Master Classes with Taos Icon, Richard Alan Nichols to be held at Amarillo Art Institute:
Painting with Charcoal
Demo at First Friday Art Walk, Nov 2
Workshop Saturday, Nov 3
9:00am to 5:00pm
Open to beginning to advanced students
Cost: $75.00-Members $90.00-Non-Members
Open to beginning to advanced studentsMr. Nichols will provide one-on-one instruction to each student as well as critiques. Students will be working a unique medium, liquid charcoal. Subject matter is also open and varied, including still life, landscape, and portrait/figure from photo.
Use of this unique medium will be the main focus but not all, we will focus on mass and line and how they can influence each other and develop a sense of form, relate values to each other in an organized way, compare soft and sharp edges will be stressed. Students will learn concepts that help them to engage complicated areas and simplify these obstacles.
As the student advances, composition, simplification, technique, strong design, etc. are introduced.
These once a month Master Class experience will have a classroom atmosphere with a workshop time frame. This class will be conducted in the Amarillo Art Institutes Facility.
Techniques will include but are not limited to the following:
- wet on wet
- wet on dry
- dry on wet
- washes, variegated and graduated
- hard and soft edges
- pulling and pushing
- mixing “singing shadows”
- how to care for your brushes, etc.
Supplies will be included*
* (photographs/Subject will be the responsibility of the student)
His natural ability was given a strong foundation in traditional impressionism, this was brought forward during his tenure at the prestigious American Academy of Art in Chicago, His knowledge of his gift was honed with the tutelage under Masters Irving Shapiro and Ted Smuskiewicz and because of these Great Masters’ he was the recipient of numerous scholarships, and awards at such a young age.
Nichols’ tutelage from both Masters brought forth artist’s such as Nicolia Fechin and the Taos Founders during his time at the Academy, as some may say he was “weaned on that creativity“. So at his first opportunity he came upon that utopian vista covered in silvery green and purplish toned, and in viewing into the valley he said to himself “I understand”. Energy beyond expression.