Chronological List of Workshops Weekly Classes Sedona Art Retreats Field Expeditions Writing Mixed Media Mixed Media Photography Ceramics Figurative Plein Air Painting Painting & Drawing
Workman

Plein Air to Studio

Michael Workman

April 21-25, 2014


  •  

For Michael Workman, the act of painting usually starts with an emotional response to the landscape and is ultimately completed by the viewers through their emotional responses to the painting. A delicate balance is achieved in his paintings between realism and abstraction. The landscape can be dramatic, moody and subtle. Michael Workman's art is blended in a play between opposites on a variety of levels: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity. "That flirtation between yin and yang is by design, because in Workman's view, mastering those opposites is a source of unparalleled magic." (SouthWest Art, September 1996).

This workshop will emulate Michael's working process including the plein air experience  but mainly developing work in the studio. Michael will demonstrate and lecture for all the students while allowing plenty of one-on-one time for discussion and critique designed to help each student achieve their own personal vision. Students should already have basic drawing skills and prior experience with landscape painting.


TUITION: $850

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.


Register

 

 

Workshop Materials List

In this class we will paint mostly from photographs so bring photos that you might want to work from and a camera as there is some fantastic subject matter in the area.  We will talk a lot about what makes good photos for painting and what to look for when you are out in the field. This is mostly a landscape class so don't bring photos of people, pets etc.

Bring a lap top computer if you have one. It is really nice to be able to edit photos and paint from the laptop screen.

I encourage self-direction and personal discovery and want to help students find their own way to solve art problems.  If you have a palette of colors that you feel good about use them.  However, for those who want to know exactly what I do here is a list of colors that I use:

  • ·      Burnt Sienna
  • ·        Ultramarine Blue Deep
  • ·        Cerulean Blue (not hue)
  • ·        Titanium White
  • ·        Cad Yellow Lt
  • ·        Cad Red Lt
  • ·        Alizarin Crimson

I prefer to paint on a rigid panel but if you like stretched canvas use that.  I highly recommend quality materials so keep that in mind when coming to this class.  Don't bring any cheap canvas cardboard panels or cheap student grade paints.  You get what you pay for and quality materials are a much better investment.  Bring plenty of rags, paint thinner and a portable open-air type easel.

For the students that want to do a "paint along with Mike" which is something I have been doing in workshops lately where everyone paints from the exact same image on the same size panel etc.  Bring a rigid 12"x12" panel primed with gesso and ready to paint on.  Other than that panel, bring what you are comfortable with. 

If you have some images of some recent work bring those so I can see where you are.

People always ask me what books I recommend.  Here is a couple to think about buying if you don't already have them:

John F. Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting and Edgar Payne book on composition.


About Michael Workman

When asked for an artist statement I try to keep it simple; I am a "contemporary traditionalist". I know that sounds contradictory, but I hope I can be up-to-date, and still honor tradition. One thing that is consistent in art history, is the opposition between different ideas, i.e.: contemporary vs. traditional, romantic vs. classic, naturalistic vs. abstract, etc. I decided years ago not to choose between the opposites, but instead work to bring them together in a beautiful way.

My watchword is beauty. It is not difficult to see that we live in a world that is full of turmoil. On the other hand, it is easy to be tempted by the cliche. Rather than choose between angst or picturesque beauty, I hope to offer a reminder that there is beauty in the ordinary. When asked for an artistic statement one is tempted to try to impress with intellectual rhetoric, but my statement is simple: "There are still good things."

Michael Workman Website

  •  

GALLERY

SCHOOL

EVENTS

ABOUT US

MEMBERS

Gallery Exhibitions

Weekly Classes

PhotoFest

Administration

Join the Fun!

Special Exhibitions

Workshops

Plein Air Festival

Board of Directors

Member Events

Submission Guidelines

Field Expeditions

Loving Bowls

Annual Report

Business Member Links

Current Exhibit

Scholarship App

News

History

Art Matters Newsletter

Lucy's Blog

Travel & Lodging

 

Rentals

Links

 

Private Instruction

 

Gateway Links

Donors

 

 

FAQ

Member Login My Account

 



Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
Map to the Sedona Arts Center

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 569
Sedona, Arizona 86339


928.282.3809 | 888.954.4442
928.282.3865 Gallery
928.282.1516 fax
sac@sedonaartscenter.org

 

 

 

 

Copyright © Sedona Arts Center - All Rights Reserved. The content of this art site is owned exclusively by the Sedona Arts Center located in Sedona, Arizona. All artwork is the sole property of each respective artist. Any reproduction or other use of art images contained in this art center website without written permission of the respective artists is expressly prohibited. Site design, graphics and content created by Kelli Klymenko. Supported by generous grants from City of Sedona, Arizona Commision on the Arts, Sedona Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Community Foundation, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Kiling Family Foundation, The Kieckhefer Foundation