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Find Your Focus! #1 KAT RING

  • Rockland ME
  • August 24 to 28, 2020
  • Oils Plein air
  • All levels
  • Tuition: $725
  • katring.com

Kat’s two classes will be similar, as are the write-ups, each complete in their scope. If you are coming to both, she will meet you where you are so that you continue to move forward…attending the two weeks would certainly deepen your experience! What you see and what you want to say in your paintings determine how you paint, as do your ever-improving skills!

Your paintings reflect your priorities and your personality. This course will help you be the best painter you can be, while you establish and strengthen your individual style. You will practice the most important concepts for successful paintings, while becoming aware of which ones you respond to the most. Kat will first teach you how to look at a scene; she will then address all the tools: composition & design, key values, line, direction, shape, color, mood & atmosphere; edges, temperature, harmony, chroma, contrast etc.You’ll have plenty of time to paint, an abundance of personal attention, and enough information for you to move forward in your work with confidence.

We will always ask the question before beginning: “What is it about? What do I want to convey?” You must know this before continuing! You will determine your focus…and THIS is where the fun and uniqueness begin! Kat will teach you what to look for, how to stick to your concept, and how to make it yours based on what is important to you! She’ll provide demos, lectures and plenty of individual attention.When weather permits, you’ll be working outside, painting the Maine Coast’s unique light and atmosphere, and its boats!

If we have to stay in the studio, you’ll get to paint still lifes! Design will be at the forefront on these days; you will play with shapes, sizes, color, textures, and placement. Under the controlled lighting and with subjects that stay put, you have time to be contemplative and subjective, to develop your painting more slowly, to take it more toward finished.

Artist’s Statement:I am a wanderer who needs to be physically in touch with nature to feel alive. I am inspired to paint by seasonal changes, ancient trees and endangered species. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of a locality call me. From the US to Germany to Italy to Zambia, I have followed paths which led me from deserts and the ocean to castle-strewn riverbanks, to olive-laden hillsides, to the elephant-trampled bush. I feel challenged and connected. I thrive, I paint. I paint the natural world; animals and trees, landscapes and weather, because they are extraordinary and I want others to take another look, and keep looking. I am also motivated by my lifelong goal to leave the world a better place than how I found it. Since early childhood, I have been involved in some means of fundraising, activism, lobbying or employment in support of environmental protection and the rights of all creatures with whom we share this planet. By my actions and choices, I live as simply and sincerely as I can, and I use my paintbrush and colors to speak for the voiceless, to call attention to the strength and fragility of life on this amazing planet.

Why did I live in Zambia?” I need say only one word: ‘Giraffes’ (and yes..this painting is of Zebras!) To witness them (and guinea fowl, elephants, the zebras, ground horn bills, etc etc) is to be humbly in awe. And  then, the question: “Why Italy?” Because Art is everywhere here and painting is a viable and highly respected profession. I find in Italy, a sort of halfway balance between the USA and Zambia, a dynamic mix of order and chaos conducive to creativity and expression.” 

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California-born Katerina Ring creates semi-impressionistic oil paintings of Italy and Zambia; plein air landscapes in harmonious colors, and studio animal paintings incorporating graphic elements and strong design. She also organized several Plein Air Safaris in Zambia and has painted zebras and elephants from life, in their natural habitats. Life is an adventure, and luck is just being prepared when opportunities arise.” In this sense, hard work, dedication to craft and openness to new challenges has defined Katerina’s life and led to her living, painting and teaching on three continents. As an undergrad, she was a teaching assistant at UCDavis (California) in the Design Department; decades later she recommenced teaching at two schools in Zambia and in oil painting workshops in Zambia and Italy. A proponent of plein air painting, Kat finds that painting from life, spending hours in Nature’s elements (and often its harshness) enriches the artist, the artwork, and ultimately the viewer who appreciates authenticity. Indebted to the master painters with whom she studied (at the Florence Academy of Art, Scottsdale Artists’ School, in Germany and Belgium,) she passes on their ideas and techniques to her students, with unbridled enthusiasm.

Please check her website for a full resume and more images!

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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!