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2018 Workshop - Painting Best Practices

AWA Workshops - 2018

July 30 - August 1, 2018

AWA is excited to be offering this intensive "Best Practices" workshop with sought-after instructors George O'Hanlon and Tatiana Zaytseva of Natural Pigments.  Offered at Academies and art studios world-wide, we are extremely fortunate to have booked this workshop during AWA's events with the Haggin Museum.  You can sign up for this workshop through AWA's Executive Director Robin Knowlton (209) 368-5123/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  There is very limited seating.  Don't procrastinate! 

Painting Best Practices

George O'Hanlon & Tatiana Zaytesva, Natural Pigments

July 30 - August 1, Monday - Wednesday, 9am-5pm
Painters - with an emphasis on oils – all levels
$450/3 days
Hampton Inn, Lodi, California
To read detailed information on this workshop, go to Natural Pigments


Workshop Description 

For over a hundred years, most causes of paint failures have been studied: humidity, temperature and paint embrittlement. The symptoms were obvious—cracking, delaminating and paint loss—but the causes were not. Conservation workers gradually formed concepts as to the causes of cracking and paint loss of old paintings. Concurrently, the coatings industry studied failures in all types of paint films. Artists developed their own ideas, but remained largely unaware of findings from both the conservation community and the coatings industry.

Natural Pigments spent years developing a technical workshop to teach skills that are not taught in art school and universities—a thorough understanding of artist’s materials and tools, what they are designed to do, when to chose them and how to provide considerable longevity to your finished work. This workshop covers the most important aspects of painting that have proven to be the best practices over the centuries.

The information-packed workshop includes all aspects of constructing a painting from the support and ground to the final layers. Practical procedures will be clearly explained and demonstrated on how to build your oil paintings based on conservation research during the past century. This workshop is designed for painters of all mediums, but special emphasis is given to oil painting.

About the Instructors

George O'Hanlon 

George O'Hanlon is technical director of Natural Pigments and executive director of Iconofile, an nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting understanding of sacred art. George received his fine arts education and apprenticeship in Mexico. Upon his return to the United States, he worked as art director and then creative director for advertising agencies in Silicon Valley, working on such major accounts as Sony, Hewlett-Packard and Ricoh. He then established a marketing communications firm that was later acquired by the Japanese chemical giant, Shin-Etsu, where we was retained as president of U.S. marketing operations. In 1992, he left this post to study traditional art techniques and then in 2001, he founded Iconofile and then Natural Pigments to promote an understanding of these techniques among contemporary artists. Since that time he has formulated hundreds of artists paints and materials, including Ceracolors, a water-soluble wax paint.

Tatiana Zaytseva

Tatiana Zaytseva is administrative director of Natural Pigments and secretary of Iconofile, an nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting understanding of sacred art. Tatiana received her education in Saint Petersburg, Russia in fashion and design and a second degree in engineering process controls. After moving to the U.S. in 2001, she helped to establish and Iconofile and then Natural Pigments in 2003.

What to Expect & Supplies Needed

The workshop consists of lectures accompanied entirely by projected digital images, questions and answers and art materials demonstrations. You are encourage you to ask questions all throughout the workshop. You are welcome to photograph the projection screen during the workshop, but only for your personal use; do not distribute the images to others due to copyright infringement. Please no audio or video recordings during the workshop.

There is no need to bring any supplies, except a pen or pencil and notebook. We will distribute several printed handouts on the first day of the workshop, but you will want to take copious notes during the workshop. One student made over 20 pages of notes at a workshop!



Last modified on August 09 2017