Instructor: Rich Brimer
Media: Digital Photography
Date: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Class Size: 15 Students
Tuition: $150

Painting from life is a critical part of any artist’s experience. However, painters have been using photographic references in their work since the camera was invented. The goal of this class is to help you create photographic references that will help you get beyond the photo and create an inspiring work of art. Today’s digital technology offers many amazing tools that can be most useful for the contemporary painter. With a digital camera and/or with a smart-phone, we can capture elements in the field and digitally compose ideas that are only limited to our imagination. If you have been struggling with using your photo references, this class will be a next important step to creating exciting, dynamic and energetic images to work from.

In this full-day workshop Rich will share his 30 years of experience as a photographer, art director and painter. We will explore the following;

  • Mining information lost in typical photos
  • How to reveal shadow and highlight information and other missing elements useful in painting from photos
  • Adjusting Color and Contrast in your images
  • Working from prints vs Computer monitor
  • Moving and manipulating composition elements in “Layers”
  • Edge manipulation
  • Design and eye-flow
  • Apps that help
  • Applications to be discussed
    (This will be a working photography class so you will bring your digital tools to work in the class.  Students should bring a laptop with photoshop for this workshop.  Get a 30-day free trial of photoshop here before the workshop. It is also recommended that you have these some of these apps installed before coming to the class. This may include your iPhone, iPad, or other smart device.)

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nude_drawingEvening Figure Classes

Monday Nights
6-8:30pm $15

Carmel Visual Arts
3694 The Barnyard F22, Carmel, CA 93923

Uninstructed nude figure drawing & painting workshop. Bring your own drawing supplies, or if you would rather paint, bring an easel and your painting gear. We will alternate short and long poses each week. Short-pose nights: we will start with gesture warm-up poses for the first 25 minutes, then 20-minute long poses for remainder of night. The following week we will do a single long-pose all night. Doors will be open by 5:30 and we will begin at precisely 6:00pm so get there beforehand to set-up and do a meet-n-greet. We have a number of easels and drawing boards, but feel free to bring your own gear.

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abaloneOil Painting Class

WEDNESDAY Mornings 9:00-12:00
$200 for 4 classes. $60 for single class — Start anytime.

Classes are a mix of still-life and studio-work on paintings started from photos. Students may also work on personal projects as well as copies of master works and still life paintings. Learning basics through advanced concepts of composition, contrast (value) and color will all be covered.

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Supplies:  DOWNLOAD Rich Brimer Studio Supply List HERE