Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Portrait in Pastel with Cuong Nguyen"
July 22-24, 2019
 

The core of the lesson will be based on drawing, values, edges, composition and creating life-like skin tone color. Students will focus on the fundamentals of drawing the human head while developing new skills in soft pastel. The workshop will feature a live model, and Cuong will demonstrate his own techniques to draw from life. Students will learn to use an approach that helps them see the big shapes first, and then go into details towards the end of the session. This is a great opportunity for you to discover your own passion for drawing, or just take your existing skills to the next level.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Cuong Nguyen
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Sky in the Landscape with Lana Ballot"
July 29-31, 2019
 

In this 3-day workshop we will explore the role of sky in a landscape - from providing us with compositional elements to setting the mood to taking center stage in a painting. We will focus on how to use underpainting and color layering to create luminous skies and textures of the landscape. For studio work, students can choose to paint from their own photos or from provided photo reference. All levels of experience are welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Lana Ballot
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Modern Impressionism with Colley Whisson"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Join one of Australia's finest impressionist painters and learn his techniques to skillfully handle paintings filled with sunlight and produce works that are bold and confident. Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Workshops will be conducted in a friendly, inspirational and positive environment. Suitable for artists of all skill levels working in OIL or ACRYLICS.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Colley Whisson
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"'Captured' - Your References Reimagined with Bethany Fields"
October 23-25, 2019
 

Learn how to take your "boring" photos and create new compositions that pop with light, color and feeling. You will layer, crop and combine reference to create new source imagery. Pastel techniques such as underpainting, embroidering color and methods to bring light into your landscape will be taught and practiced. Demos and one-on-one help at your easel are included each day. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Bethany Fields
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Freedom in Watermedia with Stan Kurth"
October 28-30, 2019
 

The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There is no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Beyond the Likeness"
October 31 - November 2, 2019
 

Let Jeannie help you create stronger figurative work by adding the story. Through demonstrations, candid conversation and individual time Jeannie shares her painting style and thoughts as well as the versatility of watercolor. Her workshops focus on; absorbing the viewer by developing emotion and movement; intertwining figurative subjects with their background; seeing natural design in reference materials; and most importantly a purpose for creating art in your unique style.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Artensity Art Workshops
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"Color and Energy with Karen O'Neil"
November 4-5, 2019
 

Karen is known for her beautiful clean color. In this workshop she will help you to see better and use strategies to get the most out of your colors. Students will use larger brushes and see form as large masses of color and value. Mixing color, working quickly and decisivley, and developing productive work habits are important elements of this workshop.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Karen O'Neil
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"Layering the Light with Rita Kirkman"
November 6-8, 2019
 

Infuse your pastel paintings with the life and warmth of sunlight with Kirkman's creative under-painting technique. By completing several small paintings you will quickly grasp the concepts of value and temperature that create a believable and beautiful impression of light! Related principles such as design and color will inspire discussion, as well as how to creatively interpret your photos and stay productive in your busy lifestyle.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
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"The Portrait: Alla Prima with Felicia Forte"
November 10-12, 2019
 

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Felicia Forte
Cost: $475 plus model fee
Sponsor: Artensity Art Workshops
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