The Liberated Brush: Gestural Portrait Painting by Felicia van Bork

$360.00

In this two-day, hands-on workshop, Felicia systematically instructs us in her technique, using the minimum number of marks to paint a portrait in acrylic. She brings together the essentials of portrait painting—proportions of the head, color mixing and brush handling—and then guides us, stroke by stroke, through our “big brush” painting exercises.

Full covid-19 vaccination and facemask required to participate.

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Description

DATE: February 26 and 27, 2022
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm  (1 hour for lunch)
FEE: $360
LOCATION: 10 W Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604
SUPPLIES LIST:  Keep reading, you’ll find it after cancellation policy.
MEDIUM: Open Acrylics
LEVEL: All levels | STUDENTS: Max. 12 – Min. 11

HEALTH SAFETY: Proof of full Covid vaccination at time of registration (photo of vaccination card must be sent by text to 919-6010284 within 1 day of registration) and wearing a mask when indoors are required to be able to participate in Painting Miles workshops and classes in person. All NC Government health regulations will be followed.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

In this two-day, hands-on workshop, Felicia systematically instructs us in her technique, using the minimum number of marks to paint a portrait in acrylic. She brings together the essentials of portrait painting—proportions of the head, color mixing and brush handling—and then guides us, stroke by stroke, through our “big brush” painting exercises. Felicia says that achieving a strong likeness with loose brushwork depends on finding correct proportions from the outset. She shows us how to do this, and she also teaches the use of bold values and subtle color contrasts so that we can put “the right color in the right place, right from the beginning.”

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Felicia van Bork has been drawing and painting portraits all her life. It is the formal practice she relies upon to keep her observational skills sharp, even while she is concurrently exploring other art forms as part of her career. Her oil portraits of professors, philanthropists and college presidents are to be found hanging in the collections of academic institutions across the country. Most recently, her gestural acrylic portraits have found their way into the world, as she shares and teaches her quick portrait technique. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum and she is the Coordinator of the Printmaking Lab at McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a residency as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2017.

https://www.instagram.com/feliciavanbork/

CANCELLATION POLICY (NEW!)

If a month before the workshop we haven’t reached the minimum amount of students for the workshop to happen the workshop will be canceled and students will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than 60 DAYS prior to the start of a workshop you will receive half of your registration fee, If you cancel less than 30 DAYS prior the start of the workshop you will not receive a refund. If you must cancel in this time frame we encourage you to find a replacement, and your replacement can reimburse you for your course fee. If you cancel before the 60-day limit you will receive a full refund minus 3% processing fee.  Unfortunately, students who start a multiple-day class and are unable to attend any portion will not receive a refund.

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY (NEW!)

Workshops or classes will be canceled or rescheduled if inclement weather (hurricanes, snow storm, tropical storm, black ice, flooding, etc.) is on the forecast, or if a global health issue (pandemic) prevents groups from gathering. No one should take any unnecessary risks. If the workshop is canceled because of these out of our control circumstances, all registration money will be returned to the students minus 3% processing fee. The workshop will be rescheduled if possible for both parties.

A proof of full Covid vaccination will be required to register for any in person Painting Miles workshop or class.

If you have covid symptoms before coming to the workshop, please stay home and a positive covid test result will be required in order to receive a full refund (minus the 3% processing fee).

SUPPLIES LIST

Paint
Golden Open Acrylics (the slower-drying kind of acrylic paint) are best for this workshop. A warm and a cool of each primary, plus white, are required.

Basic colors required:
Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Quinacridone Magenta
Cadmium Red Light
Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Titanium White

Optional but encouraged:
Green Gold
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Orange

Brushes
(Isabey and Princeton brand brushes are good)
3/4 inch synthetic flat brush with springy bristles
No. 2 synthetic round brush, can be a bit softer

Substrate
9 x 12 pad of Bristol Paper, such as Canson XL Recycled

Water tubs
Plastic tubs such as the bottom half of plastic gallon-size jugs are ideal (I especially like the textured bottom surface of Arizona Iced Tea jugs and have cheerfully bought and discarded the contents of gallon jugs of Arnold Palmer Arizona Iced Tea, just to have the containers.)

Brush holder container
Such as a large mayonnaise jar

Paper towels
A couple of rolls of good paper towels, such as Bounty brand

Palette knife
a 2-3 inch knife with an offset blade and blunt tip such as Blick Painting Knife – 5/8” x 3 1/4”, Spatula, Style 96

LARGE pad of palette paper
Blick Palette Paper Pad – 18” x 24”, 50 Sheets

Mister
Small water mister bottle such as the travel-size ones sold at Dollar Tree.
Note: You want a mist spray bottle where you press down on the top to spray, not a regular spray bottle with a trigger handle.

3/4 inch blue painter’s tape

a pencil and eraser

a pen

a notebook

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