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BrookGreen Gardens Workshop: The Passion of the Portrait - Creating the Portrait in Clay

Instructed by Susan Wakeen

March 9-13, 2020

Location: BrookGreen Gardens, South Carolina
Pre-registraion Required - Register HERE
Cost: $650 plus materials fee and model’s fee

BrookGreen Gardens in South Carolina

Please join us for an intensive 5-day study of how to design, construct, and sculpt the portrait in clay. We will start with a step by step process to bring the portrait as quickly as possible to its proper proportions. The focus will then be on a very careful study of the regions, planes, muscles, and forms of the head, neck, and shoulders. Students will learn the key “bony” landmarks and structure with an overview of the anatomy of the skull. As you learn the techniques of measuring and observation, it is also important to understand that the art of sculpting the portrait is equally important. There will be discussion and demonstrations throughout the five days. The workshop concludes with a discussion about the mold-making process as well as the different methods and materials to cast with. It is suitable for beginner to advanced artists.

With the establishment of the Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Center for American Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens extended its educational reach to a broader audience with workshops in sculpture and drawing under the tutelage of nationally known sculptors throughout the year. To contact our sculpture department, click HERE and choose "sculpture" on the contact form.

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Italy Workshops

Instructed by Susan & Sandra Wakeen

September 2020

For a list of what is included, Visit Sandra Wakeen FIne Art

Join us in Italy for 2 weeks of painting and SculptingSandra and Susan with our host
Federika Pareto

Nestled just below the famous Fiesole hills in Florence, is the charming and historic Villa il Palmerino. On the oldest part of the property sits The Residenza del Palmerino, whose foundation dates back to 1400. Its unique location has preserved a centuries -old fascination with this refined country house. Once owned by author Violet Page and often visited by artist John Singer Sargent Palmerino and its convenience to downtown Florence have become a thriving peaceful, natural, and quiet oasis for artists and art enthusiasts.

Federica and Stephano are one of a kind hosts and will do everything possible to make this 12 day adventure a true Tuscan and cultural experience. The family history is rich with Writers and Artists. From their Kitchen to their patio, you will be enveloped in their warmth and authentic “Taste of Italy". Living with this Italian family can only be truly appreciated through the experience of being there.

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NEW! Mentoring Forum

Cost for 6 Lessons via Email, FaceTime, Hard Copy, or Studio Visits (1 hour per lesson): $350

This mentoring program is designed to support the artist in achieving a higher level of technical growth and developing a keen aesthetic sense. My approach is a traditional and classic approach combining the work of the Old Masters with the knowledge of today's Masters.

Students can apply for mentoring by submitting a 4-6 sentence mission statement to Susan.

This statement should include:
  • Number of years practicing as an artist
  • Stumbling blocks (list 3 major blocks)
  • What you hope to achieve in 6 lessons or over the course of a year
  • Your comments or concerns

Susan will lay out a plan that is just right for you. Each lesson is custom designed and based on the student's needs, mission and overall direction.

Assigments or practice exercises will be given after each lesson. Once the assignment is completed and reviewed to the satisfaction of Susan and the student, the next lesson will be forwarded.

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Paint or Draw the Portrait from Life

Non-Instructional, monitored by Susan Wakeen

Next Sessions:
January 23-24, 2020
February 27-28, 2020
April 23-24, 2020

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Litchfield, CT
Cost: $25 each class day - (model fee to be split among artists)
Class size: Limited to 8 students - light lunch included

Draw or Paint from the model - single pose for 2 days , single light source per session. Study at your own pace. No need to rush it, the study of a portrait takes time. Enjoy a supportive creative group of artists.

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Life Drawing Class

Monitored by Susan Wakeen - Ages 18 and older

Starts January 7, 2020

Time: Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $12 per session
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Enjoy the unique perspective of drawing from the model in a relaxed studio environment. Our life drawing sessions are on a drop-in basis and are non instructional. Whether you are a beginner or advanced you will be joining a wonderful supportive group of artists. Bring your own supplies.

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Studio Art Class

Instructed by Susan Wakeen

Begins April 2 2020

Time: 4 Thursdays from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Cost: $265 for 4 sessions
Class size is limited to 8 Students.
Pre-Registration Required
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Each class will start with a short discussion or demonstration. Students will gain a heightened skill for observation as they imporve upon their drawing and painting ideas to execute a beautiful worrk of art.

Students will:
  • Learn to simplify forms and see in the abstract through powerful observation
  • Receive one on one guidance as each student will be tutored through a project of their choosing
  • Receive regular personal critiques

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Private and Semi-Private instruction available

Instructed by Susan Wakeen

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