I spent a week in Atlanta teaching a figure drawing and painting workshop. It took me a few days to wind down, as is typical, and I'm just now catching up on all the correspondence.
I must say, it was a very successful workshop~ It was organized by artist Yvonne Mendez and her husband Charles, and it took place at Yvonne's spacious (understatement) studio where they had everything I needed, including model stands, lighting, conference room fitted with a big screen for presentations, and a really nice kitchen / lunch area.
Usually when I go away to do a workshop, whether it be in a studio situation or plein air, I'm always a little worried about the location(s) and set up, because in order to run a workshop efficiently, there are quite a few requirements that need to be met. It's an entirely different ball game from painting with a few friends. And from experience, I can say that perfect situations are hard to come by.
Yvonne's studio had everything I needed, and on top of that, we had two fantastic models to work with. With all those potential obstacles out of the way, I can focus on just teaching, which is what I did.
It was a five day intensive workshop, and I started each day with a little slide lecture. Technology makes this so much easier than the olden days.
But the actual art stuff is old school. Here I am showing how to properly sharpen the charcoal pencil. Unless you've been shown how to do this and why, it may seem like a trivial matter but how you prepare and handle your tools and materials make all the difference in the world.
I did demos each day. Fortunately I didn't choke. (Hey, it happens)
Kim, my wonderful friend and host, took good care of me while I was in Atlanta. On Friday we stopped in Anne Irwin Fine Art to check out the opening reception Anne was having for a group of five(?) artists. From left; Kim, me, Anne Irwin, Melanie Parke
Color mixing demo. Explaining the two puddle method using a limited palette. In the afternoon, we did the same with an expanded palette.
Plenty of fun in the evenings too. Here I am having dinner at the OK Cafe with Atlanta artist friends Karin Jurick(left) and Karen and Neil Hollingsworth. Always fun to talk shop with members of my tribe~
On another night, Kim (left) and I went out with Donna Thomas, who hosted my landscape workshop last year, and Kevin Beilfuss, who was doing a figure workshop right after me.
Many thanks to Yvonne and Charles who made sure the workshop went smoothly, and to Kim who made sure I was well fed (I can't remember the last time I ate so well for a whole week!) and comfortable. It was a lot of work for everyone, but it all came together beautifully.
It went so well, in fact, that we are planning a repeat of this workshop next Spring, tentatively in April. If you wanted to join us this time but couldn't, here's another chance to participate!! We haven't firmed up the details yet, but it looks like it's definitely going to happen.
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