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Florals & Still Lifes with Robert Johnson

November 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pmNovember 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Workshop Times: Friday 6-9pm, Sat. 9:30am-5:00pm, Sun. 9:30am-5:00pm
Class limited to 11 students
The paintings of nationally-acclaimed artist Robert Johnson evoke a newfound appreciation for the power and elegance of work done in the classical tradition.  This workshop will present the principles underlying this approach to art that have been passed along for the last five centuries from master to apprentice, teacher to student, and artist to artist.
The Workshop will begin with a still life demonstration Friday evening to acquaint the students with the instructors approach to painting. During the demonstration the instructor will address concepts involved in setting up a good and paintable still life, issues of composition, materials, values, colors , edges, brushstrokes etc. The instructor will be available to answer questions throughout the demonstration.
During the next 2 days, the students will establish their own set ups. The instructor will be available to assist if needed. Students may also paint the instructors demonstration set up if they wish.
Students should be prepared to start at least three paintings of suggested sizes not larger than 16×20 during the workshop. The instructor will offer individual critiques as the paintings progress. Emphasis will be on creating a powerful and aesthetically compelling painting with emphasis on artistic design, understanding of values, the importance of edges, expressive brushstrokes, and an effective us of color.
ABOUT Robert Johnson: website

Materials List
* Suggested Palette (Necessary):Naples Yellow Light(Rembrandt) Cadmium Lemon; Cadmium Red Light; Cadmium Yellow Pale; Permanent
* Alizarin; Yellow Ochre Pale; Cobalt Violet ; Indian Yellow (Windsor Newton) ; Ultramarine Blue; Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt) ; Cobalt Blue; Terra Rosa; Viridian (Holbein); White (Gamblin , Williamsburg or Utrecht White)- or any blend of Zinc White and Titanium White
* Optional colors to be kept in reserve for particular subject matter or effects or substituted for some of the necessary colors: Burnt Sienna Deep (substitute for Transparent Oxide Red); Cadmium Scarlet (substitute for Cadmium Red Light); Mauve, Blue shade(Winsor Newton); Raw Sienna; Cerulean Blue or Manganese Blue; Cinnabar Green; Brilliant Rose (Old Holland); Permanent Rose or Rembrandt Rose; Cadmium Orange
* Painting Surface: panel or canvas with non-absorbent priming. No larger than 16″ x 20”
* Medium: Maroger, orsun thickened linseed oil
* Solvent: Gamsol or Turpenoid
* Brushes: A variety, which would include filbert bristles in the range from nos. 1 to 8. At least one small sable no. 0, 1, or 2. At least one soft flat (sable, badger or mongoose) no. 4 or above.
* Palette knife: Small triangular wedge shaped painting knife.
* Attitude: Humility, honesty and a capacity to be completely absorbed in seeing and painting without concern for the opinions of others.
* Optional Equipment: Painting scraper, eye shade (baseball cap or visor)


November 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
November 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


The Arts of Great Falls


The Arts of Great Falls School

756 Walker Road

Great Falls,



United States

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