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Alla Prima Figure Painting
October 10-14, 2016 (limited to 15)
Tuition $650 + $50 Model Fee

Alla prima figure painting: 

This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects.  On the first day there will be a drawing demonstration, then the class will practice drawing the figure.  For the rest of the workshop we'll paint from the model. After a painting demo we'll learn how to interpret and simplify by seeing the figure as a series of basic shapes described by color/ light and shadow.  By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness.  This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to use their brushstrokes with economy.


“My exposure to art began as a teenager growing up in NJ near NYC.  I began making trips to art museums in NYC when I was 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting. As a youth I found myself especially drawn to the old masters. It wasn't until much later that I became interested in modern art.  Those early trips to the museum instilled in me a love of craft and a sense of where painting comes from. “

“Art is like a language to me;  it gives me a means of expressing the way I perceive the world around me.  What I love about painting is that it has no boundaries, except for the limits of one's imagination.  I can do anything I want with it

David Shevlino was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1962.  He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.  He has exhibited his work nationally.  He has had several solo exhibitions of his work in NY galleries and in cities throughout the U.S. His work has been featured in American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, The New Yorker, New American Paintings and The Artists' Magazine.


David is represented by Gallery 1261, Denver, Co www.gallery1261.com;  Rut Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, N.J. www.ruthmporpeth.com;  among others.  See more examples of his work at www.davidshevlino.com






October 16-19, 2016
$575 + $50 Model fee

This workshop will show students the best way to paint color using the secrets of Russian Impressionism, with a contemporary feel. The workshop will be focus on both still life and models. Students will learn to paint what they see, and check their work with the rules.  There will be a lot of information to give students a new perspective on color and painting. 






Nancy Seamons Crookston’s paintings are often described as peaceful and calming.  The California based painter is attracted to the human figure in moments of stillness and reflection.  Nancy loves to capture glimpses of a beautiful woman taking time to exhale or the tenderness between mother and child and the innocence of children engaged in quiet play.


She loves painting plein air landscape while capturing a moment in time with the changes of nature.


Her classes help painters to learn the principles of Russian Color in which her studies under the Russian Master Sergei Bongart has influenced.


Nancy has earned numerous awards including various from the prestigious Oil Painters of America organization.  Her exhibitions have been in Japan, United States and China.


Her work can be seen on her website at www.nancycrookston.com.




Level I
Oil Painting In The Russian Impressionist Tradition-Indoor
October 21-24, 2016
Tuition $ 650 

This workshop will focus on creating a painting with the relative use of color, value, temperature and intensity.  We will learn how to interpret this while painting from life and from photos.  First, we will go over the basics of this approach while working on still life.  Later we will work from photographs or life using the previous knowledge and adding an emphasis on composition, and how one decides what might make a good painting.  We will discuss choice of subject, light, composition, and edges to create the kind of painting one has in mind.  Students may choose any subject matter they wish- landscape, still life, figurative or animals.

The instructor will do painting demonstrations using both brush and palette knife techniques.  A short segment will include a brief introduction of using digital cameras, camcorders, computers and how they can aid you in capturing and composing your subject.

We will include a short field trip to gather reference material to use later in the class.  Students are encouraged to bring cameras, camcorders, digital or otherwise to help gather their own reference material.  They may also bring their own photos or digital prints to class.  Experience is not mandatory, but a good attitude, willingness to learn and a sense of humor are.


“I  am inspired by the simple, everyday interaction of the animals in their environment; the way that light dances across the form, the harmony of color relationships, and the shapes of light and shadow.  I prefer early morning light or late afternoon settings, with extreme back-lighting.  My focus is on the farm animals and the use of color, light and the texture of the oil paint to convey a mood.”

Cheri was born in a rural farm and ranch town and is quite comfortable in that environment.  She attended the University of North Carolina and the University of Washington.  She studied oil painting for three years with Ron Lukas, a protégé of Sergie Bongart, who taught in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists. In her studies, Cheri concentrated on seeing an conveying the effects of color and light on forms.

She has won numerous regional, national and international awards in various shows.  She is represented by several galleries including Howard Mandville Gallery-Kirkland, WA. www.howardmandville.com; McLarry Fine Arts-Santa Fe, NM,   http://www.mclarryfineart.com; Insight Gallery-Fredericksburg, TX, www.insightgallery.com ; among others.  Cheri's web site is: http://www.cherichristensen.com/


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Oil & pastel
Figure / Portrait
October 25 - 28, 2016
Tuition $725+ $50 model fee

Explore the qualities of composition, value, and color, with an emphasis on the use of contrast, rhythm, and edges. Learn to interpret the subject matter and to enjoy the challenge and spontaneity of alla prima painting. Subjects will include live models. There will be daily demonstrations, a slide presentation, and as much individual instruction as possible.

Using what she descries as a blend of expressionism and impressionism, Anderson paints the human face, landscapes, and horses with equal skill. "What draws me to a certain person is character more than anything," she says. "For a while it was children, but they can be difficult to paint without getting too cute. I try to convey a touch of humanity. I still paint horses, too, because they have such a great form. I like doing winter landscapes because of the abstract quality and Indian dancers because of the color and movement. I bring something different to my portrait work after doing landscapes. Art is all about relationships and perspective."


Born and raised in the Chicago area, Carolyn Anderson attended school at Illinois State University.  She joined the VISTA program (Volunteers in Service to America) in the early 70's and was assigned to work on an Indian reservation in north central Montana and now lives in Havre, a small community near the Canadian border.

Anderson's paintings are full of color and expression.  The focus in her work is often loosely rendered in an almost sketch-like improvisation.  The emphasis is to catch the essence of each subject.  Her subjects vary from dancers to horses to landscapes, but she is primarily known for her portraits.

Anderson has participated in the C. M. Russell Art Auction, one of the Northwest's largest shows, since 1980.  In 1999 and 2000, she was awarded Jurors' Best of Show Awards, along with the 1999 Artist's Choice Award.  As a member of the Western Rendezvous of Art, she also received a Merit Award in 1999.  Her work has been featured in national publications, including American Art and Architecture, Art of the West and Southwest Art magazines.  She is represented by Total Arts Gallery in Taos, NM; Gallery 1261 in Denver, CO; and Simpson Gallagher Gallery in Cody, WY.

You can also see her work on her web site at www.carolynanderson.com.




November 1 - 4, 2016
Tuition $475

"The Seven Keys toUnlocking a Great Painting"

* Learn how to use these 7 keys from turn of the century Masters to transform your paintings into Museum Quality Works of Art!

*Benefit from learning how to condition your paint and producing the Alla Prima approach of painting. (Thin to Thick) (Wet into Wet).

* Add the skill of creating your own painting panels, dating back to Richard Schmid's proven method of creating texture and movement in making your own painting supports.

Also we will learn about the Spirit of Painting,  sharpening our skills of observation and editing, but at the same time learning that the final product should also speak of ourselves as artists as much as the subject itself.

Through lecture, slide presentation and demonstrations, “The examination of creating your own unique voice” will be explored in squinting, design, value control, color control, edges, paint manipulation, variety/unity. This workshop will be great for all levels.

Students should bring photographs and/or small studies to work from for the studio portion.

 "A Work of Art does not appeal to the Intellect. It does not appeal to the Moral Sense. It's aim is not to Instruct, not to Edify, but to Awaken an EMOTION." - George Inness


Williams' work has been exhibited across the US in gallery, museum, and invitational exhibitions, such as the Gilcrease Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, Montgomery Museum Of Fine Arts, "The American Miniatures Show", Settlers West Gallery, The Maynard Dixon Museum, Cincinnati’s Great American Artists Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions where he has been honored with the prestigious status of a Signature Member.

In the July/August 2012 Plein Air Salon Competition he was the winner of the top prize - "First Place Award" selected by San Francisco gallery owner John Pence, who described Todd's work as “uniquely impressive,” with an “an immense impact ” Pence said, “There is superb atmospherics in the epic subject and view, and his paintings are full of delicate details.”

In 2010 he won the "Founders Award"  from the American Impressionist Society in their National Exhibition. In 2009 he won an "Award of Excellence" at the National OPA Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM., and in 2008, he won the "Second Place Award" from the American Impressionist Society in their National Exhibition at Palm Desert, CA.

The International Artist Magazine featured his work from “Vienna and Prague” in their Dec./

Jan. 2008 issue. In Sept. 2005, Todd had a featured article in the Fine Art Connoisseur. Also in 2004, he received national and international recognition for his art through a feature article in Southwest Art and International Artist Magazine selected him for "Master Painters of the World" in the United States Showcase.

His galleries include: The Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM www.sagecreekgallery.com ; Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX www.whistlepik.com ; Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA www.howardmandville.com ; among others.  Also see his website at www.toddwilliamsfineart.com .





Oil Painting 
Landscape/Still Lifes (outdoors)
November 7-11, 2016
Tuition $595 

This class is devided into two parts.  The first two days are devoted to still life painting followed by landscape painting for the remaining three days.

You will learn how to create not just a painting, but a piece of art.   You will also learn  how to put soul, power and emotion into your painting to avoid ending up with just a copy of your subject.  Guido will demonstrate how to combine your visual impressions with you inner sensitivity to find your own artistic language, allowing your individual personality to be recognizable in every brushstroke.  You will be encouraged to show excitement and emotions to bring your painting alive.

Don’t be satisfied with something that is just pretty and polished, but instead express yourself in a bold and colorful way, by always allowing your enthusiasm about the beauty of a landscape or a still life setup to surface in your painting. 

Do you want to achieve a convincing result in one session?  Do you want to catch a particular mood in one spontaneous moment?  Set your goal, and Guido will describe and demonstrate to you how to get there.  This is done by learning how to see, by making decisions about composition, color relationships, values, and temperatures quickly and confidently, by concentrating your energy and staying focused on the essential points.  This workshop gives you tools that will enable you to create a thrilling piece of art any time, any place and under any circumstances.  After this class, you will feel encouraged to leave your routine and get inspired to reach for a higher quality in your art.  Learning how to see and how to trust your own judgment, opens up new horizons for your artistic efforts.


Guido Frick is truly an outdoor painter. “It might sound overstated, but I really consider nature as my original studio.”  The German born painter lives half of the year in Europe and travels the other half almost exclusively through America’s western states. He wants to express himself, about places like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and others.  In the early 1980’s he met with instructor and painter Sergei Bongart, and still considers this encounter as the most influential experience he has had as a painter.  “Sergei truly opened my eyes and showed me the way.”  Throughout the 70’s Guido has studied with Professor Karel Hodr from Progue, a well respected impressionist painter and art teacher throughout Europe.  He has been published in various publications and is always crossing the line between impressionism and expressionism.  His work can be seen at New Masters Gallery-Carmel, CA www.newmastersgallery.com,, Evergreen Fine Art-Evergreen, CO www.evergreenfineart.com , among others.  Also see examples of his work on his website at www.guidofrick.com.




Portrait and Figure
November 7-11, 2016

Tuition $650 + $50 Model Fee

In this workshop Kevin will emphasize a more intuitive way to look at drawing and painting. Learning to see 'impressionistically' -the ability to 'suggest', rather than 'render' the subject will be explored.  This approach involves many quick drawing and painting exercises from both the nude, and clothed figure, as well as having students work on more finished paintings during the course of the workshop. Demonstrations will be done every morning, followed by students exploring what was taught during the demonstration."  Participants are welcome to bring their own photos as well.


After graduating from Illinois State University and the American Academy of Art, Kevin set out on a free-lance illustration career which lasted thirteen years. Working mainly in the editorial area of illustration, his work consisted mostly of paintings for book covers and magazines. Some of his clients included: Penguin Publishing, Houghton Mifflin, Harlequin, Signs of the Times, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and Golf Digest.

"I had always dreamed of becoming an illustrator," explains the artist. "But the demands of painting someone else's ideas finally took it's toll. I decided that life is too short and that I had to paint from my heart. We're only given one chance at life, and I had to paint what was important to me. What's important to me", says Kevin, "is that I try to capture a little of what God has already created, in each of my paintings. One can obviously see the beauty in God's creation in the landscape, but for me it is even more profound when I see and experience that beauty in people. There is always something new and awe-inspiring to discover when painting the human figure."

Kevin's work has been the subject of several one man shows as well as being included in such prestigious annual shows as the Oil Painters of America (Regional & National Exhibitions), The Great American Figurative Shows (Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara), and  Salon International (Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio). Kevin's award winning artwork can be seen at galleries throughout the U.S.  Kevin has won the 'Peoples Choice Award' and an 'Award for Excellence' at the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibitions in 2008, and 2009. He most recently received the Award for Excellence in Figurative Painting at the 2010 OPA National Exhibition, and the Gold Medal for his painting 'What Dreams May Come' at the 2010 OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition.

Kevin resides in the Chicago area with his wife Janice, and his son Drew. See www.kevinbeilfuss.com



November 14-17, 2016

This workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques and time for students to paint. Students will paint from photographs and still-lifes from life.  Penix will cover topics such as edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying and loosening brushwork. Emphasis will be put on seeing in terms of mass and shape rather than detail. 

All subject matter is welcome.  Bring your favorite photos of landscapes, people, boat scenes, etc. or photos will be available for you to choose from.


Through the years Penix has been inspired by old masters such as Nicolai Fechin, Sargent and the French Impressionists, but it has been over the last few years that Penix has been the most influenced by artist Quang Ho. Penix had the opportunity to take a workshop under Mr. Ho and later to study with him. Since then, Penix believes his paintings have grown more in the last two years than in his last twelve years of painting.  In recent years, he has also studied with C.W. Mundy.

 As an artist, Penix gains inspiration from his environment whether that be at the park, in his home, or traveling abroad. He enjoys the freedom to paint different subject matter and has learned to push himself to try new things, even if they are out of his comfort zone.

Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010. He continues to paint full time as a professional artist and strives to advance his skill.  He placed second in the 2013 Artist Magazine’s Annual Art Competition-landscape and won Best Landscape in 2013 at the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society annual show.

His work can be seen at Gallery 1261, Denver, CO,  www.gallery1261.com; Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., www.meyereastgallery.com;  WaterhouseGallery, Santa Barabara, Ca- www.waterhousegallery.com and Elizabeth Polle Fine Art, Harbor Springs, Mi, www.elizabethpolliefineart.com



Landscapes-indoor-limited to 14 students
November 15 - 18, 2016
Tuition $750

Beautiful black cows ,full bodied grazing sheep ,and  misty, atmospheric days populate many of  the  pastures of Nancy Bush’s sensitive and emotional landscapes.  The scenes depict various atmospheric scenes from around the country and could exist anywhere that is special in your own memories.  Expressively dreamlike, they capture the chill when the sun goes behind a cloud, the  smell of a drizzling rain and the rustle of leaves shivering in the treetops.

“The variety and vastness of the landscape can sometimes be overwhelming, but  I find myself thinking “less is more.””  Early in her career, Bush emphasized the “more” using bright, colorful strokes alla prima.  Several years ago, she shifted to a subdued tonalist palette and a more methodical technique was perfected.  She treasures the “fleeting moments that you get in the early mornings and late evenings.  They convey more of a mood, a feeling, because of the light”.  She achieves a tranquil universality in her paintings by melding her painted field studies and reference photographs back in the studio.  “I want viewers to feel the physicality and emotional essence of the subject, and to find a little peace, serenity, and quiet moments of reflection”.

This class will concentrate on light, water and atmosphere and its play on a painting.  The class will also cover how to achieve luminosity in the painting through layering and through the application of glazes throughout the painting process. 


With a poetic economy of color and detail, Bush, a tonalist, paints low light and close values.  When nature lingers in breathless moments, she is there to capture dusk flirting with the last blush of sunset; moon shadows veiling dimension; or mist hushing the earth.  Studies, notes and photos from painting plein air around the country remind her of the tones, colors, scents and feelings so she can take the entire experience back to her studio and depict the lyrical, the profound peace and beauty in a lonely, exquisite sense.

After successful business career, Nancy Bush threw herself into studying art at a rapid pace.  She attended Mission Renaissance art school in Austin, Texas-a school dedicated to the study of the “Masters”, while also taking  many classes from Laguna Gloria Art Museum School of Art.   She then began taking many workshops throughout the United States. “My early workshop studies were dedicated to colorful landscapes and still life, so many of my instructors were known as colorists.”  Several years later, she felt the need to change her direction after some east coast and European travel. Nancy became very interested in a more subdued tonalist palette and started studying painters from the 19th and 20th centuries such as George Inness, Isaac Levitan, Henry Twachtman, and Russell Chatham.  In the early 90’s she became familiar with the work of Michael Workman and Scott Christensen and began to study with them consistently for several years.

Nancy's work is collected around the country and has been displayed in numerous museum shows around the United States.  She has been published in numerous magazines including  Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, Art of the West, American Art Collector, among others.

Her work is represented by several galleries around the country including Astoria Fine Art-Jackson, WY; Insight Gallery-Fredericksburg, TX;  Jack Meier Gallery-Houston, TX;  Principle Gallery-Charleston, S.C.

  See more examples of her work on her own web site at www.nancybush.com.




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