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Drawing and Painting the Figure: Alla Prima
October 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this class will be on drawing the figure (day 1) and Alla Prima oil painting and the various techniques used to create a fresh, spontaneous response to your subject matter while the paint is still wet. Students will work by applying paint in large tonal patches and refining/ adding details as they move along. This class will be helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely, use brush strokes economically and take advantage of the inherent beauty of wet oil paint. All levels welcome. David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA). His work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Shevlino, www.davidshevlino.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Nude Figure: Drawing and Painting
Begins October 13, 2014 (Mondays, 1-4pm) — In this class, Gary Weiss, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in California and instructor at the Portfolio Center for 25 years will provide guidance for students in the art of drawing and painting the figure. We will draw and paint the figure from life. Beginners will draw only. More advanced students will cretate drawings and washes (Acrylic, Watercolor or Oil). Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gary Weiss, www.garyweiss.net
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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"The Art of Still Life" with Carlo Russo
October 13-16, 2014 (9am - 4pm) — Methods and practices of traditional realism are emphasized and demonstrated. Composition, selecting props, sight-size drawing and transferring the finished drawing onto linen - l paint with a thin color lay-in, or ébauche. Students will set up the finishing layers over the remainder of the workshop with the ultimate goal being that the student can use to improve upon their own work. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Carlo Russo
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $550.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Portrait Painting with Jason Espey (Incammanati approach)
Begins October 13, 2014 (Mondays, 6-9pm) — This 6 week portrait painting course will focus more on the 'how' of starting a portrait through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a model, Jason, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head and value gradation as taught at Studio Incamminati. Students will gain practical ability each week with three hour poses that lay the foundation for building a portrait. So, if you've ever had a family member pester you to paint them, yet you didn't think you had the skill, this class will equip you to do just that. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Jason Espey
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225 plus model fees
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Secrets of Landscape Painting - Studio Study
Begins October 13, 2014 (Mondays, 9:30am - 12:30pm) — This class offers intermediate students the ability to take what they have learned in the field and transfer it to studio landscape paintings. Continuation of study in the areas of composition, value, temperature, brush work and color harmony. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: John Guersney, www.johnbguernsey.blogspot.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $190
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Classical Approach to Still Life in Oil
Begins October 14, 2014 (Tuesdays, 1-4pm) — Study still life painting in oil with Suzanne Sullivan during this 6-week class. See website for supply list. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Suzanne Sullivan, www.suzannehughessullivan.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Animal Narratives
Begins October 15, 2014 (Wednesdays, 1-4pm) — Animal Narratives will address finding the personality of your animal subject whether a domestic pet or wild animal in your paintings and creating a story with your images. The goal is to complete 2 paintings during the course of our six weeks together. We will discuss at length your choices for photo reference in the first class. You will need one photo of an animal to do a small portrait no larger than 9 x12 for your first painting and then your second painting will consist of a larger canvas/board/panel no smaller than 18 x 24. This larger painting will be more complex in nature. We will discuss a variety of materials and techniques used to create an oil painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Gwen Wong, www.gwenwongstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Oil Painting Exploration
Begins October 16, 2014 (Thursdays, 1-4pm) — In this six week class, we will address three separate subjects: Food, abstract landscape, and contemporary approach to figure. Learn how to manipulate oil paint to create different surfaces and textures within a painting, creating graphic & dynamic compositions, working from life or from a photo, choosing your reference, lighting your object, shooting your reference and managing your digital images for reference, Painting with a palette knife, spackle knife and different size brushes to create different volume and textures, creating distance and mass within a landscape, simplifying your reference, working with a body and temperature of color within a painting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Scott French, www.scottfrenchstudio.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $225
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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En Plein Air Study in Oil and Pastel
October 24-26, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Students will be painting the area on location in oils or pastels. There will be a demo each day in either one or the other mediums. Exercises include tonal lay in and sketches, designing a painting from the beginning with consideration given to composition, values, shapes and color. Instruction is geared to each student at their own level and style. Some painting and drawing experience necessary. All levels welcome. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Debra Nadelhoffer
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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"Plein Air in The Marshes of Glynn" with Valerie Craig
November 3-5, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Valerie Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date and studied with Scott Christensen, Michael Doyle and Kenn Backhaus. Fundamentals of design, composition, value and brushstroke will be explored while considering elements of the landscape. Emphasis will include the massing of shapes, values, edges and brushwork, working directly wet-into-wet. In case the weather is bad you will have the opportunity to use reference materials in the studio. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Valerie Craig
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $400.
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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The Figure and Portrait in Oil
November 5-9, 2014 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of direct painting from a live model. We will discuss various starting techniques, as well as color studies, value schemes, and the preliminary work involved in starting a painting. The first part of the workshop will focus on the portrait; the second part will focus on the figure and setting up a scene. There will be daily instructor demonstrations and critiques. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Aaron Westerberg, www.westerberg-fineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $625 plus model fee
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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"The Still Life with Edward Minoff"
November 10-12, 2014 (9am-4pm) — Edward Minoff will demonstrate and explain his process for still life painting and provide individual attention to each member of the class. Minoff graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a co-founder of the Grand Central Academy: a Water Street Atelier Instructor: Columbia University Professor, Adjunct and Co-Founder of the Hudson River Fellowship. He has also copied works at the Louvre, Prado, and the Metropolitan Museum, where he subsequently taught a class in copying master works. Visit website


Location: St. Simons Island, GA
Instructor: Edward Minoff, www.edwardminoff.com
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Cost: $550
Email: Mary Anderson
Phone: 912.634.8414

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Street Scenes - Where People Meet People
January 10-11, 2015 — Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lorraine Christie - Irish painter, is a classically trained artist, who prefers to say that she is self taught as it has taken her years of living to develop her constantly evolving art. She has been a professional painter since 1990. Noted for her luscious oil paintings, Christie's success started in her native Ireland and has spread world-wide, with her works included in many private and corporate collections in Europe, the U.S., Japan and the Republic of South Africa. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Lorraine Christie
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $395
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Sargent through the eyes of a Devotee
January 22-25, 2015 — You will have the opportunity to learn the terminology, methodology, and philosophy of John Singer Sargent and his teacher Carolus Duran. Both had the ability to paint the essence of a portrait in less than an hour, and both sought to capture the effect of light in a methodical way. This class will help guide students to better understand what to really look for in an organized method. After doing an informative lecture, the instructor will demo how to capture the effect of light through massing. Students will also learn about the significance of paint quality, brushwork, edge work, color notations, squinting, glancing, and likeness. Things like fashion, harmony, rhythm and lighting will be discussed to reveal their role in a beautiful composition. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Juan Ramirez Jr.
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $595
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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The Touch of the Brush: Mark-Making, Calligraphy and Gestural Unity in Painting
February 12-15, 2015 — Painting is an arrangement of colored shapes - the most important truth of learning how to paint. No matter what the actual subject, an artist must learn to see the world in the language of painting rather than as nameable objects. Working from observation (still-life) this workshop will stress the nuances of direct visual perception & the importance of selection & simplification (what not to paint) in making a strong painting. We will focus on acquiring color sensitivity, seeing shapes of light & dark, attention to edges, using shape making gestural unity, & good studio practices. Experience required. This will be a 3.5 day workshop. Day 1: 6-9 pm; Day 2, 3, 4: 9am-4pm Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Maggie Siner, www.maggiesiner.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $500
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Figure Drawing & Painting with Tim Rees
March 20-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Students will draw the portrait and figure, learning to look for and implement the most important elements of shape, value, and edge for bold, confident, and loose but accurate drawings. The class will then select a figure pose which will be used as a starting point to design a painting to complete during the following two days. Students will build upon the concepts of shape, value, and edge that were learned in the drawing session to create a strong and beautiful painting. Students will work in a direct method, or wet-into-wet, to tackle the elements of a painting methodically, logically, and artistically. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Tim Rees, timreesfineart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $450
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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Classical Oil Portraiture
May 14-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to lay in an accurate underdrawing in vine charcoal and create a small color poster study as a tool for making color choices. Then we will create an underpainting, a wash in a thin layer of color over your underdrawing. Next we will learn to execute the overpainting. There is an emphasis on turning form and use of color in doing so. The goal is to finish the painting region by region. Finally, we will learn a glazing technique. We will be using an alkyd medium that will help our overpainting to dry overnight so that we can apply a glaze to it the next day and continue with the overpainting. Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: David Gray, www.davidgrayart.com
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Email: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Phone: 404-313-7356

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