Precision Makes Perfect: A Perspective Workshop for All Levels

Session 1: August 3 & 10, 9:30 – 3:30pm


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This workshop is about the translation of our 3D world onto a 2D surface with surprising accuracy.  We’ll explore artist perception, drawn proportions, and choosing a composition while learning the steps of constructing a work of art.  You’ll never see the world the same way.  $10 model fee to be paid in class.


Timeline August 3rd  

9:30am – 12:00pm – Introductions, sighting and measuring techniques, and applying the techniques to practice (still life)

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch break

1:00 – 3:30pm – Demo/lecture “Using thumbnail sketches to build your composition”.

Timeline August 10th – ($10 model fee)

9:30 – 10:30- Simple Proportions demo, “using diagonals and plumb lines” from live model.

11:00 – 12:00 – Simple proportions w/ negative spaces

12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00 – 3:30pm – Continue working from the figure 40 min poses

Supply list:

Pencils 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B

18×24” Drawing paper pad (newsprint or white charcoal paper if you chose charcoal)

Drawing board

Extra Large Kneaded Eraser

Plastic (pearl) eraser

((optional)) “Plumb line” which is a string with a weight on the end

Additional materials for August 10th MAY include – Charcoal, or conte crayon

Model Fee of $10 for August 10th


Oh, the Colors! A Color Theory Workshop

Session 2: August 17 & 24, 9:30 – 3:30pm

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This workshop is focuses on paint and color. We’ll explore everything from how we see color to how we manipulate colors on our canvas to create painting illusions. We’ll divide our time between lecture and exercises designed to strengthen your use and mixing of color.I first one to start off with emphasizing that even though we have 10 hours to dedicate to color understanding that it is still only the tip of the iceberg of what can be learned.  True understanding of color comes from years of practice and countless hours of mixing, comparing, and scrutinizing.  Our workshop outlines what you should be considering while you are practicing color mixing so that color becomes more intuitive in in the future.I do want to provide a disclaimer that this class is universal to understanding all color theory, but each medium (oil, acrylic, watercolor) is different and behaves differently when mixing colors.  Watercolor, for instance, is always dealing with transparencies and has to contend with and also utilize the white of the paper.  How a watercolorist thinks of color should be a little different from how an oil painter thinks of color.  While I will address as many different mediums as I can, I will focus more on oil painting because there is more theory on oil (due to its been around for so long), I have more experience with the color theory of oil paint, and oil paint provides the user time to think about their mixing choices and revisions to a color mixture can be made easily.If you are working in other mediums, it will not be a problem, just be sure to ask lots of questions if I don’t relate how color relates to you specifically.