Jeannie McGuire-Figurative Design, Character and Composition Development

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Jeannie McGuire-Figurative Design, Character and Composition Development

Paintings of people are compelling because of the abundance of stories to be told.

By Franciscan Life Process Center Kathleen Bechtel, Art Director

When and where

Date and time

April 11, 2024 · 9am - April 13, 2024 · 4pm EDT


Franciscan Life Process Center 11650 Downes St. Lowell, MI 49331

Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

About this event

  • 2 days 7 hours
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Paintings of people are compelling because of the abundance of stories to be told. In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Workshops she aims to act as a mentor and to inspire artists to create original works of art in their own unique style. Jeannie shares her painting application and her spontaneous thoughts and stories that guide her process. You will hear about intuitive design and composition, versatility of pigment/water ratios, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white as an additional pigment, and the freedom to change your mind. You will be encouraged to work in a series of 2 plus paintings of a like genre. Plus be imaginative about the people in your reference photos by studying their expressions, body language, surroundings and interactions.

Students will gather together as a class each morning for an introduction into designing for a story. Projects will be presented to stimulate thought. Jeannie will give individual mentoring to each student through conversation or pencil to paper while suggesting design adjustments and story ideas. There will be several class demonstrations, spontaneous conversation and independent painting time. Artists are to bring their own references. Drawings started ahead of time are a personal option.

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Terms and Conditions

Registration Policy -  Tuition fees must be paid at the time of registration.  Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. 

Refunds - Refunds will be made up to a month after application is submitted.  If a cancellation is made during this time, a $20.00 processing fee will be withheld from the cost of the workshop.   Cancellations less than 31 days before a workshop is scheduled to begin will NOT be refunded unless of an extreme emergency and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Workshop cancellations: If class is cancelled due to low enrollment, Franciscan Life Process Center will provide a full refund in the manner in which the tuition was paid. 

Lunches:  Other than an optional contenental breakfast, meals are not offered at the Center.  You may bring food to cook (using the Center's kitchen), you may go out (several restarants in the area).  We do have a wonderful coffee shop that we use for lunch orders; the average price per lunch there is about $12.00 (including tax & tip).  Kathy will take the orders and pick up the meals, please bring cash or checks to reimburse her.

Media Release:  Unless otherwise notified in writing, Franciscan Life Process Center and persons acting for or through them, reserves the right to use, reproduce, and/or distribute photographs, video and/or sound recordings involving the participation of the student(s) herein registered for a workshop or even for use in Franciscan Life Process Center promotional materials.

$28 – $600