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Landscape painting
Ancient Conversation by Mary Pettis

With Mary Pettis

John F. Carlson, in his groundbreaking 1929 book, Elementary Principles of Landscape Painting, urges us to study the expressive properties of line, mass, and color. He states that it is a delusion to think that if a painter can merely “copy nature” well enough, he is creating a work of art, that he has to merely get a certain “likeness” of the things before him. He states that, rather, a painter must see through his motif, into its significance, and then choose his means accordingly. But how does one do that?

This workshop is designed to answer that question. We will plant the seeds of creative expression; we will impart a solid means to analyze and consider the quality of interest that a motif holds for us: the IDEA!

We will learn how to single out that transmittable, personal impression of some ONE QUALITY in the quantity before us, and get closer in our quest to understand and create true works of art! Each day of the 3-day workshop begins with a lecture and/or demo. Afternoons we paint outdoors.

All levels welcome.

Full lecture and workshop
Length: 3 days
Tuition: $500
Limit: 17 students

Register for full lecture and workshop

First morning lecture only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $75
Limit: 40 students

Register for first morning lecture only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–5:00pm Full lecture & workshop Mary Pettis
9:00am–1:00pm First morning lecture only Mary Pettis

Photo of a paintings on a wall

With fine art consultant Joy Wolfe & estate and probate attorney Tamara Block

This is part two of an ongoing discussion on the responsibility of owning artwork and having an art collection management system in place. Do you have an estate plan in place and know who will receive your precious collection? Is your collection documented and appraised? Do your children want it? Collecting is an individual and very personal experience. Knowing what you have, its current value, documentation and provenance, insurance, art storage, conservation and de-accessioning are some of the myriad of issues when owning artwork.

Joy and Tamara both have worked with clients that have art collections or family members who were artists. Every individual has a unique set of circumstances they are working with when estate planning. If there is a large collection of artworks, the collector should develop a strategy for deaccessioning the collection. There are many things to consider such as capital gains, selling expenses, deciding to gift or sell, and the tax considerations for each.

Being a collector herself, a consultant and advocate for artists, Joy has been involved in all areas of art collecting, managing collections, as well as being an interior designer and custom picture framer for over 35 years. She works with art institutions as a liaison to provide training to her clients in preservation and conservation when handling art collections.

Tammy Block is a licensed attorney in both Minnesota (admitted in 1998) and South Dakota (admitted in 2000) with a practice that serves clients in a relationship based model. She has over 20 years of legal experience working with clients in estate planning, real estate and small business matters. She travels within two hours of the Twin Cities to serve clients in a broad geographic area. Her goal is to provide families and individuals with a sense of security and to make the process easy to understand.

Whether you are an artist, significant other, family member or art collector, this course is for you. They will provide an overview of the resources available and a comprehensive plan to move forward in documenting your collection, protecting your assets, and strategies you can implement to feel confident in your decisions.

Date Time Instructor
10:00am–1:00pm Joy Wolfe

Painting
Uplift by Gregory Manchess

With Gregory Manchess

This is a 3-day weekend workshop where we study ideas and plan pictures that can grab and captivate our audience. We'll be exploring composition through generating copious amounts of thumbnail sketches; refining, changing, and enhancing our ideas through drawing; and, finally, developing a large loose sketch, based on the previous explorative sketches, to take home for a finished painting.

Fundamentals of composition, value, and picture design are stressed throughout. This is where we discover who we are: marks on paper, with the barest minimum of lines, will flush out and flesh out an idea that lingers just beneath our awareness. As students progress from thumbnails to sketches, we'll also touch on when and how to use reference. On the third day Greg will demonstrate color comps, and students will begin to explore rough color sketches to aid them in the development of their picture beyond this workshop.

Much frustration and head-scratching ensues while we struggle to do our best, but Greg hasn't had a student yet that hasn't come away with an epiphany or two about their work. And we'll have lots of fun in the discovery process. Come with no fear—you're in good hands.

Full lecture, demonstration and workshop
Length: 3 days
Tuition: $500
Limit: 10 students

Register for full lecture and workshop

Lecture and demonstration only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $75
Limit: 30 students

Register lecture & demonstration only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–4:00pm Full lecture, demonstration & workshop Gregory Manchess
9:00am–12:00pm Lecture & demonstration only Gregory Manchess

Painting of horse

Come join us for an afternoon to support the arts! There will be art for purchase created by artists and instructors of The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, including a large selection of prints, drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, sculptures, still life, landscape, and imaginative artwork. In addition there will be works from the Lynn Maderich Collection available, and the proceeds will go to her scholarship fund.

Date Time
12:00pm–6:00pm

Judy Buckvold at book table

Please join us as we wish to remember Judy Buckvold with a celebration of her life. We will be exhibiting a few of Judy's drawings and paintings, and photographs of her over the years. There will be time to share stories about Judy as well. If you wish to share a story but are unable to present it, please pass it to us or send it to The Atelier to have it read to those in attendance. Judy has been a member of The Atelier family since the 1990s. Graduating from the full-time program in 2000, she has created several beautiful works of art and has been an integral part of our teaching staff ever since.

Some of Judy's artwork may be for sale. Judy's family has asked that donations in memory of Judy be made to The Atelier.

You may donate online or checks can be made to The Atelier with Judy Buckvold in the memo line.

Please RSVP by registering online or by calling The Atelier at (612) 362-8421.

Date Time
4:00pm–7:00pm

Photograph
Photograph by David Ginsberg

With David Ginsberg

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 given the option to paint a color sketch of the still life from their set up or continue by working with different light and or set ups. If painting, this will enable you to work through the process of painting with and from artificial light.

Full lecture, demonstration and workshop
Length: 2 days
Tuition: $250
Limit: 17 students

Register for full lecture and workshop

Lecture and demonstration only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $75
Limit: 40 students

Register lecture & demonstration only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–4:00pm Full lecture, demonstration & workshop David Ginsberg
9:00am–12:00pm Lecture & demonstration only David Ginsberg

Still-life painting
Turkish Coffee by Nora Dereli

Students: If you have attended an Atelier class, bring your artwork, framed and ready to hang with eye hooks in back and labeled with your name, title of artwork, medium, instructor name, your address and phone number, to The Atelier by 10:00pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Artwork must have been produced in class with an Atelier instructor. No late entries. We will attempt to hang all artwork, but if there are too many entries for our walls, the teachers reserve the right to choose which artwork is shown. Work should be picked up immediately following the show.

Date Time
6:00pm–9:00pm
12:00pm–6:00pm