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5-Day Portrait Painting Workshop

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Portraiture is one of my very favorite subjects in art. It is not my main practice, but over the years I’ve always done portraits as commissions and as gifts for others.

In this intensive 5-day workshop, we’ll study a wide-range of portraiture styles throughout art history. From Rembrandt to Jenny Saville, from Chaim Soutine to Elizabeth Peyton, from Manet to Chuck Close, we’ll work through painting styles, experiment with compositions and mediums, and integrate the wealth of beauty into our own work.

There will be demonstrations in oil, acrylic, and watercolor, as well as painting techniques like grissaille and underpainting, as well as more contemporary styles. We’ll work through exercises geared towards determining the properties that are most important for you to capture in your subject.

Students are encouraged to finish 3-5 pieces over the course of the workshop. A variety of canvases will be provided, though there will be additional canvases available for purchase. Paints and supplies will be included, though if you have preferred brands or preferred brushes, you are encouraged to bring those (or ship them). There will be an exhibition on the final night of the workshop that will be open to the public for those that wish to exhibit their work.

No previous painting or drawing experience is needed.
Class Specifics:

•Supplies are included (we will have additional supplies available for purchase, ie. larger canvases)

•Refreshments included (we will always have light snacks and beverages available)

•This course is for all skill levels.

•Accommodation and travel is not included. Please click here for places to stay or email us: hello@workshopsmarfa.com for additional information about getting to Marfa or finding accommodations.

•Classes will generally begin at 9am and continue with a break for lunch until 4. The studio will remain open after hours for students to work on their own.

•We can arrange to ship completed work to you.

About Marfa: Marfa is a tiny town that is culturally vibrant. There are many galleries and art foundations here, as well as top-notch restaurants, bookstores, shops, etc. It is remote, but most nights there is live music at one or more places, there are often poetry readings, or you can take a trip to Marfa Lights. Please see our site for a list of hotels and accommodations. Please email us for additional information.

About Your Instructor: Clara has a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Yale University. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as many other awards. Her work has been exhibited widely. Her most recent landscape paintings have incorporated representations of computer-generated mapping with aerial views of the Rio Grande.

She has done many large-scale public art projects, in addition to gallery exhibitions. For more examples of her work, please see her website: clarawilliamshq.com


Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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