10am-4:30 pm EST @ Townsend Atelier
Instructor: Teresa Oaxaca
The paintings of nationally acclaimed artist Teresa Oaxaca evoke a newfound appreciation for the power and elegance of work done in the classical tradition. This workshop will present the principles underlying her approach to painting the portrait in a classical, Neo- Baroque manner. Color plays a crucial role in Neo-Baroque art. Artists may utilize a rich and vibrant palette, with attention to creating depth and dimension through shading, highlighting, and chiaroscuro (the contrast between light and shadow). This creates a sense of depth and adds to the overall dramatic effect of the artwork.
Neo-Baroque artistic contemporary art style is a captivating fusion of the grandeur and ornate aesthetics of the Baroque period with modern and surreal elements. Using an innovative approach, this style draws inspiration from the opulence and extravagant aesthetics of the Baroque period while also incorporating contemporary artistic elements, themes, and techniques.
The workshop will begin with a painting demonstration from the live model each morning to acquaint the students with the instructor’s approach to painting. During the demonstration, the instructor will address concepts involved in setting up a good composition, building an expressive likeness, materials, values, colors, edges, brushstrokes, etc. The instructor will be available to answer questions throughout the demonstration. The model will be draped and posed with a joyful backdrop full of colorful fabrics and flowers.
During the 3 days, the students will establish their own portraits. The instructor will be available to assist if needed. Students should be prepared to start one painting of 16×20”, 18×24”, or 20×24” during the workshop. The instructor will offer individual critiques as the paintings progress. Emphasis will be on creating a powerful and aesthetically compelling painting with emphasis on artistic design, understanding of values, the importance of edges, expressive brushstrokes, and effective use of color.
There will be a lunch break each day. Model fee is included in the workshop fee. For those traveling from out of town, please let us know if you need help with accommodation recommendations. We will be happy to help!
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About the Instructor:
Teresa Oaxaca is an American born artist based currently in Washington D.C. She is a full time painter whose works can be seen in collections and galleries throughout the US and internationally. Her talent has been recognized and rewarded by museums and institutions such as the American Museum of the Cowboy, The former Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Art Renewal Center, The Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Posey Foundation, and The Portrait Society of America and the Museu Europeu D’Art Modern in Barcelona.
Her training includes a four-year diploma at the Angel Academy of Art (Florence Italy, Graduate studies at the Florence Academy, an Apprenticeship with Odd Nerdrum in Norway, and studies at the Art League of Alexandria VA where she trained with Robert Liberace, Paul Lucchesi, and took many other courses. Currently she teaches workshops around the United States and in Europe.
In addition to her studio work she takes a variety of portrait commissions including Family Portraiture, Professional/Business, Custom and Informal arrangements. She exhibits widely and sells her work on a regular basis. She also recently founded a fashion company called “House of Oaxaca”, selling wares online at www.houseofoaxaca.com.
Within Washington D.C. she has participated with local groups such as The Esperanza Education Fund, The Arts Club of Washington, The Art League School in Alexandria, VA and the National Education Association. In 2014 she became a member of the Young Partners Circle of The National Museum of Women in The Arts. She is also a registered member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and an ambassador for the newly established Da Vinci Initiative, which designs and promotes skill-based learning and lesson plans for US K-12 public school educators. She is also a member of the Arts Club of Washington and the California Arts Club.
“Since returning to the Washington D.C. area I have been focusing on creating a new and large body of work. My new series have taken me away from academic studies to more elaborate compositions which combine human and still life elements. In addition to this I now take on portrait commissions and continue my studies in art by observing and copying the painting of the Old Masters in art galleries throughout the world.
We are unable to issue refunds or exchanges for visiting artist workshops unless the workshop is cancelled by Townsend Atelier or unless we are able to fill a cancelled spot with someone on our waiting list.