Art League School 2018 Workshops, Alexandria, VA

by Susan Abbott

Inventing a Still Life

March 20th-23rd (four days), 10:00 am-4:00 pm

 

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Throughout art history, still life has been one of the most experimental and inventive genres, and this intensive workshop explores how the subject of objects on a table top has played a revolutionary role in the use of color and depiction of space.

We’ll use slides, drawings and quick color studies to examine many approaches to creating a still life, and pay special attention to the use of props, drapes and pattern in still life composition. Students will have the chance to develop a larger still life oil or watercolor from sketch to completion.

Oil, watercolor, or acrylic are welcome. 

Click here or call the Art League at 703-683-2323 to register.

 
 

From Amateur to Professional

Saturday, March 24th, 10:00-4:00

This intensive seminar demystifies the business side of being a professional artist. Students learn about building a resume, approaching galleries, organizing shows, coping with rejection, slides, publicity, marketing, taxes, and many other topics. Each participant receives a booklet of worksheets and information.   

Call the Art League at (703) 683-2323 to register.

 

"In one day, Susan told me all the highlights of all the unread art business books sitting on the floor of my studio. This should be a required course for all BFA students!"

"In one day, Susan told me all the highlights of all the unread art business books sitting on the floor of my studio. This should be a required course for all BFA students!"

"Your class helped me get a sense of direction and purpose when traveling. Now that my trip is over, I can look back to places and drawing with fond memories. Thank you!" "This class really helped me on my recent trip to the Greek islands. I went with a group of watercolorists and my journal was the envy of the group."

"Your class helped me get a sense of direction and purpose when traveling. Now that my trip is over, I can look back to places and drawing with fond memories. Thank you!"

"This class really helped me on my recent trip to the Greek islands. I went with a group of watercolorists and my journal was the envy of the group."

Traveling with Your Sketchbook

March 16th (pm), 17th and 18th

This popular workshop teaches students to use gesture, contour, collage, and color to record their travels. Participants learn to use the sketchbook as a journal, and to make it a work of art. Students use picturesque Old Town Alexandria as source material, and for inspiration look at many artists' sketchbook journals. Past students say, “This class changed my life!” 

Call (703) 683-2323 to register.

 

Painting the Light and Color of the Bahamas

by Susan Abbott

January 31st--February 5th, 2018

 
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For the last eight years, our painting workshops in the Bahamas have been wonderful: great group, beautiful place, lots of time to paint, warm weather, and amazing beaches. What's not to like? So we've planned another get-away next winter to a warm and sunny island.

In the tradition of Winslow Homer, we'll be leaving winter behind for an art sojourn in a tropical paradise. So start planning now to join me for a week of painting in charming Elbow Cay, Abaco Island, Bahamas, where we will be based at an art center with full workshop facilities. Students stay at the charming Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

Our daily schedule will include a morning and afternoon instructed plein air session, lessons in composition and color, personal and group daily critiques, and slide lectures on the history and techniques of landscape painting. We'll have both indoor classes in a comfortable studio setting, and time to explore with sketchbooks and paints the beautiful harbor, breathtaking beaches, and charming neighborhoods of Hope Town.

Instruction will be in oil and watercolor. All mediums welcome. Levels: Beginning to advanced, students should have some experience with their medium.

Click here for registration information: https://www.theartleague.org/files/fckfiles/Bahamas%202018%20brochure%20pdf.pdf

Email Margaret Cerutti <margaretc@theartleague.org> or call her at 703-549-5450 for registration information.

Email sa@susanabbott.com for workshop information.

Click here to see a photo album from our Bahamas workshop.

Click here to see a selection of my paintings from the workshop.

Click here for student comments.

Vermont Landscape Painting Retreat

by Susan Abbott

August 15th, 2018 (evening meeting)

August 16th-20th painting sessions

                                            

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Join me for five days of painting the beautiful meadows, gardens, farms and historic villages near my home in northern Vermont. We'll have two daily plein air sessions, and classes in my studio on landscape composition and color. Plus we'll enjoy gourmet lunches from the garden, and wine-and-cheese afternoon critiques!

Class size is limited to fifteen. Instruction is in oil and watercolor. First time plein air painters welcome, but should have some prior studio painting experience in their medium. Vermont Painting Retreats usually fill, so register early.

$595. fee includes: dessert get-together first evening (7:00 pm, August 15th); five days studio and plein air instruction (August 16th-20th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm); daily beverages, snacks, and wine with critiques; five delicious homemade gourmet lunches. (Not included in fee: transportation, lodging, breakfast and dinners.) Lodging list available on request.

Click here for information and to register.

Click here for student comments.

 

 

Landscape Painting in Provence

by Susan Abbott
 

 June 16th--30th, 2018

    

Join us for a wonderful workshop experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We'll have two weeks of plein air painting in the hill towns, ochre quarries, and lavender fields of the Luberons. Plus daily critiques and classes on color and composition in our studio based in a charming hamlet surrounded by cherry orchards and vineyards. Delicious gourmet Provencal meals are included.

Class size is limited to eleven. Instruction is in oil and watercolor. First time plein air painters are welcome, but should have studio experience in their medium.

Email sa@susanabbott.com to be notified when registration opens in Fall 1017 for the 2018 workshop!

Click here for more information.