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Workshops & Classes

"He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast."​     -Leonardo da Vinci

Anyone who knows me knows I'm an avid proponent of classical training. Like many artists in the late 20th and early 21st century, I didn't have the classical academy-style training that was a natural part of all artists' education in the preceding centuries. I stumbled onto my need for it once I understood what kind of art I was most passionate about creating. I am an unabashed lover of realism with a deep commitment to learning as much as I can and passing that information on to you. That doesn't mean I detest modern or abstract forms of art, it simply means that my soul feels complete when I'm drawing and painting realistically. Luckily, we're living in a time where realism is making a comeback and ateliers are popping up all over the world! Alas, there are none in Virginia so I offer the closest thing I can.

PLEASE NOTE ALL EVENTS ARE PENDING DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

Email me to reserve your spot without making any payments for the time being.

Demonstrations

  • Drawing Like the Old Masters

          Saturday, May 2, 2020, 1:00-3:45pm

Classes

  • Drawing Like the Old Masters: Join the resurgence of classically trained artists as we explore the techniques of old and contemporary realism masters in an academy-style class. Discover the joy of slowing down to see and draw the beauty of the high-speed world around us. We’ll begin with several exercises including copying master works and drawing from life. Students set the pace and may choose their own projects. A list of recommended supplies will be emailed after students register.

          Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

          May 6 - June 24, 2020

          Virginia Beach Art Center (VBAC), in the ViBe District, Virginia Beach, VA

          Email me to register.

Workshops

  • Drawing Fabric from Life: In the morning we will examine artworks from the museum's collection and practice drawing different types of fabric folds. In the afternoon we will enjoy a 3-hour long pose, drawing from a live draped model. A list of recommended supplies will be emailed after students register.

          Saturday, 10:30am - 4:30pm

          April 25, 2020

          Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

          This is not a Chrysler Museum event; you must email me to register.

  • Color Theory for Oil & Acrylic: What is a warm blue? What is a cool red? Gain a strong understanding of colors and color mixing in this one-day painting workshop with instructor Ro Finn. She will demonstrate how to use different limited palettes to achieve almost any color you need. During the workshop, we will talk about the three components of color, how to choose paints, and how to nudge them in the right direction. Students will be given a list of recommended paints and must bring their own supplies, but a workbook of color charts will be provided.

          Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

          July 11, 2020

          Virginia Beach Art Center (VBAC), in the ViBe District, Virginia Beach, VA

          Email me to register.

  • Color Theory for Watercolor: One of the most mesmerizing qualities of watercolor is the luminescence. But how do you mix realistic and accurate colors without sacrificing transparency?  Gain a strong understanding of colors and color mixing in this one-day workshop with instructor Ro Finn. She will demonstrate how to use different limited palettes to achieve almost any color you need. During the workshop, we will talk about the three components of color, how to choose paints, and how watercolors differ from oil or acrylic when it comes to mixing. Students will be given a list of recommended paints and must bring their own supplies, but a workbook of color charts will be provided.

          Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

          August 8, 2020

          Virginia Beach Art Center (VBAC), in the ViBe District, Virginia Beach, VA

          Email me to register.

Contact me for private lessons.