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Portrait Painting Weekend Workshop with Brian Keeler, OPA


Portrait Painting- The alla prima method (one sitting portrait)- A workshop with Brian Keeler - for artists working in oil, pastel or acrylic.


December 13-15, 2019 - North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Come expand your horizons for painting from a model posing in the studio gallery of The North Star Art Gallery located in Ithaca, NY.


Brian Keeler will share his extensive experience creating award-winning portraits and genre scenes with people along with all the essential fundamentals of realistic painting. This workshop includes a Friday evening presentation followed by a two-day hands-on workshop.


Brian will be devoting most of his time to assisting the participants, but he will also be painting and demonstrating so as to show many of the aspects of creating a painting or pastel.




Friday night December 13- 7:00 pm


Welcome reception with refreshments served.  A Slide lecture at 7:30 on Keeler's unique approach to painting, composing and color use. This presentation will give an overview of the concepts to be covered in this workshop and is necessary for the participants. Open to the public for a fee of $10.


Saturday,December 14


8:300 am-  Arrive with all your supplies and canvases toned (in advance).   

9:00am-  A demonstration of the portrait painting process.


Noon- Break for lunch - order in advance from CTB.


1:00- Resume your work, start a new portrait or resume your morning's work.


3:30- This session ends


7:00 pm - Optional  Slide lecture on the Renaissance.  Brian has been teaching and traveling in Italy for over 25 years and brings to you the relevance of the renaissance art and the work of ancient Rome.  Understand the connections and many similar challenges between our endeavors and the paintings of those eras. Free to participants, $10 for guests and non-participants. 


Sunday, December 15


10- Resume the inspiration at the North Star Art Gallery.  Working from the live model again or set up a new pose and practice the concepts with instruction.


12- Lunch - order ahead in the morning.


1:00 - Resume your portrait or begin a new painting from the model.


3- Workshop ends


Non- participants may attend the Friday lecture for a fee of $10 Make checks payable to North Star Art Gallery. Space is limited. Reservations are requested by May 26th with online payment options available.


Registration and Payment


The fee of $350 includes the evening presentation, two-day workshop.  $150 deposit reserves your place.  Register early (before Nov 15, 2019) and receive $50 off.  The Friday evening presentation is available to people not attending the workshop for $10 

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