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.