Workshop Overview

I provide watercolor workshops on the art of portraiture and still life, focusing on the “chiaroscuro” approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. Workshops include at least one demonstration, illustrating my technique and giving insight into my methods and philosophies. I will discuss setting up vivid still-life compositions, and offer tips on working with a model to create engaging portraits. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges and color.

I've also developed a unique 1 day workshop, not found elsewhere, that covers everything that happens after I finish a watercolor painting. From photographing and varnishing, to framing and shipping, I outline my process for submitting and presenting watercolors in exhibitions and galleries.

 

Upcoming Classes


After the Painting is Finished (1 Day Workshop)
Baltimore Watercolor Society
Saturday, May 5  |  10:00 - 4:00 PM

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You have now completed your masterpiece, what’s next? This one day workshop will teach you how to photograph your painting for exhibition entry, properly mat and frame or varnish a watercolor for display, how to best package or ship your artwork, and more. This is the perfect workshop for any artist who is looking to start entering pieces for exhibition, or take it up a notch and streamline their process. 

No need to buy materials for this workshop! Bring your questions and a note pad for a day packed with helpful information, demonstrations and tips. See promotional flyer here for more info.


Painting the Figure in Watercolor (4 Day Workshop)
Baltimore Watercolor Society (Registration coming soon)
Tuesday, October 30 – Friday, November 2 

Focusing on the “chiaroscuro” approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings, this four day workshop will include daily watercolor demonstrations illustrating Matthew's technique and giving insight into his methods and philosophies. Students will follow along with group demonstrations. Painters with more experience can work from their own photographs with individual guidance, or work from the material provided. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all.

Topic will included:
• Painting the translucency of skin.
• Handling complex textures such as hair and fabric.
• Tips on working with a model to create engaging portraits. 
• Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges and color.


Materials

If you are just starting out, materials can be expensive. I encourage people to spend first on the important things. Do not skimp on your paint, brushes or paper—use professional artists grade materials. Watercolor is a difficult medium, there’s no need to add to the challenge with inferior products. Student grade paint uses less pigment and more binder (filler) so it is difficult to get deep rich color.