Workshops & Demos




Foliage: Light, pattern, & color
Location: Arvada, CO
Dates: 10am - 4pm, Fri-Sun, February 21st-23rd, 2020)
Tuition: $300
Prerequisites: Previous oil painting experience

Description: Offering a joyful, green respite from the depths of winter in February, this oil painting workshop will focus on the ever-challenging but infinitely rewarding study of deciduous foliage at close range. Working with a mixed palette of transparent and opaque pigments, we will explore the nuance of light and shadow cascading across the unusually flat, transparent forms that leaves offer. Convincing foliage paintings are so much more about light, repetition, and pattern than they are about literal leaf shapes! Nevertheless, we’ll certainly spend some time exploring the anatomy of leaves and a number of shorthand, painterly gestures for capturing their essence. We will play with the intermingling of warm and cool tones, and discuss the benefits of both muted tones and saturation/chroma. Working both from life and from photos, large and small, fast and slow, we’ll get as intimate as we can manage with dappled light and arboreal wonders in three days. A word to the wise: if you’re interested in this workshop, start collecting your reference photos **TODAY** while the sun is shining and the leaves have not yet let go for the fall. :) Store them away for our winter gathering.


Zorn Palette Portrait Painting
Location: Art Students League of Denver
Dates: Fri-Sun, May 1st - 3rd, 2020
Prerequisites: Previous portraiture experience

Description: This workshop will focus on shapely, structural portrait painting in the limited palette of 19th century master, Anders Zorn. This palette and its simple and (relatively) inexpensive pigments provide an excellent bridge from drawing into oil painting, helping to refine your sensitivity to value and temperature transitions while maintaining color harmony and naturalism. We will practice mixing pigments with great sensitivity to value, work the forms of the head through quick studies, loosen up with more quick studies in color, and spend a couple days painting from a live model.

Please contact the Art Students League of Denver to register.




Portrait 2: Light and shadow
Location: Weekend Workshop, SPQR Art Space (downtown Colorado Springs)
Dates: Friday 5/24/19 6-9 pm
Saturday 5/25/19, 9am - 4pm (with a lunch break)
Sunday 5/26/19, 9am - 4pm (with a lunch break)
Tuition: $225 + model fee ($20)
Prerequisites: some previous portrait drawing experience

Description: This workshop portrait class offers an extended focus on building three dimensional form with light and shadow and careful attention to bone structure. We will draw on toned paper and cover some of the trickier aspects of reflected light, highlights and drop-offs, edges and transitions. We will take a look at each of the facial features as a simple three dimensional form with its own aspects of light and shadow, and touch on the elusive topic of drawing hair. The first evening will involve a review of (or introduction to) the parts of light and shadow, the difference between form and cast shadows, and specific techniques for “turning” form and soft/hard edges (no model). Saturday we will draw from two different models with poses ranging from 20-40 minutes. Sunday we will discuss some best practices for photographing people and take well-lit, high quality reference photos for self portraits (or you can swap with another student and draw each other), which we will then spend the remainder of the day working with—each student will have a finished portrait drawing to take home! 

To register or for course content questions, please email Robin via the contact page.