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Location: 190 Ottey Drive, Atlanta 30324
September 25-27 Angela Nesbit: Exploring the Surface: Still Life & Figure
During this workshop, Angela will cover topics including value, color theory, simplification, application: brush and palette knife, painting the figure from photographs (optional), painting still life from life, and additional intermediate and advanced painting concepts.
Angela received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and studied classical drawing and painting at Queens University and
Spirit Square Center for the Arts in Charlotte, N.C. She has studied
intensively with Andy Braitman of Charlotte since 2000 and has also studied with many nationally recognized artists such as Cedric and Joanette Egeli, William Schultz, Jove Wang, Camile Prsewodek, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, and Ken Auster. Most recently, Angela had the honor of painting with Cynthia Packard in Provincetown, MA. Angela is committed to further development and
carefully selects artists whom she admires to study under each year. She has logged countless and often exhausting hours
into the pursuit of chasing luminosity and texture in her work. She
loves to paint what she knows -- children, flowers and the coast – and
is connected to her subject matter with a great deal of passion. This
passion has an energy of its own and is evident in her paintings. She is
just as passionate about the surface of the object being
painted and creates layers of paint
with the brush and palette knife. Studying the effect that light has
on an object and capturing that light is a constant source of
fascination. “I love to create chaos on the canvas and then bring the
painting into focus, constantly trying to see how much more I can leave
out, bridging the gap between impressionism and abstraction”, Angela
says. “With each of my paintings, I work to become more abstract.”
SUPPLY LIST: To be provided.
November 6 - 8 Kevin Beilfuss: The Dynamic Figure
This class will allow students to concentrate on drawing and painting the figure using dynamic markings and gestural movements of paint application. Some knowledge in the figure is a plus, but not absolutely necessary. Students will learn how to "suggest" rather than "render" what they see. Students will create many quick drawings and paintings, as well as, work on more finished paintings. Demonstrations will occur every morning with the students painting afterwards to explore what was learned.
After graduating from Illinois State University and the American Academy of Art, Kevin set out on a free-lance illustration career which lasted thirteen years. Working mostly in the editorial area of illustration, his work consisted mostly of paintings for book covers and magazines. Some of his clients include: Penguin Publishing, Viking Press, Houghton Mifflin, Harlequin, Signs of the Times, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and Golf Digest. " I had always dreamed of becoming an Illustrator," explains the artist. " But the demands of painting someone else's ideas finally took it's toll. I decided that life is too short and that I had to paint from my heart. We're only given one chance at life, and I had to paint what was important to me. What's important to me," says Kevin, " is that I try to capture a little of what God has already created in each of my paintings. One can obviously see the beauty of God's creation in nature, but for me it is even more profound when I see and experience that beauty in people." "Someday you'll find me out painting landscapes, but for now I love to paint the human figure. I find it stimulating to interact with my models as we explore ways to capture what might make an interesting painting. I often come to a modeling session with a preconceived notion of what I would like to explore, such as lighting, color, symbolism, or costuming, but it is usually the model that comes up with the most natural pose allowing more of their true selves to shine through." Kevin's training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago was his biggest influence on his art career. "Our training was in the classical tradition." he explains. "We had two classes a day: a 3 hour figure DRAWING session in the morning, and a 3 hour figure PAINTING session in the afternoon. With training like that, it's hard not to fall in love with the human form. Whether the figure is clothed or unclothed, the artist must meet the unique challenge presented by both."
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November 20-21 Gary Bodner: Get Loose! WAIT LIST FORMING
Experience a fun-filled two day workshop with one of Atlanta's favorite artists, Gary Bodner. He will encourage students to work large, strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. He will encourage each student to think more creatively and with more expression. Demonstration and individual critiques throughout the workshop. Prepare to bring a painting you have already begun.
Gary Bodner is the quintessential renaissance man. Bodner studied architecture at Miami University of Ohio before entering Chicago Medical School. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and aside from his Medical Practice he has been working on his artistic craft for well over 15 years. Bodner finds inspirations for his work in nearly everything he encounters; From photographs to wildlife to traveling to visiting museums and reading and studying art books. Bodner enjoys painting all things from stills to landscapes to figures. He particularly enjoys painting flowers and when asked about some of his specific floral paintings he said, "I really enjoy trying to create my own hybrid flower in a masculine way". Due to his enormous energy and passion for his art, Bodner finds time to paint early in the morning, and late in the evening and on weekends. He 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". Bodner was recently honored by the Huntsville Museum of Art as the "Painter of the Year". Additionally, he has been featured in several magazines including American Collector and he also created illustrated paintings for the Bremen Museum Cookbook. Aside from creating his own art, he also holds advanced painting workshops where he helps other aspiring artists reach their creative potential.
SUPPLY LIST: To be provided.
December 4-6 David Shevlino: Alla Prima Figure
The focus of this class will be on drawing the figure (day 1) and Alla Prima oil painting and the various techniques used to create a fresh, spontaneous response to your subject matter while the paint is still wet. Students will work by applying paint in large tonal patches and refining/ adding details as they move along. This class will be helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely, use brush strokes economically and take advantage of the inherent beauty of wet oil paint.
David Shevlino was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1962. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of
Pennsylvania, he also studied at the Art Students' League in New York.
up near NYC, Shevlino was exposed to art as a teenager. He began
making trips to art museums at age 15 and developed a love of
traditional figurative painting. His early work was very
traditional and classically inspired. However, after many years of
experimenting, Shevlino began exploring a looser paint application
which straddles the line between representational painting and
This "in between" area is where the painter feels most
comfortable and best able to express his artistic voice. Shevlino has
exhibited work nationally in both solo and group exhibits
over the past two decades and currently lives in Wilmington, DE.
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