Kim English

Sun, July 25 to Sat, July 31 2021

Oil Painting: Quick Sketch with Kim English

Medium: Oil

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Location: Plein Air & Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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During this workshop, you will learn techniques for painting quickly and accurately. Kim will concentrate on guiding you to identify the big relationships within your paintings. Each day will be spent working from the model, both in the studio and outside. Working with gesture the first day,  you will begin by studying proportion and structure.  As the week progresses, the environment will take priority, searching how to place the figure in context with the scene. Expect to paint numerous small studies each day.

About his direct, quick-sketch approach, Kim says, “Immediacy is important not only because it is often the nature of people, but for me, it is the most instinctive way to paint. The process is like a performance. It’s the magic of spontaneous work combined with a candid observation of society.”


About Kim English

Born in 1957, in Omaha, Nebraska. English was raised in a rural town near Colorado Springs, and completed his formal artistic training at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver, Colorado in 1979. After graduation, he joined the faculty at the Art Students League of Denver and the Scottsdale Artists School.

English depicts the profound moments of beauty often hidden within the particulars of daily life. A master of painterly chiaroscuro, his work remarks on the powerful harmony that exists between light and shadow in nature. While much of his subject matter is pulled from local venues, English loves to travel, and responds to the inherent beauty he finds in each new destination.

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of English’s work is his astonishing manipulation of his medium. Using the alla prima method, he typically finishes a piece in one sitting, granting his pictures an immediacy and instinctive quality that is recognizable across a wide range of subject matter. He competently transitions from thin washes of color to buttery areas of generously applied paint, creating texture and reinforcing the impact of his overall design.

English has exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the NAWA 21st Annual Exhibition, Arts for the Parks, the Colorado Governor’s Invitational at the Loveland Museum, the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art, The Knickerbocker 42nd Annual Exhibition, and with the Oil Painters of America. He has shown with the allied Artists of America and was awarded their Gold Medal of Honor. He has also won both the Certificate of Merit and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $730.00 + $90 Model Fee

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,924.00-2,092.00* + 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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