November 5 & 6
in person @ Townsend Atelier
instructor: Mia Bergeron
Nocturnes are a very broad theme, with the only true definition being that they explore the night. Students will have the opportunity to explore any subject matter they would like- as long as it lives in darkness! An image bank will be provided to students to choose from before the workshop, but students are also encouraged to take their own nocturne photographs to paint from as a reference. We will be discussing and working with a huge range of subjects: nocturnal animals, landscapes at night, evening city scenes, portraits in dim light, still lifes that glow- there is no real limit! Although the subject matter is incredibly open-ended to expression, Mia will be discussing the technical aspects of painting within a limited value range. Ideas such as the use of layers to create depth, mixing your darks, value scale control, avoiding glare, color mixing, drawing, and working with a narrative will all be addressed in class. Some knowledge of oil painting is recommended.
Attendees are encouraged to watch Mia’s online lecture “Nocturnes throughout Art History” which they will receive after registering for this workshop.
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Lunch is on your own. For those traveling from out of town, please let us know if you need accommodation recommendations. We are happy to help!
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About the Instructor:
Mia Bergeron is a classically trained oil painter that uses modern techniques and concepts to create layered imaginative works. Imagery in her work often oscillates between the fictitious and the observed in equal parts.
Rooted in her upbringing in New York City with continuous exposure to modern art, her paintings also reveal her choice to study classical painting in Florence, Italy under Charles H. Cecil in her twenties. Heavily influenced by historical artists such as Diego Velázquez, Titian, Anthony van Dyck, and John Singer Sargent, her paintings are also shaped by contemporary artists such as Alex Kanevsky, Ann Gale, and Adrian Ghenie.
For Mia, the process of making paintings is similar to meditation. Each painting is the listening and contemplating of the surrounding world. The minutes at the easel are similar to focusing on the breath- there are times when the scrutiny is welcomed and quiet, and other times when the mind is loud and unintelligible. It is this dynamic contrast that is at the center of Mia’s paintings. This dualistic nature of life is what pushes and inspires her work.
Mia has been published numerous times in international magazines. Her painting “Tranquil Ghosts” was the cover image for the January 2022 Issue of American Art Collector Magazine. She continues to teach workshops at Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga. She and her husband, artist John McLeod, live in Red Bank.