Workshops

Workshops

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Please reach out to inquire about private, group, or workshops at your institution. I am always happy to discuss possibilities.

Some Words from Students:

"Ben Hamburger is a uniquely gifted artist and teacher. He clearly and concisely explains key concepts and techniques and then provides illustrative demonstrations at the beginning of each class. More importantly, throughout a painting session, he provides insightful direction that helps the student artist to see what is “off” and what should be a next step. He listens carefully to ALL and is a patient and kind instructor who provides a supportive learning environment to every student!"
- Shelly D., Alla Prima Painting, Acrylic Underpainting, and Expressive Landscape Painting Student

"What a wonderful teacher and artist Ben is!  He is extremely generous with his talent, bringing out the best of each student's own strengths as we learn and paint with him. His courses are well planned--hands-on, enjoyable, and no wasted time.  In class, we talk about the topic du jour, generally with a brief demo, and then we plunge into our own work as he circulates, giving individual attention.  In the classes that I have had with him, each student has been delighted with his / her development. I am a better painter thanks to working with Ben Hamburger."
-Suzan C., Plein Air Painting and Alla Prima Painting student

"If you want to pick up painting tricks of the trade, take one of the many methods classes. If you want to become a more confident and proficient painter true to your own style, take classes with Ben Hamburger. He has that special gift that has students of all ages and levels returning to study with him for a long time."
-Howard S., Plein Air Painting, and Alla Prima Painting


Plein Air Painting: Distilling The Landscape In Person via The New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, various locations around New Orleans
6 Weeks / Mar 15 - May 03 (No class on April 05 & 12)/ Wednesday / 10:00AM-1:00PM
Cost: $324
Class Size: 5-8

Description: Painting outside, also known as plein air painting, has a rich history and remains a way for artists to directly respond to their surroundings. But artists face unique challenges when immersed in their subject matter. While painting outside, we must condense endless amounts of complex information, deal with changing light and weather conditions, and find ways to use our tools and media efficiently. In this class, students will learn how to simplify what they see to create paintings that capture the essence of a place. Each week, we will meet at natural and urban locations around New Orleans to paint. Short demos will be followed by guidance and feedback by the instructor. A list of locations will be emailed out ahead of class. During rainy days, we may decide to meet back at NOAFA and practice concepts and/or have critiques indoors. Beginner and experienced plein air painters are welcome, however, this class is an intermediate class for people with some general painting experience. While demos will be provided in oil paint, both oils and acrylic painters are welcome.