Guest Artist Workshops

Guest Artist Workshops are the perfect opportunity to learn advanced techniques, fresh approaches, all from a lifetime of expert experience! 

These guest artists will all be on site at the VBMA!

PAINTING INTO ABSTRACTION
Marianne Mitchell
Advanced level
This course is for realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work and for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. Addressing methods for handling both acrylic and oil paint mediums, the focus will be on embracing abstraction while learning unique techniques developed by Marianne Mitchell to create luminous layers of transparent and opaque color. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill, and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their artistic journey throughout the workshop.

Workshop meets at VBMA in Studios 2 and 3
Friday-Sunday, January 21-23, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
$460 ($375 Museum Members)

Marianne Mitchell earned a BFA in painting from Washington University in Saint Louis, with post-graduate work in Japan, China, and at the Vermont Studio Center. A Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship recipient, Marianne has shown work nationally in New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Denver, and internationally in Scotland and Germany. Her work hangs in many important collections including The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center, and has private collectors across the United States and abroad including England, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Tanzania, and Canada.

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DRAWING BASICS
Douglas David
All levels
This one-day drawing workshop will cover the “basics” of drawing, including composition and general sketching to get shapes and proportions correct; massing in large shapes; simple perspective for landscape/seascape; drawing various ellipses on vases, pitchers, bowls, and plates for floral/still lifes; point of-view; contour line; figure; and how to build into a streetscape and get the scale correct. Developed by requests of painting students, Douglas has assembled all the basic areas of drawing and what students need to know to make their paintings better and to correct problem areas. Whether students are taking this as a refresher or as their first drawing class, it will help give a better understanding of drawing. The entire class is done with pencil in notebooks/ sketchbooks and will include lots of presentation, demonstration, and workbook-type exercises to help students understand and comprehend ideas and techniques.

Workshop meets at VBMA in Studios 2 and 3
Thursday, February 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
$165 ($135 Museum Members)

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NEW! PAINTING FLORIDA WADING BIRDS IN OIL
Douglas David
All levels
This exciting and fun class will cover the basic principles of oil painting specifically with regard to painting Florida wading birds. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some single birds, then some groups, birds standing, and birds in flight throughout the next couple of days. Great profiles of these very beautiful birds, their reflections and light and shadow, are all some of the things that we will study and paint. Find out more information here: https://www.douglasdavid.com/classes_VeroWadingBirds22.htm  
Workshop meets at VBMA in Studios 2 and 3
Friday-Sunday, February 4-6, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
$460 ($375 Museum Members)

 

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DYNAMIC FLORALS IN OIL
Douglas David

An amazing class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting dynamic florals. Dynamic compositions with arrangements that are elegant and sophisticated, casual and relaxed while all keeping a bold direction, will be the focus for this 3 day workshop. Includes interesting and memorable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow: and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional. After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students mixing colors and preparing to paint. Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend how this preparation makes the painting process a little simpler and gets a working understanding of the value/strings of color. Students will work from photos Douglas provides that include Peonies, Lilacs, and Hydrangea or some Tulips. 

Workshop meets at VBMA in studios 2 & 3
Friday-Sunday, March 4 – 6, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
$460 ($375 Museum Members)

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NEW! PAINTING SEASCAPES, BEACHES, AND DUNES IN OIL
Douglas David
All levels. Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air will be a major focus of the study after the basics are covered. Whether just starting out or a seasoned painter, sound principles are a key foundation. Discussions and lectures on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, developing atmospheric distance and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Students will work in thei

r own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails. We work in studio the first morning to set up our palettes and pare down our materials as we will not need lots of supplies on the beach. Then we go to the beach that afternoon for the duration of the day. The second and third days we start at the beach and return to the studio in the afternoon to touch up and work on our paintings.

Workshop meets at VBMA in Studios 2 and 3
Friday-Sunday, April 1 – 3, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
$460 ($375 Museum Members)

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Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves- tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him- his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. For more detailed information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.