any model in acrylics or oils. Starting with an understanding of the shapes and planes of the face, portrait composition, value studies through to monochromatic paintings, you will advance to expressive paintings of the model in a full palette. Works by a variety of artists will be discussed throughout the course.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The best way to understand how to paint a landscape is to be in it! For two days we will practice strategies for analyzing and designing Nature’s own colors and values. We will consider how to compose “all that” onto our small surface, pre-planning and simplifying to work more quickly. Learn some techniques to reinforce the illusion of light and atmosphere in all your landscapes. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediate painters in oils and acrylics.
FCA Calgary is hosting Paint In sessions on the first and third Thursday of the month at Kensington Art Supply. Bring your own art supplies in the medium of your choice and work on your own project in the company of fellow artists. Artists Susan Woolgar or Ingrid Christensenwill be on hand to provide one-on-one guidance as you develop your painting.
Kensington Art Supply is also offering participants 15% off any art supplies purchased during the session.