When all the weather warms up and the days get longer, many artists grow evermore passionate about creating.
“Springtime is significant for its renewal cleansing and growth. How much more inspiration can I possibly look for? Everything is alive even death as it renews itself through the fallen leaves,” said returning instructor Carmelo Blandino.
He will give a three-day workshop for the Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center from April 4-6. The focus of his course, More Than Just Flowers, will be primarily on creating a floral painting using acrylics or oils, with emphasis on color, gesture of brush, work ethics and efficiency in a studio setting. “When looking at flowers I never really recognize it for its scientific botanical name or obvious characteristics such as color and smell. What jumps at me immediately is the source of life that courses through it and its vitality.
Of course, eventually color plays a vital role, but the design and shape of the flower, the balance and symmetry become very important to me,” Blandino said.
Expressionistic artist and instructor Tammra Sigler says spring wakes up the senses. The extra hours of springtime light have an impact on her work. “I have come to realize that light really does play an enormous part in my life,” said expressionistic artist and instructor Tammra Sigler. “My personal well-being and the joy in my painting seem to stem from light… Light brings joy and energy, and it gets transferred into my paintings.”
She loves shedding light on her students creativity, too. She’s teaching a workshop Finding Your Mark and Running With It on March 25-26 at The von Liebig Art Center where students will work from a “model in motion” and move toward understanding how to shift toward abstraction in painting. “When you learn to see abstractly, to see form in a pure way, and to stop identifying what you see by name, anything and everything you see can be exciting. A “trashcan” is not a “trashcan” but a dark green with a brilliant yellow (tool apron) against it, and against a bright blue contrast (painted wall.) I am teaching my students how to stop seeing objects but, instead, to see juxtaposition. Color, form, shapes and relationships bring the world around us alive in a new way. You will never be bored. There is always a new and original site,” Sigler said.
Instructor Anne Chaddock loves the colors of spring. “All of them, but they are fresher, brighter, newer and cleaner.” But the one color she always keeps on hand is purple to enhance her painting. “Everything is, or contains purple. Purple is warm and purple is cool. People don’t see the purple in things around them, but it’s there. I have always told my students, “if in doubt…..paint it purple!” Chaddock leads a color theory workshop on March 25 and Wine and Dezine workshops on April 4 and May 9, where she’ll help her students add vibrance to their work. Color Theory will delve into the character of pigments, color mixing and the affect colors have on our senses.
Session 5 classes begin the week of April 1, with opportunities in oil and acrylic painting, portraiture, watercolors, abstract, figure drawing, pottery, photography, photoshop, sketching and drawing, sculpting and more. There is something for all creative abilities in April from the beginner wanting to get started to the advanced student looking to take their skills to the next level.
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