Weekend With the Masters 2011: Exciting New Educational Opportunities & Breathtaking Location

Golden by Daniel Gerhartz, oil on canvas, 16 x 12.
Golden by Daniel Gerhartz, oil on canvas,
16 x 12.

Since its inception in 2009, Weekend With the Masters Workshop & Conference has brought together some of the top instructors of representational art under one roof for a long weekend of workshops, demos, lectures, and panel discussions. Painters travel from around the world to have access to this exclusive instructional opportunity, and they leave the conference feeling renewed creatively and ready to bring new insight and inspiration back to their studios and students.

This September 7-10 the tradition will continue, and we’re excited to announce new teachers, new educational offerings, and a beautiful new location. Because part of Weekend With the Masters’ mission is to encourage the continuation of traditional teaching legacies, we are happy to have leaders of some of the top ateliers and academies return as instructors, as well as those who are at the forefront of educational excellence. Jacob Collins, Daniel Graves, and Joe McGurl will be leading a joint presentation on the importance of working from life, David A. Leffel and Sherrie McGraw will offer classical instruction in figure and still life painting, Daniel Gerhartz will give a lecture on the painters of the past who have inspired his work, and Richard Schmid will demonstrate his approach to painting while discussing his philosophies on art.

Untitled (Violin) by Daniel Graves.

We know, too, that making representational art relevant in our culture not only involves following tradition but also bringing that tradition to the present with timely messages and individual voices. To that end, we are excited to announce the workshops and demo/lecture of Dan McCaw, who is known for his unique blend of realism and abstraction and for encouraging artists to find a unique voice. Plein air painter Joe Paquet will also speak on this topic during the first day of the conference in a lecture titled “Creativity, Authenticity, & the Quest for a Singular Vision.” Quang Ho and Daniel Sprick will demonstrate their unique approaches to art side by side in our popular evening joint demonstration. And contemporary-minded draftsman and painter David Jon Kassan will bring his savvy perspective to the event and offer an iPad demonstration and lecture that bridges traditional skills with modern technology. (A full roster of all the important instructors involved in this event can be viewed here.)

Sherrie McGraw with students in her figure drawing class.
Sherrie McGraw with students in her figure drawing class.

One of the most edifying aspects of a workshop experience for students is the personal critiques they receive from instructors. That’s why we’ve added a Post-Event Critique session to the program on Sunday, September 11. Sign up for this special experience, and have Scott Burdick, Quang Ho, Susan Lyon, Dan McCaw, or Dan Thompson give you personal feedback, advice, and encouragement on the paintings you created during the weekend. There are several other special events planned and forthcoming, and full details can be found here.

Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California.

Last but not least, if you are a plein air painter, you are in for a very special experience at Weekend With the Masters. This year’s event is being held at the Portola Hotel & Spa in beautiful Monterey, California, and plein air demos and workshops will take place in various picturesque locations near Point Lobos. Point Lobos has been deemed “the most beautiful meeting of land and water in the world,” and few artists who have painted at this location would disagree. We have a wonderful roster of landscape instructors this year, from various parts of the country, and with diverse teaching styles and methods.

Point Lobos in Monterey, California.
Photo by Tom O'Neal.

There are many ways for you to stay updated on the latest news associated with Weekend With the Masters. You can “like” us on Facebook, join our online forum here on Artist Daily, and of course view all the program details and registration information at our homepage. Also, I will be participating in an online radio interview with the new Artist Mentors Online on Friday, June 10. Linda Fisler, Kevin MacPherson (one of our Weekend With the Masters instructors), and I will be discussing the importance of learning from the painters past and the purpose and plans for Weekend With the Masters, so I hope you will join us.

We look forward to welcoming you to Monterey this September and giving you the opportunity to learn from some of the most generous and skilled artist-instructors of our generation.

Allison Malafronte, Senior Editor, American Artist

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About Allison Malafronte

Allison Malafronte is the senior editor of American Artist magazines, and the project editor of  Plein Air Painting and Workshop With the Masters magazines. She is also the creative manager of the Weekend With the Masters Workshop & Conference (www.aamastersweekend.com) which was launched in 2009 and is now in its third year. She is author of the Art for Thought column in American Artist magazine (also on the Artist Daily site under The Artist's Life blog) and the 2008-2010 Plein Air blogs on Artist Daily.