Monday, February 2, 2015

Alla Prima Portrait class with Taya Kuklina

Exciting things are happening at Winnebago Studios!  Taya Kuklina is instructing a class entitled, "The Alla Prima Portrait."  Its sold out this semester, but will start up again in the spring.  Here are some examples of her work:

To view more of her works, please visit her site.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Classes at Winnebago Studios

In addition to the University of Wisconsin, I offer a number of classes in my studio, at 2046 Winnebago St:

 Open Figure Drawing and Painting (Uninstructed)

Founded in 2010, the Open Figure Drawing and Painting Studio at Winnebago Studios exists to foster a community of artists interested in working from the figure.   Although each artist works in a very different style, with a range of different styles and mediums, we are united by a reverence for the tradition, a love of the craft, and a pursuance of a mastery of our medium.  In addition to benefiting from such a diverse set of knowledge, skills, and philosophies, a sense of belonging and community is an invaluable aid in the development and growth of any aspiring artist. 

There is a very diverse range of mediums and skill levels, and there are no expectations.  The idea is simply to be able to work, from a live model, in an environment with other people who share the same passion;  to connect with other artists, share ideas, and to practice your craft.

Open Figure Drawing and Painting Studio at Winnebago Studios is on Mondays from 5-10pm
The cost is $143 for 3 months or $15 / session

Antique Plaster Cast Drawing

Cast Drawing is an excellent exercise for both for beginners and also for people with more experience who are looking for a solid foundation.  It is a great way to focus on the most important aspects of drawing without worrying about many of the other elements which can often be confusing and hard to overcome.  Cast drawing allows students to slowly, calmly work on a solid white cast, focusing on proportions, perspective, gesture, form construction based on planar orientation, and both two and three dimensional ways of seeing without having to deal with color, paint handling, a moving model, highlights and glare, local value (and color) shifts, or any symbolic associations (like eyes, lips, etc.).  For these reasons cast drawing has historically been a cornerstone of an artist's education.

Students begin with a simple cast and upon completion move up to increasingly more complex casts.  Subsequently, students complete a number of cast paintings in grisaille, and eventually paint in color.  Additionally, students may work on a still life of their choosing, as well as the occasional live model.

Cast Drawing at Winnebago Studios goes from 6:30 - 9:30pm on Wednesday evenings.  The cost is $300 / 3 mo

Thursday, January 1, 2015

University of Wisconsin Mural

In 2003, the University of Wisconsin - Madison asked me to create a mural for the bowling alley of the Student Union South.  The project lasted about one year.

bowling mural painting

Spring Classes

It is such an honor to have my work on the cover of the University of Wisconsin - Madison Continuing Studies catalog for this spring.  

A quick synopsis of some of my classes this spring:

Drawing Fundamentals:  This 6-week class is suited for beginners and experienced artists interested in strengthening their skills through a classical approach to drawing.  Demonstrations, drawing time, and individual critiques focus on the fundamentals of proportion, gesture, abstract shapes, value, and rendering form.  We will also discuss materials and study master drawings to understand their strengths and the techniques and processes employed.

Drawing the Figure:  The human figure is an ideal substrate for the study of many drawing concepts.  This 8-week class covers fundamental concepts such as proportion, gesture, perspective, value, anatomy, figure structure, and light phenomena.  Classes begin with a demonstration and proceed with individual critiques of both short and long poses.  Additional topics include looking at master drawings and in-process works, with a discussion of their strengths, differences, and the procedures employed to create them.

Museum Copying at the Chazen:  Throughout history, artists have understood that to become a skillful, proficient draftsman the copying of master paintings is an invaluable training tool in the development of an artist.  Through imitation and repetition, one is able to better understand how the masters solved the same problems that we as artists are confronted with today.  This is fun class in a very inspiring venue.  

Figure and Portrait Studio - Sunday Morning:  This is an uninstructed class intended to give artists an opportunity to work from the figure in an environment surrounded by a like minded community of artists.  Each artist works in a very different fashion, with a myriad different mediums, approaches, and inspirations.  The class is three hours every Sunday morning under beautiful, north light and offers a variety of models, poses, and lighting.   

Traditional Long Pose Portrait Painting:  Drawing and painting from life presents many challenges not present when working from photography; the portrait presents its own difficulties.  This six week class focuses on a classical approach to portrait painting.  The first two weeks focus on accurate drawing (perspective, proportions, gesture, etc.) and transferring to linen.  Students then work on an imprimatura (wipe-out), followed by an ebauche (underpainting), and finally the final opaque layer.  Other topics to be discussed include color theory, properties of form and light, anatomy, edge control, and good studio practice. 

More information about the UW Madison DCS classes can be found here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

American Girl

This spring I worked on some backdrops for the toy giant American Girl with the lovely Alicia Rheal from Rheal Imagination.  They used them for photoshoots for the Christmas catalog.

theater backdrop art painting

Some of the shots of us working on them...

american girl paintings

American Girl art catalog

And the results.....

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Garage Door Mural

A garage door I've been working on.  Still needs some work.

mural garage art

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Portrait Painting Workshop with Greg Rodriguez

November 15 and 16, 2014
9:00 - 4:00

Winnebago Street Studios

This two-day workshop develops the Alla Prima — which means “at once” — method of painting from life. It is a painting style best practiced in a quick (2 to 5 hour) wet-into-wet fashion where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate fashion.  Participants will execute 4 paintings throughout the two days, from a range of vantage points using different sitters.  Mr Rodriguez, with 30 years of experience, will demonstrate each day of class as well as offer each student personal critiques and advice.  This workshop is suitable for all levels.

To register for this workshop, or for additional information, please contact Philip Salamone at

Location:  Winnebago Street Studios.  2046 Winnebago Street  Madison, WI  53703
Date / Time:  Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th 2014.   9:00 - 4:00 (60 minute lunch at noon)
Supply List:  Here
Tuition:  $200   Limited seats available