Workshop, Fall 2010

On the Cover:
Painter Peter van Dyck leading a workshop at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.














Frank Serrano: Accurate & Efficient Plein Air Landscape Painting
by M. Stephen Doherty
In his popular DVDs, book, and workshops, California artist Frank Serrano shows how to successfully paint directly from nature in any location. 

Bennett Vadnais: 4 Stages to Successfully Painting a Landscape
by M. Stephen Doherty
Taking advantage of all he learned from painting landscapes with watercolor, acrylic, and oil, New York City artist 
Bennett Vadnais recently helped workshop participants plan and execute better landscapes. He recommended making compositional sketches, drawing the best design on a panel, applying transparent washes of color, and building up thicker layers of oil paint. 

Daniel J. Keys: Passing on the Legacy of Learning
by Allison Malafronte
During a recent still life workshop at Village Arts of Putney, Daniel J. Keys had a chance to not only follow in the artistic footsteps of his mentor Richard Schmid but also to pass on to others what has so generously been given to him.  . 

Kate Lehman: The Value of Studying With Several Professional Artists
by M. Stephen Doherty
New York artist Kate Lehman developed her approach to oil painting by studying with a number of top artists. Now, she encourages students to pursue a similarly diverse art education. “No one teacher has all the answers to your questions,” she says. 

Richard McKinley: Tackling Three Key Challenges of Plein Air Painting With Oil and Pastel
by Linda S. Price
During an inaugural series of workshops at the Salmagundi Club, in New York City, Richard McKinley helped students with such painting issues as simultaneous contrast, atmospheric perspective, and refraction.

William A. Schneider: Strategies to Organize the Elements of Your Paintings
by M. Stephen Doherty
Illinois artist William A. Schneider emphasized the value of preparatory studies as he showed workshop participants how to locate subjects within their paintings and how to organize effective compositions of shapes, values, color harmonies, and edges.

Rob Silverman: Measurement Tools to Improve the Accuracy of Your Drawings and Paintings
by M. Stephen Doherty
During a recent workshop held in Edward Hopper’s childhood home, Rob Silverman showed students how to use grids, a viewfinder, and value charts to check the accuracy of their artwork.. 

Michael Klein: How to Adjust to the Challenges of Painting Flowers
by M. Stephen Doherty
In his workshops, DVDs, and book, Michael Klein shows students how to respond quickly and effectively to the changing appearance of flowers in oil paintings. “In these cases, I don’t spend a lot of time developing detailed drawings,” he explained in a recent workshop at the Grand Central Academy of Art. “Instead, I make sure every brushstroke of oil color is accurately mixed and placed so that I capture the transient appearance of the flowers, and then I focus on the parts of the setup that remain constant.”

How the Academic Method Can Improve Your Drawing and Painting
by M. Stephen Doherty
During a recent workshop in Philadelphia, Daniel Graves and Peter van Dyck introduced students to a condensed form of the instruction offered at the Florence Academy of Art. The participants learned how to make precise studies of plaster casts and live models, which sought to improve their ability to understand, record, and respond to nature.

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Brian Riley is the managing editor for the American Artist family of titles (American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing & Workshop) and has been part of the AA team since 2003. He first became interested in art as a child, specifically drawing, but drifted away from the visual arts as he grew older, gravitating towards writing while in college. His position at AA has offered him the opportunity to reinvigorate his early passion and continue his education.