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The Dynamic Floral in Oils Workshop (Plus Acrylic and Pastel) with Patrick Saunders

  • Old Hyde Park Art Center 705 West Swann Avenue Tampa, FL, 33606 United States (map)

The Dynamic Floral in Oils (Plus Acrylic and Pastel) with Patrick Saunders

About the Instructor:


Patrick Saunders is a painter creating fine art while traveling North America in an Airstream with his photographer wife, Kimberly. He has studied with many renowned painters, including Mark English, Malcolm Liepke, Wilbur Niewald, Richard Schmid, and Burton Silverman. Patrick paints a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals, and frequently teaches workshops during his travels.

After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA, Patrick spent a decade as an artist at Hallmark Cards before returning to the KCAI to accept a full-time faculty position teaching illustration, painting, animation, and web design. Teaching led to a job offer in advertising, where, as a Group Creative Director, Patrick led teams of marketing professionals in New York, San Francisco, and globally, producing advertising for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, Whole Foods, Hill’s Pet Food, FedEx, Revlon, Southwest Airlines, Tom’s of Maine, Nextel, Skyy, Kashi, and Kellogg’s.

Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. He was featured by Southwest Art Magazine as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. His KCAI students voted to honor Patrick with an Educator of the Year award.

In 2013, Patrick began plein air painting, and has won awards from numerous nationally recognized events and organizations, including the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Easton, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Plein Air Texas, Plein Air Richmond, Maui Plein Air, Telluride Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air and Sedona Plein Air.

Patrick is a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the Oil Painters of America, and the Outdoor Painters Society, and a member of the American Impressionist Society.

About the Workshop:

The painted floral requires a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, a perfect subject to practice adding energy to all of your paintings. Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day will include a full demonstration followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction. Day one covers painting from photography. Day 2 - painting from the still life floral.  This workshop is designed for oil painters.  However, acrylic painters are also welcome, as the two mediums both work with opaque paint.  Occasionally pastel artists have joined the workshop as well.

We will take an hour lunch break. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

$325 for TRA Members, $350 for Non-Members

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