Daily demonstrations of small “on-the-spot” pastel/oil painting. Workshop conducted between hours of 9am to 4pm and possibly longer to paint late evening light or sunsets. (Students are asked to bring photographic reference and/or sketches for indoor use in case of inclement weather).
Day one will include; discussion of materials for plein air painting in pastel and oil; discussion on the use of focal point-center of interest, leading the eye through movement in a painting, simplifying and composing; visual elements; thumbnail compositional studies; the use of four value planes in nature; the seven principles of design; and a plein air demonstration incorporating the topics discussed during morning session.
Day two will include; a discussion of values and their application on atmospheric perspective in painting; and plein air demonstration incorporating this topics and review of topics covered during Day One.
Day three will include; a discussion of color—the color wheel, color harmony and working with a limited palette; edges—the study of edges in nature and analyzing their contrasts; direct Light – its influence on the landscape; reflected Light—what causes reflected light and their color effects; sky Light—sky lights effect on the colors of nature; and plein air demonstration incorporating these topics and review of topics covered during Day Two.
Day four will include; a discussion of form—the five degrees of light and the use of edge control to create form; notan—creating pattern and design with black and white; and a plein air demonstration incorporating this topics and review of topics covered during Day Three.
Day five will include; a discussion of the difference between a sketch and a study; the use of photographic reference to compliment field studies; review of the week and plein air demonstration; and a critique of the week’s work.
About Lorenzo Chavez
Lorenzo Chavez was born in New Mexico. His inherited connection to the colorful and historic Southwest as well as seeing the Taos Society of Artists works as a young boy was the catalyst for his art career. He graduated with honors from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1983 and continued his art education at the newly founded Arts Students League of Denver starting in 1987. Lorenzo and his wife Dolores currently live in Parker, Colorado.
Chavez has been an active professional fine artist for 35 years He participates in many national invitational group exhibitions including the Pastel Society of America at The National Arts Club in New York City, Artists of America Show in Denver, Plein Air Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, Albuquerque Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Butler Art Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Brinton Museum, The Booth Museum, The Yellowstone Art Museum , Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum, The Steamboat Art Museum, The Taos Art Museum, The Laguna Art Museum, Cape Cod Art Museum, The Leigh Yawke Museum, Hockaday Art Museum Montana, Yellowstone Art Museum, Colorado History Museum, Artist of the West Exhibitions- Featured Artist Pioneer Museum Colorado Springs, A.R.Mitchell Museum, Coors Western Art Show in Denver, Trailside Galleries, Legacy Gallery and Settlers West Gallery, Blue Rain Gallery, Invitationals. In addition, he was featured in a successful on-man show at the C.M. Russell Museum. He has participated successfully in several C.M. Russell Art Auctions and Coeur d’Alene Art Auctions. His work is featured in articles in Southwest Art, Artists of the West, Pastel Journal, American Artist, and Art-Talk. Books include, Pure Pastel 1&2, Pratique de Arts France, Colorado Landscapes.
Chavez was raised in Albuquerque and has an affection for the surrounding vicinity. He has many fond memories of time spent hiking and running in these areas and feels that it was a major influence in his decision to become a landscape painter.
His suggestive renderings and fluent technique in both Oil and Pastel have earned him numerous awards and many devoted collectors throughout the United States and he is considered by many to be the west’s premier pastel painter. He has been the recipient of awards and honors from such notable groups at the Pastel Society of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, The Russell Art Auction.
Numerous Pastel Societies Across the United States. Society de Pastelists France, the C.M. Russell Auction, and Artists of the West Pioneer Museum.
Chavez is an active member of. Northwest Rendezvous of Art, Past Signature member of The Plein Air Painters of America, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the California Art Club Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, and the Pastel Society of Spain.
Chavez’s work is featured in six galleries in the United States and is included in many prominent Private National and International, Corporate, University, and Museum Collections such as The Western History Collection in the Denver Public Library, Children’s Hospital of Denver, Hockaday Art Museum Montana, Koshare Museum in La Junta.
Rates & Enrollment
Day Student Tuition: $1,200.00
Full 5-Day Package*: $2,803.80-$3,017.64
*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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