Master Artist Workshops
Scroll down the page for each Master Artist Workshop listed below. Workshops are held in the Museum Academy classrooms located downstairs in the Museum. Enter on the North Patio – pond side at Big Spring International Park. Look for the Museum Academy entrance!
If you are interested in a Master Artist Workshop that is full, please email your name and phone number to Laura E. Smith, Director of Education/Museum Academy at email@example.com to be added to the wait list. Members registration fee refers to Huntsville Museum of Art members.
This intensive class is designed for individuals with little or no prior drawing training and perhaps believe that learning to draw well is only possible for those lucky people with “inborn talent”. However, it has been proven that the global skill of drawing any perceived object, person or place requires five basic component perceptual skills. These skills are the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the whole or gestalt. Global or whole skills, such as reading, driving and drawing, in time become automatic with the integration of the component skills. Instruction by Brian Bomeisler, Dr. Betty Edwards’ son. Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills required. After lectures, students participate in drawing exercises, with Brian’s instruction, through the day. The day will end with a critique of the day’s session. Workshop fee is $1,600 for Museum members or non-members. Skill Level: All.
2016 Master Artist Workshop – Brian Bomeisler – Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Follow-On Drawing Class
Saturday & Sunday, October 8 – 9, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This intensive two-day workshop is designed for those who have completed the introductory Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop, or have sufficient experience to follow the syllabus. Utilizing approaches developed by Betty Edwards, students gain further understanding of basic perceptual skills. Instruction focuses on expressing volume and space in drawing; exploring crosshatching techniques; and working with still life and the human figure. Students learn how to perceive edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows in ways that enlarge their understanding of drawing principles and enhance their drawing skills. Workshop fee is $825 for Museum members or non-members. Skill Level: All.
Day One starts with a slide presentation of various aspects of drawing as we delve more deeply into light and shadow. We look at various artists approach to light and shadow from Michaelangelo to Matisse. Students are taught how to render a simple one point perspective drawing from a series of slides and then begin to explore value scales and crosshatching in drawing. Brian gives a lecture and demonstration of these important skills which constitute the mark of a trained artist.
Day Two begins with a demonstration drawing by Brian of a classic still life of fruit, a bottle and flowers. Following this, students work on a similar still life drawing of fruits and flowers fully articulated in light and shadow. The light and shadow, proportion and volume of this drawing, will be rendered through the skill of cross hatching. In the afternoon, we have a brief lecture on the proportions of the human figure – the ultimate artist’s subject. Students draw the female figure embedding the drawing with all the skills learned: the light and shadow, crosshatching and the use of the hands to sight the composition. At the end of the day we have a critique of all the drawings.
Explore the technique of collage and décollage as strategies for mixed media works of art with artist and educator Jean Hess. She will give a brief lecture and discussion about the essence of collage with varied examples.Workshop fee is $275 members/$300 non-members. Skill Level: All levels are welcome.
Day One: Create “traditional” collages on a backing or substrate using the more common methods of joining or overlaying materials such as gluing, acrylic resins and paint. Use found materials – the everyday, the damaged, the discarded and layering followed by removal of portions. Techniques include but not limited to spilling, breaking, crushing, marking and chance juxtapositions of materials. Impact of natural processes such as fading, dissolving, abrasions and scarring are also incorporated. Backing or substrates can include wood, canvas, paperboard, fabric, glass (clear; mirrored), metal, leather, bark, plastic, ceramic, vellum. Other aspects of collage to consider are self-imposed limitations or discipline: use only what is at hand – found, recycled and swapping and trading materials with other artists.
Day Two: Free-floating collage/assemblage. Using techniques such as stitching, wring, stapling cold figure in place. You do not actually have to begin with a background. Many collage artists have simply connected elements to each other while creating a hanging tapestry or scrim. This may be a more recent phenomenon utilized by such artists as El Anatsui in 2000’s, Howardena Pindell in 1970’s and Pierre Buraglio in 1970’s. Hess will explore the works of historically significant collage artists. She will also demonstrate different surface materials, tools, methods and manipulations.
Jean Hess: A native of Maryland, Jean Hess currently resides in Tennessee. Her work is influenced by her studies in cultural anthropology [U. New Mexico, BA, MA] as well as in art [Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland]. Hess was given a solo show at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2004, with an award-winning catalogue accompanying that exhibition. In 2013 her work was featured in “Abstract America,” shown at Saatchi Online, curated by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Gallery, London. With two other artists her work was featured in a show at Knoxville Museum of Art in 2014.
2017 Master Artist Workshop with Kathy Durdin
Loosening up and Seeing Color Everywhere: Watercolor Portraits
Thursday – Sunday, March 16 – 19, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Do you find yourself picking up those small brushes too soon? Do you wish you could see more and different colors in your images? Do some colors scare you? Do you always intend to loose some edges but then find your finished paintings very tight? Workshop fee is $425 members/$450 non-members. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced.
Kathy Durdin is a national award winning watercolor and mixed media artist, and has exhibited and won awards in numerous watercolor exhibits across the US. She is a signature member of Southern, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Tallahassee and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Societies. In 2013, she was featured in Watercolor Artist “Ones to Watch”. She was also the 2012 President of Florida Watercolor Society.
She has always loved watercolor as a medium while it is very unforgiving, its freshness cannot be replicated. Her style is loose, to take advantage of the characteristics of the medium.
As an artist, she wants to focus on what she connects with emotionally, people. She finds interesting people, situations and images all the time. She rarely works on posed situations, as she thinks informal interaction much more interesting. Watercolor provides her with a medium that allows her to create with work quickly and create paintings with freshness and immediacy as she expresses herself.
Qiang’s approaches to still-life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on composing dramatic setups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her currently skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings. Workshop fee is $525 members/$550 non-members. Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced.
Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America’s National Juried Exhibitions. American Artist Magazine has featured his teaching on the summer issue of the “Workshop”.
2017 Master Artist Workshop with Mel Stabin
Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused
Monday – Friday, April 3 – 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Mel will encourage you to experience the magical, spontaneous, and transparent qualities of watercolor and will help you discover that watercolor is at its best when it is set free. Emphasis will be placed on: Gaining more confidence by simplifying your approach to subject matter. Learning to paint with energy and focus. Understanding that clarity of thought and emotion are essential in the medium of watercolor. Bringing more transparency and vitality to your paintings. Workshop fee is $825 members/$850 non-members.
Mel’s workshops, which are designed for beginners to advanced painters, are casual and friendly. This watercolor workshop of painting landscapes and people in landscapes includes: Daily morning demonstrations by Mel in his loose, representational style. The demos are spirited with an easy, open dialogue between Mel and the class with Mel always welcoming questions from students during the demos and throughout the workshop day.
Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney. For over thirty years Mel was an award-winning art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society.
Mel has written numerous feature articles for American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor, Watercolor Magic, & Watercolor Artist and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused.
2017 Master Artist Workshop with Michael Story
Understanding Skies & Reflections: Landscape Painting in Oil or Pastel
Thursday –Saturday, August 24 – 26, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Improve your paintings by adding drama to your skies! Join Michael for three days as we use the sky as a dramatic design element within our landscape painting. We will observe and interpret cloud formations and how they reflect in water. We will also apply oil and pastel painting techniques to convincingly capture the mood of a scene. Michael will provide photo reference or students may bring their own. Skill Level: All skill levels are welcome. Workshop fee is $400 members/$425 non-members.
He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop.
Michael Story earned a BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He later traveled to New York, studying pastel and oil painting under internationally know artist, Daniel Greene. Today, Story is an award-winning artist who regularly teaches pastel and oil painting. He gives lectures, and juries art shows. His client list of private buyers and corporate collectors continues to grow, including the Marriott Corporation, Progressive Energy of Florida, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Holiday Inn, Fluor Corporation, Erving Texas, and Walt Disney World. His paintings have been reproduced by major publishers such as Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia and distributed worldwide.
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