Ben Hamburger - Painting Nocturnes (Online); Tuesdays, October 4-18, 2022

Date: Tuesdays, October 4-18, 2022
Time:  10:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time (1:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:00 PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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The qualities of light, color, and atmosphere shift dramatically as the sun goes down. This three-session weekly workshop will focus on how to capture the unique qualities of the landscape and cityscape at nighttime (if you want to focus on figures or other subject matter, that is great too!).

We will discuss some artworks from throughout history that capture the feelings of nighttime before getting into topics including:
  • underpainting
  • controlling compressed values
  • some color theory
  • tips for capturing the illusion of artificial light
  • tips for paintings clouds and skies
  • and plenty more.

While Ben will be demonstrating working mainly from photographic reference, the concepts discussed will apply to working en plein air as well. There will be some brief exercises and plenty of time for Q & A during class, but students are encouraged to work on their own paintings out of class to discuss in the following sessions. This class is open to acrylic or oil painters. All painting levels are welcome to join, but some painting experience is ideal.

Ben Hamburger is a painter, socially engaged artist, and educator based in New Orleans, LA. His work is driven by art’s potential to connect and enrich our understanding of the world. Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Hamburger has led workshops and taught courses in schools, universities, art centers, museums, correctional facilities, and nonprofit organizations around the United States, as well as Bolivia, Thailand, and India. Hamburger has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and fellowships including the Orange County Arts Council Artist Grant, The Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Eckerd College, and First Place Prize in Orange County’s annual Plein Air Painting Event. Hamburger has attended artist residencies at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at locations including the Maryhill Museum of Art, Montpelier Arts Center, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and the Western Carolina University Art Museum. Hamburger’s work has been covered by Indy Week, The News and Observer, Voice of America,Tampa Bay Times, The Baltimore Sun,WYPR, and Baltimore Style Magazine. Hamburger is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University and teaches painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.