Hone your skills with intensive specialized instruction!

Shane periodically teaches workshops with demonstrations and personalized instruction as a way to bring more specialized attention to disciplines of representational realism in drawing and painting. Workshops are a fun way for students to mutually benefit from step-by-step instruction as they are facing the challenges of a similar subject.

Figure Drawing

figure sketch of a nude back of a woman holding her hair by Shane McDonald
Figure Sketch by Shane McDonald
Time-lapse Procreate digital figure drawings by Shane

Figure Drawing Workshop

Ages 13 - Adult
Spring date to be announced
12 noon - 2:30 p.m.

$25 (2.5 hours)

Add Model Fee?

All supplies will be provided for this workshop. Students will be working with:

  • graphite pencil
  • vine charcoal
  • charcoal pencil
  • compressed charcoal
  • light pastel/conté crayon
  • newsprint and drawing paper

Shane will cover the following ways to address the drawing of the human figure from a live model. The model will wear tight-fitting leotards, bathing suits or undergarments so mature high school students can attend.

Agenda
  • three Gesture drawing (for movement and general proportion)
  • three 10-minute drawings (for angles of armature, positive/negative space, center of weight, and contour lines)
  • three 20-minute drawings (deliniating light and shadow to help define depth and cover challenges of foreshortening, hands and feet)
  • one 25-minute drawing (a chance to bring it all together)

Please bring an $8 model fee to help pay for the model's posing

Payment and Registration

Since the mini-workshop is limited to around 10 people it is best to Email Shane McDonald to let him know you're interested in attending before you arrive or pay. You may also call to leave a message at (770) 218-0676.

Upon approval you may pay $25 by cash or check at the time you attend.


Portrait Drawing

portrait drawing of a young woman's profile by Shane McDonald
2-hour portrait from life by Shane
Time-lapse charcoal portrait drawing by Shane

Portrait Drawin Workshop

Ages 13 - Adult
Spring date to be announced
12 noon - 2:30 p.m.

$25 (2.5 hours)

Add Model Fee?

All supplies will be provided for this workshop. Students will be working with:

  • vine charcoal
  • charcoal pencil
  • compressed charcoal
  • conté crayons
  • drawing paper

Shane will cover the following ways to address the drawing of the human figure from a live model. The model will wear tight-fitting leotards, bathing suits or undergarments so mature high school students can attend.

Agenda
  • three 10-minute sketches (practice generalizing shapes and measuring proportion)
  • two 50-minute drawings (deliniating light and shadow to help define depth and cover challenges of foreshortening, hands and feet)

Please bring an $8 model fee to help pay for the model's posing

Payment and Registration

Since the mini-workshop is limited to around 10 people it is best to Email Shane McDonald to let him know you're interested in attending before you arrive or pay. You may also call to leave a message at (770) 218-0676.

Upon approval you may pay $25 by cash or check at the time you attend.


Plein Air Painting

artist Shane McDonald wearing hat paints landscape
Shane paints en plein air on the French Mediterranean coast
Time-lapse plein air painting by Shane

Plein Air Painting Workshop

Ages 13 - Adult
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Full day 6 hours painting with one-hour lunch
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
$100

Half-day 3 hours painting
(9 a.m. - noon or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
$70

Choose length
Half-Day Options (if not registering for full day)
Step-by-step guidance painting the landscape from life using oils or acrylics

We'll meet near the trail head of the Silver Comet Trail in Rockmart, GA to paint the landscape which might include Euharlee Creek, its bridges, or surrounding farm structures. Shane will provide your painting substrate(s) and share his materials with anyone not able to get everything of their own (see list below). Students already accustomed to plein air are welcome to bring the materials with which they are familiar. If you have questions about recommended art materials, please contact Shane.

Location

100 E Church St, Rockmart, GA 30153
offered in conjunction with the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center, (770) 684-2707

Agenda

MORNING: After a 30 minute demonstration and discussion, Shane will individually instruct students as they paint a scene around downtown Rockmart for 2+ hours.

LUNCH: Bring a sack lunch or join Shane at Hometown Pizza and Grill for a Philly-steak sandwhich or pizza at noon.

AFTERNOON: Starting at 1 p.m. the afternoon will be a repeat of the morning session—this time with a different view.

Recommended Supplies
  • your easel (light-weight tripod easel, a half-size or full size French easel, or pochade box easel is recommended)
  • a disposable paper palette pad (or what you already own and have successfully used before en plein air)
  • two or three brushes (long-handled, long-bristled recommended with brush heads ranging between 1/8-inch to 1-inch)
  • diamond-head metal palette knife • metal or plastic container for solvent (or water for acrylics)
  • oil paints (or acrylics if preferred)
  • Colors (a simplified palette—but feel free to bring more colors):
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Viridian Green
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Permanent Alizarine Crimson
      [or Quinacridone Red])
Payment and Registration

Since the mini-workshop is limited to 9 people it is best to Email Shane McDonald to let him know you're interested in attending before you arrive or pay. You may also call and leave a message at (770) 218-0676.

Plein Air Paintings in Acrylics by Shane
Plein Air Paintings in Oils by Shane

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