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.

Nocturnes - Virtual Zoom Demo Workshop
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Central Time (5:00 - 6:30pm EST, 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST)
$40.00 per person including access to the recording for one month.

This 1.5 hr demonstration-based workshop will focus on capturing the special atmosphere of the night. Nighttime scenes provide unique opportunities to play with dramatic artificial light (streetlights, porch lights, etc.) in addition to increasing our sensitivity to the colors of dimly lit areas. There are a few tricks that can make your nighttime scenes really glow. I will be working from photographic reference and walking folks through the process of developing a nocturne painting. We will go over underpainting, some color theory, capturing the illusion of light, reflections, and more. Students are encouraged to watch, take some notes, sketch, and ask plenty of questions during the workshop, then paint later. If you want to paint along, that's great too, but feedback on student work will not be prioritized during the demo. This demo is geared towards both oil and acrylic painters. The Zoom link will be emailed out a few days prior to the workshop. Please be sure your correct email is associated with your PayPal account. If it is not, just email me the correct email for correspondence. This workshop will be recorded and shared with participants.

Beginning Oil Painting - in person
at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
Oct 7 - Dec 16th (hurricane make up class on Monday, Dec 6)
Two Sections: 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm

During this course, students will learn about and practice the fundamental techniques and processes of oil painting. Based primarily on observational painting, students will gain familiarity with oil painting materials, strengthen their perceptual skills, and develop an understanding of color, value, and two-dimensional design. Through demonstrations, painting exercises, and group discussions, students will ease into the broad field of oil painting and gain the experience to further pursue individual painting endeavors. This class will be great for those with little to no painting experience or those interested in refining their skills starting with the basics.


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! Humble and down-to-earth, Ben always arrives at class well-prepared and eager to help.
- 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

Ben is an excellent instructor.  His demonstrations of technique at the start of each class really allowed me to learn a lot in a short time.  He not only shows the technique, but he talks through it in real time to explain what he's doing.  He does a great job giving individual advice, and his feedback is clear and straightforward.  On top of all that, he's a super nice person!  Highly recommended!
-Julie W., Alla Prima Painting Student