The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art

Workshops

Three-Day Summer Landscape Workshop with Brock Larson
Play of Light landscape painting

In this three-day workshop, students will be taken through Brock Larson's approach to painting landscapes on location. Outdoor painting has a large set of challenges from fleeting light effects to unpredictable weather changes, so practicing the ability to predict, prepare, and adapt for these changes is a necessity to painting from nature. Brock will demonstrate his process on Friday and Saturday mornings, breaking down the stages of how to gain the initial impression, composition and overall placements, to solving smaller passages while maintaining the “big look.” The general outline is as follows:

Friday morning: demonstration, paint
Friday afternoon: paint
Saturday morning: demonstration, paint
Saturday afternoon: paint
Sunday morning & afternoon: paint

This class will be tailored to each individual student, and all levels are welcome to participate. Students should have a French easel (or any lightweight traveling easel).

Please register early as his workshops always fill. Materials list and class information will be sent upon payment.

Limit 10 students.

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BROCK LARSON (b. 1991) first began drawing at a very early age under the guidance of his father, Jeffrey T. Larson as well as his grandfather, Marvin Espe. He started his approach to academic practice in high school with Charles Bargue plates, master copies, and cast drawings before moving to Minneapolis to pursue a formal education at the Atelier Program of Fine Art. He studied full-time in the Twin Cities for five years alongside attending workshops. In his final year of school, Brock began teaching evening classes for two years prior to moving back to his hometown area of Duluth, to help his father establish a similar studio training program, the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art. Together, they spent two years researching and designing the curriculum before eighteen months of renovating an old catholic church into an ideal studio setting for students. Here, they currently instruct the full-time program and teach workshops.

Summer Schedule

Date Time Price Instructor
Friday - Sunday, July 24-26, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm (lunch break from 12-2) $375 Brock Larson
Still Life En Plein Air
Outdoor still life painting

Often when people hear the word “plein air” they think of landscape painting. However, the term itself simply means “in the open air.” The focus of this class will be studying the light outdoors through still life painting. Much can be learned from this type of study, as it is easier to see how light and temperature shifts occur in simple objects than more complicated forms in the landscape. Day 1 will focus on value studies of simple forms. Day 2 will focus on color study of simple forms. Day 3 we will use these concepts to paint a more elaborate still life study outdoors. Classes will be taught in oils, and tailored to all skill levels. We will be practicing safety first by social distancing and wearing masks during group interactions.

Please contact Bridget if you have questions. She may be reached via email at BridgetErtl@hotmail.com.

Materials list & class information will be sent upon payment.

Limit 8 students.

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Summer Schedule

Date Time Price Instructor
Thursday mornings, Aug. 13, 20 & Sep. 3, 2020 9:30am - 12:30pm $125 Bridget Ertelt
Painting the Figure Outdoors
Painting of two young boys outside

Painting the figure en plein air is a fantastic challenge and just plain fun. We will spend two days painting the clothed figure outdoors in natural light. Figures in our outdoor scenes are often on the move. Focus of the class will be exercises to capture gesture, large value/color proportions, and achieving a believable light effect (sunny day vs gray day) outdoors through color temperature. Studying the figure is a great way to increase your understanding of how light affects all form outdoors. Class will be taught in oils. Students of all skill levels are welcome! Some previous drawing experience may be helpful. We will be practicing safety first by social distancing and wearing masks during group interactions. We will meet at Rosland Park in Edina.

Please contact Bridget if you have questions. She may be reached via email at BridgetErtl@hotmail.com.

Materials list & class information will be sent upon payment.

Limit 8 students.

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Summer Schedule

Date Time Price Instructor
Saturday - Sunday, Aug. 29-30, 2020 10:00am - 5:00pm $250 (includes model fees) Bridget Ertelt
The Outdoor Landscape Crash Course
Landscape painting

I will be offering another opportunity for my plein air course that took place earlier this summer. Get ready for a lot of information and learning! Day 1 We will discuss the value structure of forms in the landscape. Day 2 will be all about color. The focus will be on understanding color as value and organizing values in a way that creates dynamic starts. Color temperature and studying different types of light will be discussed. Day 3 We will talk about atmospheric perspective, gradation that occurs in nature, and special lighting situations such as sunsets. As autumn approaches we will discuss color and value considerations for fall foliage. Class will be taught in oils. We will be practicing safety first by social distancing, and wearing masks when in a group. I am excited to share this information with you. This class will be tailored to all skill levels. Beginners are welcome.

Please contact Bridget if you have questions. She may be reached via email at BridgetErtl@hotmail.com.

Materials list & class information will be sent upon payment.

Limit 8 students.

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Fall Schedule

Date Time Price Instructor
Friday - Sunday, Sep. 25-27, 2020 11:00am - 5:00pm $300 Bridget Ertelt