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Master Artist Workshops
at the Museum Art School

Master Artist Workshops offer individuals the opportunity for intensive study with national and regional artists. Workshops are 2-5 days and have a limited number of space.


Drawing Basics: A Simple, Fun Approach to Give a Better Understanding of Drawing
Douglas David
Registration deadline is January 19, 2018
Workshop meets Thursday, February 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WT79 $135 (Museum members $115)

This simple one-day workshop on drawing will walk you through many of the basics of drawing. Whether a refresher or the first drawing class you have ever taken, it will make sense and help you have a better understanding of drawing. Developed by the many requests of painting students, Douglas has assembled all the basic areas of drawing and the things he thinks you need to know to make your paintings better and to correct problem areas that might come up in your work. Learning some of the basics of composition and general sketching to get shapes and proportions correct and massing in large shapes will be simple and easy to understand. Perspective for landscape/seascape and understanding and tackling the task of drawing the various ellipses on vases, pitchers, bowls and plates for floral/still lives will be covered, as well as point-of-view, contour line, figure and how to build into a streetscape and get the scale correct, and the checklist of what to look for when troubleshooting a painting and a drawing problem. The entire class is done with pencil in your notebook/sketchbook. Lots of presentation, demo and workbook-type exercises will help you understand and comprehend these basics. A great class by itself to feel better about drawing or great to go with Douglas’ landscape/seascape and floral/still life class/workshops.

Douglas David has a B.F.A. in visual communication from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University. He has studied the palette of the late Frank Vincent DuMond under Frank Mason of New York’s Art Students League for more than 10 years. Douglas also studied with noted east coast painters John P. Osborne and John C. Traynor. He conducts workshops around the country, and served as artist in residence at The Studios of Key West and Glen Arbor Art Association. He is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors. For more detailed information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.

Painting Boats: From Dinghys to Sailboats
Douglas David
Registration deadline is January 19, 2018
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, February 2-4, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WT100 $375 (Museum members $350)

Brand new Workshop! This exciting and fun class will cover the basic principles of oil painting specifically with regard to painting boats. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some basic boats and move up to more complicated sailboats. For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review, and no matter what the subject, these principles are key, and new discussions and tips are added each season. Each day’s demo will include simple discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and the concepts his work entails.  Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/set up to prepare to paint. Students will work on small canvases, and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and the gesture of the boat, whether large or small, in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student begin to reach the preliminary goals they strive for. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger paintings. Douglas will provide photos to paint from and will include at least one session painting by the nearby marina en plein air (out of doors). Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos, along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Opening the Realm of Abstraction
Marianne Mitchell
Registration deadline is January 12, 2018
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, February 9-11, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WT80 $375 (Museum members $350)

This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract “looser” expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. The focus will be on understanding the four phases involved in creating an abstract painting that engages emotionally and intellectually through the artist’s handling of their chosen medium. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises will emphasize the relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill and technical facility while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop. Marianne is proficient in oils, chalk and oil pastel, acrylic and watercolor, and welcomes all mediums in the workshop. Marianne’s demos include sharing her methods developed to achieve luminous layers of colors in oil pastel and oil paint. Supply lists for using these mediums and technique available upon request.

Marianne Mitchell is an internationally recognized abstract painter and nationally known educator and coach. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Bergamot Station in Santa Monica as and various locations in Europe. She is the recipient of themed-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship in Painting and has work in public and private collections across the country and around the world. For more information visit www.mariannemitchell.com.



Seascapes in Oil
Douglas David
Registration deadline is February 16, 2018
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, March 2-4, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WW81 $375 (Museum members $350)

This amazing studio seascape painting workshop will yield several waves and exciting seascapes over a three-day period. Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Discussions and lectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork you painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and the concepts his work entails. After a brief morning intro and adequate time to mix and set up the palette, Douglas will demo a seascape and have the class follow along. Much time will be allowed for individual discussion and review in a systematic rotation. Various seascapes will be painted over the 3 day workshop and some incredible paintings will be accomplished. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to begin to reach the preliminary goals they strive for. Plan to produce several paintings. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.


Getting the "Wow Effect" in your Paintings
Jack "Hagop" Keledjian
Registration deadline is February 2, 2018
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, February 16-18, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WT82 $375 (Museum members $350)

Refine your alla prima (wet into wet) skills painting still life, portrait, and landscapes with oil or acrylic. Learn how effective composition design, hard and soft edges, warm and cool colors, work together in a painting. This three-day workshop experience will heighten your awareness of using light and color in a painting.

Hagop was born in Yerevan, Armenia where at the age of twelve he entered the School of Painting for Young Artists. Upon graduation from college, Hagop was accepted into the Aprahamian Art Studio where he learned his technique. His studies involved working exclusively from life, using the conceptual and technical methods of the Spanish and Russian traditions, and also included French Impressionism. Seeking his own artistic vision, Hagop emigrated to the U.S. in 1981 and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he has thrived as an artist and teacher. Among his honors, a painting on permanent display at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Massachusetts, and earning first prize in the International Artists Magazine Competition for 2007. For more detailed information please visit www.hagopfineart.com.

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