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Artists on the Green Announces 2023 Fall and Winter Workshops!


Workshops at the Studio will meet from 10:00 to 3:00.  Artists may stay after for final touches and clean up.  Each workshop in our studio is limited to eight artists, so we recommend registering early to reserve spot.  We have easels, tables and a clean-up sink. Parking is easy and a light lunch at the studio is included.  Each class will start with a painting demo by the instructor.  The instructor will then give helpful feedback on each artist’s work during the workshop and at closing. 


Reservations:   To reserve a spot in any of the classes, please email   


Portrait Painting with Jordan Xu     

Saturday, September 30

Fee:  $ 125, non-members: $100 members


Jordan’s primary focus is portraiture.  In this workshop, you will learn the basic

 concepts and techniques of portrait and figure painting in oil. We will cover areas

such as values, colors, edges, transitions, likeness and composition.  You will learn how to take photographs for portrait painting, including elements such as lighting and angles.  You may also bring your own photo. 



Still Life with Bob Thoren

Friday, October 6, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Fee:  $ 125, non-members: $100 members


In his many still life paintings, Robert celebrates the Bongart school's focus upon color and its ability to transform everyday objects into scenes of powerful emotion.   Robert is also an avid proponent and practitioner of plein air painting, especially scenes all around Virginia. 

Focus on Skin Tone with Gavin Glakas         

Friday, November 10, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Fee:  $ 125, non-members: $100 members


Gavin is a popular instructor at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo.   He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America, the Art Renewal Center, the Plein Air Salon and the Butler Institute of American Art.   His paintings hang in the permanent collections of the United States Capitol, the Virginia State Capitol, the CIA, universities, museums and numerous other collections.

Painting from Photos with Marcia

Saturday, December 9, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Fee:  $ 125, non-members: $100 members


The emphasis is on choosing a photo that gives you the information you need to create a beautiful painting, and what to look for... not to replicate a photo.  Look for contrast, composition, and what to take out, or leave in.  What triggers that little voice that says, "I want to paint that, or like that." Who are your favorite artists, and why? Discussions on comparative or optic measurement, color harmony, keeping it interesting... and more... Learning to "see" like an artist. 

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