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May 2017

VIANNA SZABO: Painterly Pastel Portraits

May 19 - May 21
Furtive Glance 17x12

Learning how to simplify what you see helps artists to paint expressive portraits. While working from a model, we will begin with gesture, which gives character to a portrait.  The poses will increase in length as students create more finished work while retaining the freshness of the gesture study.  Participants will also learn the secret to painting luminous skin tones by studying the color of light and how to create a background that complements the subject.   Pastel techniques such as…

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November 2017

Julie Gilbert Pollard – Wet & Wild: Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color

November 3 - November 5

Wet and Wild Paint Vibrant Water Scenes  in Brilliant Color All Levels - Watercolor, Gouche, Acrylic or Oil PLEIN AIR TO STUDIO Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles…

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Ulrich Gleiter: Russian Impressionism – Lecture & Painting Demonstration

November 17 - November 19

  We’re ecstatic to be hosting German Master Painter Ulrich Gleiter at the Coppini for a lecture with painting demonstrations in the Russian Impressionism style, `en plein-air`. This young German-born artist studied at the Dresden Academy and then at the famed Russian Academy’s Repin Institute in Saint. Petersburg, where he refined his skills. He brings these skills to CAFA so you can learn the Russian impressionistic style of bold brushstrokes, abstract shapes, and thick paint. Ulrich`s work is regularly shown in major galleries and national…

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January 2018

Mary Qian

January 26, 2018 - January 28, 2018

A Chicago-based fine art painter, Mary is a winner of many awards, including Oil Painters of America gold Medal. Qian’s love of painting shines through in her figurative canvases, which present seemingly unposed subjects that somehow feel vibrantly alive. “My best paintings happen when the model is taking a break or even taking a nap,” the artist explains. “For me, it’s about capturing the human spirit, not just addressing the technical side of painting.” ARTIST STATEMENT: I feel my art is like an…

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