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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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