Workshops

2020 Workshop Schedule -- Now Available! 

February 17-21 — Florence, Italy
Painting the Classical Portrait


The Florence Studio
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 18
Florence, Italy 50123

 

Contact:
theflorencestudio@gmail.com
+39 389 157 0276
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March 23-27 — Agen, France
Still Life Painting with David Gray


We will be studying both an indirect classical approach and also a direct alla prima technique. It’s really two workshops in one!

 

Traducteur français / anglais sur le site.

Atelier Nadaï
8 rue François Arago
47000 Agen
France

​Contact:
Tel: +33(0)5 53 67 90 75 (landline)
+33(0)6 09 93 09 13 (cell phone)
Email: michel.nadai@wanadoo.fr

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March 30-April 3 — Agen, France
The Figure and Portrait in Oil with David Gray


We will be painting a semi-nude half length figure painting which will also include the portrait.

​Traducteur français / anglais sur le site.

Atelier Nadaï
8 rue François Arago
47000 Agen
France

​Contact:
Tel: +33(0)5 53 67 90 75 (landline)
+33(0)6 09 93 09 13 (cell phone)
Email: michel.nadai@wanadoo.fr

Or click this LINK



May 6-15 — Provence, France
Americans in Paris Paint Provence


Instructors include: Casey Childs, Michelle Dunaway, David Gray, Olga Krimon, and Vanessa Rothe. During this art retreat Attendees will study a variety of subject matter including but not limited to Plein Air Landscape, the Figure in Nature, and the Portrait. For more info please visit WorkshopsinFrance.com, or see contact info below.

Contact:
Email: info@workshopsinfrance.com
Phone: 818.533.2326​

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June 25-28 — Los Gatos, California
The Figure in Oil


​The New Museum
106 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA

​Contact Gabriel Coke at:
numustudio@gmail.com
831.345.1845



August 20-29 — Stellenbosch, South Africa
Painting the Classical Portrait Workshop and Holiday


Join me for an Art Workshop and Holiday not be missed! This workshop will also include touring the area, whale watching, wine tasting, and more. Please visit this LINK to read more:

Workshops in SA
152 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Contact:
info@workhshopsinsa.com
+27 84 400 2753

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September 1-5 — Belfast, Northern Ireland
Still Life Painting


Julie Douglas Atelier

www.juliedouglas.co.uk

 

Contact:

Email: julie@juliedouglas.co.uk

Phone: +44 07730 560517


September 26-29 -- St. Louis, Missouri
The Portrait from Life


​Gateway Academy of Classical Art
4814 Washington Blvd # 320
St. Louis, Missouri

​Contact:
facebook.com/GatewayAcademyofClassicalArt
gacastudio.info@gmail.com
678.378.5470

 

Materials List Downloads:

Note: There may be additional materials needed depending upon the class. Please check with the hosting studio for a finalized list.

 

In my workshops I teach the application of the painting medium as I apply it in my own professional work. Though I strive to keep the class fun and upbeat, we move fast and cover a LOT of material in a short amount of time. Note taking is highly recommended. If you are totally new to oil painting this probably isn’t the class for you. It’s really going to benefit the student who has a fairly firm grasp of drawing and oil painting basics. If you are really new you will learn a lot, to be sure, but a lot of it will be over your head, too. I will teach principles as I demonstrate on my own piece. You will also have the opportunity (and be expected) to apply the lessons on your own painting.  Regardless of subject matter the schedule generally follows this sequence:

Day 1 — Underdrawing. I teach methods and thought processes of how to construct the underlying drawing of your subject on your painting support (your canvas or panel).

Day 2 -- Color Study and Underpainting. We will discuss some basic color theory and mixing. We will create a color poster study to help us work out our major color concerns before launching into our portrait. We will also apply a thin layer of oil color onto the drawing in preparation for day three.

Day 3 — Overpainting — This is the real business of painting where I show you how to paint your subject region by region; bringing each area to a finish before moving on. Among other things we will discuss paint handling, basic color mixing and turning form.

Day 4 — Glazing and Continuing the Overpainting. On this day I will show you how to glaze and make minor adjustments as necessary. We will also continue to work on the overpainting.

In addition students are encouraged to ask any other questions applicable to the art making process. In past workshops we have discussed other items such as: composition, how to take good photo reference material, the importance of drawing/painting from life, personal art making philosophy, and many other related topics.

Workshops that are longer than 4 days will cover the same material as well as additional studies and exercises.

 

If you are interested in a particular class and have questions regarding costs or other logistics, please contact the hosting studio. Thank you.