Early Registration Discount!
Register before December 31, 2014 and save 10% when paid in full.

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Workshops at McCormack Studios 

Take this opportunity to learn from nationally recognized portrait artist, Paul W. McCormack. Students will be working from a live model and or photographic reference as Paul demonstrates and lectures on all the principles and techniques needed to execute a traditional portrait. To ensure personal guidance from Paul throughout each program, workshops are strictly limited to 6 students. With demonstrations and lectures given each day students are taken through a step-by-step procedure…watch, listen, learn, and then apply. Combined with individual attention, critiques and hands on instruction, students will have the opportunity to create a finished portrait under Paul’s guidance. Beginners and advanced students alike will certainly benefit from the experience.

 

The Facilities

PLEASE NOTE that the McCormack Studios has moved to 129 Overlook Avenue in Beacon, NY. The new location is marked on the Plan your Visit page.  Workshops will have a more intimate setting with an allowance of a 6 student maximum. Early registration is highly recommended.


Travel and Accommodations
McCormack Studios is centrally located in the Hudson River Valley an area that boasts fine dining establishments,  better lodging and many culturally significant attractions. For detailed information please visit the Plan your Visit  page of the website.

 

Registration

Registration forms for workshops held in the McCormack Studios can be found at the bottom of this page. For workshops held outside of the McCormack Studios please refer to the website of the hosting facility for prices and information.
 

2015 Workshop Schedule

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Portrait Drawing from Life – 3 day workshop

Here is your opportunity to learn the primary foundation for all portrait work. This course is specifically designed for the beginning and intermediate portrait artist that seldom works from life or perhaps has been too intimidated to try. It is Paul’s belief that only by working and studying from life an artist will be able to tell truth from lie if the need to work from photographic reference arises. With instruction on the proper use of angles, plumb lines and relative measurement, students will learn how to acquire correct proportions in order to achieve a likeness of the model. With the inclusion of rendering techniques you will learn how to draw and render form in a realistic fashion.  

May 15 – 17, 2015

10am – 5pm

Fee: $450

McCormack Studios, Inc.

129 Overlook Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508

Phone:  (845) 380-9546

Email: info@mccormackstudios.com

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Watercolor Portraits from Photo Reference – 5 day workshop

In today’s competitive market of portraiture all professional artists eventually find that it’s necessary to learn how to properly work from photographic reference. In addition to Paul’s regular course of instruction, lectures will include how to take good photographic reference shots, lighting and posing your subject, printing your own photos for optimal color and how to deal with distortion.

For the exacting realism found in Paul’s work, most of day one will focus primarily on the drawing aspect of the portrait. Photographs of a model will be supplied to the student. With instruction on the proper use of angles, plumb lines and relative measurement, students will learn how to acquire correct proportions in order to achieve a likeness of the model. Using this method a line drawing will be executed by the student on drawing paper and broken down into 2 values of light shadow. The drawing will then be transferred to a sheet of 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper that has been pre-stretched. As the course continues, this intensive 5 day workshop will then focus on painting and the 3 basic watercolor techniques that Paul uses to execute all of his watercolor paintings; wet-into-wet, wet-onto-dry (glazing) and his signature dry brush technique. Lectures will include basic color theory, how to see and execute correct value relations, proper treatment of edges, and so much more.

June 10 – 14, 2015

10am – 5pm

Fee: $750

McCormack Studios, Inc.

129 Overlook Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508

Phone:  (845) 380-9546

Email: info@mccormackstudios.com

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Oil Portraits from Life – 5 day workshop

Students will be working from a live model as Paul demonstrates and lectures on the techniques and principles used in creating a traditional portrait in oil. Beginning with an open grisaille on a toned canvas, students will learn how to acquire correct proportions in order to achieve a likeness. The course will then continue with demonstrations and lectures on color mixing, and paint application. Students will learn how and when to work with thin and thick paint, the theory behind the use of broken color, how to see and execute correct value relations, proper treatment of edges and how to model features in a realistic fashion. A direct approach to oil painting will be used in this 5 day intensive workshop.

July 8 – 12, 2015

10am – 5pm

Fee: $750

McCormack Studios, Inc.

129 Overlook Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508

Phone:  (845) 380-9546

Email: info@mccormackstudios.com

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Watercolor Portraits from Life – 5 day workshop

For the exacting realism found in Paul’s work, most of day one will focus primarily on the drawing aspect of the portrait. With instruction on the proper use of angles, plumb lines and relative measurement, students will learn how to acquire correct proportions in order to achieve a likeness of the model. Using this method a line drawing will be executed by the student on drawing paper and broken down into 2 values of light shadow. The drawing will then be transferred to a sheet of 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper that has been pre-stretched. As the course continues, this intensive 5 day workshop will then focus on painting and the 3 basic watercolor techniques that Paul uses to execute all of his watercolor paintings; wet-into-wet, wet-onto-dry (glazing) and his signature dry brush technique. Lectures will include basic color theory, how to see and execute correct value relations,  proper treatment of edges,  and so much more.

August 5 - 9, 2015

10am – 5pm

Fee: $750

McCormack Studios, Inc.

129 Overlook Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508

Phone:  (845) 380-9546

Email: info@mccormackstudios.com

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Oil Portraits from Photo Reference – 5 day workshop

Students will be working from photographic reference as Paul demonstrates and lectures on all the principles and techniques needed to execute a traditional portrait in oils. With demonstrations and lectures given each day students are taken through a step-by-step procedure…watch, listen, learn, and then apply. Combined with individual attention, critiques and hands on instruction, students will have the opportunity to create a finished portrait under Paul’s guidance. Beginners and advanced students alike will certainly benefit from the experience.

Beginning with a drawing, students will learn how to acquire correct proportions in order to achieve a likeness. Drawings will then be transferred to a stretched canvas, inked in and followed by a full color ébauche. The course will then continue with demonstrations and lectures on color mixing, and paint application. Students will learn how and when to work with thin and thick paint, the theory behind the use of broken color, how to see and execute correct value relations, proper treatment of edges and how to model features in a realistic fashion. Lectures also include how to take good photographic reference shots, lighting your subject, printing your own photos for optimal color and how to deal with distortion.

September 9 - 13, 2015

10am – 5pm

Fee: $750

McCormack Studios, Inc.

129 Overlook Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508

Phone:  (845) 380-9546

Email: info@mccormackstudios.com

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Information and Registration for Workshops held at the McCormack Studios

For workshops held outside of the McCormack Studios please refer to the website of the hosting facility for prices and information.

Deposits:  Enrollment in all workshops is very limited. A deposit of 50% of the tuition is necessary to reserve a place; reservations are made on a first come first reserved basis. The balance of the tuition will be due two weeks prior to the start date of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy:  Workshop participants may cancel up to 30 days prior to the start date of the workshop. Prior to the 30 days the deposit and any tuition monies paid over the deposit will be refunded, less a $75.00 cancellation fee. For cancellations with less than 30 days notice, the deposit is non-refundable. We cannot be responsible for refunds or credits of workshops missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control.

 

Registration:
There are 2 ways to register for workshops held at the McCormack Studios.

Option 1: Download and print out the registration form and mail it in with your check or money order.

Option 2: Register online and pay by credit card through a secure transaction online. An email confirmation will be sent to you within 48 hours of your payment.

Download and print out the registration form: Click Here

Register Online: Click Here


Make payment here: Use the drop down menu to pay in full or to make a deposit only. After a successful transaction you will be redirected to the Home Page.
 

Early Registration Discount!
Register early before December 31, 2014 and save 10% when paid in full.
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3-Day Workshop Early Registration Discount - $405.00

5-Day Workshop Early Registration Discount - $675.00


If you prefer to leave a deposit only, please use the drop-down menu below.
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2-Day Workshop
3-Day Workshop
5-Day Workshop

Travel and Accommodations
For travel information and accommodations please visit the Plan your Visit page
 
Supply Lists: (Easels and Tabourets are supplied)
Drawing Workshop:  Download
Watercolor Workshop:  Download
Oil Workshop:  Download
 
Additional workshops are being continually added. To stay informed of all future workshops be sure to join our mailing list found on the contact  page. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about a workshop program please contact us at info@mccormackstudios.com.

 


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