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.



Emphasis will be on value and composition.

This class is intended to expand your knowledge base for creating a strong painting.

Don’t forget to pack a lunch; we’ll take a break at mid day.

Title:                   Studio Painting: Composition and Value
Dates:                 Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9:30am-3:30pm
.                           January 19, 20 and 21
Location:            Michele Hausman Studio, Soquel CA
Workshop has completed.

Class registrants (who have logged in) can view the class materials and notes here.

Prerequisite: Prior painting experience in any medium.
You will be contacted by Michele soon after your registration is received.

Class size is limited – Sign up today!