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Binders Art Supply
3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18
  Atlanta, GA 30305
          2016 Workshop Schedule                                             

April 22-24 Derek Penix

This three day workshop is for adults, from beginner to advanced.  The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for painting.
Students will use oils to paint from photographs consisting of birds and boats, with one day to paint something of their choice. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. Penix will cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression.

LOCATION: 3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18, Atlanta, GA 30305


Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up watching members of his family paint but didn't pursue painting himself until after high school. After trying his hand at painting and selling his first piece he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. 
Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting." 

Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."  
Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010 and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014.

June 24-26 Nancy Nowak

Foundations and Techniques of pastel painting.  What makes a successful painting/ critique?

An in-depth study on planning and composing a painting.  Topics include simplifying/massing, composition, value studies, color temperatures,color harmony and under painting techniques.   The instructor will also discuss how to select and work from a reference photo and provide step by step instruction and critiques.

LOCATION: 3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18, Atlanta, GA 30305

Striving to evoke an emotional response and everyday awareness to the natural beauty that surrounds us, Nancy paints in the representational style with an impressionistic flair.
She has won numerous national awards for her landscape paintings and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a signature member
of the Pastel Society of America, and is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.

July 9-10 Les Newman

This two-day workshop is designed for the New and or Experienced Abstract Artist working with acrylic painting materials. Open to those who are familiar with acrylics and have a basic understanding of color or want to experiment with new ways of using these or those who are stuck in a slump. 

Leslie will start with a demonstration of the many approaches she uses to create an abstract painting. There will be loosening up exercises and mark making. There will be guided exercises to help you liberate your individual style and explore where your journey will take you in the art of abstract. There will be no expectations, negative voices, dismissive criticism. This will be all about fun. 

We will touch on the color wheel and color mixing to assure everyone has the same basic understanding of these concepts. We will explore various washes and landing points building and subtracting. We will discuss the many different styles of composition including value and shape. 

 You will learn to be generous with yourself. Get out of your comfort zone, let loose your creativity, get rid of that inner critic that has you stuck. So that by the final phase, you will be able to put the finishing touches on your own beautiful abstract painting, 

Leslie Newman is a self taught abstract artist living in Marietta, Georgia. She grew up in Washington, D.C where from an early age she spent her weekends exploring the many art galleries the city has to offer. Starting to draw and paint as a very young girl, she encountered an art teacher who changed her life by gently guiding her toward her life's passion – painting. Beginning in watercolor, Leslie has gravitated to abstract because she loves the freedom that it gives her. Leslie’s love of teaching has evolved out of the many requests from various artists living in the Atlanta area and from across the United States.

LOCATION: 3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18, Atlanta, GA 30305

July 15 -17  Qiang Huang: Still Life
ONE spot left!

Still-life painting approaches will be demonstrated.  Focus will be on dramatic design and composition.  Students will learn how to apply bold and loose brush strokes.  Through demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process, how to create energetic paintings, and addresses how to manipulate values, color, edge and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her current skill level and personal goals in art.

LOCATION: 3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18, Atlanta, GA 30305

Qiang Huang (pronounced Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas.  He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters fo America.  His paints have been in numerous OPA exhibition.  He won the Award of Excellence at the 22nd OPA National Juried Exhibition. Nationally recognized for his dramatic still life work, his work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, American Artist Magazine and the Workshop Magazine. 

October 7 -8 Gary Bodner

Students bring current paintings they have already started to this workshop where Gary will critique and assist them in completion.  You will learn to develop energy by incorporating dramatic brushwork, color, and expression.

LOCATION: 3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18, Atlanta, GA 30305

Gary describes his work as strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. “The power of juxtaposing or placing one color on top of another to create an image is what drives my paintings,” he says.  Primarily Bodner considers himself a colorist and is constantly looking for the interplay of colors on his canvases.  He says he has been inspired by works of Cezzanne, Van Gogh and Philip Johnson, architect.  His medium is ever involving and he is currently exploring the use of oil based house paint.  Bodner says, "The color combinations possible with the mixture of paints is something that really drives me".


December 9-11 Maggie Siner
This Workshop is FULL. See Registration Page for wait list information.

Color and Shape
Painting is an arrangement of colored shapes. This fact defines the most important truth of learning how to paint. No matter what the actual subject of the painting, ans artist must learn to see the world in the language of colors an shapes rather that as nameable objects. Each artist then refines and develops this language in a personal way. Working from observation (still-life) this intensive workshop will stress the nuances of direct visual perception and the importance of selection and simplification (what NOT to paint) in making a strong, dynamic painting. We will focus on acquiring color sensitivity, seeing shapes of light and dark, attention to edges, using shape and brushwork for gestural unity, and good studio practices. 
Previous experience required.

LOCATION: 3330 Piedmont Rd NE #18, Atlanta, GA 30305

Maggie Siner has over 3 decades of teaching experience in Art Academics, universities, and workshops around the world. She exhibits her paintings, drawings and sculpture in Venice, Paris, London, New York, Wahington DC, Atlanta, Boston, etc. and her work is in hundreds of collections. She studied at Boston University (BFA 1973) and American University (MFA 1976) of New York in 1968, graduated from Boston University (BFA) and American University (MFA) and spent much of her adult life living in France, China and Italy. Noted for her inspiring teaching style that is intelligent, structured, generous, stimulating and unique, she has taught at Xiamen University in China, Institute de Universites Americaines in France, The Washington Studio School, the Savannah College of Art and Design, American University, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, etc.
the momentary nature of vision and time.