April 15 & 16 and April 22 & 23
10 am-4 pm EST
instructor: Mia Bergeron
@ Townsend Atelier
This 4-day workshop will explore how to control and adjust values in a painting in order to create the effect of a glowing image. So that students can benefit from learning Mia’s layering techniques, the workshop will be held on two consecutive weekends to ensure adequate painting drying time between layers. Mia will work with students both in the group and one on one offering critiques, technical advice, set up ideas, and live painting demos throughout the workshop. Students will be working from large-scale photography that is pre-chosen by Mia, but she will discuss how to use reference images, where to find source materials, and how to look for an image that will work best for a painting. Each student will receive two high-quality prints they have chosen from a bank of images prior to the first day of the workshop.
Mia will be discussing drawing, photography, and color mixing, and will spend extra time discussing values.
There will be a one-hour lunch break. Lunch is on your own. For those traveling from out of town, please contact us if you need accommodation recommendations. We are happy to help!
Click here for materials list
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.
We are unable to give refunds or exchanges for this workshop unless the class is cancelled by Townsend Atelier or unless we are able to fill the cancelled spot with someone on our waiting list.