2015 Summer Advanced Painting Workshop

This summer I will be offering a special 3 day outdoor workshop for advanced painters working in oil. This workshop will require a portable painting setup than can be mobile and carried out into one of my favorite landscapes in Michigan- The Sleeping Bear National LakeShore. 

I think of the SBNL as one of those special places on earth and a important location for a workshop where we can talk about what place means in our work and how we best convey that place through painting.  Working on a small scale and being portable we will striving for dynamic and unexpected results.  This is a great workshop for those wanting to push forward in their work and expand their thinking about painting.  Artists who work directly from the landscape or non-representationally or both are encouraged. 
The workshop will be limited to those who have a good command of color mixing, are confident with the standard materials of oil painting, and are comfortable working outdoors in what ever conditions might arise. 
I will work with you individually as well as show everyone how I approach painting outdoors.  We will have frequent group breaks where we will share issues and developments in our work as well as discussions about art, art history and what it takes today to survive as an artist. 

A complete list of the materials and equipment will be provided.  I encourage you to incorporate your own favorite brushes or colors. 
Due to the nature of the landscape where we will be painting participants are expected to have a willingness to be outdoors in various weather and traverse to some moderately remote areas carrying your materials.  We will NOT be hiking for miles across the open dune but we won't be always painting right out of the trunks of our vehicles either.  Be ready to satchel or backpack your materials down some paths to some dynamic locations in the park that not everyone gets to see.
A National Park vehicle pass will be needed. 
I'll provide more information in the coming month or email me with any specific questions you may have. 

The workshop will be August 17, 18, 19.  Enrollment is through the Old Art Building in Leland, MI. info@oldartbuilding.com or call 231-256-2131 or you can email me to be put on the advance list. The cost for this advance painters workshop is $450

If you have any questions about the workshop or if you have been a past workshop participant and wonder if this class would be a good fit for you, please email me richardkooymanart@gmail.com

While this workshop is organized through the Old Art Building in Leland, Michigan we will be starting and ending our days in Glen Arbor where the National Park is located. Glen Arbor is located 18 miles south of Leland. 

If you will be traveling to the area now is not too soon to make accommodation reservations in either Leland of Glen Arbor.  I'd be happy to offer any suggestions if needed.