Painting & Perception: Training your eyes to really see

Instructors: Kevin Beers
Date: Sat-Sun, August 24-25, 10am-4pm
Price: 240-
Material Fee: 0-

Description: We tend to take seeing for granted, not really looking as we go about our lives. In painting, you want to stop, pay attention and really look. You will be rewarded by seeing things you never noticed before, not only in the act of painting, but as you go about your daily life. In this workshop I will discuss the importance of drawing as a regular exercise to hone your skills, demonstrate how to set up and start a painting using a photograph as your image source, talk about how to recognize patterns and design and teach how to execute a painting with an emphasis on looking and seeing color for what it really is. All levels welcome!

Bio: I always have always loved to draw. As a kid it was cars. I went to The Art Students League in Woodstock New York. I studied and received a degree from The State University of New York New Paltz and then continued my studies at The Art Students League in New York. I worked in advertising in NYC but left it to paint full time in 1996. I have been a full time painter since then and have spent summers painting on Monhegan Island and winters in New York. My wife Amy and I moved to Maine full time five years ago so we can focus on painting Maine. I am with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, The Lupine Gallery on Monhegan and Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth NH.


Materials students should bring (suggested):  Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Naples Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Quinacridone Rose, Cadmium Red (optional), Gold Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue Green, Phthalo Blue Red Shade, *I use/recommend Rembrandt oil paints for colors

Winton Titanium White - 200ml tube, Copal painting medium, Stretched canvas or gessoed Masonite

3 photographs to paint from

Workshop:  240-

Materials: 0-

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