Instruction in Painting
by Michele Hausman
Michele teaches workshops and individual classes in oil painting. Highlights:
- Michele is available for private and semi-private painting instruction. Contact Michele to arrange a session. She provides guidance in painting and constructive critical feedback on your work.
- Two 3-day workshops are planned for early in 2019. Foci will include “Value and Composition” and “Color and Atmospheric perspective.” See below for more information.
- Michele’s classes are held either in her Soquel studio (for general painting instruction) or locations around Santa Cruz county (for plein air painting instruction.)
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January Workshop: Composition and Value
Dates: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, January 19 – 21, 9:30 – 3:30.
This workshop completes today, January 21. It’s been a great group of artists; a good teaching and leaning time. It was good to see the dedication to the craft, and the shared learning. Thanks to all participants. I hope you’ll all have more good opportunities for painting. –michele
In this January workshop, we will focus on painting landscapes, with an emphasis on composition and value.
Learning to see is one of the primary skills an artist develops over time. Participants will work on grouping masses into major values. Value is the light and dark tones that exist because of light. You will make gray scale sketches of several images to develop your skill at seeing value. Michele will also address the various light sources found in nature and how these change the temperature of objects. Learning how to interpret this light in paint is also a skill we will work on in the workshop.
How you arrange major objects on your canvas defines your composition. Michele will discuss major compositional designs. Artists do not have to be slaves to their photographic images, and have the freedom to move objects to create an interesting design. Participants will have time to explore different design possibilities of their favorite image in both its format and the arrangement of major shapes.
We will meet each morning at my Soquel studio, where the workshop will be held. You will need all your painting supplies on the first day – including easel, paints, brushes, cleanup supplies, etc. A full materials list will be sent as soon as you are registered. You will be given access to my Scholar Pages once you register. These include various class notes and reference materials prepared for my students.
Each student will work at their own pace with individual attention during the painting process. Through the course of the three days, you will be developing various skills and techniques of seeing and painting. And we’ll have fun! – mh
Workshop has completed.
Note: Artists will work with their own reference material or may choose from images provided by me. Please do not print copyrighted images from the internet.
March Workshop: Color and Atmospheric Perspective
Dates: Saturday, Sunday, Monday: March 30, 31 and April 1, from 9:30 – 3:30
This end of March workshop will focus on the use of color to create a harmonious painting and use of atmospheric perspective to create depth in your painting.
We will meet each morning at my Soquel studio, where the workshop will be held. You will need all your painting supplies on the first day – including easel, paints, brushes, cleanup supplies, etc. A full materials list will be sent as soon as you are registered.
You may register and pay online using the ADD TO CART button, or contact Michele to register and pay by check.
I am offering private landscape painting sessions by appointment. These offer more flexibility and personalized attention than could be afforded with group classes. Sessions are roughly 3 hours in duration. Instruction is set up to meet your individual needs – the great benefit of a private lesson.
You will want to first decide whether you are interested in learning about plein air painting or studio painting. I include both in my professional work myself, and I have taught both. Studio painting is especially useful for really large paintings. Plein air painting, which is painting out in the natural landscape, often works better with smaller paintings – and that is particularly true on windy days. The plein air approach adds challenges to the painting experience – primarily access challenges (getting our gear to where the “perfect view spot” is located”), weather challenges (looks like rain!) and light challenges (painting as the sun and shadows are moving requires rapid development of the paintings before the scene changes right before your eyes.)
I will work alongside you, demonstrating various steps and guiding you with instruction regarding value, color, shape, line, texture, and edges as they relate what we are painting. If in studio, you may choose to work from your own reference material, photos and / or plein air sketches. Or I can provide such. Once you are registered on line, I will contact you to arrange a date and time, and to make a basic plan for what type private class session will work well for you. A suggested materials list will also be sent to you after you register.