February 4, 5, & 6, 2022
10:00 anm-5:00 pm EST
in person @Townsend Atelier
Instructor: Steven Assael
Color is value and value is color.
In this 3-day workshop, Steven will discuss both an analytical and emotive approach to painting the human figure with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. The class will consist of a single long pose in both cool and warm light. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Alla Prima technique which involves both scumbling and glazing. Students will be working from a live model and can choose to paint the portrait or the figure. The workshop will include lectures, discussion of materials, demos and individual critiques each day.
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Lunch is on your own. Model fee is included in the workshop fee.
Materials list coming soon
For those traveling from out of town, please contact us and we will be happy to help with accommodation recommendations.
COVID-19: We want to make sure that everyone has a great workshop experience and also stays healthy. At the time of this posting (10.2021) all students will be required to show proof of full vaccination (at least 2 doses) on the first day of the workshop. Instructors and Townsend Atelier staff are fully vaccinated. Currently, our building has a mask requirement. If these policies change, we will be sure to posts any updates here.
About the Instructor:
“Steven Assael is acclaimed as the most accomplished figurative artist of his generation…(and) has devoted himself to realistic rendering of the human figure since he was a child prodigy…Certainly, Assael is conscious of not just the whole history of painting but also the deeper connection between the portrait and its subject’s mortality.” – Adrian Dannatt for The Art Newspaper, November 2002
Born in New York City in 1957, Steven Assael graduated from Pratt Institute and has served for decades as faculty at the School of Visual Arts and as a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art. The Artist’s prodigious technique, his use of light and shadow, sensitive line and detail are deployed in the interest of the implication of narrative; the psychological import of the scene, the relationship, and the character of the sitter.
Steven Assael’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Naples (FL) Museum of Art from October 2010 to January 2011. Assael’s paintings were also included in the exhibition “New Old Masters”, curated by Donald Kuspit, at the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland in 2006. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (WA) in 1999. Single-person exhibitions of works by Steven Assael have also been featured at the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee, Lowe Gallery (Atlanta, GA), and Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago, IL). His work has been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, The New York Academy of Art, and The Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY), and is in the permanent collections of The Hunter Museum of Art (Chattanooga, TN), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Kansas City, MO), The Columbus Museum of Art (OH) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY). Steven Assael is represented by Forum Gallery, New York, NY.
There are no refunds for this class unless it is canceled by Townsend Atelier or if we are able to fill a canceled spot with our waitlist.