$15 – $550

William Schneider AIS, OPA, PSA-Secrets of the Masters-Loosen Up! Techniqu...

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Franciscan Life Process Center

11650 Downes Street Northeast

Lowell, MI 49331

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Students routinely complain, “My work looks hard and tight. I wish I could loosen up!” This workshop could be the answer to your prayers. Nikolai Fechin and Anders Zorn were Masters of suggestion (and arguably two of the greatest artists of all time). William will discuss their techniques as he paints a portrait from the live model. In addition, on one of the days you will copy (with instruction) a head study by one of those masters. On the other days you will incorporate their techniques into your own work as you paint from the live model.


Many of today’s most revered painters have consciously studied these master artists’ work. In the words of C.W.Mundy, “Don’t insult the viewer by spelling out every detail.”


This four-day workshop is for oil or pastel students of all levels. You will learn:

  • Power through suggestion

  • One simple technique to create sparkling color

  • How to avoid “unpleasant detail”

  • Masterful edge control

  • How to simplify color harmony

  • The key to turning the form with temperature


William will demonstrate in both oil and pastel (a complete head study as well as several “mini-demos” – painting eyes, painting the mouth etc.) All the great painters learned by copying masterworks; this workshop will turbo-charge your understanding of drawing, value, color temperature, and edge control. Above all, you should expect your work to become fresher and more expressive!

Biography -- Educated at the American Academy of Art, William also studied with such noted artists as Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Dan Gerhartz, and Richard Schmid. He has been featured in articles in Workshop Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art, Art of the West, International Artist, The Pastel Journal, and The Artists’ Magazines .He has won awards in national shows including those of: The Pastel Society of America, Salon International, OPA, and The Portrait Society of America. William shows in galleries in Napa Valley, Carmel, CA, Taos, NM and Charleston. He has been awarded Master Signature status by The American Impressionist Society, The Pastel Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).


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