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! 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


Fall 2022 Workshops

Alla Prima Approaches in Acrylic and Oil - Part I: Landscapes (Online)
Date: Mondays, September 5 & 12, 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Central (10:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time/1:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:00 PM London Time)
Medium: Oil or acrylic
Cost: $160.00

Alla Prima Approaches in Acrylic and Oil - Part II: Portraits (Online)
Date: Mondays, September 19 & 26, 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Central (10:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time/1:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:00 PM London Time)
Medium: Oil or acrylic
Cost: $160.00

This is a 2 part class, with Part 1 focusing on the landscape, and Part 2 focusing on portraiture. Feel free to sign up for one or both!

Alla prima, meaning “all at once” is a direct way of painting, traditionally done with oil paint. In these classes, we will look at how the technique can be applied to acrylics as well as oils to create work that is filled with energy and strong brushwork. When I think of Alla Prima, I think, “just go for it!” But it takes some planning before we can just dive in. Amongst other things, we will study brushwork economy, paint handling, and breaking an image down into more simple forms. Demos will be given and short exercises will be done during class sessions, but the majority of student work will be done in between classes. This course will include feedback on student work and is open to painters of all abilities.

Painting Nocturnes (Online)
Date: Tuesdays, October 4-18, 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Central (10:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific/1:30-4:00 PM Eastern/6:30-9:00 PM London)
Medium: Oil or acrylic
Cost: $240

The qualities of light, color, and atmosphere shift dramatically as the sun goes down. This three-session weekly workshop will focus on how to capture the unique qualities of the landscape and cityscape at nighttime (if you want to focus on figures or other subject matter, that is great too!). We will discuss some artworks from throughout history that capture the feelings of nighttime before getting into topics including underpainting, controlling compressed values, some color theory, tips for capturing the illusion of artificial light, tips for paintings clouds and skies, and plenty more.

While Ben will be demonstrating working mainly from photographic reference, the concepts discussed will apply to working en plein air as well. There will be some brief exercises and plenty of time for Q & A during class, but students are encouraged to work on their own paintings out of class to discuss in the following sessions. This class is open to acrylic or oil painters. All painting levels are welcome to join, but some painting experience is ideal.