By Monique Boissier-Sporn for The Island Connection
The Seabrook Island Artist Guild is excited to offer another two-day oil painting workshop with Mark Horton, well-known Charleston artist and co-owner of Horton Hayes Fine Art gallery. This will be Horton’s ninth workshop at Seabrook. His classes fill quickly so register early. The class will be held on Jan. 22 and 23 at the Oyster Catcher community center. This course is designed for oil painters of all levels who want to take their work to the next level. Horton will focus on ways to improve as a painter by emphasizing composition, design, value and color temperature and learning how to utilize these basic elements to best express and complete a successful painting regardless of its subject matter. There will be explorations of techniques to improve composition to best express what the artist wants to communicate to the viewer. Horton is particularly fascinated with the effects of light and weather upon the landscape. He paints beyond a literal interpretation of a scene to portray nature in a way that reflects his own ideas and sensibilities while capturing the spirit, color and changing light of a place. The workshop will focus on how to better “see” nature and subject matter and then apply that knowledge using photographs as reference to compose, understand, and interpret the image.
The workshop will address all aspects of painting including materials, set-up, color mixing, various paint application methods, surfaces and techniques as well as the fundamentals of design and composition. Emphasis will be on helping students discover their own personal style and process in creating their work. Specific subject matter within the landscape will include skies and atmosphere, trees, and the incorporation of figures, animals and/or structures into your paintings.
Students may bring their own photographic reference material to work from or use reference photos provided by the instructor. The cost of the two-day workshop is $195 for art guild members and $225 for non-members. To register contact Gary Kunkelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.