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

KNIFE TO MEET YOU

Paige Speight
All levels

This class will introduce the palette knife as the main painting tool for new and experienced oil painters and will focus on creating oil portraits from observation and photograph, while embracing improvisation. Students will explore creative mark-making and unusual color to create up to three expressive portraits. Some previous painting or drawing experience is recommended, but not required. Supplies needed: Knife to meet you supply list

Workshop meets January 13 – 15, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
# WA38 $460 (VBMA members $390)

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Paige Speight hails from Bar Harbor, Maine. Her work explores vulnerability, emotional intimacy, and non-linear narratives. Working with wet-on-wet oil techniques, her paintings are thick and emotive. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and has exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States. She has been a resident artist for The Village Canoe Project and Cel du Nord. She currently lives and works in Portland, Maine. More of her work can be found at www.paigespeight.com

 

EXPRESSIVE EXPLORATIONS ABSTRACT PAINTING

Vickie Marsango

All levels

During this three-day workshop, students will explore abstract painting to discover and enhance basic techniques of non-objective mark-making media and acrylic painting. Students will strengthen expressive painting practices through creative exercises and painting assignments merged with artist studies, color harmony, compositional balance, and spontaneity. Supply list: Marsango Abstract Workshops mats

Workshop meets January 20 – 22, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
# WA39 $460 (VBMA members $390) – Workshop is sold out – Call for waiting list (772) 231-0707 ext. 116

 

Workshop meets February 17 – 19, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA40 $460 (VBMA members $390)

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Vickie Marsango is a professional abstract expressionist artist and instructor. She has studied with contemporary master artists at workshops and residencies, and has attended art courses at colleges and universities in California and Illinois. She works with acrylic, oil, mixed media, and encaustics. From her studio/gallery in Jensen Beach, Florida, she accommodates collections of her art for interior designers and gallery representation. Marsango is acclaimed for her unique perspective on abstract expressive drawing and painting techniques in conjunction with the creative process.

 

 

REFLECTIONS IN OIL

Douglas David

All levels

Reflections on water will be the focus of the workshop. Amazing composition, patterns, shapes and their relationships contrasted with the mirror images of their reflections provides much to study in this workshop. Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Discussions and lectures will include basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance and knowing when a work is finished. Supplies needed: Reflections in Oil workshop supply list

Workshop meets February 3 – 5, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA41 $460 (VBMA members $390)

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DRAWING BASICS
Douglas David
All levels
This simple one-day drawing workshop will teach students the basics of drawing, including composition and general sketching to get shapes and proportions correct, massing in large shapes, and simple perspective. Developed by the many requests of painting students, Douglas has assembled all the basic areas of drawing and students need to know to make paintings better and to correct problem areas. DD Drawing Basics supply list

Workshop meets February 6, 2023
Monday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 3
#WA42 $165 (VBMA members $140)

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OIL PAINTING INTO ABSTRACTION
Marianne Mitchell
All levels

This workshop is for both realist painters wanting to incorporate more abstract expression in their work well as for abstract painters seeking guidance in developing their expression. The relationship between emotional expression, compositional skill, and technical facility will be emphasized in discussion and demonstration while each student is supported on their own artistic journey. Students are invited to paint in their medium of choice while demos addressing workshop content will be offered in oil paint. Supply list: MMitchell OIL-PAINT-SUPPLY-LIST

Workshop meets February 10 – 12, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA43 $460 (VBMA members $390)

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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, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

 

 

 

CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFE IN OIL
Douglas David
All levels

Not the same old still life! Use classic principles with fresh and loose brushwork to make still life dynamic, graphic, and bold. Includes interesting and memorable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow. The instructor will speak about how to decide when a work is finished (i.e., learning how not to overwork a painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for painting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional. Contemporary Still Life in Oil supply list

Workshop meets March 3 – 5, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA44 $460 (VBMA members $390)

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THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT AND ATMOSPHERE
Joel Johnson
Intermediate to Advanced levels

This workshop will focus on how the elements of light and atmosphere interact with three dimensional form. Students will explore how these elements alter the intensity of color, the range of values, and the condition of surface textures. Students will work along with the instructor as they paint a demonstration painting illustrating these concepts. Afterwards, students may work on a subject of their choosing implementing these concepts of light and atmosphere. Workshop material list: Joel Johnson supply list

Workshop meets March 17 – 19, 2023
Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA45 $460 (VBMA members $390)

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Joel Johnson has a B.F.A. in art from Westminster College and M.F.A. in painting and art history from Utah State University. A career artist, Joel has received numerous awards, exhibited in many national shows and has been featured in many fine art galleries throughout the country. Joel is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society. He is also an exhibiting artist at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City at the Cowboy Heritage Museum.

 

 

 

 

SEASCAPE / PLEIN AIR
Douglas David
All levels

Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Painting out-of-doors, 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 knowing when a work is finished (i.e., learning how not to overwork a painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own.

Workshop meets April 1 – 2, 2023
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: VBMA Studios 2 and 3
#WA46 $315 (VBMA members $265)

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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 slice of watermelon on a checkered tablecloth. His paintings are beautiful, simple and timeless. After graduating with honors from Herron School of Art, Indiana University, Douglas went on to study for a number of years with Frank Mason, famed instructor from the Art Students League of New York and student of Frank Vincent DuMond. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas is a member of many art associations and clubs including Hoosier Salon, Naples Art Association, Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Salmagundi Club and Southern Vermont Arts Center.

 

 

NEW! BLUEPRINT FOR BALANCE: MIXED MEDIA AND FENG SHUI
Linda Adams
All levels

This class is a combination of mixed media art projects representing the ancient teachings and philosophy of Feng Shui. Students will create a decorative item to correlate to each Feng Shui life force. The life forces are purpose, wisdom, forgiveness, gratitude, oneness, compassion, joy and truth. 

Workshop meets March 11, 2023
Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 3
#WA36 $165 (VBMA members $140)

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Workshop meets April 22, 2023
Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: VBMA Studio 3
#WA37 $165 (VBMA members $140)

Register for Blueprint for Balance – April 22

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