ARC Living Master, Tina Garrett shares with her students the practical methods she uses in her award-winning portraiture to help artists make the best paintings they’ve ever made. This workshop is perfect for anyone struggling with portrait painting. If your portraits look cartoonish or dead, this is your workshop. If you struggle to capture a likeness in your portraiture, this is your workshop. If your portraits are tight and lifeless like photos, this is your workshop. Tina will demonstrate three oil painting starting methods including open grisaille, accurate color wash and Tina’s favorite, selective start, to help students discover the process that will help them achieve their best work.
Students will learn to see and simplify values, create form, and understand edges and how to use them to create an illusion of movement and life in your work and teach you how to use chroma to control your composition and create dramatic portraiture using Tina’s practical and easy to use strategies.
Demonstrating three different methods of oil painting, Tina will teach you how to organize your palette to mix realistic colors, values, and temperatures for different skin types as well as two easy strategies to achieve an accurate likeness in your portraiture.
Each morning Tina will demonstrate and lecture. Each afternoon, Tina will work one-on-one with every artist helping them take steps from where they are towards mastery. Tina’s goal is to be as generous with her knowledge as possible, walking each student through the concepts so when artists leave her workshops, they are able to take their own painting to new heights. All levels welcome!
About Tina Garrett
Tina Garrett is one of the most well recognized women artists in Contemporary Western Art. Her works center on emotion and mood, and they often contain dramatic light or atmospheric effects. Her works tend to carry with them an undefinable reverberation, haunting and laced with mystery. Being highly skilled as a Contemporary Representational artist, Tina has earned recognition as an Art Renewal Center Living Master, (ARCLM) and holds a Master Artist designation from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society. From 2017 to 2021 Tina was a proud State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America and she is honored to be a mentor for the PSoA Cecilia Beaux Forum Mentoring Program.
Born in 1974 in San Diego, California, USA, her hands still bear the scars from when she was knocked out of her mother’s arms and into a campfire at age two. Suffering third degree burns on her hands and lower arms, nothing could keep Tina from drawing as a child to transcend the ugliness of life’s trials. She hid her scars for most of her childhood, but it is with courage that Tina uses those same hands and all of her life’s experience to paint a more idealized existence.
Tina holds an Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communication from the Colorado Institute of Art Denver. She has studied intently in the Selective Start Method described in Alla Prima by Living Master Artist and author Richard Schmid, and was inducted as a Putney Painter in 2020. Tina studied in workshops and/or in private lessons with Romel de la Torre, Casey Baugh, Aaron Westerberg, Jeremy Lipking, Dennis Perrin, Michelle Dunaway, Stanka Kordic, Kathy Anderson and Daniel Keys.
There is a certain transcendent quality that comes to a work of art when the soul of the artist runs deep. For anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Tina, she is a warm, kind and optimistic person. She feels and thinks deeply about herself and the world. It is this quality that she also brings to her art. Her works are filled with a deep pathos that resonates with her viewers; one that is uplifting, but also filled with a sweet sadness, a nostalgic warmth that awakens feelings of past times filled with wonder, newness and the change that comes with each new season of life’s transitions.
Rates & Enrollment
Day Student Tuition: $640.00
Full 3-Day Package*: $1,647.42-$1,794.74
*3-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 3 full class days, 4 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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