Instructor: Mia Bergeron
This 5-day advanced painting workshop is designed to take painters one step further in their techniques. Covered in the class will be how to successfully use reference photos, how to work from a large-scale photo to make it look like life, painting demonstrations, technical challenges throughout the stages of the painting, palette knife and brush techniques, one-on-one help with compositional elements, and experimenting with paint textures. Each student will work from a very high-quality, large-scale color (approx 24 ” x 36″) photo that will be provided as part of this workshop. Mia will provide a library of photo references from which to choose prior to the class. These will be a mix of figures, portraits, figures, interiors, and still life. Attendees will be responsible for getting a canvas or panel of matching size to the print.
The goal of this class is to treat painting as a professional painter—how to start, what to look for in a reference, how to make decisions that will wisely affect the outcome of your painting, and how to finish a painting without it looking overworked. This workshop is designed for the advanced student. Painters who have been working in oils for at least a year will get much more out of this workshop.
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. For students traveling from out of town, feel free to contact us if you need recommendations for accommodations and we will be happy to help!
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About the Instructor:
Mia Bergeron’s interest in art was cultivated early on, beginning with continuous exposure to visual works through her parents’ graphic design firm in New York City. Mia has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has studied and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy, a small private painting atelier primarily focused on the naturalistic tradition of such artists as Van Dyck, Velasquez, and John Singer Sargent. In May 2007, she was a national finalist for the American Artist Magazine Cover competition. In 2010, she was named one of the “Top 21 Artists Under 31 Years Old To Be Collected Now” by SouthWest Art Magazine. She has served as Adjunct Professor at UTC, a faculty member at the Art of the Portrait Conference in Atlanta, GA and a regular instructor at Townsend Atelier.