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Raising the Bar! Master Class KEN DEWAARD

  • Belfast ME
  • September 14 to 18, 2020
  • Oils -or whatever you like to use!
  • Adv Only/ Limited to 12/Juried admission
  • Tuition: $925

This Class is for the serious & accomplished student who is ready to bring their work to a higher level, to deepen their vision, sharpen their technique. and who will relish the extra individual attention available in a smaller class. Admission will be juried and requires submission of 6-10 images of recent work at registration. We’ll limit the class to 12 so you will get an abundance of well focused personal instruction. Best in Show; Prizewinning painting from Cape Ann Plein Air 2019!   

Ken DeWaard has turned out to be one of the best instructors we’ve had…and we have great instructors! He is thorough, full of information, lavish in his attention to students…as true a teacher as he is a fine painter!

Ken says: “There is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, submersed in its ever changing color and harmonies. We inevitably chase the light, seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more. No matter what we are faced with, all painting comes down to design…utilizing, building on what nature gives us but not being held hostage to it. It is important to paint what we see but even more important to paint what we feel, bringing our experience through our emotions.”

Ken will build this small and focused class around his most important concepts: ESSENCE: The underlying interior nature or indispensable quality of something. Basic, independent of and without regard for peripheral details.  DESIGN: To do or plan with specific purpose or intention.

You’ll be outside the first 2-3 days (weather permitting,) taking photos and doing smaller plein air paintings (color notes,) focusing on gathering information to utilize back in the studio. The final 2 days you’ll be in the Studio where you’ll design and produce a more thought-out painting. The studio time lets you assess and develop your initial statements far beyond what you can do on site, bringing them to a more finished state.

Ken considers values to be incredibly important so he will start you there, with the building blocks that done well, mean a good job at the end. 

He’ll have you work to simplify shapes, pushing yourself to explore the use of temperatures and color as well as controlling edges. Because composition and design underlie all of these concepts; drawing will be your foundation. You’ll look to make your paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light, not by being a slave to what is there, but knowing how to interpret what you see and show the essence and emotion of it.

Ken’s individual critique time at your easel will be the basis of his instruction, tho he’ll also do several demos in oils. You are welcome to work in the painting medium of your choice: oil, watercolor, pastel, or acrylic; he’s competent and comfortable instructing in all of them!

My personal objective during this workshop is to make sure that each and every student experiences advancement and a better understanding of painting from within. ” –Ken DeWaard

*************************************************************************************************After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving’s recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he studied with Scott Burdick and Dan Gerhartz. Here Ken developed his direct and pure approach and  bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life.  Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Nicolai Fechin, and the Russian Impressionists, Ken paints subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings come from the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, and the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature. He has won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions, including the coveted Artist Choice and Best of Show awards.  After 14 years in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, Ken and his family have moved to Mid Coast Maine, an absolutely gorgeous area, full of inspiration…so much to paint!


Some General Class Information:

    • We‘ll process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

    • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all! It has the answers to most of your questions!

    • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!

    • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes usually run M-F between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.

    • We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along. If we have an alternate plan, we’ll let you know!

    • We always have a 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM and deliver to your location…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!

    • Our Studios are large, with good light and waterviews; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It is possible to stay and paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

    • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning! Make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!

    • There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.

    • We carpool at least 3 to a car (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

    • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

    • Downtown in both locations has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!

    • For Lodging (scroll down for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

    • If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!