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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Free Workshop in Drawing & Painting

These workshops are limited to 20 participants on a first registered basis. They are appropriate for all levels of persons with an interest in exploration and expression in the visual arts and how it can enhance life, (ages 14+, those younger please contact the artist for clearance). Participants with little or no experience to those that are actively engaged in art and want to review basics and recharge their creativity with fresh input & info will find this workshop series beneficial.

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More information is online here.

Workshop Structure:

The 1st day Masla will lead you with 3 cameras through a large gamut of approaches to drawing extracting lessons from his over 50 years of experience making art. Through a series of exercises covering intention, composition, value, shape, line and edges you will discover the magic of mark making. You will gain an understanding of the effects of light and shadow on form, and the methods for creating a sense of atmosphere and 3 dimensional illusions on a 2 dimensional surface. You will also learn about simplification and abstraction and developing a personal “shorthand” to convey detail. Through exploring a variety of skills and techniques you will evolve your ability to SEE – building your confidence in your mark and enhancing your drawing and painting.

The second day will focus on Simple Ways to Success in Watercolor. There will be an introduction to the basics & the essentials of creating successful watercolors. Watercolor is no more difficult to master than any other painting medium. It is about gaining an understanding of it's unique attributes and characteristics and then applying principles related to them with patience, practice and persistence. We will start at the very beginning, understanding paper, brushes and pigments – and their relationship to water. Through a series of paint along demonstrations Masla will lead you in the dance of watercolor painting. You will be given the tools, exercises and principles to practice and continue gaining the understanding of the give and take between the artist, the paint, paper and the water that ultimately brings mastery to watercolor painting.

Day 3 will be spent “En Plein Air”, sketching and painting on location in the Northampton area during the month of June, (exact location and date to be revealed to participants closer to the day / rain date created). Masla will do demonstrations to elaborate on lessons previously learned. Explaining sketchbook journaling, doing a graphite wash as well as a watercolor on paper. Participants will receive some materials to use awarded by sponsors Royal Talens North America and Fredrix Artist Canvas.

Masla’s workshops reach beyond techniques, the underlying principles shared transcend any one medium and are applicable to all. His methods encourage individual expression and self observation, seeking the implied balance of art and life and those elements that create unity, meaning and beauty in painting.

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

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