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All Workshops and Open Studios are held at Berkshire Paint and Sip's Studio at 305 North St, Pittsfield, MA.

APRIL WORKSHOP - Birds of a Feather

APRIL WORKSHOP - Birds of a Feather


APRIL WORKSHOP:  "Birds of a Feather" How to paint realistic birds with acrylic paint.  Instructed by contemporary artist Michelle Iglesias.

All skill levels - Ages 16 to Adult    $80  
4 week course –  6-8pm - Mondays 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 and 4/30. 

The focus of this class will be to learn the basic materials, techniques, and tools used to create realistic birds using acrylic paints.  Once we have covered the fundamentals of using the medium, you will learn the process of designing a well balanced and dynamic portrait of a bird that will visually fly off of your canvas.  You'll learn a basic technique of sketching any bird in it's proper proportion, how to create depth in the feathers so they look incredibly realistic and how to adapt the chosen bird into an environment that will compliment it's presence.  Materials List will be provided for brushes, paints, and substrates via email prior to the class start date.  Each student will create 2 paintings during this workshop.  

Class Schedule
Wk 1:  Review of materials, discussion on how to choose desired bird to paint, and how to plan the painting.  Quick sketch demonstration and exercise on small canvas working from lesson references. 

Wk 2:  Begin larger painting - painting background and creating initial sketch and completion of the under-painting (first layer of bird).

Wk 3:  Continue developing layers and building details to capture the dimensional vibrancy of the bird and it's feathers.  Guidance will continue to be given throughout the process for use of brushes, order of layers and color choices.

Wk 4:  Completion of final layer to include fine tuning details and critique of finished painting. 

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