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Ahhh, sunsets; beautiful, awe-inspiring, wonders of nature... and damn hard to paint! This workshop will focus on painting illuminated skies, attempting to capture the natural dramatic light and colors, while steering clear of corny cliches. We will go over underpainting, tips for painting clouds, capturing the illusion of light, atmospheric perspective, and color mixing. This will be a demonstration based workshop. Students are encouraged to watch, take some notes, sketch, and ask plenty of questions during the workshop, then paint after. But if you want to paint along, that's great too. No feedback will be provided on student work during the workshop. Rather, we will have a google drive folder where students can submit images of their work for feedback later. The Zoom link will be sent to the email associated with your paypal account several days before class. If you would prefer to use another email, just let me know. Acrylic or oil painters welcome.
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 there 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