Painting Techniques: The Still Life in Oil

Employing the techniques and style of the Dutch Masters, both beginning and more advanced oil painting students will enjoy learning how to set up a still life, develop a concept and composition and will learn how to take a still life painting from start to finish.  Students will explore oil painting techniques, including brushwork, value and color. Referencing the work of Vermeer and  Rembrandt students will work to develop skilled painting of textures and surfaces while exploring use of light, shape and form.

Friday- Sunday, September 27 – 29
9 am – 4 pm

Instructor: Dee Kirkham
Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

Supply list: 

Suggested place for purchasing supplies:
Nevada Art Supply, Reno, NV
ASWExpress – http:www.aswexpress.com – I have found them to have the best prices & reliable for quick turnaround of shipping.

Oil Paints (Rembrandt, Windsor Newton Oil (not student grade), Old Holland or Vasari Paints (800-932-9375)

Naples Yellow Light

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red Light

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber (prefer Windsor Newton)

Ivory Black

Transparent Oxide Red

Titanium White (M Graham Alkyd Formulation – but any Titanium White will be fine)

Brushes

Rosemary Brushes or Robert Simmons Signet Bristle Brushes or Silver Grand Prix

Sizes:  3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

Watercolor Nylon Brush or a very soft brush for smoothing – 1” to 2”

Preferred Medium

Prefer to not use turpentine – I will explain this and show you how to paint without it and how to clean your brushes.

Gamblin Liquin

Maroger Flemish Medium – can be ordered at Old Masters Maroger

http://www.oldmastersmaroger.com – 505-758-2382.  I will have several tubes for sale.

Preferred Surfaces – Smooth

Ampersand – The Artist Panel for oil & Acrylics, Smooth Finish, or canvas

Inner Glow Panels – http://www.billewing.com/panels.htm (877-430-3639)

These boards provide for a smooth surface giving the effect of the Old Dutch Masters style

Canvas Boards, if used should be Belgian Linen Portrait quality.  I recommend Raphael Premium Archival Oil Primed Linen Panels which you can order from Jerry’s Artarama. 

Bring any sizes you prefer – Suggested sizes 89×12, 11×14, 12×16

Palette

Plexiglas or glass palette is the best for seeing your color and cleaning.  The simplest is to buy a cheap frame with glass, 12×16 or 16×20, and use the glass for your palette.

Palette Knife 

Any size will be fine, short blade and a long pliable blade preferred.

Easel

Please bring you own easel setup or easels are available.   If you prefer to sit when you paint, a table top easel will be fine. 

Suggestions:

Artwork Essentials – http://www.artworkessentials.com  – have several sizes of easels that are lightweight, easy to transport and very compact with tripod and accessories.  I will be using one at the workshop.

Paper Towels – Bounty (seem to be the best for not leaving residue on your brushes or painting).

If you prefer not to buy extra supplies from this list, please just bring what you have.  I know art can get expensive.  I will be happy to share what I have with you and this will give an opportunity to try it before you buy.

Still Life Setups

You will be painting your own personal still life setup.  If you have any special vases, flowers, fruit, vegetable or items that you would like to possible put in your painting, please feel free to bring them.  I will be bringing a lot of items for you to choose from also. Also bring a small & large box (flatl) and a dark colored cloth (2 yards minimum) preferably dark green, black or a neutral color.

Watercolor Techniques: Batik Method on Rice Paper

Take your watercolors to the next level with this fun method of using the batik method of applying hot wax to save and build layers of color. Together, we will create a painting on rice paper, which adds an extra element of interest and texture. Instructor will guide students through the batik process, while assisting each student with color mixing, composition and values to create a focal point in their work. A fairly simple drawing will be provided by the instructor for students to use, but students are also free to bring a reference image to draw out on their own. A working knowledge of watercolor painting is preferred; this class is not for absolute beginners to the medium.

Sunday, October, 20 / 10 am – 3 pm

Instructor: Ronnie Rector
Ages: Adult (15+) / Working knowledge of watercolor painting is recommended

Supply list:

• Black Micron Pen or other waterproof fine-line pen
• Watercolor brushes, flats or rounds or both, your choice. Bring your preference for working in large to small areas of a painting.
• Watercolor paints of your choice
• Watercolor palette of your choice. I recommend having a few good-sized mixing areas, but bring whatever you’re comfortable working with
• Water Container
• Roll of Paper Towel
• Masking Tape
• Lots of newspapers – will need at least 3 dozen sheets per artist, so if you have a pile, please bring them
• Sack lunch

Watercolor: Tips, Tricks and Techniques

In this workshop, I will share with you some really great tips, tricks and techniques I have learned along the way, either through my own experimentation or from some pretty amazing artists including Carl Purcell, Karen Frey, the late, great, Charles Reid, and John Salminen. You don’t need to be an expert for this class; I’ll show you how a lot of special effects are accomplished, and how to get those really great darks that make your paintings exceptional!No middle-value blah paintings here!

Saturday, November 2
10 – 3 pm

Instructor: Ronnie Rector
Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

Supply List:

Bring your own watercolor painting kit, but be sure to have the following:
•    One full sheet (22×30) of Arches 140 lb cold press, which you will tear into eight 5.5×7.5 pieces, or a watercolor sketchbook*.
•    Pen and pencil, to sketch with and take notes.
•    Watercolor** brushes: A #6 and #10 round, and a 1” flat, will be adequate. I recommend Silver’s Black Velvet brushes or Richeson’s “Quiller” 7000 series brushes as an excellent, not-too-expensive choice.
•    Watercolor paints of your choice. “Artist grade” paint, please – colors are stronger and more vivid.  My favorite colors are listed at the end of this, if you’re interested.
•    Watercolor palette. I recommend something like Cheap Joe’s Original palette or the Robert Wood palette, which both have bigger wells for your paints and large mixing areas. The tiny travel palettes are okay but bring a white plate or metal butcher’s tray (RESCO) to make good puddles of paint in.
•    Roll of 2” masking tape (NOT blue or green painter’s tape or white “artist’s” tape).
•    Wide mouth water container – the plastic “Folgers Coffee”-style tubs are great!
•    Small container of salt
•    Spray bottle for water
•    Sea sponge if you have one. If not, you can watch the demonstrated techniques and see if you like them.
•    Paper Towels (Viva are best for watercolors!)
•    Blow Dryer

*Be sure your sketchbook is made with (at a minimum) 140 lb. watercolor paper, which can hold up to applications of water and paint without shredding like sketch paper.

**Brushes used for acrylics will not provide the results you want to see when working in watercolor. 

If buying supplies at NV Fine Arts, tell them you’re taking my class and they’ll give you a 10% discount.

Questions? Send me an email!  ronnierector@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Paint Colors I Use Often

When Mixed Together

Ultramarine Blue

Warm Darks

Burnt Sienna

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Cool Darks

Phthalo Green

Cadmium Yellow Orange

Pretty Gray

Cobalt

Yellow Ochre

Flesh Tones

Scarlet Lake

Azo Yellow

Flesh Tones

Opera

Quinacridone Gold

 

Olive Green

 

Sap Green

 

 

Buy what YOU like, though; don’t limit yourself to my choices!

 

 

Buy what YOU like, though; don’t limit yourself to my choices!

If you don’t already have watercolors of some sort, here’s a good place to start:

Source – Nevada Fine Arts:
1 full sheet of Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper (~$10)
1 size 8(ish) round watercolor paint brush – Richeson 7000 “Quiller” series (~$15)
3 tubes of Daniel Smith watercolors, a blue, a red and a yellow; each are from $9 to $12. I suggest:
Cobalt or Ultramarine Blue
Carmine or Pyrrol Red
Azo Yellow or Hansa Yellow Medium
A plastic palette with a few good sized wells ($5-$15) or butcher tray for mixing paints
And a good-sized container for water, a roll of plain ol’ masking tape, and some Viva paper towels.
Email me if you have any questions about your watercolor kit – ronnierector@yahoo.com!

Ceramic Workshop: Thrown and Altered Forms

Learn to throw basic forms and then how to alter them into something extraordinary! Planters into hedgehogs, mugs into foxes, there are endless possibilities. Return to glaze you pieces and bring them to life on the 31st. All pottery will be fired and ready to be picked up two weeks after the class.

Instructor: Amy Lawrence
Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

Saturdays, August 24 and 31
9:00 am – noon

Supply List:

All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring any of your own throwing or altering tools that you would like to use.

Ceramic Bubble Glazing

Bubble glazing is quirky twist on traditional glazing. We will be making “bubble glaze” out of different glazes and applying them to vases and bowls to create unique designs. It is easy to learn and creates fun and unique marbled patterns every time. All pottery will be clear coated, fired and ready to be picked up two weeks after the class.

Instructor: Amy Lawrence
Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

Saturday, August 3
9:00 am – noon

Supply List:

Teacher will supply forms to practice bubble glazing techniques on. Students will be able to keep all work that is created in the class.

Young Artist Series: Character Development

The Young Artist Series is for kids ages 11 – 15*

Want to learn some of the secrets behind your favorite characters design and even create your own? This class will teach you some basic techniques used by character designers to help make your characters stand out and through their design. If you love comic’s, video games, or just love characters this is the class for you. This is an open studio course designed to teach students how to ask questions and design your own character! From charismatic hero’s to dastardly villains and all the weirdness in-between come join artist C.J. Norris as he introduces you to the wonderful world of character design.

Wednesdays, July 10 – 31
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Instructor: C.J. Norris
Ages: 11 and Up

*Younger students may register with instructor approval.

Introduction to Watercolors

This class is designed for anyone who would like to explore the medium of watercolor without the commitment.  Learn techniques such as washes, glazing, wet on wet and much more.  Find out if watercolor is for you.  The class is great for beginners who would like to experiment with watercolor techniques in an instructive setting. Open to all levels, beginners welcome.

Thursday, August 15 

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Instructor: Iva Neveux
Ages 15 and Up / All Levels

Supply list: All materials included.

Please bring a sack lunch or snack.

Painting Techniques: The Still Life in Oil

Employing the techniques and style of the Dutch Masters, both beginning and more advanced oil painting students will enjoy learning how to set up a still life, develop a concept and composition and will learn how to take a still life painting from start to finish.  Students will explore oil painting techniques, including brushwork, value and color. Referencing the work of Vermeer and  Rembrandt students will work to develop skilled painting of textures and surfaces while exploring use of light, shape and form.

Saturday- Monday, September 21 – 23
9 am – 4 pm

Instructor: Dee Kirkham
Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

Supply list: 

Suggested place for purchasing supplies:
Nevada Art Supply, Reno, NV
ASWExpress – http:www.aswexpress.com – I have found them to have the best prices & reliable for quick turnaround of shipping.

Oil Paints (Rembrandt, Windsor Newton Oil (not student grade), Old Holland or Vasari Paints (800-932-9375)

Naples Yellow Light

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red Light

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber (prefer Windsor Newton)

Ivory Black

Transparent Oxide Red

Titanium White (M Graham Alkyd Formulation – but any Titanium White will be fine)

Brushes

Rosemary Brushes or Robert Simmons Signet Bristle Brushes or Silver Grand Prix

Sizes:  3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

Watercolor Nylon Brush or a very soft brush for smoothing – 1” to 2”

Preferred Medium

Prefer to not use turpentine – I will explain this and show you how to paint without it and how to clean your brushes.

Gamblin Liquin

Maroger Flemish Medium – can be ordered at Old Masters Maroger

http://www.oldmastersmaroger.com – 505-758-2382.  I will have several tubes for sale.

Preferred Surfaces – Smooth

Ampersand – The Artist Panel for oil & Acrylics, Smooth Finish, or canvas

Inner Glow Panels – http://www.billewing.com/panels.htm (877-430-3639)

These boards provide for a smooth surface giving the effect of the Old Dutch Masters style

Canvas Boards, if used should be Belgian Linen Portrait quality.  I recommend Raphael Premium Archival Oil Primed Linen Panels which you can order from Jerry’s Artarama. 

Bring any sizes you prefer – Suggested sizes 89×12, 11×14, 12×16

Palette

Plexiglas or glass palette is the best for seeing your color and cleaning.  The simplest is to buy a cheap frame with glass, 12×16 or 16×20, and use the glass for your palette.

Palette Knife 

Any size will be fine, short blade and a long pliable blade preferred.

Easel

Please bring you own easel setup or easels are available.   If you prefer to sit when you paint, a table top easel will be fine. 

Suggestions:

Artwork Essentials – http://www.artworkessentials.com  – have several sizes of easels that are lightweight, easy to transport and very compact with tripod and accessories.  I will be using one at the workshop.

Paper Towels – Bounty (seem to be the best for not leaving residue on your brushes or painting).

If you prefer not to buy extra supplies from this list, please just bring what you have.  I know art can get expensive.  I will be happy to share what I have with you and this will give an opportunity to try it before you buy.

Still Life Setups

You will be painting your own personal still life setup.  If you have any special vases, flowers, fruit, vegetable or items that you would like to possible put in your painting, please feel free to bring them.  I will be bringing a lot of items for you to choose from also. Also bring a small & large box (flatl) and a dark colored cloth (2 yards minimum) preferably dark green, black or a neutral color.

Fiber Arts: Natural Dyes of the High Desert

Inspired by the artwork and lifestyle of Georgia O’Keeffe this class explores the color palette of the high desert through the intersection of plants and natural dyes. Working with Brooke Walshaw of Terrior Herbals, students will learn about regional dye plants and how to ethically harvest them. After harvesting the plants, Sarah Lillegard will take students through the natural dye process for silk, linen and wool textiles. By the end of the two-day workshop, students will have a dyed fabric swatches and a primer to working with natural dyes of the Great Basin. Class includes a guided walk through the Living Modern, Georgia O’Keeffe show.

Saturday and Sunday, September 14 – 15 (*September 14 includes an on-site visit to a nearby farm to harvest plant material.)
9 am – 1 pm

Instructor: Sarah Lillegard
Ages:  Adult (15+) / All levels

Supply list:

All supplies supplied by instructor. 

Ceramics: Open Studio

Intermediate and advanced level students will enjoy developing their hand building and/or wheel throwing techniques in this open studio ceramics class. Instructor will introduce students to new techniques, will encourage experimentation and will assist students with independent challenges.  Studio, clay and glazes are provided.

Tuesdays, October 15 – November 19
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor: Amy Lawrence
Ages: Adult (15+) / Intermediate levels – Some experience and familiarity with hand building and wheel throwing techniques.