Develop your creative potential

Do you want to learn a painterly approach to any subject—portrait, figure, landscape, or still life? Whether working from life or photographic references, Alain will help you to fill your visual toolbox with all the techniques necessary to succeed. 

All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Workshops in Connecticut, Ohio, Croatia, New Jersey, Virginia, and Holland. Read below to find a workshop near you.

Loved this workshop! I've been trying to achieve this style, and finally an artist showed me how! -Chris K.   Read more…

Vacation Art Workshop CROATIA

Seven-Day Workshop, July 1-8, 2017
Location: Istria, Croatia
Registration: For more information and registration please click here.    

On this beautiful vacation art workshop to Croatia, we’ll study the magical coastal light of this ancient archipelago on the Adriatic Sea. Full of everything from quaint historic villages to olive groves, remote reefs and islets, we’ll have much to explore as we focus each day on a unique location and subject. With beautiful accommodations, delicious food, and endless inspiration surrounding us, we’ll learn how to observe and capture the light before us by combining direct study from nature with further development of our work back in the lovely hotel studio.


THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOP HOLLAnd

One-Day Workshop, A) July 15, 2017 - FULL  B) July 16, 2017
Saturday or Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Nieuwegein, Holland
Registration: click here for workshop A, click here for workshop B

In this workshop, we will work from reference photos, learning how to create lifelike painterly portraits.


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Plein-Air Landscape WORKSHOP CONNECTICUT

Plein-Air Workshop, September 23, 2017
Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut
Fee: $100     Registration: Click here

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges. Organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret your environment for that lush painterly look. READ MORE...


THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOp CONNECTICUT

Three-Day Workshop, October 26-28, 2017
Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Registration: Please visit uartpastelpaper.com

In this workshop, students will work from a live model as well as photographs, learning how to light, pose, and photograph the subject to create lifelike painterly portraits on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper.


THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOP NEW JERSEY

Three-Day Workshop, November 17- 19, 2017
Friday - Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm
Location: The Goshen School of Art,  Goshen NJ
Registration: Please contact StanSperlak.com

Have you always wanted to create a portrait of your loved one—be it a friend, child, grandchild, or spouse? Perhaps you are looking to develop your working process as a commissioned artist. Whether for business or pleasure, Alain will show you how to create lifelike painterly portraits using reference photographs and life study.


THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT WORKSHOP Virginia

Three-Day Workshop, May 18- 20, 2018
Friday - Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Mid Atlantic Pastel Society, Richmond, Virginia
Registration: coming soon


THE PAINTERLY LANDSCAPE CONNECTICUT

Weekend Workshop, SPRING 2018
Friday 7:00-9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Newtown, Connecticut
Fee: $125
More information coming soon.

Loosen up your landscapes using the painterly approach. Learn to simplify complex scenes into clear shapes, values, and edges.