art classes

Working magic: making your paintings always appear to be from life

Mango Agave Sorbet, oil on canvas

November 7-9, 2014

Painting from life is a key to successful painting and a skill to practice as much as possible. While working from life is essential, it is not always possible, so it is also useful to know how to work from photograhs when necessary. We will then learn how to integrate life painting skills into studio paintings from photographs in order to maintain the aliveness that comes from working from life.

We will cover topics such as how to:

  • Compose a photograph for use in a studio
  • Adjust a photo for the most vivid color & value range
  • Add color & value from memory of life paintings

This workshop is useful for both intermediate and advanced painters. Prior painting experience necessary. Group and individual instruction provided, with demonstrations throughout; emphasis on oil painting, all media welcome. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley is an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus has the gift of artist and instructor and is able to project his experience for the student to understand. He is patient and funny and it is a pleasure to be in his class.” ~Amy W.

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
November 7-9, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by October 31, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Painting the one you want—in one weekend!

Frida's Front, oil on canvas

October 10-12, 2014

In this workshop Seamus will be working individually with each artist, helping you to set up your own composition and to work toward a finished painting. With demonstrations throughout, group instruction will focus on topics such as using thumbnails and composition, as well as beginning, reaching a mid-point, and finishing a work. Each phase can provide different challenges but also refreshing insight to your work; how each of these phases affect and transform the final product will be discussed.

This workshop is for you if you are looking to concentrate on:

  • Refining your end result from step one
  • Fully utilizing thumbnails
  • Generating important reflection points throughout a painting

This workshop is useful for painters who have some confidence in their abilities and are looking for direction with their ongoing work; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley is an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus’ classes are fun and conducive to learning and wanting to succeed. He encourages the students to learn from each other and there has been a lot of good will and friendship built up among the students.” ~Patricia B.

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
October 10-12, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by September 30, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Where in the world is that elusive vanishing point?

Reverence, oil on canvas

August 15-17, 2014

Perspective is important for everything you paint because in every subject, there is a point of view and a horizon line. At this workshop, learn simple techniques for identifying and capturing a perspective that adds great interest to your paintings. Seamus will cover how to identify the vanishing point, horizon line, create perspective in foreshortening, shadows and ellipses. This is an opportunity to approach your paintings in a whole new way.

As with all classes instructed by Seamus Berkeley, the intent will be on learning the fundamentals, leaving you, the artist, to develop your unique expression and vision. Focal points of this workshop will be:

  • Orchestrating a cohesive composition
  • Proper set up & measuring
  • Perspective from every angle: vanishing points, foreshortening, shadows & ellipses
  • Expanding your confidence painting still life and real world environments

Join Seamus Berkeley in order to learn from a lifetime of painting, and to better orient yourself in front of the canvas; Seamus’s skillful advice and delight in teaching might just push you toward surmounting hurdles within your work which have been (knowingly or not) holding you back from accelerating to the next level.

This workshop is useful for painters at all levels; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“He gives good attention to each student and the individual work during the class, as well as occasional painting technique demonstrations. The location is convenient with plenty of parking. The other students have a range of abilities, and they add to the overall class atmosphere.” ~Gina P.

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
August 15-17, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by July 31, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Putting all of Manhattan onto your eight inch canvas!

Reverence, oil on canvas

July 18-20, 2014

How do you transfer the composition that you envision onto your canvas? This is one of the trickiest skills to learn, without which, your painting will not materialize according to your expectations.

In this workshop, you will learn how to correctly measure, transfer measurements to the canvas, use vertical and horizontal drop lines, and to relate shapes to each other in order to maintain the original composition. By applying these useful techniques, your paintings will get closer to coming alive in the way that you want them to!

Join this workshop in order to:

  • Perfect measuring techniques for a truly life-like appeal
  • Learn what the heck drop lines are and how to use them!
  • Approach your canvas with fresh eyes & expand your field of perception
  • Add new tools to your artistic arsenal of skills!

This workshop is useful for painters at all levels; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Seamus has mastered the tricks necessary for his compositions to achieve desired results, and he thrives off of sharing his knowledge with eager artists. As a lifelong student and enthusiastic teacher, he looks forward to enriching your painting expression, which his workshops can bring to you.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“With gentle coaching, he empowers each student to fully express their inner vision. Don’t miss The Fundamentals of Painting video produced by Seamus! You’re gonna like the way you paint!” ~Maggie C.

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
July 18-20, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by June 30, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Occupy your canvas!

Box of Chocolates, oil on canvas

June 20-22, 2014

Continuing in this fundamentals series, this workshop will concentrate on composition: how to organize your ideas for a painting, on the canvas. Areas covered include planning the setup, measuring, and placement of desired subjects on the canvas. Thinking outside the box is always welcomed! Studying composition with an experienced painter and alongside other students may help inspire and challenge you to push the limits of your personal palette of creativity.

Attend this workshop if you want to:

  • Learn specific tools for measuring space on your canvas
  • Be exposed to new techniques for placing and orienting your subjects
  • Think differently about your blank canvas: the opportunities are endless!

The workshop will include demonstration, as well as group and individual instruction.

This workshop is useful for painters at all levels; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus Berkeley’s oil painting classes are well organized, clear and provide a supportive atmosphere for learning.” ~Gina P.

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
June 20-22, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by May 31, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Lights, darks, and the mysteries in between

Box of Chocolates, oil on canvas

May 23-25, 2014

We often tend to focus on the beauty of the color of objects and light and shy away from investigating the darks. Overlooking this aspect of our environment tends to limit the range of our expression.

We will explore how to assess values, and then how to create that corresponding value with the paint. We’ll also practice letting go of the hesitancy to use the full range of values. This practice creates more dynamic paintings.

In this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Redefine contrast among lights, darks, shadows & find balance on a canvas
  • Differentiate between hue values and the end result values of your materials
  • Challenge your understanding of contrast in a painting

Taking a deeper look into the darks and learning how to integrate them correctly, according to your artistic vision (and regardless of subject) can enrich and enliven all of your paintings. Definitely fun… and a bit of a challenge!

The workshop will include demonstration, as well as group and individual instruction.

This series is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

This workshop is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters. Some painting experience necessary. Group and individual instruction provided, with demonstrations throughout; emphasis on oil painting, all media welcome.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“The opportunity to study with Seamus Berkeley is a gift. An accomplished Fine Artist, Seamus shares his vast knowledge by effectively demonstrating a wide variety of oil painting techniques and tools..” ~Maggie C.

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
May 23-25, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by April 30, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Seamus Berkeley has been creating paintings, photographs and prints in a variety of genres for decades. Dublin-born, Berkeley lives in Taos, New Mexico and travels extensively for inspiration for his paintings and photographic images.His paintings and images are extensively collected, both nationally and internationally, most of which is commissioned fine art paintings. He uses oils as his primary painting medium, focusing on a variety of subjects in a representational impressionistic style and digital camera and phone for his exploration of the natural world.

What motivates him to create artwork is that serve as reminders to the viewer of our existence in and as part of nature. The primary goal is to make artwork that reflects his personal experience of memorable moments of being alive. Artwork has the potential to evoke a similar memorable experience for the viewer.

Berkeley’s work is not only an expression of himself, but it is his own personal contribution to visually recorded history. He has won several regional and national awards for his artwork, including Best Portrait at the Oil Painters of America show in 2000. He is the founder and past-president of the Taos Society of Portrait Artists and a member of the Oil Painters of America. Berkeley’s work has been featured in such publications as Southwest Art, Information Warehouse, The Taos News, Art-Talk and The Trail-Gazette. His influences include esteemed artists Charles Cross, Nancy Guzik, Quang Ho, David Lefel, Ron Sherr, Richard Schmid and Teresa Vito. Additionally, he has traveled around the globe to study first-hand the works of master painters.

“The beauty of art is not only in the completed work but in its process. The creative process in art is a movement the external world is seen from the artist’s perspective and is then returned to the external world through the chosen media. The result of this reflective process is a work of art to be shared by others”
~ Seamus Berkeley

Why Do I Create Artwork?
Beauty:
For me, beauty is a delightful inner experience, not outside of oneself. Each of us has the potential to be in that space and we make the choice to be there or not. Painting is about the active engagement of placing oneself in the state of being that sees things in a beautiful way. The outcome expressed on canvas may lead the observer to wonder what the artist was experiencing while creating the painting. A good painting stimulates and encourages the viewer to enter into this mode of seeing beauty.

Discovery:
Literally, not covering. The act of not covering reveals to us a sense of beauty that we normally cover in our day-to-day activities. Painting can be used as a means of discovery that exposes an incredible alternative view of the world. Approached in this way, painting clears the mind to see the beauty that is already there.

Serenity:
Serenity is a state of being that is unaffected by disturbance. It is calm, unclouded, clear. In order to paint well, it is necessary to look intently. By doing so, our preconceived ideas of what we are seeing are left behind and the mind is quieted. We discover beauty serenity unfolds.