This workshop is designed to help students, of all levels, achieve compelling still life and landscape paintings by starting with an idea that develops into a conceptual design and arrangement. Leah Lopez, discusses and demonstrates the significance and use of simplification, harmonious color, compositional balance, movement, depth with value and edges, and what it takes to develop beautiful paint quality. Through daily alla prima exercises the class examines the similarities between still life and landscape and how working alla prima improves observation and compositional. Then, students will take their favorite compositions and develop them further. There will be ample opportunities of working in the studio and/or en plein aire.
Leah Lopez is a hands-on teacher and an award-winning artist. Her paintings have been featured in a number of national and solo shows, including American Women Artists, Salon International, Oil Painter of America, Salmagundi Club and National Association of Women Artists. In her native New Mexico, where life and art are deeply interwoven, Leah drew inspiration and focused her attention on Fine Art and drawing and painting, from life, at age 23. She studied with master artists at Fechin, Scottsdale Artists School, Andreeva Portrait Academy and the Art Students League of New York. Now living in Manhattan, Leah teaches a comprehensive approach to direct painting at the New York Academy of Art and art schools around the country.