Making Landscape Colors Sing: In Pastels with Lana Ballot – Nov 11-12, 2017

Making Landscape Colors Sing: In Pastels with Lana Ballot – Nov 11-12, 2017

Making Landscape Colors Sing: In Pastels
with Lana Ballot
Two Day Workshop: Nov 11-12, 2017, 10am – 4:30 pm
$270 M/$300 NM

Sayville Vines, Lana Ballot

During this workshop we’ll explore how to avoid muddy tired colors in a pastel painting and make confident color choices whether you want to capture a bright sunny day or subtle atmospheric effects. The introduction demo will illustrate the specifics of color layering and underpainting techniques to create beautifully nuanced color, depth and texture.
In a series of exercises we’ll explore how using different color characteristics we can improve the overall design, create more dynamic composition, make a stronger visual statement.
For a final work, students will have a choice of working from their own reference or using one of the provided photos.
All levels of experience are welcome.
List of materials will be provided. 

Lana Ballot painting wave.

Bio: Lana Ballot, PSA,  is a professional artist and pastel painting instructor, living on Long Island, NY. Working primarily in pastels, she prefers this medium for its immediacy, spontaneity and unparalleled luminosity of color. Through years of experience painting outdoors Lana’s work is characterized by confident and expressive use of color and painterly mark-making.  Lana is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her work has been exhibited in National juried shows. 
• 2015, her work received an Honorable mention in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition. 
• 2016, she was awarded The Yang Family Award in the Pastel Society of America’s annual show Enduring Brilliance
• 2017, she won 1st place awards in local and national pastel shows, and The Best of Show in For Pastels, Only On Cape Cod juried pastel exhibition.

You may download this form and mail with your check or register online, with your credit card, below.

Making Landscape Colors Sing – Ballot – Nov 11-12

Painting the Floral Still Life with Gregg Kreutz – Sept. 16 & 17, 2017

Painting the Floral Still Life with Gregg Kreutz – Sept. 16 & 17, 2017

Painting the Floral Still Life with Gregg Kreutz
Saturday September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017

Gregg Kreutz returns to The Art Guild with a workshop that will focus on painting the floral still life. Flowers with paired with objects and fruit, turning them into compelling dramas of light and shadow.  The focus will be on revealing the significant and obscuring the less meaningful.

This workshop will explore how to create effects with paint strokes and palette knife swipes. Students will strive to make the canvas not only a depiction of observed reality, but also a celebration of the beauty of the flower.

Painting the floral still life is not only a worthy subject in its own right, but it can also provide vital learning skills for all other genres – landscape, portrait, interior and figure. Each of these is made easier by a familiarity with the art of the still life.

Materials list will be provided.

Though other mediums are welcome, the workshop will only be taught with, and demonstrated in, oils.

Kreutz_Book CoverGregg Kreutz is an award winning painter and author of the classic artist’s guide, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. After graduating from NYU, he pursued his training as a painter at the Art Students League of New York, winning a merit scholarship.  He studied with Frank Mason, Robert Beverly Hale and most significantly, David Leffel.  Gregg teaches drawing and painting at the Art Students League as well as workshops throughout the US and around the world.

For more info on Gregg, please visit his website.


Lemonade from Lemons: When Good Things Happen to Bad Watercolors

Lemonade from Lemons: When Good Things Happen to Bad Watercolors

Saturday November 8, 2014 • 10 am – 2 pm

Instructor: Annie Shaver-Crandall

$50 Members/$65 Non-members

A workshop focusing on strategies for salvaging watercolors that turn out not quite as you intended. We’ll look at traditional correction and repair techniques, as well as gouache, watercolor pencils, and oil pastels as possible adjuncts to transparent watercolors.

Participants should bring in some pieces that they consider failures, as well as their watercolor paints, brushes and fresh paper. Prepare to release anxiety about this wonderful medium and its friends.

Annie Shaver-Crandell is an artist specializing in plein air landscape. Born and raised in Ohio, she now lives in New York City’s historic Noho neighborhood.  She sits on the Board of Directors of the Salmagundi Club of New York. For more info about Annie Shaver-Crandall please visit her website and blog.

For more info call 516-304-5797

Fast, Loose & Bold Painting Workshop w/Patti Mollica – Feb 13 & 14, 2016

Fast, Loose & Bold Painting Workshop w/Patti Mollica – Feb 13 & 14, 2016

Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14, 2016

9:30 PM – 4:30PM

Learn How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and starting from strong compositions. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished artist, you’ll learn:

• how to see limited values clearly
• how to mix colors so they stay clean and bright
• how to create a value sketch as a “roadmap” to a successful painting
• how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities
• how to economize and let go of the unnecessary repetitive brushstrokes
• how to simplify – know what’s important detail- and what’s not
• how to start out with large shapes rather than smaller details
• how to work with bigger brushes for a more gestural quality
• how to hold your brush for a bolder application of paint
• how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes
• how to paint with fewer strokes for a bolder look
• how to work with thicker paint
• the importance of grays
• how to mix colorful grays
• and more

The most eye-catching, dramatic paintings are based on strong composition with simple, large shapes. Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start – to create dramatic, brilliant and confident paintings!

All levels and all media are welcome. A materials list will be provided. Painting demonstrations will be in acrylics or oils, but the fundamentals taught apply to all media.

Patti Mollica believes that truly great painting is not about the “subject matter,” but rather the way an artist communicates beauty, sensitivity and integrity in whatever is painted. Flowers, gardens and sunsets are no more worthy as painting subjects than a subway station full of weary commuters, or a closeup of an old rundown building with cascading fire escapes. She believes that a painter’s job is to show the viewer the inherant beauty of all subjects and scenes, most especially the ones that are not commonly thought of in an artistic light.

Although she is equally comfortable working in both oils and acrylics, she feels that the new developments in recent years to acrylics make them a perfect vehicle for infinite versatility and personal expression. This is explored and illustrated in depth in her book, “Modern Acrylics“. She has also recently authored “Color Theory” and “Getting Started in Acrylics“, available in art stores worldwide and online at

For more about Patti, please visit her website:

$350 members/$380 non-members

Update: We had a wonderful time with Patti! Click here to see pictures on our Facebook page.  (You don’t need a Facebook account to see them.)

Colored Pencil & Ink On Canvas with Robert Kogge

Colored Pencil & Ink On Canvas with Robert Kogge

Saturday January 24 – Sunday January 25, 2015

10 am – 2 pm

$150 Members/$175 Non-Members

This unique technique, created by artist Robert Kogge, fuses painting and drawing. This workshop will present an alternate approach to traditional painting and drawing by joining the two disciplines into a single process.

Experiment with integrating media, beginning by drawing with graphite on canvas and continuing to develop an image with colored pencil and ink wash to create a composition of your own. The workshop will explore the significance of personalizing one’s use of materials and methods, finding a process to express your own aesthetic sensibilities.

Students can work from reference materials, photographs or still life, take subject matter directly from nature or do a version of something they’ve completed in a different medium. Individual attention will be provided to all.

Material list provided at registration.



Doug Dawson Workshops: September 19-22, 2013

Hosted by The Art Guild, nationally known artist and teacher, Doug Dawson will give two workshops at  Elderfields Preserve located at 200 Port Washington Blvd in Manhasset, NY.


Plein Air Landscape Painting on September 19, 20, 21
Capturing the Character: Head & Shoulders on September 22

BONUS Pastel Demo Painting a Character Study
Wednesday, September 18 7-9 PM, $20 per person
Free for students enrolled in workshops