The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art

Workshops

Plein Air Continuing Study with Bridget Ertelt
Outdoor still life painting

Pre-requisite: Outdoor Landscape Crash Course workshop

This class will be an opportunity for continuing study in landscape painting. Topics will build on information presented in Bridget’s Outdoor Landscape Crash Course workshop and offer a chance to further your study. The format will be a short discussion or demo at the beginning of each class and students painting the remainder of the time with instructor assistance. Class will meet at various locations around the Twin Cities. Bridget will offer 2 classes per month, May-August. Register each month for $38 per class in a drop-in format. Drop-ins welcome. Email Bridget at BridgetErtl@hotmail.com to receive location information, but class limit is 8.

June, July, and August dates will be posted online by the 1st of every month. Please email BridgetErtl@hotmail.com for updates.

We will be practicing safety 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 10 students.

Register

Spring/Summer Schedule

Day Date Time Instructor Price
SATURDAY May 8, 2021 3:00pm-6:00pm Bridget Ertelt $38
SATURDAY May 15, 2021 3:00pm-6:00pm Bridget Ertelt $38
MONDAY June 14, 2021 4:00pm-7:00pm Bridget Ertelt $38
FRIDAY June 25, 2021 4:00pm-7:00pm Bridget Ertelt $38
Spring Outdoor Landscape Crash Course with Bridget Ertelt
Outdoor still life painting

The focus of this class will be painting the landscape outdoors. Get ready for a lot of information and learning! Day 1 is all about value. We will study the value structure of the landscape and simplify values to create strong starts. Day 2 will focus on color. We will discuss seeing color as value and organizing colors in a way that creates dynamic starts. Using temperature shifts to create the effect of different types of light will be discussed. We will also talk about green since there is a lot of it during our Minnesota summers. Day 3 will cover atmospheric perspective, gradation, and special lighting situations such as sunsets. Class will be taught in oils and tailored to all skill levels.

We will be practicing safety 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 10 students.

Register

Spring/Summer Schedule

Date Time Instructor Price
Friday - Sunday, June 4-6, 2021 Fri., 11:00am-5:00pm; Sat. & Sun., 10:00am-5:00pm Bridget Ertelt $300
Plein Air Watercolor Workshop with CeCeile Hartleib
Outdoor still life painting

This workshop is open to all levels. On day one, CeCeile will do a short demo in stressing values, shapes and simplification of the landscape. Each day there will be a short demo and then you will complete a painting. On the first day we will meet at Lake Harriet just across from the Rose Garden. Directions and supply list will be sent upon registration.

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Summer Schedule

Date Time Instructor Price
Monday - Friday, July 12-16, 2021 5:30pm-8:30pm CeCeile Hartleib $300
Monday - Friday, August 9-13, 2021 9:00am-12:00pm CeCeile Hartleib $300
Painting the Figure Outdoors with Bridget Ertelt
Outdoor figure painting

This weekend is bound to be fun! It combines two of Bridget’s favorite things…figure painting and plein air painting. Based on feedback from last summer, and extra day will be added to this workshop for a total of 3 days. Students will spend the weekend painting the clothed figure outdoors in natural light. In this class we will be doing exercises to capture gesture, large value/color proportions, and achieving believable light effect (sunny day vs. gray day, etc.) using value and color temperature. Perspective and how to relate the figure to its surrounding environment will be discussed. The class will start with short poses and progressively lengthen the poses throughout the weekend. 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 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 10 students.

Register

Summer Schedule

Date Time Instructor Price
Friday - Sunday, August 6-8, 2021 Fri., 11:00am-5:00pm; Sat. & Sun., 10:00am-5:00pm Bridget Ertelt $330 (includes model fees)
3-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: Fri. morning: demonstration, paint; Fri. afternoon: paint; Sat. morning: demonstration, paint; Sat. afternoon: paint; Sun. 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 Instructor Price
Friday - Sunday, August 27-29, 2021 9:00am - 5:00pm Brock Larson $375