Workshops

Nov. 28—Dec. 7, 2018, Modern American Realist Master Class at Southern Atelier 10-Day Master Class with Steven Assael

Our Master Class Sessions are a special next level program of study for the for aspiring Professional Artist.

Attending a workshop with a contemporary Master Artist is a dream come true for artists. Steven Assael will bring his experience and talent to Southern Atelier for a 10-day Master Class, November 28 through December 7, 2018. This will be a memorable opportunity for artists to reach new heights of expertise and skill with one of the best contemporary American realist artists.

Assael’s 10-day Master Class at the Southern Atelier focuses on analytical and emotive approaches to painting the human figure. The class will have multiple models in long poses and will use both cool and warm light. Assael will emphasize important aspects of his process, such as the importance of color, value relationships, and the development of form in a related atmosphere. He will review the importance of observation, anatomy, proportion and plane shifts, projecting and receding from the eye and how to create an alla prima technique which involves both scumbling and glazing. The class will also include drawing and painting demonstrations, short lectures and daily critiques by Steven.

The works of Steven Assael speak volumes, and this living master will teach you to harness the beauty and spirit of any individual. Be prepared to be immersed in a fun and intensely focused painting workshop of a lifetime!

A native of New York City, Steven Assael is one of America’s leading contemporary figurative masters. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and New York Academy Graduate School. His paintings are in public and private collections throughout the country. Assael’s work predominantly portrays the beauty of his subjects, but he also incorporates both their grittiness and their poignancy, all qualities of the modern human struggle. Through his selective process of rendering the human form, he derives his techniques from the Old Masters to create works of art that grab the viewer’s attention and capture the true essence of the model.

MASTER CLASS FEE $2500
(includes model fee)

 

January 11-12 and Jan 19-20, 2019 Structural Portrait & Figure Drawing with Dan Thompson

Living Master Dan Thompson is known throughout the world as a leading Instructor of Life Drawing. His approachable and informative style of teaching is a joy for students of all levels who want to take their work to the next level. This foundational class will bring solidity and structure to ones figurative works through the application of clear conceptual understanding.

This workshop has been created for students of life drawing and portraiture who are motivated to enhance their seeing as they strive to better understand the human figure.  Students will experience a series of lessons, revolving around drawing the head and shoulders, from direct observation.  Using the same pose, the workshop will underscore complimentary drawing techniques that can translate observed phenomena into comprehensive surfaces, informed by structural anatomy.  As the drawings are pushed, nuances will arise from comprehending the tactile nature of organic human form.  The overall exercise is intended to better facilitate a path toward decoding the mysteries of the figure and enhance design decisions in ongoing student drawing from life.

Workshop Fee: $550 + Model fee

 

February 1-3, 2019 Drawing from the Inside Out: Still Life Painting with Dennis Perrin

Dennis will help you realize your potential as an artist by going beyond materials and techniques. Creator of The Perrin MethodTM, Dennis’s teaching covers not only the technical aspects of painting, but also the thought processes behind painting with special emphasis on the power of belief and intention. The principle subject will be a floral still life in oil but may also include some outdoor painting in a garden or with a figure in the scene.

Dennis Perrin can best be described as a painter of light as it illuminates and describes the subject. In order to fully “capture” the light and the energy of his subjects, Perrin always chooses to paint in front of the subject, not content to settle for photography or video as painting reference. As a result, the Perrin style is a unique blend of brushwork and design know best as Painterly Realism.

Perrin has also been called an American Impressionist in the Boston School tradition, and that is not surprising since among his greatest influences are the American Painters John Singer Sargeant, Edmund Tarbell, and Frank Benson, as well as the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour. Other major influences have been Diego Velasquez, Johannes Vermeer, Thomas Dewing, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph DeCamp, Joaquin Sorolla, and so many others. A former member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Mr. Perrin paints in order to express his great love for the beauty seen all around, especially in his immediate environment.

Dennis studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art with M. Dell Weller, who taught him the power of seeing and translating his vision of the natural world into paint. He continues his studies exploring the subtleties of light through paint. Among his favorite subjects are the human figure, clothed and nude, flowers, still life, and the interior space, often populated with one or more figures. Though not as frequently seen in his work, Perrin is an avid plein air painter of the New England landscape.

Dennis Perrin is also a renowned teacher and the founder of The Perrin Method™, the world’s leading edge online Atelier. His teachings and techniques for painting and artistic thought are now in practice around the world. More about The Perrin Method™, his online courses and live workshops and retreats can be found by visiting www.theperrinmethod.com.

Workshop Fee: $550

Feb 25-Mar 1, 2019 Plein Air Workshop with Huihan Liu:Painting “Old Cortez”

Huihan Liu-Plein Air Painting Workshop / Painting “Old Cortez”

The Southern Atelier welcomes Master artist Huihan Liu!  His paintings are known as impressionistic realism and appear to be delightfully spontaneous. Join us in this five day work shop, as Huihan shares his knowledge, focusing on the plein air experience.  We plan on painting at the historic Cortez fishing village.  In four days, you will create several studies which will be used on the last day, in a studio setting. Huihan will guide you as you gather information for these field studies. You will learn how he develops his compositions and paintings that express a painterly energy.

Date: Feb 25-Mar.1st, 2019

Workshop Fee: $950

Cortez is one of the last remaining fishing villages on FL Gulf Cost. With its nature setting, it is an ideal place and inspire for plein painter to explore and to preserve the beauty of village.

Learn and proficiency in plein air painting skills from quick study on location to the studio painting in combination of studies and photo reference.

   

Class Plan:

Day One- Introduction of Plein Air Painting, study the moment of light and shadow, color atmosphere, be engaged work on each study at the limited time from 20-40 minutes. 6 of 8” x 10”.

Day Two- Topic: Color Temperature. 4 of 9” x 12”.

Day Three- Topic: Water Reflection, 4 of 9” x 12”

Day Four- Topic: Paint the Characteristic Cortez From Vantage Point. 2 of 11” x 14”.

Day Five-Topic: Studio painting From Studies on Location. Final Critic.

Color Pallet

Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian.

Canvas / Panel

8” x 10”, 9” x 12”, 11” x 14” will be for outdoor painting.

14” x 18” will be for studio painting.

 

March 25-29, 2019 Clothed Figure Painting with Zhaoming Wu

In this 5-day workshop, Zhaoming will teach a traditional “painterly” technique of oil painting.  It will be applied to figure painting in an “alla prima” approach.  Emphasis will be placed on composition, color and understanding light on form.  It will include the process of producing appropriate values and edges to create mood and atmosphere. Students will be led into figure painting practice by observing Zhaoming’s demonstrations along with individual instruction, and critiques. Zhaoming’s understanding of classical techniques and superb draftsmanship has enabled him to paint in a loose manner, developing his own concept and personal style. His workshop is special and limited to a very few throughout the year.

Workshop Fee: $950 plus shared model fees.

April 25-28, 2019 Painting the Figure with Expression with David Shevlino

 

In this workshop the class will start with a loose, quick acrylic underpainting, then work over it in oil paint. The acrylic paint dries within a few minutes, making it ideal for underpainting.  On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Painting over an underpainting allows for more building up of paint so that parts can be scraped and wiped away to expose the underlying tones and forms.  This lends itself to an expressive, more abstract approach, while creating an interplay between tones, forms and color.  In addition to brushes, we’ll be using plastic scrapers to add and remove paint.

Workshop Fee: $550 + Model Fee

white dress, 39 x 35, oil on canvas 2/2015

Erin in a crown, oil on panel 18 x 14, Dec 2015

Amber in White, oil on panel, 30 x 24.5, 2016

Nude on Green, oil on canvas, 39.5 x 37 1-2013

Yellow Shirt, oil on panel, 14.5 x 12, Feb 2016

Leaping Figure, 48 x 42 oil on canvas 9/2012

 

May 17-19, 2019 Red Chalk with Charles Miano

Join Southern Atelier Founder, Charles Miano, on a journey of expression as he teaches the secret fundamentals of Red Chalk Drawing in large format. Charles will explain the nuances of red chalk drawing as it applies to direct observation of the live model. Blocking-in shapes, tone masses, edges as well as morphology will be explained and demonstrated throughout the workshop. Artists will learn important technical aspects of the medium including how to stretch paper and a special sizing preparation. In addition, Charles will discuss the historical importance of red chalk and how Masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael all utilized its tremendous potential.

Workshop Fee: $450+Model Fee

August 11-12, 2018, Portrait In Pastel With Gwenneth Barth-White

THE SIMPLE STEPS FOR STRONG PORTRAITURE

In this workshop, Gwenneth will show how to apply simple consecutive steps to build a strong portrait.

Working with a model, she’ll teach and demo one step at a time, allowing each student to complete that step before continuing to the next.

Students will paint one model every morning, and another every afternoon. This will give the opportunity to apply two different approaches to portraiture: in the morning, a classical, tonal and sculptural method on Canson mi-teintes paper. The strategy will be based on contrasting blocks of light and dark (values).

In the afternoon, with a different model, we’ll be working on white Clairfontaine’s Pastelmat or Dakota’s Pastel Premier Paper, creating a splashy, colorful diluted underpainting that will be the base for the second, more impressionistic painting. The strategy of contrasting warm and cool colors for maximum effect is the basis for the second method, it is with the idea of expanding more creatively once a knowledge of a classical value base is established.

While building our portraits, we’ll work on the three vital contrasts in painting:

The contrast of values.

The contrast of complimentary colors.

The contrast of lost and found edges.

Each morning starts with fun, fast value sketches to loosen up.

The workshop is $250.00 plus shared model fees.

Ms. Barth-White is a noted international pastellist and is one of the top three artists in her media (out of a pool of 100), according to Pastel Journal.

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May 15 -18, 2018, Colore: Great Traditions Explored with Robert Liberace


This class explores the “painterly” approach in the manner of 16th Venetian painting and drawing. This idea is represented best by North Italian Renaissance artists such as Titian and Veronese and influenced painters from Velasquez to Sargent. The “colorito” approach involves more mass oriented drawing materials such as charcoal, pastels and ink wash, and the painting method stresses the broad application of paint with an emphasis on color resulting in pictures with an atmospheric subtlety. The first two days will concentrate on drawing using the traditional mediums of ink wash and charcoals. Day three, four, and five will be focused on painting both the portrait and figure.

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Price: $650 + Model Fee Shared

Mar. 19-23, 2018, Figure and Studio Painting Workshop with Huihan Liu

Workshop Overview

This intensive 5-day workshop is design for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improve craftsmanship as well as visual concept. The beginning of the class will focus on painting from the live model, and the last two days of class will focus on studio painting.

There will be a deep discussion regarding visual perception as well as aesthetic conception. Students will learn how to use a photo reference as a visual concept to develop a studio painting. They will use design, placement of composition and focal point, and paint from the model.

Students should bring their own photo references to the class for the studio painting assignment in the last two days. This project will be completed as a final presentation by end of the class. Huihan Liu will share his thoughts by doing one and half day formal demonstration and a slide presentation. Individual attention will be given throughout the workshop.

        

Huihan Liu Bio  

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1952. Huihan completed his formal art training at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art with a BFA in 1975. He taught in the art school of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art between 1979-1987. Huihan was a candidate and was accepted by the Graduate School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1985. He went to the United States to further his study in 1987 and graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with an MFA in 1993. Huihan is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, an Artist Signature Member of California Art Club, and is the Graduate School Advisor of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Huihan was influenced by the 19th century academics from both the French and Russian schools who brought their ideas to the China art schools in the 50s. He has high regard for that group of Naturalists who believe in academic tradition and continue to portray scenes from ordinary life in the late 19th century。That inspiration took him on many trips to different regions in the world. He uses his paintings as a cultural bridge to connect people and to share their joyful moments and compassion with others.

Huihan’s paintings can be considered impressionistic realism, with a combination of primary field study and reference, and with a focus on compositional arrangement, color design, accurate detail, spontaneous brushstrokes and texture. In his figure painting, he pays close attention on the characteristics of people, their gestures and the atmosphere in order to suggest the hidden meanings of the piece.

When he was in China, he participated in many show exhibitions both regionally and at the national level. Huihan has been participating in many national shows and invitational exhibitions in the U.S. During the last twenty years, his paintings have won many awards such as, “Best of Show in Painting-John Scott People’s Choice Award,” in Western Rendezvous of Art; “Gold Medal for Best Painting” in California Art Club’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition; Gold Medal for the Master Signature Member at the Oil Painters of America National Show; as well as the Members’ Choice Award for The Master Signature Division in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Since 1997, Huihan’s work has been featured in articles by numerous national magazines such as Art of The West magazine; Southwest Art magazine; The International Artists magazine; The Artist’ Magazine and Western Architecture & Art magazine.

More info about Huihan Liu : From the E and W Huihan Liu AS17

Workshop Supply List

  • Studio Workshop Color Palette

Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alzarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep, Permanent Rose, Dioxazine Purple or Permanent Blue Violet, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Hue, Ivory Black.

  • Mediums

Gamsol

Linseed Oil

  • Brushes

Signet Robert Simmons   #3, #5, #7   Flat       DickBlick

Fan Brush                         #4                             Utrecht

Rhenish Ultrecht Natural Curve Bristles   #10 Flat #6 Bright

Ultrecht Finest Interlocked #7 Filber

Rhenish Utrecht Kolinsky Red Sable #4, #6 Flat #6 round

  • Canvas

11”x 14” 5 pieces (neutral grey undertone)

9” x 12” 3 pieces (neutral grey undertone)

  • Wet Painting Carrier

Palette Knife

Paper towel

Pochade Paint Box with easel or tripod.

* The list of supply is only the suggestions.