This workshop aims to prepare students for the summer landscape painting season by introducing a strategic approach to working "en plein air." Working in the controlled setting of the studio, I will guide you through composing an imagined landscape, from sketch to grisaille, to finished painting.
If you have oil paints, a portable easel, and are ready to go, this is the class for you! I will start the day with a demonstration on my personal approach to landscape painting before you choose your own subject to paint. I will then spend the class time working one-on-one with each of you, tailoring my advice to individual experience levels and interests.
A full set of oil paints and all the accompanying gear can be quite a financial investment, not to mention that painting with all the colors of the rainbow can be overwhelming if you are new to it! Many of the important concepts that are key to painting can be practiced with a simple set of drawing materials.
The South End Art Hop is a three day event occurring on the weekend following the Labor Day holiday. It attracts over 30,000 visitors, the majority from outside Burlington. Visitors are attracted to the South End artist’s studios, and local businesses that are refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for the more than 500 participating artists. The event celebrates the unique characteristics of the Pine Street corridor, in particular the development of concentrated creative and artistic activity that has been established in numerous re-purposed factories and warehouses within the District. This corridor has been designated, and recognized, as the South End Arts District.
This is the traditional place to begin with your classical art education. New students will start with exercises from the late 19th century Bargue-Gerome drawing course and then progress to drawing from white plaster casts of Michelangelo's David (eye, ear, nose, mouth.) We will practice the block-in method, comparative measuring, and form modeling while gaining an understanding of optical illusions and value structure. Because the casts are white, inanimate, and set under stable light conditions, we eliminate many of the dynamic challenges of live figure drawing. Working with the casts will strengthen your observational skills and give you the tools to improve your drawing and painting in all other applications.
New student trial offer: one class for $30, no commitment. To continue, I ask that you commit to one month. Choose between two sessions: Monday & Thursday nights 5:30-8:30 PM or Wednesday mornings, 9 AM - Noon
TUESDAYS 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM March 22-April 26. $250
Working with a live model, students will spend three sessions on each portrait drawing. There will be generous time to develop a drawing from a loose block-in using a comparative measurement technique to a fully rendered portrait. Issues of proportion, anatomy, form, and structure will be addressed through individual critiques and instructor demonstrations. New students, try your first class for $30
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In this one-day workshop I will demonstrate some of the methods and materials I use to create supports for painting and drawing. Learn how to:
- build your own archival painting panels.
- dibond and birch panels, with and without linen.
- cradled panels
- stretch and prime a gallery-wrapped linen canvas
- Make your own toned paper for drawing and water-based media
- Make your own toned paper for oil painting
Each student will go home with a 6"x9" dibond panel and a piece of toned drawing paper to experiment with.
SATURDAYS, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
This class is on-going, you can sign up at any time, and new students can try one class for $30.
In this class, we will be copying master landscape paintings by artists such as Sanford Gifford, Frederick Church, and Ivan Shishkin. Master copies are a great way to learn what makes a successful painting - strong composition, organized value structure, color palette, and expressive brushwork can all be considered while working closely with the works of these iconic landscape painters. This class is good for inexperienced painters and experts alike. If you are a beginner, you will learn a method for developing a painting using an underpainting, palette organization, paint handling, and materials. We may also do some color and value mixing exercises as needed. Again, because of small class size, I am able to tailor this class to the needs of each student.
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* in May this class will switch to a plein-air painting class at Oak Ledge Park in Burlington, VT
Join Emilie Lee for two days of plein air painting in Central Park. Each morning will start with an instructor demonstration to introduce methods for planning and approaching a plein-air painting. Artists will then spend the day working on their own while receiving individual instruction throughout the day tailored to their personal goals. Artists may choose to work on graphite drawings or oil paintings. Pack a lunch and bring water, we will be outside all day!
Learn more and sign up at the Grand Central Atelier website.
Meets Tuesday afternoons
1-5pm in Central Park
June 2 - July 14 (7 weeks)
Emiie will email the meet-up location a few days in advance of the start date.
This weekly painting group will provide artists with a supportive community in which to develop their plein air practice. Under the guidance of Emilie Lee, artists will fine-tune their approach to working outdoors under changing light and weather conditions. Whether you are working at the drawing or painting level, you will have plenty of one-on-one instruction tailored to your individual needs. Expect to learn an efficient approach to planning a painting starting with a strong foundation drawing, compositional considerations, accurate values, and color. Artists with no experience plein air painting are welcome, but will be encouraged to focus on drawing for the first several sessions. Pack snacks and bring water, we will seek shady spots to work under, but be prepared for summer weather!
As an artist in residence at Telluride Mountainfilm, I will be painting all-prima portraits of speakers, filmmakers, and creative contributors in the Mountainfilm community. I will also share my field studies from a month of painting on the American Prairie Reserve.
My self portrait "Fortitude" will be part of this group show at Dacia Gallery featuring figurative paintings. Other artists are Shana Levenson, Kristy Gordon, David DeSimone, Stefano Losi, David Rockwell and Buket Savci. Unfortunately I will not be present at this opening.
In this presentation I will introduce my upcoming project that combines adventure, science, and art on the great plains of Northern Montana. Geared towards an audience of fellow artists, this talk will focus on how I developed my idea which was sparked by an article I read in Bloomberg News last October. I will discuss the entrepreneurial aspects of being an artist and share what I've learned about writing a proposal, collaborating with partners, and laying the groundwork for a successful painting expedition.