The Art of Seeing: Making a Painting Work

Lower Carnegie Studio
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Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Grade Range
Adult - Adult
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Art Area
Visual Arts

A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Mueller will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together, including: first concept development; small idea and value composition studies; the use of a color study; and completing a finished work of art. Students will also do direct painting without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece, but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter-change, color harmony, and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value, and color. Mueller will talk about seeing things in a more “abstract” way…not to see mountains, water, trees, etc., so literally, but to see them as an interesting arrangement of shapes and colors. Students will then start to think more as an “artist” and find their own voice. Mueller will also talk about the design of a painting...what to change, add or subtract, and what to emphasize to make a more successful painting.  Students should be prepared to work from their own photos and/or field studies. Mueller will have a large selection of photos from around the country and world...portraits, figures, and landscapes. Starts, mistakes, and failures could be the order of the day, but Mueller says, “We will make mistakes, work hard, and have a good time doing it!”


Ned Mueller

Workshop Instructor; Paint Grand Traverse Juror
CTAC Petoskey
CTAC Traverse City
Cancellation & Class Policies

Cancellation Policy for Multi-Day Workshops

Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment 30 days prior to the first workshop session.  If a workshop is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)

Student Withdrawal
Requests for cancellation by the student at least sixty (60) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  Requests for cancellation by the student between thirty (30) and fifty-nine (59) days prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a 50% tuition refund . NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop.