Workshops

Schedule

The Structure of the Visual Moment: Honing Perceptual Craft A Three-day Outdoor Painting Intensive

Stuart Shils
Three-Day Weekend September Workshop
Class Lecture: Friday, September 16, 6:30pm
Friday, September 16, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, September 17, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, September 18, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
$900 M $950 NM

Small Format Landscape Painting from Nature

Kathleen Jacobs
Three-Day Weekend Workshop
Friday, September 23, 10:00 pm–4:00 pm
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sunday, September 25, 10:00 pm–4:00 pm
$625 M $675 NM

Expressive Color

Martha Wakefield
One-Day Workshop
Sunday, September 25
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
$75 M $125 NM

The Autumn Landscape in Pastel

Robert Carsten
Two-Day Workshop
Friday, September 30, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$200 M $250 NM

The Structure of the Visual Moment: Honing Perceptual Craft A Three-day Outdoor Painting Intensive

Stuart Shils
Three-Day Weekend October Workshop
Lecture (open to the public): Thursday, October 6, 6:30pm
Friday, October 7, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, October 9, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
$900 M $950 NM
The workshop will open with a 90 minute public slide lecture at Concord Art on the evening of Thursday, October 7 at 6:30pm.

Pushing Color: Using Color Shapers

Nan Hass Feldman
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$100 M $150 NM

Creating Abstract Art

Dean Nimmer
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$175 M $225 NM

Fast and Free: Plein Air Painting

Charles Shurcliff
1 Day Workshop:
Thursday, October 27, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$150 M $200 NM
Rain Date: Friday, October 28, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Introduction To Impressionist Color and Painting: Acrylic or Oil

Marcia Wise

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, October 30, noon–4:00 pm
$150 M $200 NM

Let’s Get Unstuck: Creating Dynamic Pastel Paintings

Shelly Eager
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, noon–4:00 pm
$150 M $200NM

The Stories That Bind Us: Mixed Media Collage

Sandra Mayo
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 12, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, November 13, noon–4:00 pm
$150 M $200 NM

Fun & Joyful Collage

Alexandra Sheldon
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, November 20, noon–4:00 pm
$175 M $225 NM
($30.00 materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor)

Portrait Drawing From Life in Charcoal

Cyrus Whittier
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, noon–4:00 pm
$200 M $250 NM

Keep it Fresh: Drawing and Painting with Acrylics on Paper

Kathy DeFlice-Secor

One-Day Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$100 M $150 NM

Descriptions

The Structure of the Visual Moment: Honing Perceptual Craft A Three-day Outdoor Painting Intensive

The Structure of the Visual Moment: Honing Perceptual Craft

A Three-day Outdoor Painting Intensive

Intermediate and Advanced Workshop

Stuart Shils

During this three day workshop, we focus on cultivating perceptual discrimination and visual clarity by understanding close, critical looking at nature and the relation of observation to constructing a drawing or painting. We ask ourselves exactly what we are seeing, how we are seeing it, and then what to make of it on the working surface. The workshop is intended to push the intermediate to advanced painter further into a kind of visual boot camp, each day consists of a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but also fun and productive. In the tradition/spirit of “first strike” or direct attack, emphasis will be placed on examining the perceptual processes in front of nature, the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically, and perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finished”. We will not be concerned with making anything “pretty”, saleable or “trophy” like. With painting, one never really gets a trophy anyway – it’s always work in progress.

Stuartshils.com

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Stuart Shils
Three-Day Weekend September Workshop
Class Lecture: Friday, September 16, 6:30pm
Friday, September 16, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, September 17, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, September 18, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
$900 M $950 NM

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Small Format Landscape Painting from Nature

Small Format Landscape Painting from Nature

All Levels

Kathleen Jacobs


 

Come paint the inspiring landscape and embrace the exciting challenge of painting and drawing outdoors. Simple hikes will take class members to the riverbanks, meadows and countryside within the historic town of Concord. There will be an emphasis on drawing the form and structure of the landscape, seeking a certain grace and order from nature. There will be an added push to hone observational and design skills to seek visual unity when composing a preliminary sketch. Working small, participants will create quickly, recording shape, line and color, allowing nature to dictate a response. Students of all skill levels welcome, using oil, watercolor, acrylic or gouache.

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Kathleen Jacobs
Three-Day Weekend Workshop
Friday, September 23, 10:00 pm–4:00 pm
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sunday, September 25, 10:00 pm–4:00 pm
$625 M $675 NM

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Expressive Color

Expressive Color

All Levels

Martha Wakefield

Learn the properties and personalities of colors to make your paintings more luminous and vibrant. As Vassily Kandinsky said, “Color is a power, which directly influences the soul.” Color is the dominating element of strong paintings. In this workshop, we will learn the language of color and color relationships through exercise, demos and the examination of both past masters and contemporary painters. Martha creates a supportive art-filled environment to assist each student in deepening his or her expressive voice. All media.

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Martha Wakefield
One-Day Workshop
Sunday, September 25
12:00 pm–4:00 pm
$75 M $125 NM

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The Autumn Landscape in Pastel

The Autumn Landscape in Pastel

All Levels

Robert Carsten, PSA-mp, IAPS-mc

This engaging workshop will explore ways to connect the subject of landscape with contemporary artistic concerns. Working indoors from your sketches and photos, we will explore concepts of color theory and design techniques to create exceptionally vibrant color in our landscapes. Various approaches to pastel painting will be presented and demonstrated. Critique, at-easel assistance, and lots of painting time will make this an educational and enjoyable painting experience.

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Robert Carsten
Two-Day Workshop
Friday, September 30, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$200 M $250 NM

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The Structure of the Visual Moment: Honing Perceptual Craft A Three-day Outdoor Painting Intensive

The Structure of the Visual Moment: Honing Perceptual Craft

A Three-day Outdoor Painting Intensive

Intermediate and Advanced Workshop

Stuart Shils

During this three day workshop, we focus on cultivating perceptual discrimination and visual clarity by understanding close, critical looking at nature and the relation of observation to constructing a drawing or painting. We ask ourselves exactly what we are seeing, how we are seeing it, and then what to make of it on the working surface. The workshop is intended to push the intermediate to advanced painter further into a kind of visual boot camp, each day consists of a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but also fun and productive. In the tradition/spirit of “first strike” or direct attack, emphasis will be placed on examining the perceptual processes in front of nature, the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically, and perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finished”. We will not be concerned with making anything “pretty”, saleable or “trophy” like. With painting, one never really gets a trophy anyway – it’s always work in progress.

Stuartshils.com

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Stuart Shils
Three-Day Weekend October Workshop
Lecture (open to the public): Thursday, October 6, 6:30pm
Friday, October 7, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, October 9, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
$900 M $950 NM
The workshop will open with a 90 minute public slide lecture at Concord Art on the evening of Thursday, October 7 at 6:30pm.

Register

Pushing Color: Using Color Shapers

Pushing Color: Using Color Shapers

All Levels

Nan Hass Feldman

 

In this engaging one-day workshop, students will learn to create textured paintings using the revolutionary tools known as color shapers. These pliable rubber-tipped "brushes" are great for lifting, blending, drawing, and painting. We will make two small paintings on panels using the color shapers as we learn how to use these unique tools to apply, scrape, move and draw into paint to create exciting textures, patterns and designs. Students may use oil or acrylic paint (no solvents).

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Nan Hass Feldman
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$100 M $150 NM

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Creating Abstract Art

Creating Abstract Art

All Levels

Dean Nimmer

 

Based on Dean’s best selling book by the same name, this workshop demystifies abstract art and shows you many ways to explore the vast territory of non-objective art. We will explore abstract painting, drawing and mixed media techniques working from observation, memory and your own uninhibited imagination. Even if you are just curious to try something that’s out of your comfort zone, this class will expand your passion to make art. This workshop will emphasize experimentation and exploration over finished art, and there’s no need to bring canvas or expensive paints. All basic materials are supplied, nothing to bring except your own lunch.  No experience necessary, no pressure, just pure enjoyment.

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Dean Nimmer
One-Day Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$175 M $225 NM

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Fast and Free: Plein Air Painting

Fast and Free: Plein Air Painting

All Levels

Charles Shurcliff

 

Get to the heart of the matter and learn to paint the essence of the landscape. Learn how to approach each painting using color theory with simplified shapes. Train your eye to see areas of light and dark, by experimenting with color and value. You will create a painting reflecting the light and magic of the scene in front of you. Charles will teach you to de-emphasize small detail and emphasize the broader picture in front of you. Simplicity is the key. Students may use acrylics, oil, or watercolor.

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Charles Shurcliff
1 Day Workshop:
Thursday, October 27, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$150 M $200 NM
Rain Date: Friday, October 28, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

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Introduction To Impressionist Color and Painting: Acrylic or Oil

Introduction To Impressionist Color and Painting: Acrylic or Oil

All Levels

Marcia Wise

 

This workshops is designed to introduce students to a bold and fearless approach to using color. We will cover fundamental painting and drawing skills with an introduction to the Impressionist color theory utilizing simple block studies. Students will learn how to simplify scenes into shapes of color-values, beginning with block studies and then integrating simple rounded objects as we move toward creating landscape paintings. We will use brushes for the first layer, then the palette knife for subsequent layers. We use the palette knife so we can think only in terms of color and placement thus eradicating the need to pay attention to details. Students will take part in critiques each day, often at the end of a painting session after applying a color note (layer). All levels of experience are welcome.

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Marcia Wise

Weekend Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, October 30, noon–4:00 pm
$150 M $200 NM

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Let’s Get Unstuck: Creating Dynamic Pastel Paintings

Let’s Get Unstuck: Creating Dynamic Pastel Paintings

All Levels

Shelly Eager

 

In this dynamic pastel class you will work on exercises that turn up the heat and inspire creativity. Shelly will show you ways to change your old habits, try a new color palette, and work faster and looser. You will be amazed how new ideas and challenges can open the flow of your creative juices! All artists get into a slump, let’s get unstuck!

Class size limited to 8.

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Shelly Eager
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, noon–4:00 pm
$150 M $200NM

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The Stories That Bind Us: Mixed Media Collage

The Stories That Bind Us: Mixed Media Collage

All Levels

Sandra mayo

Bring your family stories and learn how to record them while making art in this two-day workshop! You will learn how to draw a four generation family Genogram (family tree that comes alive in the context of time, people’s behavior, and emotional relationships), identifying patterns and interaction styles. You will choose the Genogram sections that spark your curiosity and manipulate them artistically to explore your feelings/reactions to the family history. We will work on various types of paper including clear-contact to engage in different methods for transfers, printing and collaging on wood panels. This will be an insightful yet relaxing class. Bring your old photos and memories!

($25 materials fee payable to instructor)

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Sandra Mayo
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 12, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, November 13, noon–4:00 pm
$150 M $200 NM

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Fun & Joyful Collage

Fun & Joyful Collage

All Levels

Alexandra Sheldon

 

This workshop for complete beginners or experienced artists needing a fun tune-up. We will explore color, texture, composition, light, movement, and space. Materials for the collages will be made from scratch. We will use and experiment with painting paper, printmaking on paper, making transfers from magazines, and adding textures. The emphasis of this class will be on having fun and being with others in a creative, joyous, and supportive space.

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Alexandra Sheldon
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, November 20, noon–4:00 pm
$175 M $225 NM
($30.00 materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor)

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Portrait Drawing From Life in Charcoal

Portrait Drawing From Life in Charcoal

All Levels

Cyrus Whittier

 

The portrait is an engaging subject to explore through new media and styles. In this class, students will work with a combination of vine sticks, compressed charcoal, and charcoal pencils.  Through demonstrations and individual instruction, Cyrus will guide you step-by-step through the process, working from the general large shapes to the specific smaller shapes and details. You will work with a live model to understand proportion, anatomy, and facial features. Basic drawing skills are recommended. Model fee included.

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Cyrus Whittier
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, noon–4:00 pm
$200 M $250 NM

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Keep it Fresh: Drawing and Painting with Acrylics on Paper

Keep it Fresh: Drawing and Painting with Acrylics on Paper

All Levels

Kathy DeFlice-Secor

 

Drawing and painting on paper is a fresh and direct way to work. The wet surface allows for fluidity without hesitation. Whether you work in an abstract or representational style, using your intuitive hand while responding to the materials, will bring spontaneity and a fresh approach to your work. During this one day workshop, we will use acrylic paint and mediums along with a variety of brushes and drawing materials on paper. Starting with drawing as the foundation for structure, we will layer the paint as the process begins. You will explore line and color, both wet and dry to create your unique imagery.

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Kathy DeFlice-Secor

One-Day Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
$100 M $150 NM

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