Intensive Workshops

Intensive workshops are opportunities for concentrated learning on a topic of choice as well as guest-artist workshops. Master Copy, Portraiture, Guilding as well as Sculpture and Composition are offered as 3-5 day intensives at various dates during the year. 

 
 
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Portrait Intensive: Painting a Portrait from Life

Monday 14 - Friday 18 January 2019, 2-5pm

Learn how to paint a professional portrait from the ground up! In this course students learn techniques, approach and materials used by of some of the greatest portrait painters of all times. With an emphasis on drawing (with paint), we will paint the portrait in sight size giving consideration to anatomical features, mixing a flesh tone palette, shape design, edges, composition and the sense of the “inner world” of the sitter. Studio set-up provides one model per every two students, allowing close access to the model while giving painters the ability to carefully study the features while composing the painting. Through daily brief lectures and progressive demonstrations, the instructor reveals techniques, concepts and insights passed on from Velázquez to Sargent and now to you!

This is a five half day intensive class with 3 hours of painting a day, 15 hours of instruction total. Price for the workshop is $750 (or $1150 if combined with the Mastercopy workshop - see details below). The price INCLUDES a model fee. As we will paint a life-size portrait, a model will be provided for each pair of students. A non refundable deposit of 50% is due upon registration.

To sign up for the workshop, click ‘Register here’.

See the list of required materials at the bottom of this page.

 
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Mastercopy: Girl with a Pearl Earring

Monday 14 - Friday 18 January 2019, 10am-1pm

Create your very own copy of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring - arguably one of the most famous paintings of all times. Through Vermeer's masterpiece you have a chance to explore the process of accurate drawing, flesh tone mixing, color harmony, subtlety of edges and as such receive an insight into painting ideas and language that is common across styles and periods and applicable to any artist's own studio practice. Copying masterworks is one of the best ways to assimilate painting techniques and advance your studio practice as well as gain a further insight in appreciating master works

This is a five half day intensive class with 3 hours of painting a day, 15 hours of instruction total. Price for the workshop is $500 (or $1150 if combined with the Portrait intensive workshop). A non refundable deposit of 50% is due upon registration.

To sign up for the workshop, click ‘Register here’.

See the list of required materials at the bottom of this page.

 

Figure Modelling in Clay with Jason Arkles

Monday 1 - Friday 5 April 2019, 10am-5pm

In this five day course, sculptor Jason Arkles leads the class in creating 40% life-sized figures in clay, using the visual measurement techniques of the Sight Size method. Working from a live model posed in a seated position, students will learn how to build clay figures of substantial dimensions without the use of an armature, in water-based clay. Instructor Jason Arkles will work alongside students throughout the duration of the course, providing a demonstration of techniques and practices for the entirety of the course.

Throughout the course, each student will work from a living model six hours a day. Instead of molding and casting the work at the end of the course, these seated figures will be hollowed out and fired into terracotta statuettes, should the students wish. Alternatively, students can take their work home for further finishing or casting, as desired. On the last day, various finishing techniques will be introduced, and the works will be hollowed and left to dry for firing later. 

You can read more about Jason’s technique here.

Please bring your favourite sculpting tools to the class.

This is a five full day class with 6 hours of instruction per day, 30 hours in total. Price for the workshop $1150 (or $1050 with early registration by Friday 15 February 2019). Model fee and clay is included in the course cost. A non refundable deposit of 50% is due upon registration.

To sign up for the workshop, click ‘Register here’.

 

Needed Materials

PAINTS:

  • Ivory Black

  • Flake White (aka Lead White) Williamsburg brand sold at Gordon Harris is the best choice

  • Vermillion, NOT Vermillion Hue

  • English Red is an alternative to Vermillion, it's also cheaper

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Raw Umber 

These are all oil paints, the brand is not crucial, but steer away from student grade paints as they tend to be low on pigment.

CANVAS:

  • One panel or stretched piece of linen 16"x20" (400x500 mm). You may have another one for back up, just in case - but we will make one painting. 

Recommended choice is Oil Primed Linen, Claessens  - might not be available, so look for Oil Primed Linen. If you have other preferences for painting supports, feel free to use them instead.

WE WILL PROVIDE

Wax paper for saving paint mixtures

tupperware for paint storage

non-toxic brush cleaner

BRUSHES:

  • We need hog bristle brushes. The best ones are Robert Simmons Signet series. We use Filberts and some Egberts - those with rounded edges. We need 5-8 brushes, various sizes, sizes 2 - 8. 

MEDIUMS:

  • Odorless mineral Spirits and Linseed oil

OTHER:

  • Small hand mirror

  • Palette knife

  • string with a weight attached (plumb line)

  • Palette cups (little container for your medium)

  • Palette, midtone value – NOT white, grey plastic or better wooden palette. 

  • Wear comfy shoes - we are going to be walking!