The Art School In Sandy Springs-Atlanta

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Info:             Leslie Newman, 678-756-1595, Workshop Coordinator                                               
Email Address:     theartschoolinsandysprings@gmail.com
Location:        Workshop locations will be announced for each workshop

Derek Penix - Painting With Oils
June 2 - 4, held at Binders Art Supply located in Buckhead


This three-day workshop for all skill levels (beginner to advanced) will spend half days watching Penix demonstrate his process from start to finish.  The afternoons will be dedicated to students painting with Penix's guidance.  Topics covered include the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.  Students may use oils or acrylics to paint from photographs which will be available to students that consist of boats, cityscapes, figures and fish.  Students may also paint from personal photos.  Students are also welcome to bring one painting previously painted for Penix to critique.

Derek Penix, born December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, OK, grew up with a family who painted.  It was after high school when he began his career.  Over the years his work has changed and evolved. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter.  Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting."  Penix has worked with Quang Ho and C.W. Mundy.  "They have helped me as an artist immensely.  I am so thankful that they have been willing to pour into me as an artist like they have."  Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications.  At a young age, he was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's "21 under 31" artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma's Magazine "40 under 40" in 2014.  His most notable and recent award was the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from the Oil Painters of America (OPA) 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting $30,000 prize.  Penix currently lives in Tulsa, OK.

Casey Childs - Portrait Painting Workshop (following Portait Society of America Atlanta Conference)
April 24 - 25, held at Muse & CO. Fine Art, Roswell, GA

This workshop will focus on building a stronger foundation in traditional portraiture. Students will work from a live model to create a convincing, lifelike portrait in oil. This workshop is open to artists with painting intermediate to advance experience interested in improving their ability in traditional oil painting.  Technical instruction will be supplemented with brief lectures and demonstrations to learn Casey's painting process.  Each student will receive individual attention during workshop.  This class is for the serious artist who wants to take his/her art career to the next level.  Key concepts including planes of the head, light and shadow, shapes, values & edges, color mixing, use of oil painting medium, brush control, studio practices and proper use of materials will be covered.

Casey Childs was born and raised in northern Wyoming.  Having a passion for creating art from an early age, his study with John Giarrizzo is when he gained a strong desire to be a painter.  After a ten-year stint as a graphic designer, he apprenticed with renowned portrait painter William Whitaker. Casey now paints full-time using the figure and nature as his source of inspiration for his work.  Awarded Second Place Painting in Portrait Society of America’s 2016 International Portrait Competition as well as a First Place Drawing the previous year, Casey has received international notoriety and recognition for his work. He has completed major commissions for the LDS Church with works now hanging in the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah and in the St. George Temple in St. George, Utah. Casey is represented by Principle Galleries in Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC; Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA; Haynes Galleries in Nashville, TN, and Meyer Gallery in Park City, UT. Learn more about him at www.caseychilds.com.
You can follow him at www.facebook.com/clc.childs and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/caseychildsart.

Scott Conary  - Painting the Story in Still Life
May 5 - 7, $495, Binders Art Supply, Friday and Saturday 10:00-5:00; Sunday 11:00-6:00


Painting the Story in the Still Life

Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It's told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made. We will work on small still life paintings to explore the process—from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint, how we see, and why we make art.

Raised where the east coast suburbs filtered into the woods and farms, Scott Conary (RISD, BFA ’93) creates paintings of everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. Pulled from their context, they have something to say about how we interact with the world and each other. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the meat we greedily consume but are repulsed by, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the old door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.

Fueling and inspiring this work is his young daughter’s battle with complicated heart defects and her experiences with disability. And the impact that has had on those around her. This has directed his focus towards the narratives and tensions in the common, and is why he wanders deeper into the thicket of representational work.

He and his family live in Portland, Oregon.

Representation:  Principle, Charlestown, Sager/Braudis and Heidi McBride Galleries

vDavid Shevlino
June 16-18, $495.00, Friday & Saturday
10:00-5:00, Sunday 11:00-5:00,  held at the Binders Art Supply in Buckhead

This workshop involves painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and learning techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. Demonstrations will be performed followed by the class painting from a model.  Students will learn to see and interpret the large, overall basic shapes of the nude figure instead of becoming distracted by details.  This helps the student achieve greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely with greater economy.

David Shevl
ino was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1962. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, he also studied at the Art Students' League in New York. Growing up near NYC, Shevlino was exposed to art as a teenager. He began making trips to art museums at age 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting.  His early work was very traditional and classically inspired.  However, after many years of experimenting, Shevlino began exploring a looser paint application which straddles the line between representational painting and abstraction.  This "in between" area is where the painter feels most comfortable and best able to express his artistic voice.  His paintings are characterized by broad brushstrokes, a sensuous application of paint and an obvious feel for tonal harmonies. At the same time, the artist demonstrates a firm sense of control, tightening up the composition through his deft modeling of the human form.

Representation: Quidley & Company, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Gallery 1261, Gallerie Citi, Sommerville Manning Gallery

Painting the Portrait and Landscape in Watercolor with Stan Miller, September 22-24, $495, held at Binders Art Supply in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia


The instructor will demonstrate daily both the landscape and portrait.  Students may paint exclusively either subject.  Instructor handouts with photo references will be available although students are encouraged to bring their own photos references that they are interested in painting.  The instructor will discuss how to transform these photos into good paintings.  Each student will receive daily individualized instruction.   The importance of drawing, value, color, design and technique will be addressed.   Some basic watercolor experience is strongly advised since advanced principles of watercolor painting will be covered.

Stan Miller is a signature member and award winner in the American Watercolor Society.  Within the last three years, Miller has exhibited and instructed in China, Vietnam, France and Thailand.  In 2014 he was a first-place award winner in the Artist’s Magazine National Competition and was an award winner and participant at the World Watercolor Competition and Exhibition in Narbonne, France.  In 2006 Stand was Grand Prize winner in the Watercolor Artist Magazine competition.  Miller has juried exhibition and given workshops throughout the United Stated and internationally for many years.  The full extent of his resme can be found on his website: www.stanmiller.net

The Art of Abstract Painting with Leslie Newman  Dates TBA - email now if you wish to attend


This is a two day acrylic abstract workshop is for new or experienced abstract artists.  Students should have a basic understanding of color who want to experiment with new ways of using these or are stuck in a slump.  The instructors approach will be demonstrated.  Guided exercises in mark making, washes, landing points, and subtraction will be provided.  Composition, value and shape will be discussed.  This will be all about fun with no expectations, negative voices or dismissive criticism.  Get our of your comfort zone and let loose your creativity.