Category Archives: Workshops

Workshops • 2018

Workshops 2018

 

 

‘Composition, Color and Creative Cacophony’
January 12-14, 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona at Scottsdale Artists School

This will be a 3 day joint workshop with my good friend Charlie Hunter. We had so much fun and repeated requests that we decided to join forces again. This studio class will be an intensive, fast-moving and fun workshop focusing on the common elements and painting techniques utilized by both of us to create dynamic, successful paintings. While I work in full color and Charlie in monochrome we both emphasize a common devotion to the fundamental principles of painting/drawing, values, edges and composition.

Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these core precepts, followed by lots of hands-on painting time. A workshop highlight is the critique session at the end of each day where we discuss the successes and challenges of various approaches. Individual attention is a high priority, as well as laughs, irreverence and lots of enthusiasm!

Contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School for registration by calling
(480) 990-1422
or visiting:
Composition, Color & Creative Cacophony

 

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‘Seeing and Capturing Your Subject’
April 16-20, 2018
Painting the La Jolla Coastline / San Diego, California

This Plein Air class will include painting the beautiful La Jolla coastline as well as the amazing Balboa Park with its historic old world architecture and gardens. Students will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm!

Contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School for registration by calling
(480) 990-1422
or visiting
Plein Air La Jolla/San Diego Workshop

 

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‘Landscape Painting Fundamentals’
June 2-3, 2018
Portland, OR

This 2 day workshop will focus on observing and painting the landscape. We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses. Each day will begin with a demo covering the principles mentioned above, followed by a fun day of painting and personal instruction. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm! All mediums and skill levels are welcome but demonstrations will be in oil. Registration will be directly through the studio and workshop fee is $250 for both days.

Contact the studio for more information or details at:
mitch@newsletter.com

 

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‘Grand Canyon Plein Air’
September 17-21, 2018
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of atmosphere than the Grand Canyon? This a an amazing experience painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days in which we have special access to the park’s locations!!! This event also follows the week of the Celebration of Art Plein Air Event where we will view and discuss the exhibit. If you choose to arrive early you can watch artists from around the country paint for the show.

We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.

Contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School for registration by calling
(480) 990-1422
or by email at
info@scottsdaleartschool.org

 

Workshops • 2017

Workshops 2017

 

“See” & Paint Your Subject in Oils and Acrylics

 June 9th – 11th, 2017

Portland, OR at the Oregon Society of Artists

This will be a 3 day studio/plein air workshop where we will explore the specifics of learning to ‘see’ the subject, interpreting the visual elements, and putting it all onto canvas.  We will cover ‘seeing’ the light, form, atmosphere and space of a scene.  The fundamentals of painting–composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed. Mitch will be doing plenty of demos in oils covering these concepts.  We will work in the studio from photos, field sketches, or still life subjects set up in class.  There also may be a demo/work outside near the OSA, gathering material through field sketches or painting en plein air.  Individual attention for all students will be a high priority, as well as laughs and a lot of enthusiasm!

Contact the OSA for registration by calling (503)-228-0706 or this link:

Portland, OR Workshop 2017

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Learning to “See” Your Subject en Plein Air

July 31st – August 4th, 2017

Door County, WI at the Peninsula School of Art

This 4 day plein air workshop will be through the Peninsula School of Art in beautiful Door County, WI.  It will be a uniquely time because it will be the week following the Door County Plein Air Festival, which is a great event that I love being part of.  If you have a chance to come early you can watch artists from all over the country paint the area.

We will explore the crucial skill of learning to ‘see’ the subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas.  We will cover seeing light, form, atmosphere and space.  The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed.  There will be plenty of demos covering these concepts.   We will work en plein air, but if there is inclement weather, we will work in the studio from photos and field sketches or still life subjects set up in class.  Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and a lot of enthusiasm!

Contact the Peninsula School of Art for registration by calling (920)-868-3455 or visiting their site at:

Door County Plein Air Workshop 2017

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Plein Air Painting the Grand Canyon

September 18th – 22rd, 2017


The Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon?  We will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for 5 days with special access to the park’s views!  This event too follows the week of the Celebration of Art Plein Air Event.  Another chance to come early and watch artist around the country paint the Canyon!

We will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” your subject and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas.  The fundamental principles of painting – composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Daily demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.

Contact the Scottsdale Artists’ School for registration by calling (480) 990-1422 or visiting their site at:

Grand Canyon Plein Air Workshop 2017