Spring weekend workshops led by painter Richard Christian Nelson

Richard Christian Nelson ‘Whiteside From Mountaintop’ 16x20 Oil
Richard Christian Nelson ‘Whiteside From Mountaintop’ 16x20 Oil

Press release:

Richard Christian Nelson will be teaching three Weekend Workshops in Tryon, North Carolina this Spring. They will begin with a 3-Day Still Life Workshop May 26-28. Next will be a Spring Landscape Workshop June 9-11, and lastly a Portrait Workshop June 23-25. The classes will meet in Tryon from 9-5 each day. The landscape workshop will venture out to paint in the area each day. You can get more info, register and pay at richnelson.com, email rich@richnelson.com or call 828-817-3784.

The workshops are open to all media, but oils will be emphasized. They are open to all ages and skill levels. For the Still Life Workshop, we’ll concentrate on all of the steps of the painting process by creating compositions with simple objects such as fruit, vegetables, and pottery. In the Landscape Workshop artists will work on the fundamentals of painting outdoors. According to Nelson, “We will paint the beautiful North Carolina foothills for three days. If it is raining we will stay indoors and decide if we prefer to work on still life or hire a model.” The Portrait Workshop artists will work from live models on the fundamentals of anatomy, form, and light to improve our skills at painting the portrait and figure. There will be lectures and demos by Nelson, and group ‘critiques'; mostly just putting the work up and having each artist say ‘how it’s going’.

A great way to learn about painting or to get ready for these Workshops is to watch Rich’s two hour DVD; “Oil Painting Lessons- Volume 1: Still Life”. In it he lays out his materials, approach, and steps to a solid process as a representational painter. You can preview and order it on his website at http://richnelson.com/page/2381/video.

Richard Christian Nelson is a gallery and portrait artist who has lived in Tryon, NC since 2004. He earned his BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan in 1988. You can view his work at http://richardchristiannelson.com or read about his recent awards and notable commissions at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Christian_Nelson. He was on the faculty for the Portrait Society Of America’s Art Of The Portrait Conference in April 2016 (where he received signature status), his portrait ‘Emilie’ was accepted into the Oil Painters Of America’s Salon in May, and in 2015 he was selected as “One To Watch” in the June issue of Fine Arts Connoisseur magazine.

Rich taught anatomy, figure drawing and painting at CCS part time after graduating. He does a number of workshops in various locations each year. Usually he begins each workshop with introductions, a lecture on his materials and approach, a lecture on light and shadow, and a lecture on color. He then does a demonstration painting. After that each artist sets up and paints, with a number of class reviews throughout the week. Rich often keeps painting and demoing if the class would like, as he is interested in demonstrating and participating in the “process” of painting.

Class sizes are limited to 12, and the cost of each workshop is $295, which is refundable until two weeks before the start dates. Please visit http://richnelson.com/workshops, email rich@richnelson.com or call 828-817-3784 for more information.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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