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Scientific studies are revealing that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being. Who knew that process - besides being a gateway to curiosity, leads to good health and self-love? Browse through some of the many "Love Notes" we've received over the years to learn more about student experiences with us.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COLOR
Light, Pigment and Color Theory Demystified
Colors don't really exist, or at least they exist only as an interpretation of vibrations happening all around us. The color theory we all learned at school is very often a source of general confusion for painters, because key distinctions between light and pigment color theory is generally misunderstood. Additive qualities apply to colors in light, whereas subtractive qualities apply to pigments. Understanding the fundamental principles of color is critical to learning the language of color.s of color is critical to learning the language of color.
The ability to expertly apply color theory to your artistic practice is an essential skill. Fine tune your color mixing and correcting skills with this deep dive into the art and science of color. Practice mixing clean, bright colors using primary pigments in warm and cool tones. Learn to manage color values, color tints and shades, and develop custom paint palette themes, based on RBY color wheel relationships. Complete an abstract painting project focused purely around striking color melodies, to understand the physics and chemistry of different color systems. Color mixing exercises allow you to explore relationships and chromatic variations between primary, secondary, and tertiary color families. Learn to develop formulas for an extensive painting palette, using only red, blue and yellow pigments, along with white and black. Level and complexity of color mixing activities and scope of the painting project are customized to your personal learning goals and pace. No need for art materials, tools etcetera – all are conveniently provided. Catered lunches, healthy snacks, and a daily Happy Hour Social at the conclusion of each day, are an ideal balance of creative expression and socializing in a safe, collaborative environment. This workshop is appropriate for the beginner to experienced painter alike, and strives to meet you where you are in your practice and stage of painting experience.
"The most important skill for any would-be artist is learning to see; training yourself to notice requires only your attention. Learn to deconstruct things with your eyes, and you start to notice that color too can be deconstructed. Details can be surely teased apart with method and patience."
24 hours of art instruction and demos over 3 days, guided by a professional fine artist - the perfect mix of structured learning, critique, and experimentation.
COMPLIMENTARY LEARNING MATERIALS
Students receive a helpful 30 page program booklet to keep, summarizing key concepts, techniques and instructor demos presented during the course.
SMALL CLASS SIZE
Class size is limited to max 8 students at a time, ensuring plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. Our intimate setting and flexible work stations, stocked with dedicated materials for each student's personal use, offers the right balance of freedom and attention.
MIND, BODY AND SOUL
Catered healthy lunches and snacks, and a hosted Happy Hour social at the end of each day, provide just the right level of pampering and real human connection. That's why we pair creative expression with self-love in a supportive environment to produce the very best shared experiences.
Worried about getting your beautiful artwork home that you've so lovingly created? Wonder no more, because we are happy to package and ship it for you, either by UPS or USPS with reliable tracking. Cost of shipping is extra, but we know all the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting your treasure safely home - without breaking the bank.
All art materials needed to develop your personal masterpiece:
Level 2 (Artist Grade) and 3 (Professional Grade) acrylic paints and mediums. Sketching and practice materials. Paint apron, brushes, rags and assorted tools. Gallery quality canvas. Supplemental supplies include acrylic inks, pastels and more. (Store value $300)
FOOD AND DRINK
Daily gourmet lunch, healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day, and two hosted Happy Hour Socials at the conclusion of days 1 and 2. We work with local restaurants to bring you healthful, locally sourced and wholesome foods. Gluten-free, vegetarian, as well as other dietary needs are no problem for us - just let us know.
We cover transportation to and from YNFA Studio daily from a central pickup point in Bellingham. Alternatively, students may also drive themselves if preferred.
FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT
Surprises await you - enjoy our studio library, meditation path, (it's a labyrinth!), organic farm's expansive garden, and feeding a bevy of beloved 4-legged friends.
A FULL SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Our Time Together
Each workshop session is carefully choreographed behind the scenes, so your days flow effortlessly. A high-level overview of what to expect appears below, where the emphasis is on ‘slowing your roll’. A detailed itinerary and more comprehensive information will be mailed to you with confirmed booking.
Arrive at Yvette Neumann Fine Art Studio to begin work on your very own masterpiece. Divided into morning and afternoon painting sessions, the construction process will be broken down into easy, bite-sized lessons, throughout which you'll be offered invaluable prompts and exercises to support the design and composition of your work. Enjoy a tasty, catered lunch on the patio and a relaxing Happy Hour Social in the Gallery and garden at day's end.
Return to the studio to continue refining your work in AM and PM painting sessions. You'll be encouraged to experiment with tools, materials, and techniques that are demonstrated to you, as you explore methods for abstraction, composition, color theory, and more. Progress reveals a maturing work, taking form. Another catered lunch, followed by another soothing Social Hour in the gallery and garden; this is living at its best.
Finalize painting refinements on your final day, and with plenty of one-on-one help to put finishing touches on your one-of-a-kind masterpiece, complete the creative process begun on Day 1. Tips for hanging, framing, cleaning and more will be shared, along with vendor sources for materials used throughout your journey. A final intimate lunch, with the rest of the afternoon to paint to your heart's delight. Now comes the hard part - deciding where to hang your new original artwork.