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Currently I have two locations for my workshops
 Ruidoso, NM and Pentwater MI
If there is a group of 6-15 people that would like to take either my "Drawing" or "Rub-Out" workshop, please call me and we'll schedule one in your area.  (505) 750-7141 phone number (this phone number is a google voice phone number. It's a bit different than a normal phone call, so be patient, follow the instructions when making a call or leave me a message and it will show up in our email.  Please leave your return phone number so I can get back with you)
If in doubt... email me!  I always get my emails
virgil@notevena.com

Oil Rub-Out Drawing 3 day workshop
$375 per student
No one knows who invented the “rub-out” technique.  Art historians have dated the technique back to the time of Michelangelo.  The schools at that time required its mastery before students were allowed to explore color.  The traditional oil colors used are burnt umber and burnt sienna (the two raw pigments can also be used).  The support used here is board or canvas.  It is then acrylic gessoed and sometimes textured, then gessoed again.  The whole process is subtractive art and teaches the student light and dark values by reversing their usual experience of developing the illusion of form by first placing dark and working toward the light.  This wipe out, wipe off, rub off, or “rub-out” works from dark to light, accomplished by the use of fingers and a cotton/polyester rag, and is the next step in progression toward full color painting.  There is virtually no brush work.  Use of this technique, usually “loosens up” the art student.  Such is a quality most artists aspire to attain.

 Contact Virgil for a list of supplies needed for this class.
"Painting In Charcoal"
Portrait Workshop
5 Day
$690 per student
This five day workshop is intended to increase an artist ability to take their art work to a higher level of realism, regardless of their current level of art education.  Learning to draw is all about learning to “see” deeply and profoundly, gaining confidence in our creative abilities, and then applying what you've learned.  This will be accomplished by using the time-honored “grid” system invented in the 16th century by the German painter Albrecht Durer.  This system of drawing eliminates confusion and getting lost, and teaches one to draw proportionally.  Virgil will demonstrate these techniques and work individually with each person. Students will learn how to capture the personality with reflective light, skin tones, and techniques with paint brushes, charcoal, and other tools. The first half of the class students will create a finished portrait of a human, using these techniques, and the remaining half will be spent drawing a portrait of a horse, which will include anatomy and other skills to create a realistic and “believable” horse portrait. 
 Contact Virgil for a list of supplies needed for this class.

Painting In Charcoal
Portrait Workshop

3-day
$375 per student
This 3 day workshop is intended to increase an artist ability to take their art work to a higher level of realism, regardless of their current level of art education.  Learning to draw is all about learning to “see” deeply and profoundly, gaining confidence in our creative abilities, and then applying what you've learned.  This will be accomplished by using the time-honored “grid” system invented in the 16th century by the German painter Albrecht Durer.  This system of drawing eliminates confusion and getting lost, and teaches one to draw proportionally.  Virgil will demonstrate these techniques and work individually with each person. Students will learn how to capture the personality with reflective light, skin tones, and techniques with paint brushes, charcoal, and other tools.
 Contact Virgil for a list of supplies needed for this class.

 

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