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Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism is on view now!

Adult studio classes are tailored to reinforce museum exhibition themes and/or concepts. Filling a niche in the community, studio classes offer a nurturing, creative environment and provide a wonderful opportunity to advance your artistic talents. All classes and workshops are at the Jepson Center unless otherwise noted. Contact Kip Bradley for more information at bradleyk@telfair.org.

Expanding the Imagination

Mondays, October 22 – November 26 | 1:30–4pm
Members $175 / non-members $195
Instructor: Blake Bradley

In this class, students will be exposed to techniques and tools for strengthening their natural creative ability. Because creativity is an innate human ability, artists and non-artists alike are encouraged to take this course. There are many ways creativity can be expressed. In this class we will focus on the expressing it through drawing and painting with a bit of story-telling. By the end of this course, students will have a solid base to expand and apply their natural ability in however they choose.

Impressionist Oil Painting Class: Intro to Landscape Painting

Wednesday, October 24 – November 28 | 1–4 pm
Members $175 / non-members $200
Instructor: Kip Bradley

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Start with the basic materials, add the right tools and techniques, and let painting become a lifelong passion. View paintings in the exhibition Monet to Matisse and then work in oils outdoors to create impressions of Savannah. Explore painting techniques, composition, color, and creative expression in an upbeat and encouraging atmosphere. Learn brushwork, layering, applying paint to the surface, and color mixing techniques and apply them to express yourself in paint.

Down to the Sea, a painting by Lori Putnam
Down to the Sea by Lori Putnam

Featured Artist Workshop

January 23 – 25, 2019 | 9 am–5pm
Members $650 / non-members $675
Instructor: Lori Putnam

*This workshop is currently full. Please email bradleyk@telfair.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Learn from the masters by exploring works from Monet to Matisse with one of today’s leading American Landscape painters, Lori Putnam, in this 3-day workshop. Recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color, Nashville, Tennessee native Lori Putnam paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio.

Lori believes that working both en plein air and indoors expedites an artist’s growth at lightning speed. She divides her time equally among the two, not just producing, but experimenting and stretching the bounds of creativity. Her paintings are a personal and genuine response to her subject, and she encourages and teaches her students how to do the same.

Complementing the exhibition Monet to Matisse in this unique opportunity with Lori, students will explore lessons from Impressionist and post-impressionist painters in the galleries and then apply those lessons to their own work in the studio. Lori  says ”If you love working from life, even if you rarely do, you won’t believe the painting inspiration we will find all around us, and if you are wondering if you have any real creativity in you, this workshop will expose creativity you didn’t even know you had!”

Lori Putnam’s sold-out workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature. Learn through energetic demonstrations, individual painting time, personalized instruction, and group discussions that will promote your progress. Students will leave this workshop excited, ready to experiment, and above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal, artistic growth.

Participants will receive a free copy of Putnam’s booklet “Plein air, Right from the Start.”

While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Plein air experience strongly recommended.

Oglethorpe Square by Shari Blaukopf

Featured Artist Workshop

Sketching Savannah’s Historic Squares

March 20-22, 2019 | 9 am–5pm
Members $450 / non-members $475
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf

*This workshop is currently full. Please email bradleyk@telfair.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Savannah is a sketcher’s paradise—22 historic squares, each one surrounded by lovingly restored homes and churches, shaded with majestic live oaks, filled with fountains and statues, and flanked by wooden benches. This three-day watercolor sketching workshop with Shari Blaukopf will help participants celebrate and capture this visual wealth, with special focus on the buildings of local master architect William Jay.

According to Blaukopf, location sketching is all about capturing the flicker of changing light and shadows, the fleeting impressions that give a plein air sketch its characteristic sense of place. A gifted instructor who teaches to the individual, Blaukopf will strengthen your sketching skills and help you express your individual style and way of seeing.

Her structured workshop will cover good value planning; establishing a well-designed composition; distilling complex scenes to their essence; mixing clean colors; capturing plays of light and shadow; and preserving whites. Each day will begin with a demonstration and conclude with a group critique. In between, participants will receive plenty of individual sketching time and personalized instruction.

This workshop is geared toward participants who have some experience in drawing, sketching and the use of watercolor.

Members $450 / non-members $475