Rose Frantzen is one of America's most revered portrait painters. In her most famous series, Portrait of Maquoket, she invited anyone from her Iowa hometown who would show up to have their portrait painted; a year later the 180 pictures that resulted went on tour, ultimately being displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. This workshop will explore Alla Prima portrait painting and the frequently asked questions that can best help artists to navigate what they are seeing. What questions can artists ask themselves to better see the colors, values, edges, and proportions of the model? How can these questions contribute to a sensitive relationship between seeing, attention, and the quality of the experience with the model? Along with a demo, there will be a great deal of one-on-one instruction at the student's easel. This intensive workshop will also avail students opportunities for open discussions of questions that sincere, passionate portrait painters encounter. Students will be asked to explore what they wish to bring to their portrait paintings, using the model as a conduit for discovering what painting problems (e.g. drawing, anatomy, paint quality, color, edges) or perhaps, what conceptual questions and creative directions intrigue them. Together with Rose, students will navigate what it is to be a painter who strives to be an artist.
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