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Info:                    Laura Shainker, 404-414-8343                                                                      
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          2016 Workshop Schedule                                                    

April 22-24 Derek Penix

This three day workshop is for adults, from beginner to advanced.  The workshop will consist of one-on-one instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for painting.
Students will use oils to paint from photographs consisting of birds and boats, with one day to paint something of their choice. Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. Penix will cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression.


As an artist, Penix gains his 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 learn new things, even if they are out of his comfort zone. Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazines "21 under 31' Artist Competition and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 under 40" in 2014. He continues to paint full time as a professional artist and strives to advance his skill.

June 24-26 Nancy Nowak

Foundations and Techniques of pastel painting.  What makes a successful painting/ critique?

An in-depth study on planning and composing a painting.  Topics include simplifying/massing, composition, value studies, color temperatures,color harmony and under painting techniques.   The instructor will also discuss how to select and work from a reference photo and provide step by step instruction and critiques.

Striving to evoke an emotional response and everyday awareness to the natural beauty that surrounds us, Nancy paints in the representational style with an impressionistic flair.
She has won numerous national awards for her landscape paintings and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a signature member
of the Pastel Society of America, and is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society.

July 15 -17  Qiang Huang: Still Life

Still-life painting approaches will be demonstrated.  Focus will be on dramatic design and composition.  Students will learn how to apply bold and loose brush strokes.  Through demonstrations, presentation, and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process, how to create energetic paintings, and addresses how to manipulate values, color, edge and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his/her current skill level and personal goals in art.

Qiang Huang (pronounced Chong Wong) was born and raised in Beijing China and now lives in Austin, Texas.  He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters fo America.  His paints have been in numerous OPA exhibition.  He won the Award of Excellence at the 22nd OPA National Juried Exhibition. Nationally recognized for his dramatic still life work, his work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, American Artist Magazine and the Workshop Magazine. 

November 4-6 Angela Nesbit

Hosted by The Art School in Sandy Springs in Atlanta, this 3-day workshop, "Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure", will cover topics including Value Studies, Color Theory, Simplification , Application: Brush and Palette Knife, Painting the Figure from Photographs (optional), Painting Still Life from Life, and Additional Intermediate and Advanced Painting Concepts. 

Angela Nesbit effortlessly captures light, movement, and texture. Recognized for her portraits of children in motion and her unique style, she uses brush
and palette knife to build energetic layers of paint on top of a heavily underpainted canvas. Angela's subjects often walk a fine line between abstraction and reality.
Settled amid thick layers of paint, her simple subjects wander softly in and out of the background.

November 11-12 Gary Bodner

Students bring current paintings they have already started to this workshop where Gary will critique and assist them in completion.  You will learn to develop energy by incorporating dramatic brushwork, color, and expression.

Gary describes his work as strong and colorful with an expressionistic style. “The power of juxtaposing or placing one color on top of another to create an image is what drives my paintings,” he says.  Primarily Bodner considers himself a colorist and is constantly looking for the interplay of colors on his canvases.  He says he has been inspired by works of Cezzanne, Van Gogh and Philip Johnson, architect.  His medium is ever involving and he is currently exploring the use of oil based house paint.  Bodner says, "The color combinations possible with the mixture of paints is something that really drives me".

December 9-11 Maggie Siner

Color and Shape
Painting is an arrangement of colored shapes. This fact defines the most important truth of learning how to paint. No matter what the actual subject of the painting, ans artist must learn to see the world in the language of colors an shapes rather that as nameable objects. Each artist then refines and develops this language in a personal way. Working from observation (still-life) this intensive workshop will stress the nuances of direct visual perception and the importance of selection and simplification (what NOT to paint) in making a strong, dynamic painting. We will focus on acquiring color sensitivity, seeing shapes of light and dark, attention to edges, using shape and brushwork for gestural unity, and good studio practices. 
Previous experience required.

Maggie Siner has over 3 decades of teaching experience in Art Academics, universities, and workshops around the world. She exhibits her paintings, drawings and sculpture in Venice, Paris, London, New York, Wahington DC, Atlanta, Boston, etc. and her work is in hundreds of collections. She studied at Boston University (BFA 1973) and American University (MFA 1976) of New York in 1968, graduated from Boston University (BFA) and American University (MFA) and spent much of her adult life living in France, China and Italy. Noted for her inspiring teaching style that is intelligent, structured, generous, stimulating and unique, she has taught at Xiamen University in China, Institute de Universites Americaines in France, The Washington Studio School, the Savannah College of Art and Design, American University, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, etc.
the momentary nature of vision and time.