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 an engaging teacher and an award-winning artist. Her paintings have been featured in a number solo and group shows, among them are national exhibitions with American Women Artists, Salon International, Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club and National Association of Women Artists. Leah grew up in New Mexico where life and art are deeply interwoven. While focusing her attention on Fine Art, specifically drawing and painting, she studied with master artists in the Southwest and California, then at the Art Students League of New York. Now located in Manhattan, Leah teaches a comprehensive approach to drawing and painting through specialized small group classes in her Union Square studio and at the New York Academy of Art. Drawing on 15 years of teaching experience, Leah’s instruction is designed to equip students, of all levels, for their personal journey with art.