Chasing the Light!

Chasing the Light!

Instructor: Ned Reade
Friday, August 17-Sunday, August 19
Member: $330 / Non-Member: $360
All Levels Welcome (Beginner-Advanced)

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Watercolor is known as an especially spontaneous and carefree medium that brings pleasure to viewers and painters alike. Working outside we feel as though we are trying “catch” the light which is the goal! Ned Reade will show you a step by step process that will help ensure success without losing freedom. On location he first looks for a scene that “speaks” to him and explains what he wants to convey. He starts with a value sketch, moves though loose washes to finding forms, and finishes with accents that pull the painting together. He has given watercolor workshops on Martha’s Vineyard Island for over 25 years and is excited to exchange harbors, buoys and boats for the mountains, fields, and farms of Vermont! He paints directly using clean washes and strong compositions to achieve his painting objectives. Each day starts with a demonstration and ends with a group critique at the end of the afternoon. The workshop is open to painters from beginners to seasoned artists. Some familiarity with working outside on location is helpful but not required.

Photographing Your Artwork

Photographing Your Artwork

Instructor: Alex Vincent
Saturday, August 11
Member: $55 / Non-Member: $65

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This workshop will show ways artists can use simple lighting to photograph their own artwork for archiving and digital sharing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras of any kind. Cellphones are usable but do not always produce the best results. If students wish to learn more about digital archiving and have laptop computers they can also bring those for a brief tutorial.

Alex has been a working photographer for the last 30 years. He has shown his work in national galleries and been published in several magazines. Alex has been teaching photography for 20 years and enjoys sharing his knowledge with students of all ages and abilities.

Realism Color Pencil Workshop

Realism Color Pencil Workshop

Instructor: Stacey Cushner
Saturday, August 4
Member: $110 / Non-Member: $120

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Join artist Stacey Cushner in a color pencil workshop! You’ll bring your own set of pencils (a large set with plenty of colors is best), eraser and sharpener and we’ll first do a quick color “wheel” – and overlay colors to see their blended color. We’ll then go over the value scale and you’ll decide on one of several simple compositions to draw from which the instructor will bring. Or, you can bring a printed copy of a simple color composition that you’d like to do. Questions? Feel free to email Stacey at

Materials List:

  • 9x12 or larger drawing paper, 2-3 sheets
  • An image you’d like to draw from (preferably printed out, bring a few, a simple still life would work well)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • A set of color pencils (all colors in the color wheel) more is better and Faber Castell is a good brand. The more colors you have the better your drawing
  • Erasers - your choice

Immersing in Color - Painting in VT

Oil Painting

Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Tuesday, July 24-Friday, July 27
2 Day Option Available
Member: $440 / Non-Member: $480
2 Days: $220 / $240

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The studio workshop will focus on the use of color to create vibrant works of art that range from impressionism to expressionism. Options include painting plein air (outdoors) on the ground of SVAC for those interested as well as painting in the studio. While the workshop will be centered on using both still lifes and photos for studio work, a plein air option is available on the grounds of the Art Center. The following categories will be covered.

The Importance of Composition:

  1. There will be a short discussion of composition
  2. How to determine the effective lighting and it’s impact on composition
  3. Sighting and Choosing positions of ourselves in relation to the still life (or a human if working from life)
  4. Composing the Canvas in a variety of situations (still-life, landscape, architecture, etc)
  5. Other decisions involved in painting an effective still-life

Focus on Color:

  1. Color relationships - Warm and cool colors, what are they are
  2. Colored grounds vs white and how they vary with different medium will be discussed
  3. Uses of color in classical realism vs impressionism, expressionism and abstraction

Working from Photos vs from Life

  1. The pros and cons of working from photos and how to chose any how to determine the best photos to paint) determining ultimate goal when working from a photo, what kind of painting do you want to produce, time limitations or not and how much detail can you include when working with a knife vs a brush
  2. Composing from a photo, what to look for, what to include vs leave out based on composition and tools being used (ie; knife vs brush)
  3. Difference of colors in a photo vs direct observation and how to apply color theory to enliven the work

From Instructor Cynthia Rosen:

My teaching style is focused on individualization which enables me to meet each participant at their own skill level. Each day begins with a demo, the use of 2D medium and tools are up to each individual participant (oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pastel, etc.)

Materials List:

  • Paint colors, acrylic or oil: Besides white (I suggest both titanium and zinc or a blend), you basically want warm and cool of each blue, red, and yellow (ex: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow hue, and cad yellow medium), viridian green and sap green. Optional colors: Black (I rarely use), I love Dioxazine Purple or cobalt violet, Transparent orange in oils is lovely, cadmium orange is fabulous, and cerulean brightens the day. Add whatever else you love.
  • Medium for oils: such as Galkyd Lite by Gamblin (will help your paints dry faster) as well as Gamsol (Odorless Mineral Spirits).
  • Medium for acrylics: bring gel medium for wonderful glazing and thinning.
  • Brushes: Bring a few soft brushes (#2 or 3 round, #9 flat, #12 flat or round for oils or a fan brush for acrylics (for glazing). I will bring extras.
  • Palette knifes: 2 offset Loew Cornell #12 03119-1214 from Dick Blick and others you want. I will bring a few extra. BUT you do want offset knives so your fingers do not go into the paint. Off set knives angle down about 1/2” between the handle and the painting blade. They may be referred to as ‘painting knives’.
  • Bring containers for mixing oil mediums and for washing brushes. I will bring extras of both. I also use rags instead of paper towels, your choice.
  • Panels vs canvas: I personally prefer pre-gessoed panels or gessobord over canvas. Easier to transport. You can also make your own panels, bring canvasses, or even paint on cardboard. Bill Bonham sells a lesser expensive mdf board for painting. Feel free to tell him I sent you. Purchase board sizes you are comfortable with. I suggest for knife work at least one larger size (12x16 or 16 x 20 if you can transport them). My favorite size is 16x20, but 12x16 works well for palette knife painting. 9x12 or 11x14 work fine as well but are a bit small. Please bring 6 boards (2 for day 1, 2 for day 2, 1 larger one for day 3 and perhaps 1 back-up). I will bring a few extra and some Arches Oil Paper for practice works.
  • For transporting wet paintings you may want to purchase a couple of sets of wet panel carriers with bands that correspond to the panels you purchase. Each panel pack holds 2 panels of the same size. If you prefer to stick to one size panels, check out Raymar panel carriers. They are a bit bulkier but protect at least 4 panel

Starting with Oils

Intermediate / Advanced Oil Painting

Instructor: Georgine MacGarvey
6 Week Class
Mondays (July 23-August 27)
Member: $330 / Non-Member: $360

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Basic course in the fundamentals of oil painting that is suitable for those just starting with oil painting or those who wish to hone their skills.

The course will begin with a still life and progress to landscape. Students are encouraged to bring sketches or photographs of images they wish to paint.

Materials List:

  • Sketch book
  • Oil brushes #2,#4 and #6.
  • 37 ml. Tubes of Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarine Crimson, Lemon Yellow. VanDyck Brown and and other oil colors students might have.
  • Palette
  • Painters Box (optional) for carrying and storing brushes and paint.

The instructor will provide other materials including canvas boards.

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