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Lights, darks, and the mysteries in between

Box of Chocolates, oil on canvas

May 23-25, 2014

We often tend to focus on the beauty of the color of objects and light and shy away from investigating the darks. Overlooking this aspect of our environment tends to limit the range of our expression.

We will explore how to assess values, and then how to create that corresponding value with the paint. We’ll also practice letting go of the hesitancy to use the full range of values. This practice creates more dynamic paintings.

In this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Redefine contrast among lights, darks, shadows & find balance on a canvas
  • Differentiate between hue values and the end result values of your materials
  • Challenge your understanding of contrast in a painting

Taking a deeper look into the darks and learning how to integrate them correctly, according to your artistic vision (and regardless of subject) can enrich and enliven all of your paintings. Definitely fun… and a bit of a challenge!

The workshop will include demonstration, as well as group and individual instruction.

This series is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

This workshop is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters. Some painting experience necessary. Group and individual instruction provided, with demonstrations throughout; emphasis on oil painting, all media welcome.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“The opportunity to study with Seamus Berkeley is a gift. An accomplished Fine Artist, Seamus shares his vast knowledge by effectively demonstrating a wide variety of oil painting techniques and tools..” ~Maggie C.

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Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
May 23-25, 2014
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
$325; ($295 paid in full by April 30, 2014)
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