Painting Workshop

This is a painting workshop with the goal of teaching people how to create paintingd using either oil colors or acrylics.

On each lesson the first part will be about theory and exercise and the second one about canvas time. Each participant will have the chance to work on canvas and start making paintings as artworks. All materials are provided by us.

Each lesson has a subject, check below for the Lesson Subject List. We do not follow a particular order, and every lesson is actually unique and many times personalized. This means that every time the attendess will have to do something new and different.

You do not have to paint on canvas and with the mentioned art materials, you can also choose to use any of your wish. Most of the observations and exercises work well with all art materials.

It is suitable for beginners and or even professionals who want to rationalize the canvas painting process. It is being hosted by the visual artist Miltos Despoudis.

Who is this for?

Anyone can gain something from this workshop. From beginners to professionals. The goal is to work together have some feedback and try to learn how to be an artist (if that is possible).

Lesson Subjects List

The following lesson subjects are not given in this sequence.

#1 The Palette

In this lesson we will cover the basics with preparing the palette. We will try to check out some works from the participants also. We will have an overview of the painting process and find solutions to the most common problems.

#2 Playing with Colors

In this lesson you will experience the colors in a way that the aim is to trigger your senses or emotions. A playfull way tha helps the artist to enjoy and connect with the material and the painting process.

#3 The Color Creation

In this painting lesson we will explore the ways we can create colors and test them on the canvas. We will have an overview of the painting process and find solutions to the most common problems. You might want to have some of your art materials ready just to experiment with us live or just watch and take notes.

#4 The Painting Surface

In this painting lesson we will explore the possible painting surfaces. We will learn in brief how to prime the canvas cloth and frame it, the differences in the texture and how to choose what is best for us. Also we will check the other common surfaces such as wooden panels.

#5 Structures and Layers

In this lesson you will see a basic workflow of working with layers.
We will find out how to understand what kind of structuring could be used.

#6 From Draft to Canvas

In this lesson you will learn how to transfer a draft drawing or an idea to the canvas. This is not only about the technique but also about the logic.

#7 Subject Matters

In this lesson we will try to rationalize the process of deciding what to paint. Many people might be stuck at the early stages of deciding what to paint. This lesson will inspire you and make things clearer in the way you can approach things.

#8 Color Management & Hues

In this lesson you will learn to organize your colors and how to understand their effects in the painting. It is about defining a color arrangement by for example Saturation-Tone-Hue and trying to apply it on to the colors.

#9 Objects in Space

In this lesson you will learn the basics of object formation in painting. How to be consistent in the overall repetition and how to spot the effects of depth inside a painting.

#10 Skin & Flesh

In this lesson you will learn how to handle the most commons problems regarding painting skin and flesh. We will explore the ways someone can create the illusion of skin.

#11 Face & Balance

In this painting you will learn to create and manipulate the human face. You will learn how balance the characteristics and solve the common problems that come up in the process.

#12 Plasticity

In this lesson you will learn a few tricks about toning, shadows and light. You learn the power of using tones and plasticity in your paintings.

#13 Form Balance

In this lesson you will learn how to balance the color of the forms in relations to each other. This is a way or recognizing what color form qualities have more weight inside a painting. A common problem is that an artist adds too many variations in color hues, tone, and saturation and there is nothing happening apart from creating chaos.

#14 Repetition of Forms

In this lesson you will learn how to manage a consistent repetition of forms within a painting. Repetition can be the thing that bind all elements together. Commonly it will make the creator to make decisions over the smallest brushstrokes he needs to use.

#15 Focus & Sharpness

In this lesson you will learn how manage and create focus and sharpness. This is an overview of how to balance Sharpness in essence. In addition, you will see what kind of role such a variation can play.

#16 Illusion of Movement

This is a lesson about the illusion of movement within a painting, with a special focus on a figurative one.

#17 Attention Points

This is a lesson about attention points and structuring a painting according to that.

#18 Series of Works

This is a lesson about planning, connecting creating series of works. This is an overview of how to create a group of works that act as one piece.

#19 Works on Space

This is a lesson about working with painting forms that have an important effect in the surrounding space they are exhibited.

#20 Experimenting with New Ideas

In this lesson will try to find ways of discovering new ideas and new forms. It is an overview of working with different mediums and a type of objervation.

#21 Realistic Approach

In this lesson we will explore the ways we can create a realistic painting.

#22 Abstract Approach

In this lesson we will explore the ways of the abtraction in painting.

#23 Exaggerated Approach

In this lesson we will explore the ways we can distort the objects and how we can organize these exaggerations.