The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art

Lectures & Events

Écorché with Jim Shoop
Anatomy for Artist Class One: The Skeleton
James Shoop sculpture

Using a fixed armature and oil-based clay you will learn how to sculpt a 21-inch tall skeleton. This process will teach you the skeletal proportions, structure, and important anatomical landmarks visible under the surface of the skin. Eighteen hours of instruction with breaks for homework. Class 2: The Muscles will be offered in Winter 2019. THREE TWO-DAY SESSIONS - 2-week break between classes for Homework.

Session One, Day 1: You will pose your armature and apply clay over it with instruction.
Session One, Day 2: Finish blocking in and start refining all major forms. Break Homework: refine skeleton as instructed.
Session Two, Day 1: Continue to refine surfaces and map out the ribcage.
Session Two, Day 2: Refining the ribcage and other areas.Break Homework: refine skeleton as instructed.
Session Three, Day 1: Refining the surface planes and landmarks of the skull.
Session Three, Day 2: Refining and finishing all remaining surfaces.

Starting SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Sept. 15 & 16, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Oct. 6 & 7, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Oct. 20 & 21, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Jim Shoop
$400. Limit 10 students.
Supplies: Armature (provided), Skeleton Blueprint (provided), Modeling tools (bring your own, I will also have some to borrow), Oil-based Clay - Chavant NSP Brown (medium) two 2 lb. blocks -Buy from Jim Shoop or order online.

Fall Schedule

Dates Time Instructor
Saturday & Sunday, Sep. 15-16, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm Jim Shoop
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 6-7, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm Jim Shoop
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 20-21, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm Jim Shoop
Dan Hill Lecture:
"First Blush: People's Intuitive Reactions to Art"
Famous Faces Decoded by Dan Hill

With Q & A and a book-signing to follow

Aided by fMRI brain scans, advances in neurobiology over the past quarter century have documented that as much as 95% of people's mental activity isn't fully conscious, and that as much as 30% of that mental activity involves rapidly, intuitively processing visual stimuli. Yet only a relatively small amount of art studies have explored people's intuitive reactions to art - until now!

With a scope that is 2x greater than any previous application of eye tracking technology to art works, the speaker's study reveals where people viewing art actually look. What's the most common gaze pattern? What are the imagery processing patterns? In addition, the study involves the use of facial coding to capture and quantify people's emotional reactions while viewing art. So some "sneak peak" previews of what emotional patterns emerged from the study will also be shared from a book to be released a year from now. Prepare for a radical reorientation to what works and doesn't work (as well) in art from the viewer's intuitive, sensory-emotive as opposed to cognitive perspective.

Dan Hill, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on the role of emotions and a certified facial coding expert. His wide-ranging media coverage and appearances have included: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox and MSNBC. He received a Masters in Creative Writing from Brown University and minored in art history at St. Olaf College, prior to his Ph.D. in English literature from Rutgers University.

Fall Schedule

Date Time Cost Lecturer
Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:00am-12:00pm $10 (Please register by mail or call to reserve your seat.) Dr. Dan Hill
Gabriel Weisberg Lecture:
Women Painters of the Nineteenth Century
Rosa Bonheur, The Horse Fair, 1852-55

As women gained the opportunity to exhibit their paintings in public shows they found that there was a groundswell of interest in having women compete on the same footing as men. Women from all over the world were trained in studios and ateliers, their works eventually shown at the Salon in Paris. International reputations were made, works secured by museums, and collected by some of the leading individuals of the day. Dr. Weisberg’s lecture will reveal who some of these artists were demonstrating that women were able to have effective careers as painters and teachers by the early 20th century.

Dr. Gabriel P. Weisberg, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, has published extensively on French nineteenth and early twentieth century art. A few of his books and exhibitions are Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography, Theatre and Cinema; The Realist Tradition: French Painting and Drawing, 1830-1900; Beyond Impressionism: The Naturalist Impulse; Overcoming All Obstacles: The Women of the Academie Julian, co-edited with Jane Becker; Against The Modern: Dagnan-Bouveret and the Transformation of the Academic Tradition; The Origins of Art Nouveau: The Bing Empire; and Toward a New 19th-Century Art: Selections from the Radichel Collection. Dr. Weisberg also wrote an essay for The Atelier’s publication On The Training of Painters: The Atelier’s Past and Present. Currently Gabe is working on two exhibitions for 2020; one is at the Fondation Custodia in Paris on Leon Bonvin and the other is on BJO Nordfeldt at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.

Fall Schedule

Date Time Cost Lecturer
Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00am-12:00pm $10 (Please register by mail or call to reserve your seat.) Dr. Gabriel Weisberg
The Art of Artificial Lighting for Painting with David Ginsberg
David Ginsberg still life photo

For those who missed last year’s workshop, this two-day workshop includes a lecture and demonstration on the use of controlled lighting for a consistent light source resembling natural light. The hands-on portion of the workshop will be a day and a half of working together on still life setups using various artificial lighting techniques. We will go through a series of steps that will demonstrate some of the various lighting options, as well as using light and shadow as part of the compositional element. Once a satisfactory setup has been established with both the still life and the lighting, participants will be asked to paint a color sketch of the still life for the remainder of the workshop. The painting portion will enable each artist to work through the process of painting with and from artificial light. For the hands-on portion of the workshop, students will be given the choice to paint from the setup they arrange and light or arrange several different or varied light setups.

David Ginsberg has been photographing images for over thirty years. He holds a degree in photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and has pursued his passion of photography in both the commercial advertising industry and as an art form. He has had studios in Los Angeles, California; Mexico City, Mexico; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. David has won numerous meritorious awards for his work, and his commercial client list over the years has included many national and international clients. His fine art pieces are in collections world wide. David has had his work exhibited in many galleries nationwide and has been selected to be shown at the Louvre.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, November 9 & 10, 2018
Fri., 9 AM - 12 PM: Lecture & Lighting Demonstration.
Fri., 1 PM - 4 PM & Sat., 9 AM - 4 PM Hands-on workshop.
Limited to 12 advanced painters for the hands-on portion of the workshop.
$250 for entire workshop / $50 for demo & lecture only

Fall Schedule

Date Time Description Instructor
Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 9:00am-12:00pm Lecture & Lighting Demonstration David Ginsberg
Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 1:00pm-4:00pm Hands-on workshop David Ginsberg
Sat., Nov. 10, 2018 9:00am-4:00pm Hands-on workshop David Ginsberg
Art Marketing Level 2: Putting Your Plan in Action
Nanci Fulmek painting

Prerequisite: The Art of Selling Your Art Level 1

Mastermind sessions personalized to bring your art business to the next level. Each Mastermind session will be tailored to the students attending. This will be a hands-on course for those who are serious about creating an income with their art.

Day 1: 3 hours to plan your next 90 days. Come with what you are currently doing, and your goals for the next year.
Days 2 & 3: Days to be selected after Day 1 and are mid-goal check-ins to celebrate, fix, and keep you on track.

Must preregister and set up preclass check-in with Nanci.

Nanci Fulmek, a 2009 graduate, completed 5 years of full time study at The Atelier. Originally a student of Finance, she learned most of her skills from a background in sales. She has worked in direct marketing with Herbalife for over 10 years and was top sales person in the Midwest for several months. She managed a store in Minneapolis, doubling sales within 6 months. Nanci worked in an art gallery for over 5 years and has been selling her own art for over 15 years. In 2005, she published her first piece and sold over 200 images the first four weeks. Nanci has been featured in American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art Magazine, The Fine Art Connoisseur, and Awarded “MN Artist of the year 2017” by TOSCA Magazine. Her artwork is collected internationally. Visit Nanci’s website at

Winter/Spring Schedule

Date Time Cost Instructor
Saturday, January 5, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm $175 (3 meetings) Nanci Fulmek
Indoor Plein Air Painting with Brian Stewart
AA Clubhouse by Brian Stewart

This workshop will be held indoors but students will need to bring their portable easels and supplies as if they were painting out of doors. Two or three locations inside the building will be selected to paint by Brian. The workshop will cover all the procedures, concepts and equipment of outdoor painting plus the added considerations that interiors require. This 2 day workshop will include a talk, demonstration, and hands on critiques. Materials list

After a successful 25 year career in advertising, Brian became a painter. The journey has given him a lifetime of experiences, travels and memories, not to mention a few accolades and recognition along the way. He re- ceived his early training at The Art Center in Los Angeles and later at Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis where he learned the classic, academic fundamentals as they were taught in Paris a century ago. An emeritus member of the Plein Air Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, this visual raconteur is known and collected for his genre and scene paintings as well as his landscapes. A native Californian, who now makes his home in Minnesota, he can be found playing the banjo when not painting.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, February 1 & 2, 2019
Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Talk & Demonstration.
Friday, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Painting workshop with hands-on critiques.
$400 for ENTIRE WORKSHOP (Limit 8 students).
$100 for DEMO ONLY (Limit 20 students).

Winter/Spring Schedule

Date Time Description Instructor
Fri., Feb. 1, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm Talk & Demonstration Brian Stewart
Fri., Feb. 1, 2019 1:00pm-4:00pm Painting workshop with hands-on critiques Brian Stewart
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 9:00pm-4:00pm Painting workshop with hands-on critiques Brian Stewart