AIS Workshops

Kenn Backhaus Workshop 
The Key Element for More Successful and Dynamic Paintings

Time: 9am to 3pm
Cost: $125 for members / $175 non members*
Location: Cincinnati Art Club
Limit: 20 students

For this one-day workshop leave your paints, brushes and canvas at home to better allow yourself to be immersed in a creative development opportunity.

In this workshop Kenn will share how this key element opened doors to help improve his creative process with great results. This mental growth and development workshop will energize and better prepare you for your next painting opportunity. Properly directing ones creative energy, efforts and goals will result in thoughtful, diverse, yet spontaneous works. Defining that one initial key element that artists usual neglect to consider, will open doors and allow you to discover new boundaries. This key element is what hinges all creative considerations during the painting process. For myself, neglecting proper creative procedures and goals left me as an artist with “happenstance” results.

Through a visual presentation along with an insightful lecture Kenn will define and explain the importance of this mostly forgone key element and how past Masters and some of the leading Contemporary artists of today use this key element to develop their own unique and dynamic works of art.

There will be a question and answer period after the presentation and we will end the day with a critique session. Supplies: Bring an energetic mind and spirit, a notebook and if your care to participant bring one painting for the critique session.


Kim English Workshop

Time: Saturday March 24, 2018
Cost: $125 for members / $175 non members plus model fee of $15*
Location: Cincinnati Art Club 9am to 4pm
Limit: 20 students
This one day workshop will focus on the model indoors. 
Students will learn how to work fast and loose, concentrating on the big relationships, instead of the details. The various effects of light
will be discussed as well as how Kim utilizes his palette.

Supply list:

  • Portable easel (French Easel, Pochade Box, etc)
  • Palette (glass or wood)
  • Brushes - Various sizes of bristle and soft brushes (I use a medium size (3/4") soft brush as well as a couple of (1/2") bristle brushes)
  • Palette Knife
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits (AIS will have Gamsol available for anyone flying in)
  • Brush Washing Container with a screen (I use a medium size metal Holbein Canister)
  • Canvas panels (8X10, 9X12) bring enough panels to do a number of small paintings (I use 12"x16" 10"x12" linen panels)
  • Panel Carrier or Slot Box (a box to carry your wet panels after completion)
Alizarin Crimson
Quinacridone Red
Cadmium Red
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Yellow
Phthalo Green
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue


*If workshop is not filled by March 10th, we will open registration up to non-members for $175.
If registration is full, we will have a waiting list based on a first come first served basis, with AIS members having first priority. 

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