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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 limited space.


Floral/Still Life Oil Painting: Sound Principals to Build On
Douglas David
Registration deadline is January 2, 2015
Workshop meets Friday – Sunday, January 23-25
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WW90 $350 (Museum members $325)

A popular workshop from a few years ago returns and will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting florals, and still life – fruits and vegetables. Includes interesting and morable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow and, depending on your own style, knowing when work is finished. Douglas really delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation to your work, whether you are a beginner or professional.

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 the Portrait in Watercolor
Robert O'Brien
Registration deadline is January 28, 2015
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, January 30 - February 1
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WW91 $450 (Museum members $425)

The human portrait will be explored in this three-day workshop. Students will learn to paint a portrait with all of its nuances and subtleties in watercolor using the layering process. Students will paint from photo references. The instructor will paint as a demonstration a finished portrait and will explain each step of the painting process. Students are encouraged to bring reference photos of a favorite subject. There will be critiques and class discussion at the end of each session. This workshop is open to all abilities though some experience in watercolor painting is highly recommended. A materials list will be provided upon request.

Robert O’Brien is a Signature Member of the American, National and New England Watercolor Societies as well as several others. He is a full time, award winning artist and instructor. He recently won the Silver Medal at the 2014 New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Members Exhibition in Boston and was accepted into the 147th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society to be held at Salmagundi Club in New York in April. Robert O’Brien is currently the Director of Exhibitions for the Vermont Watercolor Society and serves as the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. He lives and paints in Weathersfield, Vermont and teaches many workshops throughout the United States and abroad. www.robertjobrien.com.

Seascape Oil Painting: Capturing the Atmosphere and Essence of the Wave
Douglas David
Registration deadline is February 13, 2015
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, February 27 - March 1
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
#WW92 $350 (Museum members $325)

Another highly successful and very popular workshop here at the Museum Art School will cover the basic principles of oil painting specifically with regard to seascape painting. Very focused on othing but seascape makes this workshop a one of a kind and rarely offered experience. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air will be a major focus of the study after the basics are covered. Discussions and ectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, building the anatomy of the wave 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 they finish the work on their own.


Mastering Representation: Portrait + Landscape + Floral
Jack "Hagop" Keledjian 
Registration deadline is March 20, 2015
Workshop meets Friday - Sunday, March 27-29  
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
#WW120 $475 (Museum members $400)

The focus of this three-day painting workshop will be working in oil wet-on-wet which will allow students to finish a painting of each subject during the workshop. The instructor’s teaching method focuses on understanding and capturing light which brings harmony and atmosphere into a work of art. Also stressed in this workshop will be the use of edges, temperature of color and the use of thick and thin paints. The concepts and skills learned will allow students to produce beautifully balanced and harmonious paintings.

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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