Zoey Frank
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Zoey Frank

Figure in the Environment

This workshop will explore how the figure interacts with its environment. We will look at the big picture and at the spatial relationships that situate a figure in its context. We will discuss how the figure can either function as the focal point or be subdued to fit within an overarching motif. Working from observation in oils, we will make small painted studies to hone in on composition, and then work on one larger painting over the 3 days. Focus will be placed on finding accurate value and color relationships that build a complete image. The course will be taught through lecture, demonstration and individual critique.


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  • No refunds can be issued within 45 days of workshop date, unless canceled by Atelier Dojo.

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Kerry Dunn
Nov
8
to Nov 10

Kerry Dunn

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

Alla-prima or Wet-on-wet (is Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used
mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried. It may also be referred to as direct painting or the French term au premier coup (at first stroke). This three day workshop will apply this painting method to the portrait as our subject, painted from the live model, and each days lesson will build on the previous day. The first day, attention will be paid to proportion and drawing using only brown paint in order to achieve our first painting. The second day's painting will build upon this start, and then also work with flesh-tones in order to build the forms of the surface anatomy. The third day's painting will build upon this by starting the same way, and then also introducing a greater range of color. Repeated practice over the three days makes for increased ability.
The result by the end of the workshop is a greater facility of painting the portrait from life and a better understanding of the building stages from start to finish, combining drawing, modeling surface forms, anatomy, color, and developing a focal point. Each student will leave with three finished alla-prima portraits.


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Alia El-Bermani
Feb
7
to Feb 9

Alia El-Bermani

Still Life Painting in Gouache

Working from a variety of natural objects, we will explore the unique qualities of still life painting in gouache. Gouache is a magnificent, water-based media used for creating rich, opaque, paintings that have a wonderful, velvety surface. With this versatile media you can create flowing washes, big bold shapes, or even delicate, fine lines.Starting with some basic exercises to build confidence and understanding of the unique properties of gouache, we will then have the opportunity to paint several contemporary, natural object still life paintings from life. Topics such as composition and design, the historical symbology of certain still life items and basic color mixing will all be discussed. Many still life items such as insects, bones, fruits and vegetables will be on hand for student use, however students are encouraged to bring their own objects that have some visual interest or personal importance. Come explore this exciting media!


About the Instructor:
Alia El-Bermani is a professional artist who received her BFA in 2000 from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach CA, where she also taught for several years. This talented figurative painter has had several solo exhibitions, and has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country.  Her paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina. In 2015 her painting Paper Wisheswas acquired by the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain for their permanent collection. She is also a seasoned instructor who has taught at both the college and workshop level.  She currently teaches ongoing classes at her teaching studio in Raleigh, NC as well as workshops around the country.  She has been honored as a guest lecturer at several universities including East Carolina University, Meredith College, Laguna College of Art and Design and Texas A&M University as well as for the 2016 Symposium for Women in the Arts.  El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the important blog Women Painting Women.  Several articles and interviews have been featured in such periodicals as American Art Collector, ArtSee, Art Week, The Independent, the Savvy Painter Podcast and LA Weekly.  She currently lives and works in Apex, NC


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Rose Frantzen
Mar
6
to Mar 8

Rose Frantzen

Alla Prima Portraits

The emphasis of this workshop will be to grow a deeper sensitivity to what you see and how to understand and paint what you see. Recognizing that style is inherent in the artist, we look at how to ask yourself what it is that you are seeing. We use the model as the beginning of that conversation. What is your relationship to this model? What is my experience of this human being sitting in front on me? How does one translate this into paint?

We approach this questioning by breaking down the alla prima portrait painting process into drawing, value, color, edges and texture. We will be looking at light, at paint quality, and how to use paint to help turn a form or capture a likeness. Rose will demo on day one, teaching aspects of alla prima portraiture as prompted by the class's impetus and curiosity. The next two days will be spent guiding and assisting students at their easels.


Bio

Rose Frantzen has an established history as a working artist, exhibiting figurative, representational, serial, and allegorical works in oil and multimedia in galleries across the country, including the Old City Hall Gallery, which she opened in her hometown of Maquoketa, Iowa. She has had numerous one woman shows and participated in many group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States. “Portrait of Maquoketa,” a collection of 180 portraits that she painted of her townspeople, was exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The project now includes a panoramic landscape of Maquoketa painted on 34 suspended panels and is part of the Figge Art Museum's permanent collection. Her work is in the permanent collections of the World Food Prize, the Figge Art Museum, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Brunnier Museum, the Denver Historical Museum, the Figge Museum of Art, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Dubuque Museum of Art, and the Iowa State Historical Museum. She is a three-time award winner in the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, including the 2016 and 2018 People's Choice Award. Her portrait commissions include university deans and presidents, governors, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. Frantzen is a frequent demonstrator, workshop instructor, guest lecturer, and panelist discussing art and the artist’s life in the 21st century at museums and national art conventions, and her paintings have been featured in national and international art magazines, podcasts, and journals. Her latest project, “In the Face of Illusion,” is a 4x70' wall of contiguous portraits and figures in dialogue with optical illusions.


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Felicia Forte (FULL)
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Felicia Forte (FULL)

Alla Prima Painting with a Focus on Abstraction

Still Life and Portrait

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. 

In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in, and with which she gained her skill, with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction.

Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher with 10 years of teaching experience under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome.

Supplies

  • One 12"x16" pad of Arches Oil Paper. If you know this paper and do not like working on it, feel free to use a surface that you do like.

  • One Felicia Forte Set of Rosemary and Company Brushes or the equivalent.

  • Oil Paint

    • Basic Palette:

      • Titanium White

      • Yellow Ochre

      • Cadmium Red (NOT cadmium red hue or cadmium red light or cadmium red deep)

      • Ivory Black

    • Extras, if you like:

      • Ultramarine Blue

      • Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson

      • Cadmium Yellow

  • Palette: some suggestions — a sturdy rectangular glass palette which fits into a paint-saver box with the blue lid, or New Wave Palettes.

  • Palette Knife

  • Gamsol, to thin paint and clean brushes and palette.

  • Linseed oil

  • 2 Containers for Gamsol/medium: one large container for cleaning brushes wit just Gamsol and one smaller, for clean Gamsol/medium that you will use to thin your paint as you go.

  • Paper towels.


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Nicolas Uribe (FULL)
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Nicolas Uribe (FULL)

FORM AND COLOR WORKSHOP

Describing form in terms of painting, particularly when done from a naturalist reflection, is a highly complex challenge that requires the strongest bond between the painter and materials, particularly pigments. The election of the colors that are going to make up the palette, and consequently dictate the color relationships within the painting, is one of the most fundamental, transcendental decisions that a painter takes. This workshop initially concentrates on how the relations that are generated in the palette have the potential to amplify the specific intention behind the goal of representation.

In this workshop specific daily exercises while working from a life model are going to be done, and based on the palette and the color relationships that are generated in each palette type, drawing, form, structure, gesture, light, atmosphere, expression and color are going to be emphasized.

The goal is to bring the painter closer to identifying and generating a solid dynamic between perception, intention and interpretation through painting, never leaving behind the fundamentals of drawing.

Schedule
Every day 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm (one hour lunch break)

Day 1
Reduced Earth Palette
Lead White, Yellow Ochre, Terra Rossa, Ivory Black.

Day 3
Cool Temperature/Primary Color Palette
Lead White, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber.

High Chroma/Primary Color Palette
Lead White, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red Medium, Cobalt Blue Light.

Materials

Complete Palette:

Lead White (can be replaced with Titanium White), Cad Yellow Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Medium, Alizarin, Terra Rossa (can be replaced with Venetian Red), Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue Light, Ultramarine Blue and Ivory Black.

Natural Bristle and Soft Brushes or Synthetic brushes, of varied shapes and sizes (flats, filberts and rounds).

Medium: None

Wooden, Masonite, Glass or Acrylic palette, it’s important that it’s not a white palette.

Panels, Boards or Canvases no bigger than 60x60 cm, previously primed with a neutral tone.


Nicolás Uribe is an American painter, born in Wisconsin, USA, currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. He graduated with Honours from School of Visual Arts in NY. Nicolás has had numerous solo exhibitions both in the US and South America, and has exhibited his work in Mexico, Spain, Egypt, among other countries. He’s done numerous painting workshops in the UK, Spain, Canada and the US. He splits his time between preparing works for upcoming exhibitions and teaching Life Drawing and Painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá. Nicolás is also part of the team at Blank Atelier in Bogotá, where he teaches workshops privately.


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David Shevlino
Dec
6
to Dec 9

David Shevlino

Alla Prima Figure Painting

This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects.  On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model.  Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes.  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.  This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.

Supply List

  • Brushes:  filberts, flats of varying sizes. Avoid soft synthetic brushes   and brights. For stiff synthetics I recommend Silver Bristlon or Rosemary Ivory series. For a natural bristle, any good quality manufacturer will do. (Robert Simmons, Silver brush, Windsor Newton etc.). NOTE:  Bring at least 2 brushes which are ¾” and 1” wide 

  • Medium: refined linseed oil, but not cold pressed (NO STAND OIL)

  • Odorless paint thinner for rinsing/cleaning brushes

  • Rags or paper towels

  • Palette  AT LEAST 11 x 14 or bigger

  • Neutrally toned gray canvas or panel: Use Liquitex Basics neutral gray for toning 

  • panel/canvas  size range 14 x 18 to 16 x 20 inches. Students need 1-2 canvas/panels for each day of the workshop

  • Paint cups or old cans. NOTE: Bring jars or cans for your thinner at least 3” in diameter

  • Jar with lid for used paint thinner.

  • Oil colors:

    • Titanium white

    • Cadmium red light

    • Cadmium orange or equivalent

    • Burnt sienna

    • Yellow ochre

    • Alizarin Crimson

    • Ultramarine blue

    • Purple  

    • Cadmium yellow light

    • viridian green

    • Olive green

    • raw umber


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