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Workshops

Charcoal cast drawing
Madonna by Stacy Andrews Inglorion

The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts' workshops are offered in July, October and March. The workshops give part-time students a taste of the intensity and momentum offered in the full-time program. It has been a successful way for potential full-time students to experience the instruction given by The Atelier teaching staff.

The day-to-day study in this program creates momentum for individual growth. We give intense one-on-one instruction tailored to individual needs.

Students begin by drawing a plaster cast or still life in charcoal, developing their ability to render accurate proportions and value relationships. As students progress, they are introduced to the fundamentals of oil and/or pastel techniques, composition and color.

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $225

Fall 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Judy Buckvold and Kenneth Schweiger

Winter/Spring 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Judy Buckvold and Kenneth Schweiger

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–12:00pm Judy Buckvold and Kenneth Schweiger

Figure drawing
Pencil drawing by Dale Redpath

The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts' workshops are offered in July, October and March. The workshops give part-time students a taste of the intensity and momentum offered in the full-time program. It has been a successful way for potential full-time students to experience the instruction given by The Atelier teaching staff.

The day-to-day study in this program creates momentum for individual growth. We give intense one-on-one instruction tailored to individual needs.

Life drawing is at the core of any serious program of fine arts. In the class, students draw from the figure in pencil. Each drawing is created over a period of several sessions, developing the student's eye for accurate proportions, gesture and anatomy.

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $250

Fall 2022

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker

Winter/Spring 2022

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–4:00pm Laura Tundel and Cyd Wicker

Character illustrations
Bezier Games character art samples by Christine Mitzuk

With Christine Mitzuk and David Ginsberg

Learn how to create character art that tells a story. In this 5-day workshop, Christine will share the skills and process she uses to create character art for various tabletop games, including Ultimate Werewolf Extreme by Bezier Games. We'll explore ways to develop the visual "story" of a character. The art needs to communicate a lot: who the character is, what their role is in the game, and the context of the game. To achieve this, we have several visual tools to use, including gesture. We will work through the process from idea generation to rough sketches, photo reference, and on to final art. Students will come away with a basic understanding of how to develop visual narrative and, at the very least, a start on their final character art. Most of the workshop will take place at The Atelier. At least one day will be spent at David Ginsberg's photo studio to learn how to get good reference. Students may work digitally or traditionally, but will need to have a digital device to view and access the photo reference. Email Christine with questions or concerns: cmitzuk@gmail.com

For classes with Christine, if paying by check please make checks to C.M. Art Productions, LLC. (Checks to Christine Mitzuk cannot be accepted.)

Limit 8 students.

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $400

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructors
9:00am–12:00pm Christine Mitzuk and David Ginsberg

Greyscale paintings
Paintings by Mackenzie Swenson

With Mackenzie Swenson

This two-week painting workshop is designed to teach artists of all levels the foundations of oil painting in greyscale, or “grisaille.” Mornings will be spent painting from the plaster cast and in the afternoons students will work on a figure painting from life. There will be one extended pose over the course of the two weeks. Both projects will move through a traditional painting process that involves a preparatory drawing (block-in), transferring to linen, and a final oil painting pass in greyscale. The paintings will be created using the “window shading” method — painting one section at a time to completion.

Working in grisaille gives artists an opportunity to practice using values to create a believable light effect and convincing, organic volumes without the complications of color. Form theory, anatomy, and specific painting techniques will be addressed and discussed throughout the process. Individual critiques, informational handouts, and demonstrations by the instructor will guide artists to increase their skill and understanding. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment where you will rapidly improve your paint-handling and draftsmanship, no matter what your current level of painting is! **Please note, students who don't feel comfortable painting may opt to render their drawings instead. A materials list will be sent once you have prepaid for the class. Limit 10 students.

Length: 5 days or 10 days
Tuition: $500 for 5 days, $1,000 for 10 days (model fee included)

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
10:00am–5:00pm Mackenzie Swenson
10:00am–5:00pm Mackenzie Swenson

Watercolor painting of cabinet with various objects
Grandmother's Cabinet by CeCeile Hartleib

With CeCeile Hartleib

This class may be taught indoors at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts or partially on Zoom depending on COVID restrictions.

You will be taught color mixing using a limited palette. We will stress the importance of correct values and shapes and the layering of colors to make a finished cohesive painting. Short demos and working along with the instructor will be part of the routine. One morning will be spent outdoors at a park to paint from nature. All levels are welcome.

Indoor watercolor supply list

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $300

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:30am–12:30pm CeCeile Hartleib

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

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

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

Landscape Workshops

See our Landscape Study page for more landscape workshops.