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MARCH- Focus on Faces: Realistic Wet-into-Wet Portraits, Kathleen Giles
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Session: March 23-25, 2020
Monday - Wednesday 10:00am-4:00pm

$425 M | $465 NM

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In this exciting and challenging workshop students will learn how to paint realistic faces and gain new confidence working wet-into-wet. Correct proportion and drawing will be the foundation for a few painted studies of parts of the face. Students will work up to a full face painting while also learning to match skin tones and values. How to choose and paint a great background will be explained and demonstrated. An emphasis will be made on learning how to increase value and color saturation with a damp brush on wet and dry paper. Teaching with knowledge and humor, Kathleen will demonstrate, critique and provide one-on-one guidance. Templates and photo references will be provided.

Each morning and afternoon will start with a demonstration. Each day will end with a critique. Templates and photo references will be provided. Throughout the workshop techniques to fix and readjust mistakes will be demonstrated.

We will start with a brief discussion on choosing a great photo reference and a few examples of how to enhance them on your computer. We will continue with several wet-into-wet color exercises and then paint a realistic study of eyes.

Day two and three we will work a larger image of a face, perfecting skin tones and saving highlights. We will use several different techniques to build value, color and texture as we work to get a likeness.

Advanced Beginner to Advanced Skill Levels

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Painter, Teacher, T.V. Co-Host

Kathleen is an artist that works primarily in watercolor and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, American Women Artists, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. Her work is defined by strong values and intense colors on a variety of subjects. The artist is self-taught and works in a realistic style that also showcases the “washy” look of watercolor. She teaches two eight week sessions each year at the Kenan Center in Lockport, N.Y. and teaches workshops in the U.S and Canada.  Kathleen has co-hosted a weekly cable show on Lockport Cable television entitled “Watercolors with Jody and Kathy”, since the fall of 2012.

The artist’s painting “Queen of Hearts” won first place in the Watercolor USA show at the Springfield Museum in the spring of 2018. Her painting “My Oarsman” won the Trails and Streams Medallion for Woodland Theme in the 2018 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Kathleen had a six page article published in the February, 2017, issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. The artist wrote an article for their Watercolor Essentials column. Her work was featured in the French magazine Pratique des Arts, in 2017. There was a four page article in magazine #135 and a two page article in magazine #137, in a special portrait feature. She also had a ten page article published in the International Artists Magazine Dec/Jan 2014/2015 issue and her painting was featured on the cover.

Kathleen’s work has been included in shows of the American Watercolor Society, Watercolor U.S.A., American Woman Artists, the Signature American Watermedia Exhibiton, the Adirondack Show of American Watercolors, Transparent Watercolor Society, Blossom ll, the Art of Flowers, and many others. Her painting “A Sustaining Passion” won awards in 2017 in the Northwest Watercolor Society show and in the 2018 Richeson 75 International figure/portrait competition.  Her painting “Mallory’s Hands” won second place in the Transparent Watercolor Society Show and the Grand prize in the American Women Artists Online show, both 2016. “Serving Lemon Pie” was awarded Best Figure/Portraiture from the American Woman Artists in their fall juried show in 2016.