2015–2016 Painting Workshops
with Mitchell Albala

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
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2015 Workshops

Landscape Painting: End-of- Summer Power Critique with author Mitchell Albala 
1-evening workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash. | Friday, Oct. 16 | $45

Building Strong Foundations through Underpainting | Space still available
2-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash.
Saturday–Sunday, Oct 17–18 | $270

2016 Workshops

Simplification and Massing for Landscape Painters
2-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash. | Saturday–Sunday, May 7–8 | $270

Building Landscape Harmony with Color Strategies, Limited Palettes, and Color Groups
2-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash. | Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 1–2 | $270


“I can’t thank you enough for being such a willing, inspiring, and erudite instructor … I really appreciate that you don’t create a mystique and elusive evasion to creating art. It’s refreshing, and engaging! This weekend’s workshop was great!” – Heather Cromwell, 2015


INDIVIDUAL CRITIQUES AND PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
Enjoy the benefits of individual critiques or studio sessions, targeted to help further your vision or work on specific concerns. Do you have a particular painting issue that your are struggling with? Do you need a reliable assessment of your process or technique? Are you wishing to find direction in your work or in a series? Are you working in a vacuum and looking for encouragement and support? Do you need an objective eye to help develop your portfolio?

$75 per hour ($5 addtional if I travel to your Seattle studio.)
Please email Mitch Albala to find out more or to set up an appointment.


2015 – Full workshop descriptions

LANDSCAPE PAINTING: END-OF-SUMMER POWER CRITIQUE
with author Mitchell Albala 

1-evening workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash. | Friday, Oct. 16 | $45

For more information about class content, email Mitch Albala. For fees and registration information, contact PNWAS.

Mitchell Albala, author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice and long-time instructor at PNWAS, will host a lively landscape painting “Power Critique” — a great way to review your recent efforts in plein air (or in the studio)! Everyone is invited to bring in work to review, although this is not a requirement for attendance. Works brought in by attendees will serve as a launching point for an exploration into many topics: site selection, composition, color strategies, simplification and massing, technique, and different approaches to starting a painting. Mitchell’s lively Power Critiques often include examples, live diagramming of composition, and other visual aids. A great way to receive constructive feedback and review key practices for the landscape painter!

underpainting-2-color-full-colorBUILDING STRONG FOUNDATIONS THROUGH UNDERPAINTING
2-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island, Wash. | Saturday and Sunday, Oct 17–18 | $270

For more information about class content, email Mitch Albala. For fees and registration information, contact PNWAS.

Every painting deserves a solid foundation — and there is no better way to establish that than with an underpainting. Underpainting is a powerful and reliable method that works out issues of composition, placement, and value at the very start, helping you to avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework your painting later on. Many painters have tried underpainting, or what they thought was underpainting, but were unsuccessful because they did not fully understand the method. The workshop will cover the specific technique (for oil or acrylic painters) for building strong and successful underpaintings, as well as the conceptual framework behind underpainting: that the simplified value structure and simplified shapes developed in the underpainting create stronger and more enduring compositions. The technique for underpainting in oil or acrylic is slightly different, and the instructor will demonstrate in both media.

On Saturday, you will learn the technique for traditional monochromatic (single color) underpainting, and how the choice of the underpainting color influences the color direction of the painting. On Sunday, we will explore the two-color underpainting method, which helps establish a color strategy as the very start, and how color is applied on top of the underpainting.

Level: This is not a class for first-time painters; however, it is ideally suited for those who have painted and drawn before, and are interested in discovering an effective way to build solid foundations in their painting.

2016 – Full workshop descriptions

SIMPLIFICATION AND MASSING FOR LANDSCAPE PAINTERS
2-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash.
Saturday–Sunday, May 7–8, 2016 | $270

For more information about class content, email Mitch Albala. For fees and registration information, contact PNWAS.

BUILDING LANDSCAPE HARMONY with COLOR STRATEGIES, LIMITED PALETTES, AND COLOR GROUPS
2-day workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, Wash.
Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 1–2, 2016 | $270

For more information about class content, email Mitch Albala. For fees and registration information, contact PNWAS.

About the Author

Mitchell Albala is the author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009). A best-seller, the book has sold over 30,000 copies and is regarded as the "new classic of landscape." A respected teaching artist for more than 25 years, Mitchell currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art, Pacific Northwest Art School, artEast, and in 2015 Arte Umbria in Italy. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. He is represented by Lisa Harris Gallery. See his paintings at mitchalbala.com.