Workshops at the Northampton Center for the Arts

Masla will be offering the following workshops at the all new:
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA
(413) 584-7327.

Painting workshops are opened to and will benefit artists working in any painting medium, watercolor, acrylic, oil, water mixable oil.
Visit the links to register and get pdf’s of material lists

PAINTING SPECTACULAR SKIES AND CLOUDS

Masla, “Un-Tethered” oil and alkyd on canvas, 36″x60″

ALL DAY WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, JULY 7, 10AM-4:30 PM

The sky and its various manifestations and component parts of atmospheric conditions, clouds, etc. is the crux of a landscape painting. It not only sets the color consistency and relationships of the painting, but sets the mood as well.

Learn how you can easily paint a sky that not only is convincing, but is spectacular! Clouds that are at the same time solid, soft and weightless. The sky can run the gamut between warm and inviting to ominous and threatening. Understand how to paint a sky that will both support and enhance a landscape and capture your imagination. Discover how the sky portrays moods, emotions, action and can convey a sense of being. Learn information, methods and techniques for portraying the limitless sky through color, form and formlessness. Masla will also share tips and techniques for rapidly capturing the sky while painting in plein air. You will learn about preparing “sky panels”, mixing different media for faster painting and complete several variations of different sky paintings in the course of the day. Masla will be demonstrating with Rembrandt watercolors and acrylic paints as well as Cobra non solvent (water mixable) oil paints on Fredrix all media canvas paint boards and Fabriano Paper.

"A Sudden Change in the Weather, (plein air at Ashfield Lake)", oil on paper, 22"x15"

DRAW LIKE A PAINTER,
DRAW LIKE CRAZY 

3 WORKSHOP SERIES ON MONDAY EVENINGS 6:30-9 PM: JULY 9, 16, 23

Join artist Robert Masla in the continued journey of creative expression, learning and fun through drawing. He creates an atmosphere where both absolute beginners and advanced artists alike feel themselves nourished, growing and stretching. Masla will lead you further in the exploration that will help you to see and think visually and uncover your unique creative signature as you learn to draw like a painter. Investigate the depths of your individuality and vision with several processes to access your creative expression and painterly mark making. Draw like crazy — and have fun doing it! Regardless of your skill level or the media you choose to work in, you will take with you tools, techniques, and methods that you can apply to your art and exercises you can use to strengthen your skills and be a better painter through drawing. You will also take away a few handouts to supplement the experience.

In these fast moving, fun, 3, 2.5 hour workshops you will learn:
Moving beyond the blank canvas – Intention, emotion and purpose.
Art Methods and games for dissolving blocks and accessing the flow of your intuitive creative energy
Simple exercises that you can practice on your own that sharpen skill, technique and eye hand coordination, while learning to see and think visually.
How to distinguish between critique and inner critical thinking.
How to shut off mental chatter.
How composition and value is the essential foundation for building a strong drawing and a strong painting.
The importance of, and methods for creating thumbnails, sketches and studies.
Seeing and Thinking Visually.
How all these various elements that go into the drawing process apply to painting, whether it be photo-realist, representational, abstract, etc. – from a portrait, to a still life, or landscape, to the totally non-objective.

"Pen Gesture of Seiji Ozawa", ball point pen in sketchbook

THE SHAPE OF WATER 

Study, Crashing Waves, Myto, MX. watercolor on Fabriano paper, 7.5" x 11"
ALL DAY WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, JULY 14, 10AM-4:30 PM

Have you struggled to paint water in your painting, not quite sure how best to capture its energy and form? Of all the elements of landscape, water is perhaps the most elusive, hardest to pin down and paint -especially when it is constantly moving! Masla reveals to you the anatomy of waves and perception of both still and moving water, the effects of light reflection and transparency, the qualities of mist and atmosphere, as well as the tools and techniques to capture the appearance and feel of water. Learn about the properties of water in different conditions and how to paint it and how to paint the “mood” of water under different conditions. After experiencing this in-depth workshop, when you paint, either in plein air or the studio, you will have both a better understanding of what you are seeing and want to portray as well as greater ability through knowledge and technique, to express it and capture mood and feeling in your work. During this class you will also paint along with Masla’s demo as you create a powerful painting of a wave crashing agains rocks. He will be using Rembrandt watercolors and Cobra non solvent, (water mixable) oil paints on Fredrix canvas all media paint boards and Fabriano paper.

Under the Falls, (Niagara), oil and alkyd on linen, 60" x 40"