Classes & Events

Alla Prima Portrait Painting, with Joanne Mehl

Jan. 9 – Feb. 27, 2018

Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, downstairs studio

 

$320 for 8 classes ($40 each) / $50 per drop-in class

To register, please call OSA at 503-228-0706

Note: You must be an OSA member to register for classes.

 

Alla Prima is a wet-into-wet oil painting technique where subjects are painted quickly and in one sitting. Alla Prima is widely used in plein air painting, here we’ll explore and exploit its strengths in doing portraiture with a live model.

Besides Alla Prima techniques, this eight-week progressive course will concentrate on strengthening head drawing skills for portraiture. With targeted exercises and individual attention, we’ll use oils to review the components of strong drawing skills for the first classes, and then paint for the remaining six classes.

A strong drawing leads to a strong painting!

This course is appropriate for novice to intermediate skill levels. It will stress observational skills and construction, rendering anatomy, and composition. We’ll explore how drawing relates to painting, color and value, the effects of light and shadow, tonal methods, various modeling techniques, and how to manage a palette and mix colors.

  • Drop in students are welcome, but the classes are sequential.

Questions? Email me at joannemehl@comcast.net

About Joanne Mehl:

I’ve been professional artist and instructor specializing in figure painting and portraiture since 1985. For more about me, please visit:

joannemehl.com

 

Demonstration: Creating Lifelike Flesh tones in an Alla Prima Portrait

Thursday, October 12th, 11:00 AM

Oregon Society of Artists

Many artists struggle with the creation of realistic flesh tones in portrait and figure painting. Due to human skin reflecting light and color, the acute observation of warm and cool tones, and the perception of subtle changes of hue are required. Also crucial is the ability to group values, in order to create the illusion of Form .

Working from the live model, Joanne Mehl will demonstrate the mixing of color to create light and dark value patterns, and how to observe and create warm and cool flesh tones while maintaining value groupings.

Joanne Mehl is a fine artist with over 30 years of experience in painting figurative works in oil and gouache, and a graduate with honors in illustration from Pasadena’s Art Institute. Specializing in portraiture, figure painting and equine subjects, much of her work is commissioned portraits as well as various scenes offered for sale through her gallery or on her website. She currently teaches various workshops at OSA.

 

Intro to Classical Glazing Techniques in Oil with Joanne Mehl

July 10th – August 28th

Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, downstairs studio

 

$260 for 8 classes ($30 each)/ $40 per drop in class

To register, please call OSA at 503-228-0706

Note: you must be and OSA member to register for classes

 

If you want to give your paintings an edge with rich and glowing color, learn to glaze!

Masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Caravaggio painted in oils using glazing techniques. Glazes are thin, transparent layers of color applied over an opaque under-painting, which can create glowing depths of color. This nearly lost art is now finding renewed interest and usage within the current representational art renaissance.

 

In this 8-week class we will:

  • Learn about color mixing using layers of color.
  • Learn about relative transparency of paint tube colors.
  • Learn about the principle of “Fat over Lean”.
  • Create a Modello drawing and a lean, light valued under-painting for glazing.
  • Learn about substrates and primers.
  • Learn to make a classical recipe of Rabbit Skin Glue Gesso. (Trust me, you’ll want to clearly label this yogurt-like substance at home.)
  • Make our own finely textured panel using Rabbit Skin Glue Gesso.

The goal of this class is to give oil painters one more “wow”-factor tool in their artistic toolbox. Glazing’s rich techniques are easily seen in masterworks of the past, and are just as worthy and compelling today.

Questions? Email me at joannemehl@comcast.net

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My Open Session and Instruction at Brush & Palette:

Come Paint the Figure With Us!

I’m the founder of, and instructor at, the Portland Figure Painters & Drawing group. We have a great group, and are open to adult artists of all skill levels:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1642316656056278/

Open Sessions:

We meet at the historic Brush & Palette in Southeast, usually every other Friday. Each session lasts 3 hours (with breaks) from 10 am – 1 pm. The cost is $15 per person (cash or check). Space is limited to 10 artists, and reservations are first come first served, so please RSVP to the email below.

Instruction:

I also often teach figure painting at the Brush & Palette. Teaching is one-to-one with no set curriculum, and is geared to answering individual students’ needs and concerns.

Please contact me for further details and reservations.

Brush and Palette • 4962 SE Jennings Ave • Portland, OR 97267
Google Map

For more info or RSVP, contact me at:
joannemehl@comcast.net
503-720-8248


PAST CLASSES:

 

Alla Prima Portrait Painting Part 2, with Joanne Mehl

Oregon Society of Artists : March 13 – April 17th

March 13 – April 17th

Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, downstairs studio

 

$240 for 6 classes ($40 each) / $50 per drop-in class

To register, please call OSA at 503-228-0706

Note: You must be an OSA member to register for classes.

Alla Prima is a wet-into-wet oil painting technique where subjects are painted quickly and in one sitting. Alla Prima is widely used in plein air painting, here we’ll explore and exploit its strengths in doing portraiture with a live model.

This class follows and builds on the introductory January – February course, but anyone with basic skill in Alla Prima painting is welcome to join and learn more!

In the first course we focused on accuracy in drawing, value pattern, and warm and cool color relationships as they pertain to flesh tones. We will continue working on these aspects of Portraiture while introducing the following ideas:

  1. Painting wet into wet using thicker paint and less solvent.
  2. Exploring the effects created using brushes of different shapes and materials.
  3. Using brushstrokes to help define form (“positioning”)
  4. Exploring additional textures such as dry brush, transparency and line.
  5. Learning to control emphasis, using the amount of detail and value to direct the viewers’ gaze.
  6. Finally, speeding up the process by determining which steps are no longer necessary and leaving them out.
  • Drop in students are welcome, but the classes are sequential.

Questions? Email me at joannemehl@comcast.net

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting, with Joanne Mehl
Jan. 9 – Feb. 27

At Oregon Society of Artists
Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, downstairs studio

$320 for 8 classes ($40 each) / $50 per drop-in class
To register, please call OSA at 503-288-0706
Note: You must be an OSA member to register for classes.

Alla Prima is a wet-into-wet oil painting technique where subjects are painted quickly and in one sitting. Alla Prima is widely used in plein air painting, here we’ll explore and exploit its strengths in doing portraiture with a live model.

Besides Alla Prima techniques, this eight-week progressive course will concentrate on strengthening head drawing skills for portraiture. With targeted exercises and individual attention, we’ll use oils to review the components of strong drawing skills for the first classes, and then paint for the remaining six classes.

A strong drawing leads to a strong painting!

This course is appropriate for novice to intermediate skill levels. It will stress observational skills and construction, rendering anatomy, and composition. We’ll explore how drawing relates to painting, color and value, the effects of light and shadow, tonal methods, various modeling techniques, and how to manage a palette and mix colors.

  • Drop in students are welcome, but the classes are sequential.

Questions? Email me at joannemehl@comcast.net


Beginning Figure Painting in Oils with Joanne Mehl

Sept. 19 – Nov. 14

At Oregon Society of Artists
Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, downstairs studio

$320 for 8 classes ($40 each) / $50 per drop-in class
To register, please call OSA at 503-288-0706

I’m teaching an eight-week progressive course designed to strengthen figure drawing skills and introduce oil painting materials and paint handling techniques. Using demonstrations, targeted exercises and individual attention, we’ll use oils to review the components of strong drawing skills for the first two classes, then we will paint for the remaining six classes of the course.

Because a strong figure painting is built on a strong drawing!

This course is appropriate for novice to intermediate skill levels. The course will stress observational skills and construction, rendering anatomy, and composition. We’ll explore how drawing relates to painting, color and value, the effects of light and shadow, tonal methods, various modeling techniques, and how to manage a palette and mix colors. The model poses will be nude.

  • Drop in students are welcome, but the classes are sequential.

Note: No class October 17th

Questions? Email me at joannemehl@comcast.net