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Making Great Paintings from Photographs

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Instructor: Shelby Keefe
Oct 21, 22, 23, 24 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop ID: 2D2071
Media: Oil
Skill Level: Level III - IV
Tuition: Members: $ 450.00 / Non-Members: $ 490.00
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Address the challenges and advantages of working from photo references in this four-day workshop. Bring your paintings to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette for underpainting, and employing impressionist-based painting methods.


Daily demonstrations address the importance of thumbnail sketches, underpainting, paint application, movement and focal points, and color. The remainder of each day is dedicated to independent working time with Shelby available for individualized instruction and feedback. Bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter, including the landscape, architecture, and figures.


Finding joy and fun in the painting process is Shelby Keefe’s primary message when helping students grow as artists. As important as the end product seems, it is the road there that is far more critical. In her own work, Shelby loves mark-making, which art-speak for “I love scribbling and throwing paint around.” When not in the studio, she is sewing masks and making electronic music. Shelby holds a BFA and has been a full-time fine artist for over 15 years. She travels around the country teaching workshops and participating in plein air competitions.