Intensive Workshops & International Learning Opportunities

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. International learning opportunities are offered throughout the year in Australia, France, Italy, and the United States, dates to be announced below.

 
 
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Landscape Painting Retreat in a Medieval Castle in France

22 - 29 June 2019, FRANCE

Join us for a magical week of painting, food and wine in a luxurious Medieval castle in Livers-Cazelles, France. 

This exclusive artists’ retreat is a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself and your senses in French art and history with daily painting classes and visits to the surrounding villages. The castle stands alone at the end of a path, surrounded by fields and countryside, and has a pool on one side for a relaxing morning swim. During the week we will visit famous Medieval villages, enjoy wine tasting in Gaillac, explore Cordes-sur-Ciel built in 1222, and uncover the local artistic heritage of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi. For a taste of local cuisine, our French chef Marie-Madeleine will bring us a homemade lunch and wine to wherever we are painting each day. Three evening meals are also included.

Fee:

A course fee of US$1900 covers lodgings in the castle rooms, painting classes and supplies, daily picnics of French specialities, wines, and three evening meals. Artists should however bring their own brushes. 

During the week you may rent a car for a small per diem to explore the local surroundings further as there will be free time each day for lounging by the pool or for simply enjoying a good book at the castle terrace. Spouses are very welcome to attend for a reduced fee of US$1500.

Materials:

Easels, pigments, and palettes will be provided. Each artist should however bring their own brushes.

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Past Workshops

 
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Ecorche: Artistic Anatomy with Jason Arkles

5 - 7 April 2019, WELLINGTON

Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-3pm

18 hours of instruction total, 1 hour lunch break daily.

This three-day course is designed to get the student to actively learn and apply artistic anatomy. Each student will complete an ecorche figure (a figure with no skin, revealing the bones and muscles underneath), muscle by muscle, over a provided skeleton 1/3 life size. That includes every muscle in the face. The complete skeleton resulting from the course is for each student to keep as their home reference. 

This course is designed for a 'quick and dirty' approach, condensed in three days. By enabling the students to think of muscles in terms of groups and functions, rather than as stand-alone lumps and bumps on the surface of the model the course jumpstarts students’ mastery of human form. The course is perfectly suitable for both sculptors and painters alike! 

After last year’s success, sculptor Jason Arkles will lead this class by discussing and modelling each muscle alongside the students, and with the aid of video and digital presentations.

Fee:

Armature fee $300 + course fee $450

Mastercopy: Girl with a Pearl Earring

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

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.

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Portrait Intensive: Painting a Portrait from Life

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

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.