Kimberly Santini

Sun, March 15 to Sat, March 21 2020
Fresh Color & Brushwork with Kimberly Santini
Medium: Acrylic
Level: All Levels
Location: Studio
Status: Open For Enrollment
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In this five-day workshop students will learn how to work a wet palette system and practice exercises designed to help them paint what they see, using basic objects for inspiration, resulting in a heightened understanding of the properties of acrylic paint, and a structured approach to color usage (that applies to other media as well). Kimberly is a lively teacher, designing her workshops for artists looking to raise their color IQ while also loosening up.

During the course of the workshop, there will be short demos and exercises designed to reinforce concepts and help students identify how they work best – a typical day will involve a series of these, building up into a longer session that caps things off. Each exercise is followed by a short q&a/crit/show and tell of students’ works, and we discuss what we were surprised to discover and what our biggest challenges were. Kimberly will also conduct a full demonstration of her own process, from start to near finish, and will make a point of identifying/clarifying particular concepts that the exercises address, so that there is a clear connection of the bits to the whole.

As the days progress, you will build into gradually longer sessions with the focus of students working multiple concepts simultaneously. During the exercises, Kimberly will circulate and interact one on one or in small groups, answering questions and providing directed guidance. The final day is usually independent work (working from life or a photo), designed for students to pick Kimberly’s brain as they figure out what practices they will marry into their own style/process.

Kimberly will talk a lot about the “what ifs” in painting – there are no right or wrong paths/answers, except what feels best to the artist based on their goals. As an advocate of a limited palette, she will focus on the logic behind mixing color versus squeezing something out of a tube. This approach is not acrylic paint specific, but something that students can apply to other mediums as well.

We will use gestural brushwork and a variety of approaches designed to help the student identify and practice constraints that allow them to build impressionistic/emotional marks. We will work from life and discuss how the human eye sees versus what photography delivers. Students will learn to approach their subjects with a balanced vision that matches their own mission.

Kimberly says she learns best while playing and has seen students shine the brightest while they are laughing and free to take chances without crushing pressure. She will ask students to take ownership – engaging them in thinking of possible solutions, ask a lot of what ifs, and give them permission to be themselves.


About Kimberly Santini

Kimberly Kelly Santini is an acrylic painter internationally renowned for her color sensibilities, decades of commitment to daily painting, and expressive brushwork. She has over 1000 pet portraits in private collections around the world, created imagery for the American Kennel Club, and was the official artist of the 2015 Kentucky Derby, among other honors.

In late 2017 Kimberly Kelly Santini redefined herself with a new series of paintings. Since then the artist best known for her joyful, colorful and expressive depictions of animals and pets has jumped wholeheartedly into painting the human figure. Santini paints imagery inspired by her experience as a woman and mother and the heartache and fear emerging in our world. From those pieces grew a generation of figurative paintings she calls Sirens. The Siren legend is of femme fatales which lure men to their deaths through otherworldly song. Santini has rewritten this myth. These voices are lamentations of the human condition. Her women live in a dreamlike space, yet ache with human emotion, reaching out to the viewer with a gaze or gesture, interacting and weaving intimate stories with their audience. Along with the Sirens series of paintings, she continues to paint animals, accepting a limited number of commissions. Santini has gallery representation in the Hudson River Valley of New York, in Baltimore (MD), Columbus (OH) and in New Orleans (LA).

She paints nearly daily, blogs and shares her work via social media, and travels to teach multi-day painting workshops.

Learn more about Kimberly on her website;


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $720.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,722.00-$1,890.00* + Service Charge & Tax

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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