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.
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.
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.
Acrylic painters are welcome, but Deborah will be doing all demos of block in methods in oil, which acrylic painters may not find useful.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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 second Wednesday morning and Thursday evening of the month at Kensington Art Supply. The instructor will begin with a 30 minute demo and the remaining time, will mentor artists as they paint projects they are working on. Bring your own art supplies in the medium of your choice and work on your own project in the company of fellow artists. Artists Rex Beanland, Ingrid Christensen, orMary Leigh Doylewill 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.
Gain new skills from creating glowing colour to exploring exciting brushwork in this intensive 2-day workshop. Learn how to mix your pigments for accuracy and vibrancy. Discover the power of colour temperature, and learn to layer colours wet-in-wet to create exciting visual vibrations. Develop simple paintings from still life objects. This workshop is suitable for oil and acrylic painters with some experience. Demonstrations will be done in oil.
This two day workshop will develop the student’s eye for abstraction, for the simple shapes of the human form, and to compose pleasing, satisfying paintings from these shapes. Working with a professional model each day and a broad range of materials, students will be encouraged to, and given permission to, PLAY. This workshop is recommended for acrylic painters.
Registration opens at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.