Over the last several years workshops have increased in popularity and attendance as artists have found that they can often gain just as strong skill sets and insights by spending one week with an accomplished instructor as they can by taking months or even years of accredited art classes. The lack of solid degree programs for the traditional artist has also forced artists to turn to other methods of education in order to acquire the skills and training they need to paint in a representational style.
All over the country, there are workshop organizations and schools bringing this kind of high-level training to artists by inviting nationally known painters to their area to teach weekend or weeklong workshops, and there are several top painters who independently run their own workshops in various parts of the country and abroad.
I’d be interested to hear about some of the landscape-painting instructors you have taken workshops with over the years and what it was about their instructional approach that helped you. Did you find that after taking the workshops you were able to go back to your studio and apply what was taught? Did their teaching help you progress in your understanding and ability? What makes you choose a certain instructor to study with, and who are some of the landscape instructors you would like to learn from?
|T. Allen Lawson (right).||Jean LeGassick (left).
|Camille Przewodek (at easel).||Kim English (center).