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Instructor: Steven Assael
Dates: Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18, 2022
Times: 9 am – 4 pm (break 12-1 pm)
Workshop Location: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Levels/Ages: This workshop is open to all levels, but is recommended for those with basic drawing skills in place; ages 18+

“Learning to see is a selective endeavor. Understanding is an extension of our mind's eye. Color is value, and temperature is form.” – Steven Assael

This workshop will be devoted to the construction of the head through both form and color. Students will learn about proportion, form, light, and color, as well as about portraiture and its history. The skull will be presented as a form that inhabits space, allowing students to understand and render the head from the inside out. The workshop will also explore analytical and emotive approaches to painting, emphasizing color and value relationships and the psychological tension that is created through observation and interpretation.

Workshop discussions and demonstrations include:

  • Information about materials
  • Strategies for planning placement and composition
  • Basic proportions and construction of the head
  • Observation of color as value
  • Underpainting and block-in using limited palette
  • Final painting using full palette
  • Single poses with various light possibilities

Please consult the instructor's supply list to confirm and/or obtain the items you’ll need for this workshop.

Artist Bio

Steven Assael is an American painter recognized nationally as one of the leading representational figurative artists of his generation. His portrayal of the human image is empathic, ennobling, and psychologically penetrating. Assael's figure compositions synthesize the characteristics of the past masters with a selective eye for the present, suffusing elements of naturalism and romanticism to blend contemporary techniques with those of the past.

Born and raised in New York, NY, Assael showed an enthusiasm for art at a young age, taking art classes at the Museum of Modern Art at the age of four. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at The New York Academy of Art. Assael's work is included in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY) and the Chicago Institute of Fine Arts (Chicago, IL). In 1999 his work was exhibited in a ten-year retrospective at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, which was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.

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