April 15-17, 2021 – (Times TBD but likely 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day with lunch break)
Mastering the Texas Landscape – Painting with Control & Spontaneity
Cost: $375 for non-members, $350 for members – $100 workshop deposit to reserve spot
Prior to the workshops, each participant will receive links to introductory videos to Mike’s teaching principles which will be expanded on during the workshop
Mike has been a professional artist for 49 years and has been teaching painting workshops for the last 19 years. He has won many awards for his work including many best-of-shows and has taught and exhibited in various museums in Texas and California. His work is recognized for its strong sense of design and dynamic and painterly use of color and value. He is the inventor of the unique pastel handling system, Mike Mahon’s Pastel Porter™.
Samples of his work and testimonials can be viewed on his website at https://www.mmahon.com. Painting demonstrations in pastel and oil can be viewed on his Youtube channel at the following link:
For more information and call or email Mike Mahon, 505-795-4639 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike has had great success using Paint-Alongs to teach his pastel process. The more controlled step-by-step procedure of a paint-along is very encouraging to those who want to master the seemingly contradictory qualities of control and spontaneity. You will learn how to think in Aesthetic Categories which form the foundation of all forms of art.
Mike will begin with an introductory discussion, a question and answer session, and review of everyone’s equipment. Mike will do a painting demonstration followed by a workshop Paint-Along. In the Paint–Along sessions, Mike will supply students the identical landscape pictures to paint as the one he is using. Mike will demonstrate his step-by-step painting process, stopping at each step to allow students to reproduce what they have just seen him paint. He has found that this is the fastest and most effective way to build confidence while learning his painting method.
Schedule – 2nd & 3rd Days
On the second day, the paint-along from the previous day will be complete. Depending on the progress of the class, another paint-along will be begun or the students will begin painting from their own source photos. Mike will work with each artist regarding choosing their source material and cropping it. At the end of the 3rd day, there will be a comprehensive class critique of all the work produced during the workshop. Many artists consider this one of the most useful sessions of the workshop experience.
A Systematic Painting Process
You will also be introduced to Mike’s “Aesthetic Categories” ©, a 7-step systematic approach to painting based on classical principles of art which are logical, learnable, and memorable. Also known as the Divine SETUP, this systematic process will free you to be more spontaneous, while still in control of your painting. You will learn the necessary steps and the order in which they must be used to accomplish a good painting.
In addition to a demonstration painting and paint-alongs, Mike utilizes PowerPoint presentations to help you be more productive. Each student will receive a comprehensive workbook that covers the material presented at the workshop.
Video Instruction & Review
In addition to the above, videos of full demonstration paintings will be made available following the workshop. These videos and the workbook will be your way of reliving and reviewing the learning experience you receive at this workshop for years to come.