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

Workshop Overview

This intensive 5 day workshop is design for painters who has already had painting experience but would like to continue improve craftsmanship as well as visual concept. Beginning of the class will focus on painting from life model, the last two day of class will focus on studio painting. There will be a deep discussion regarding the visual perception as well as aesthetic conception. Learning how to use photo reference as a visual concept idea to develop a studio painting, such as design; placement of composition, focus point…besides painting from model, students should bring their own photo reference to the class for the studio painting assignment in the last two days, it will be completed as a final presentation by end of the class. Instructor will be sharing his thoughts by doing one and half day formal demonstration and slides show presentation in the class. Individual attention will be given through 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 BFA in 1975. He taught in the art school of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1979-1987. Huihan was a candidate and was accepted by Graduate School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1985. He went to the United States of America to further his study in 1987, 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 the Graduate School Advisor of Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Huihan’s was influenced by 19c academic of French and Russian school which was brought to China art school in the 50s。He gave highly regard for the group of Naturalists who has academic tradition but portrayal of scenes from ordinary life in the late 19c。That inspiration took him to many trips in different region in the world。He wants the painting as a culture bridge to connect the people;to share the joyful moment and the compassion with others。

Huihan’ painting can be considered impressionistic realism, combination of primary field study and reference, focus on compositional arrangement; color design, accurate detail; spontaneously brushstrokes and texture. In his figure painting, he pays closed attention on the characteristic people, gesture and atmosphere in suggesting meaning underneath of the piece.

When he was in China, he had been participated many show exhibitions both in regional and national. Huihan has been participating in many national shows and invitational exhibitions in the US. Since last twenty years, his paintings have been 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; Members’ Choice Award for The Master Signature Division in 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.

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 100%pure Odorless Mineral Spirits   Gamblin Brand

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.