NOH/WAVE/ACADEMY was started in 2018 by the NOH/WAVE artist collective.
"In this workshop, I'll demonstrate the approach I take to painting from life, using watercolor, and how the choices we make when choosing items for the still life effect the the overall "mood" of the painting. Justin Daashuur Hopkins and I discuss our collaboration on the composition and the initial idea that launched this second workshop. This course will include a complete painting in real time, as well as full audio commentary and behind the scenes footage of our planning process." - Nick Runge
“In this video workshop, I'll discuss and demonstrate my intention and process in creating a finished portrait in two sittings. Starting with what I look for in a model and a photo reference, I'll discuss composition and placement of the head-including various methods and intentions, how process and intent can guide your painting and exploring exaggeration in color and value as methods of expression. In the second sitting of the portrait, I'll demonstrate textures and layering as effects to enhance what I learned as “impact & payoff.” From beginning to end, I'm very much looking forward to sharing my approach to a deconstructed portrait.” - John Wentz
"In this video workshop, I'll provide a start to finish look at my creative process, from taking reference photos, to painting 3 finished portraits. I'll explain how I approach watercolor by breaking down my color choices, compositions and values of light/shadow, in order to construct a solid foundation for painting. By starting with a pencil drawing and moving through each transparent layer of paint, I'll share my thoughts on creating a life-like face using both principals of realism and abstraction together. I invite you to join me for this watercolor exploration." - Nick Runge
"This video workshop will be about exploring abstract mix media techniques that can be added to traditional portraiture. The goal of this video course is trying to open a path for the viewer to embrace their unique artistic voice while still refining their technical abilities in craftsmanship. The video exercises will be geared toward students who have a desire to refine their creative voice and broaden their understanding of design, texture, and visual rhythm. The course will be broken down to show you both ends of the spectrum. From a more refined approach to drawing the portrait to then understanding how to approach abstract mark making. The end goal being you will have a better understanding of making artwork that feels more confident and unique to the viewers style." - Daniel Segrove
"This workshop charts the progress of two portrait pieces, one with oil paint on canvas and one digital work in Photoshop. I approach these pieces with the exact same mindset as I approach my personal work. The basics of each medium is covered in this workshop, from the steps I take in a photoshoot to process, materials, and color 'theory' in both physical and digital domains. I also give suggestions for further self-expression and self-studying. Along the way each technical, practical, and formal consideration will be examined in an artistic context. In isolation, all information no matter how novel is inert and unmoving, but if they move us they can shed light on our own creative motivations. Our own interest is what illuminates the path; it is through artistic process that we find ourselves able to traverse it." - Steve Kim
Master artist David Cheifetz guides students through his process of creating a still life oil painting, expressing concepts both simple and powerful that can help you add a sense of focus and drama to your own paintings. The live audience provides a depth that is normally inaccessible in a typical instructional video, occasionally sparking Cheifetz to go beyond his primary concepts and veer into more thoughtful and personal territory. Cheifetz adapts to the evolving painting, problem solving on the fly, a process which necessitates clarity of intent. You will learn to establish and continually reestablish a clarity of intent that will help you navigate the turbulent middle stages of a painting that can often derail the artist. Renowned for his painting proficiency with both brush and knife, Cheifetz demonstrates the usage of both tools.
"David's workshop on still life composition was excellent, and left me with many new ideas and techniques to incorporate into my own work. He is a superb, perceptive, and patient instructor, who is able to intuit the best approach for each student. His suggestions were invariably helpful, and he is adept at offering solutions and "next steps" tailored to each painter's needs, as well as gently introducing new and more effective approaches."
"As someone who's struggled with watercolor for ages, this course has completely changed my perception of the medium and helped me make huge improvements in my own work. Unlike other online instructional videos that I've tried in the past, Nick kept everything organized, easily digestible, and there was a clear flow in the concepts he presented. From the diversity of camera angles to the wide breadth in subjects covered, I was blown away by the thoroughness, aesthetics, and attention to detail within each video. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to improve their artistic abilities and I'm excited to browse the rest that NOH/WAVE/ACADEMY has to offer."
"Nick’s online video workshop was captivating and very helpful for me. Nick's emphasis on value is particularly helpful especially in relation to colour. I love exuberant colour, but learning the importance of the light and dark values is a good lesson for me. Thank you and Nick for putting together such a useful and enlightening workshop. I look forward to the next one."
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