Workshops 2013 - 2014
1. Alla Prima in Pastel and Oil
Workshop Dates: 4/8/2014 - 4/12/2014
Location: Au Coeur Academy
Charleston South Carolina
Stephanie paints in both pastel and oil and enjoys having both in her workshops. She has the same painterly feeling with both mediums. In this workshop, Stephanie will teach you to master your pastels or oils, using a color palette based on Richard Schmid’s famous color charts. Using a limited palette of pastels, , designed especially for her by the well-known pastel company, Holbein, you will discover how to get the most out of your materials (Stephanie’s Holbein kit is available. Purchasing information will be made available upon registration). You may also bring your own harder pastels to underpaint with, rather than the Holbeins.. If you are working in oil, you will work with the basic oil palette of Richard's. Bring your favorite soft pastels along, too if you are a pastelist.. This workshop will focus on seeing correct values, descriptive edges, and atmosphere. Stephanie will also teach you how to incorporate under-paintings, and explore various ways of starting a painting. Please bring your own color charts if you have them.
Workshop will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM, Wednesday, April 9th to Friday, April 11th. Participation in all Celebration events, including Welcome Reception, "The Sound of Charleston Concert," Friday Night Special Event, Saturday Group Paint Out & Wet Paint Exhibition, and Au Coeur Online Exhibition is included. Lunch is included during the 3-day workshop and as part of the Saturday Paint Out. Workshop space is limited to 16 participants, so we suggest you register soon.
April 8 - Tuesday Night
April 9 - Wednesday
April 10 - Thursday
April 11 - Friday
April 12 - Saturday
- Morning – Paint Out in the Gardens!
- Lunch - Low country Specialty Buffet in the Pavilion
- Wet Paint Exhibition
- Participants Invited to Participate in online “Au Coeur Exhibition - Charleston, 2014”
- Later Afternoon-Evening - Art Gallery Reception in Downtown Charleston
Accommodations recommended at The Inn at Middleton Place, space is limited so reserve early through Au Coeur Academy. For Inn at Middleton Place guests, a "healthy start" breakfast is included daily as well as admission to Middleton Place. Participants not staying at the Inn at Middleton Place will need to add $19.50 Middleton Place admission daily. Lunch is included daily for all participants. For more information, call 508.221.0064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Painting Mostly Flowers, Still Life & Plein Air
Workshop Dates: 4/21/2014 - 4/25/2014
Location: Village Arts of Putney, Putney , VT.
114 Westminster Rd
Putney Vermont 05346
Both pastel and oil welcome.
Stephanie spends equal time painting in both oil and pastel. She often paints the same subject in both mediums and often has a hard time making up her mind. She has set up two easels side by side in order to work in both at the same time.It is often hard to tell that her pastels are not oil paintings. Her Northlight production dvd, "Painting Flowers in Oil" demo has had more than 50,000 viewers on You Tube.
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This workshop will concentrate on the delicacy of flowers along with the beauty of the pastoral landscape at the barn. The Village Arts Barn in Putney, Vt. is surrounded by rolling hills and pastoral fields. The plan is to paint in the barn and also experience , if you desire, the opportunity to paint plein air.
Her pastels are based on essentially the same color palette as her oils, which are based on Richard Schmid's color charts. (Holbein makes a limited palette set of pastels for her which is the basis for her pastel paintings. It will be available at the workshop).
You will concentrate on edges, values and clean color!!!!!!!!!You'll block in with different ways of underpainting and understand the reason why you make a choice for success from the very beginning.
And with this, learn how to soften areas and put the punch in others. It s a very packed and fun five days!
And you'll produce some beautiful paintings!
3. Still Life, Pastel or Oil
Workshop Dates: 4/29/2014 - 5/1/2014
Location: Edgemon Art Studio,16722 Stagecoach Rd, Gravett AR
16722 Stagecoach Rd
Stephanie Birdsall, one of the Putney Painters, painting with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik, works in both oil and pastel and is often told that it is hard to tell them apart. She will be teaching a 3 day workshop in oil or pastel on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2014 from 9-4 at Edgmon Art Studio, 16722 Stagecoach Rd, Gravette, AR. Her limited pastel palette is based on Richard Schmids oil palette so her color combinations work in either medium. the focus will be on using different underpaintings and various ways to start a painting, and then work it to completion. Correct values, descriptive edges and atmosphere will also be an importnat part of this class. all of these contribute to a beautiful, successful painting. There will be time spent on composition, along with learning to simplify shapes in order to build strength in the painting. On April 28, Stephanie will be giving a Demo/Open discussion on her techniques. this is includedin the class fee. Option 1 class fee is $400. the deadline to sign up for this workshop is April 1, 2014.
4. Painting France in Pastel or Oil
Workshop Dates: 5/18/2014 - 6/1/2014
Location: La Bonne Etoile Maison d’Artistes
45 Rue St Martin
Fontaine-Fourches, 77480 France (Outside USA)Champaign
Its about Painting in Pastel or Oil!!!! The focus will be on flowers in still life, the garden and en plein air. If you're not into flowers, there will be plenty of other things to paint. Stephanie is a member of the Putney Painters, founded by Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik in Putney , Vt. There will be emphasis on beautiful clean color based on Richard's color charts , values and edges. Click below for link to information
14 nights of lodging in an authentic French Farmhouse with on-location studio
All meals, drinks, and gratuities
All instructional sessions with Stephanie
Excursions to Paris and the medieval cities of Provins, Sens, Nogent sur Seine, Troyes, Fontainebleau, and more
A host from La Bonne Etoile will accompany your group for the duration of your stay
All ground transportation costs, including airport transfers, excursions, and shuttles to lodging for off-site guests
All admissions to museums and sites
Unlimited studio time with easels supplied
En plein air excursions in the beautiful French countryside
Internet access and access to laundry facilities
To enhance your workshop studies, in-home and restaurant dinners, the following excursions have been chosen to help you experience the local flavors of France.
Provins- The ancient fortified city of Provins sits atop a ridge overlooking the Seine valley and the Champagne chalklands, roughly equidistant from both Paris and Troyes. The town has a famous outline, dominated by a tower and the dome of Eglise St-Quiriace. Provins’ role as an important center of commerce was confirmed in the 12C when it became one of the two capitals of the County of Champagne.
Troyes is a charming, medieval city. We will begin the day with a guided walking tour with an English-speaking tour guide. You have a choice to explore the numerous museums and churches in the ancient city or to sketch with Stephanie.
Paris - A one-day excursion to visit the Musée d'Orsay; shop on the Left Bank of the River Seine, at Sennelier a little shop that has provided supplies to artists for more than 100 years where Cezanne bought his oils & Picasso his gray pastels; and even some time to paint a Paris street scene.
Sens This rather small town was important well before Caesar came to Gaul. The Cathedral St-Etienne is Sens’ outstanding glory. Begun before 1140 it is the oldest of the great Gothic cathedrals and the attached museum houses the most outstanding Gallo-Roman collection in France.
And much, much more!!
With a maximum 11 participants, double occupancy, there will be plenty of time for personalized instruction to take your painting to the next level. Open to artists of all experience levels, even beginners.