Painting Portraits; Working from Reference Material

May 5-7, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee

The use of photography has long been accepted as a tool in creating works of art. In today’s world of digital images, all too often many artists suffer from dependance on the photograph…copying its errors and distortions. Michael Shane Neal will be conducting a three day painting workshop on effectively using and understanding this too as reference material for your portraits. Demonstrations and lectures on using photographs as wells as sketches and studies will be covered. Students will learn how Neal photographs his subjects, prepares life sketches, utilizes digital photographs and computer images for creating engaging life-like portraits. Some Photoshop program tools will be discussed as well. Students will work from live models, photographs and sketches as part of workshop exercises.

$875 (box lunch included)

Limited to 12 students.

“I must sincerely thank you and your team and your family for a wonderful and inspiring week at your studio in Nashville. I loved being able to watch you paint up close without a jumbotron. It was a very special experience to learn from you over five days at your home studio. Thank you for all your goodwill, kindness, good humor and organized and extremely useful presentations.”
          – Katherine Meredith


“I want to thank you so much for a wonderful and productive week of painting. I feel re-energized and ready to paint with a new focus and approach. You are an exceptional artist and teacher.”
          – Grace DeVito