THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOP MISSISSIPPI

Two Day Workshop, April 5-6, 2017
Wednesday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Pastel Society of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi
Registration: Please contact julia.ann.sherwood@gmail.com

Alain will begin day one of the workshop with a full-day painterly portrait demonstration from the live model. This two-part demonstration will begin with lighting and posing the model and cover portrait techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, as well as developing a painterly style and harnessing the power of strong design. Finally, we’ll discuss effective techniques for refining your portrait to a finish. We’ll also cover the successful posing and lighting of the subject. At the close of the demonstration, we will all photograph the model together, discussing how to capture strong reference material using a digital SLR or mirrorless digital camera.

Day two of the workshop will be devoted to student work, giving you the opportunity to develop your portraits from the photographic reference we’ve gathered, or to bring your own photographic portrait reference for study. We will learn how to use this reference as a tool in creating lifelike painterly portraits, and end with Alain providing a constructive critique. You will leave feeling empowered with working knowledge to create your own painterly portraits from photographs.

 

CAPTURING LIGHT WORKSHOP MISSISSIPPI

Three Day Workshop, April 7-9, 2017
Friday-Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Pastel Society of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi
Registration: Please contact julia.ann.sherwood@gmail.com

The true subject of this workshop is light. We’ll study the way light reveals form, color, and emotion by focusing each day on a unique subject. We'll combine the use of photographic reference and nature throughout. On day one we’ll study dramatic light falling upon the still life, revealing form against strong shadow patterns- a wonderful opportunity to practice design. During day two we will study the effects of light outdoors with a plein air painting session—weather permitting. On Day three we’ll shift to using photographic references to investigate the light falling upon the landscape, and seek to capture the effects quickly and boldly. Throughout the workshop we’ll practice making small thumbnail sketches and color studies before progressing to larger works. This helps us learn to simplify and capture the big shapes of light and shadow quickly, and to discern the value relationships of colors. There will be a constructive critique at the end of the workshop. You’ll leave feeling empowered to tackle any subject that comes your way by understanding how to capturing the light!