Workshops

WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD ON THE KIRBY SYMPOSIUM SITE TUESDAY, AUGUST 3RD, AND WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4TH. OUR INTENSIVE WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH WILL BE BASED AT CATAMOUNT ARTS IN SAINT JOHNSBURY.

Plein Air Painting Demo and Workshop with James Keul

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, 4:30-8:15pm
and
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 4-5:30pm

Schedule:
Instructor demo period Tuesday 4:30pm-6pm
Student work time 6pm- 8:15pm (end in-person session. Students may continue working at home)
Critique session Wednesday 4-5:30pm

Pricing for online and in-person options:
Demo only $15
Demo and Painting Session $25
Critique Session $15
Combo deal: Demo, Painting, and Critique $35

This workshop has both an IN-PERSON and ONLINE option. We will begin at 4:30
pm with a 1.5-hour oil painting demonstration by the instructor, available to both
in-person as well as online attendees. At that point, the online portion will end and
from approximately 6:00 – 8:15 pm students will disperse to paint the landscape
around the Symposium property in Kirby, Vermont. The instructor will walk around
and give each local artist individual critiques throughout the session. For those
attending remotely, you can paint at your leisure from a variety of photographic
references that will be provided to you prior to the event. The following evening, on
Wednesday, August 4 th , from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, there will be a critique session for the
online and in-person attendees. As a group, we will look at everyone’s work, talk
about strengths and potential improvements that could be made, discuss the
challenges of painting en plein air, and share experiences. Students can choose to
take part in either or both days, in-person or online.

This workshop is open to students of all skill levels working in any 2D media. The
instructor will be demonstrating in oils with a focus on composition, color, massing,
and atmospheric perspective.

For this class, students should have quality brand paints in oil, watercolor, or
acrylic. Williamsburg, Gamblin, Danial Smith, Old Holland, Schmincke, Winsor
& Newton are all great options. The following basic palette is recommended,
as a minimum: Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue,
Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarine Crimson, Ivory Black, Titanium
White. Pthalo blue and Pthalo green are also good additions to have.
If using oil, in addition to paints, students should have the following supplies
on hand: linseed oil, damar varnish, turpenoid, a palette and palette cup, a
variety of bristle brushes, and paper towels.
In addition, students will need to have a surface to paint on. Stretched
canvas, unstretched canvas taped to a board, canvas board, or a gessoed
panel or piece of high quality paper are all good options for oils or acrylics. If
you are using watercolor, any acid-free watercolor paper will do but, in
general, I would recommend buying the best, professional-grade materials
that you can afford.

About the instructor

James Keul is a Durham-based artist who has exhibited widely throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia.  He received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and studied at the Art Students League of New York.  He has received numerous awards for his plein air landscapes and cityscapes and has over a decade of experience teaching plein air painting privately to students of all levels of experience.  Examples of his work can be found on his website at www.jameskeul.com

This class is conducted in person AND online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The Tributary and for the instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.

Character Portrait in Natural Setting with Laura Mae Noble

(In-Person at the Symposium estate in Kirby, AND ONLINE)

Thursday August 5th, 2021 10am-3pm and Friday August 6th, 10am-11:30am

Schedule:
Instructor demo period Thursday 10am-11:30am
Student work time 11am- 2pm (end in-person session, but students may continue working at home)
Critique session Friday 10am-11:30am

Pricing for online and in-person options:
Demo only $15
Demo and Painting Session $25
Critique Session $15
Combo deal: Demo, Painting, and Critique $35

This workshop has both an IN-PERSON and ONLINE option. We will begin at 10am with a 1.5-hour demonstration by the instructor, available to both in-person as well as online attendees. At that point, the online portion will end and from approximately 11:30-2pm students will disperse to paint from the models set up on site at the Symposium property in Kirby, Vermont. The instructor will walk around and give each local artist individual critiques throughout the session. For those attending remotely, you can paint at your leisure from a variety of photographic references that will be provided to you prior to the event. The following morning, from 10am-11:30am there will be a critique session for the online and in-person attendees. As a group, we will look at everyone’s work, talk about strengths and potential improvements that could be made, discuss challenges, and share experiences. Students can choose to take part in either or both days, in-person or online.

This workshop is open to students of all skill levels working in any 2D media. The instructor will be demonstrating in watercolor and colored pencil with a focus on composition, color, blocking, and atmospheric perspective.

Materials List:

For this class, students should have quality brand paints in watercolor, or acrylic. In addition, students may choose to have a selection of colored pencils on hand- Faber-Castell or Prismacolor Premier are both good, among other brands. Instructor recommends having a selection of colors, ranging from light to dark, as the color layering process will involve using warm light and cool light colors to start, and continue layering using darker and darker saturated colors. A selection of specific colors can be suggested, if students request (see our contact page). QoR watercolors are the brand the instructor will be using.

If using watercolor or acrylic, students should have plenty of water and one or two water vessels, one for mixing water, one for brush cleaning water, several brushes, including larger rounds, and plenty of clean rags or paper towels.

About the instructor

Laura Mae Noble is a Chicago- based artist originally from Vermont. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She studied at the Art Students League of New York, as well as completed teacher training in contemplative art. She teaches drawing, creative process, and illustration classes at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as privately in her studio. Her workshops are offered through AirBnB, The Art Institute of Chicago, Driehaus Museum, Dabble, and West Elm. Her work has been exhibited in the US, the UK, and Italy.

This class is conducted in person AND online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The Tributary and for the instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.

WORKSHOPS SATURDAY HOSTED BY CATAMOUNT ARTS in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

Plein Air Painting and Urban Sketch Crawl with James Keul and Laura Mae Noble

(In-Person only, starting at Catamount Arts)

August 7, 2021 10am-5:30pm

 $60

In this 5.5 hour IN-PERSON workshop, students will be immersed in a collegial artistic atmosphere, where both teachers will be working alongside participants, painting and drawing on site in Saint Johnsbury. Artists will have a chance to work for several hours in a supportive, focused atmosphere.

Materials List:

For this class, students should have quality brand paints in oil, watercolor, or acrylic. Sketching supplies may include colored pencils, and other dry or wet color media, as well. Faber-Castell and Prismacolor Premier are recommended colored pencil brands. For paint, Williamsburg, Gamblin, Danial Smith, Old Holland, Schmincke, Winsor & Newton are all great options. QoR is a favorite watercolor brand of Laura’s. The following basic palette is recommended, as a minimum: Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarine Crimson, Ivory Black, Titanium White

If using oil, in addition to paints, students should have the following supplies on hand: linseed oil, damar varnish, turpenoid, a palette and palette cup, a variety of bristle brushes, and paper towels. Similarly, bring appropriate supplemental materials for acrylic and watercolor.

About the instructors

Laura Mae Noble is a Chicago- based artist originally from Vermont. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She studied at the Art Students League of New York, as well as completed teacher training in contemplative art. She teaches drawing, creative process, and illustration classes at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as privately in her studio. Her workshops are offered through AirBnB, The Art Institute of Chicago, Driehaus Museum, Dabble, and West Elm. Her work has been exhibited in the US, the UK, and Italy.

James Keul is a Durham-based artist who has exhibited widely throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. He received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and studied at the Art Students League of New York.  He has received numerous awards for his plein air landscapes and cityscapes and has over a decade of experience teaching plein air painting privately to students of all levels of experience.  Examples of his work can be found on his website at www.jameskeul.com

This class is conducted in person AND online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The Tributary and for the instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.