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Winter Portrait Painting Workshop

Grand Central Atelier: Long Island City, NY

February 11-15, 2019 (5 days)
9am - 4pm • Monday - Friday

Limit: 11-12 students

In this 5 day workshop, participants will develop a fully rendered portrait painting done in the indirect painting method. Each step of the indirect process - drawing, transfer, underpainting, and final painting pass painting - will begin with a demonstration by Kathryn, and proceed to thorough individual critiques.

The first few days will be particularly focused on capturing the likeness of the model using tools such as comparative measuring, tilt checking, shape finding, and plumb lines. After transferring the drawing, we will discuss creating a pleasing composition, as well as paint handling and creating the illusion of form. Building off of Greg Mortenson’s Flesh Palette workshop, there will be lecture and critique time dedicated to color mixing and how to adjust hue, value, and chroma to accurately portray the model’s skin tones.


Upcoming Classes


Long Pose Portrait Drawing

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts: Wethersfield, CT

These will be my last set of weekly classes held at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

In this portrait class, students will draw the portrait from a single pose. The sessions will consist of developing a linear drawing with graphite on paper to establish an accurate likeness, proportions, and structure. The students will then begin modeling the form in a highly rational method, slowly developing each area based on an understanding of the effect of light on form. Some topics that will be discussed in length are comparative measuring, shape finding, anatomy of the skull, light and form. Kathryn will demonstrate each stage of the process briefly as well as give each student individual critiques throughout each class. Artists are welcome to draw or paint - beginning to advanced artists are welcome.

Wednesdays, Next session starting October 24, 2018, 1:30-4:30pm


Long Pose Figure Drawing and Painting

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts: Wethersfield, CT

These will be the last set of weekly classes held at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

In this class, artists will create a figure drawing or painting in the 19th Century academic tradition. The first several weeks will be dedicated to creating a highly accurate and descriptive line drawing which can be transferred to the canvas or fully modeled in graphite. Following that, the class will complete a small color study to refer to throughout the rest of the painting. The rest of the sessions will be spent creating the illusion of form and flesh with a limited palette. Elements of form, light, color, and paint application will be discussed in detail throughout the weeks. Open to students of all levels. Artists interested in spending the 12 weeks drawing are also encouraged to participate.

Wednesdays, Next session starts October 24, 2018, 5:30-8:30 pm