Workshop and Critique Night with Joseph Melancon


August 18 (Tu) Time: 6pm – 9pm

Fee: $25 ($15 excl. critique) and include wine and light appetizers. Space is limited to 20 participants. Bring your painting in any medium for constructive critique and have fun meeting other artists and friends.

Joseph Melancon workshopEnjoy Joseph Melancon demonstration and his masterly painted works on display while sipping a glass of delicious wine paired with gourmet cheese.  Register below.


Acrylic/Oil/WC Still Life Painting In-Studio Workshop
Instructor: Joseph Melançon (Joseph’s BIO)
August 20-21 (Th, Fr) Time: 10am – 4pm Fee: $220
Joseph Melancon workshopEven though I stress the ability to draw it can be brief, simple with pencil or brush or in your imagination depending on the complexity and your abilities. Primarily figurative drawing and painting requires the ability to perceive proportions and spacial relationships. I’ve sometimes described my painting process as pulling order out of chaos and having fun doing it. Discussions and demos will touch on some design principles, color and other topics including using your imagination to add or leave out parts to make a better painting. Students will be drawing and painting with my close personal attention for each, with spot demonstrations as needed. All student levels are welcome to paint in acrylic, watercolor or oil with an emphasis on being inventive in developing a painting. Honing your skills in this class will be excellent preparation for Plein Air painting.
Joseph Melancon workshop
  • Day 1 – Painting from a still life arrangement of everyday objects.
  • Day 2 – Painting from an array of plants, flowers etc.
  • A group critique for everyone’s benefit will finish the day.
  • Space is limited to 12 participants.
  • Some working knowledge of painting would be helpful.
  • I suggest using a relatively simplified palette of colors.

The importance of practicing Still Life:

“Many of the problems that arise when painting landscapes can be solved by Still Life practice. Along with improving your knowledge of drawing, you learn the mixing and handling of your paint and brushes.

Every type of texture can be studied by a careful selection of the objects to be painted. Silk, with its hard, shining lights, and the heavy, dull, absorbent quality of velvet can be observed as they form the draped background of your subject.

Flowers, fruit, and vegetables abound with both obvious and subtle color. Books, lamps, furniture… everything found in your home can be incorporated into leasing subjects.

The important thing is that all these vital ingredients of successful painting can be studied and solved leisurely.

Then, when you paint outdoors and the effects are fleeting, you will be better prepared to cope with them, having had some technical experience.”

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