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Workshops

The Guild offers workshops on a variety of art processes, topics and strategies. We have had workshops on oil painting portraits, encaustics, elements of drawing, how to take professional photos of your work, understanding color interactions, etc.  Any member may propose a workshop by a well-known artist or a member by using the Event and Program application and sending it to the Board. We have also offered programs on our zoom link. The goal of our workshops could be for improving the skills of our members or the understanding of art by the public. — Event and Program Application

Please refer to the Calendar​ for details about specific upcoming events.

Intro to Cold Wax with Carolyn Abrams

Mondays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm;

October 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2023

 

Materials used:  A detailed list of materials will be provided.

Location: Berkshire South Community Center

15 Crissey Rd., Great Barrington, MA 01230

Fee: $200

Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Cold wax medium, or CWM, is an oil painting medium. It is composed mainly of beeswax with a small amount of solvent to soften it and other ingredients to aid in drying time. It has a soft, paste like consistency at room temperature and dries to a matte surface. Unlike encaustic processes, it requires no heat to use it. Many luminous and unique effects are possible using CM.  In this class we will explore the materials substrates and the cold wax medium as it applies to oil paints. As well as the intuitive process of using the medium to express yourself. “Experiment" and “play" are the key words to this workshop as I share the many techniques I use with this medium. We will build on our vocabulary from one week to the next and will end with a clear knowledge of what the medium is and how it works. How you use it will depend on you and your own style of working.

 

Cold wax medium and squeegees are provided.  Bring Arches Oil paper and oil paints.  A detailed list of materials needed will be provided.

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Intro to Cold Wax

Figure Drawing in Pen and Ink and Watercolor with Adrian Holmes

Friday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm;

October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2023

 

Materials used:  A detailed list of materials will be provided.

Location: Berkshire South Community Center

15 Crissey Rd., Great Barrington, MA 01230

Fee: $275

Time: 1:00-4:00pm

In this workshop we will explore creating an image from a live model using simple pen and ink line with a watercolor wash. The concept is that we record the light as it flows over the body.
First we will start the session with a series of 2 sets of short two minute poses.

For the first set we will use an ind pend to draw a simple outline of gestured figures. We are looking for contours and the shapes in calligraphy.

In the second series we will paint similar poses using a paint brush in a single color. Here we are looking to follow the shapes created by the light as it flows across the contours of our model.

 

The remainder of the workshop we will explore creating images of our model using both a pen and ink drawing then adding a single color 2 tone wash over the contours of the figure. As we will discover the ink sometimes blends into the watercolor. We learn how to see and work with both positive and negative shapes.

REQUIREMENT

To enjoy this workshop, experience in figure drawing is recommended.

 

Materials:  Bring Ink and watercolor paints.  Watercolor brushes; #10 round body for blending and a flat 1/2” watercolor brush.

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Adrian Holmes Workshop
Lynne Horvath Acrylic Paint

The “Wonder Medium”, Acrylic Paint….Its 2023, Know your MEDIUM.
With Lynne Horvath

Two afternoons in October from 1pm to 4pm; October 4th & 5th

Cost is $50

Truly, this is a painting material that can do almost anything. Many artists have wanted to experiment with Acrylic paint, but have been hesitant because of either long ago past trials, a lack of training or knowledge of the expansive capabilities, leaving their comfort zone of current mediums, or (logically) not wanting to invest in an unfamiliar product. Whatever your background, a good look at these wonderful painting materials might get your creative juices to pop forth.

Lynne has been a painter and coach in Acrylics since their roll-out in the mid 1960s. This versatile material
started off slowly, as it had a few shortcomings, different ones for different uses. But the colors, flexibility, safety, versatility and true advantages took off, especially in the world of advertising art. Now the
shortcomings have been subsequently fixed and new uses developed... have they ever! It isOctober 30,
Novemnow purported to be a main material used in the fields of Art today, fine, commercial, and personal.

Student Supplies: First Day >> Bring any you currently have on hand, a brush over size 8 or two, non fancy paper over 20lb, a sketchbook or firm board for holding experiments, a large jar for water; a discard-able absorbent rag, sans tassels or fringe. No fabulous pictures painted the first day – emphasis on
techniques. Materials will be furnished for any other needs.

Wear schlumpy clothing, vinyl gloves if you treasure your salon nails; snacks/coffee if you skipped lunch.
 

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