PIQUA — Those interested in learning about oil paintings and landscape techniques won’t have to travel far this fall.
Award-winning artist Ryan Brown will be teaching an oil painting workshop in Piqua from Oct. 4-7, running from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Schmidlapp Free School Library at 509 N. Main St. Sponsored by the Piqua Arts Council, the workshop costs $300 for members and $350 for non-members.
“The reason we specifically chose Ryan — he’s an up-and-comer in the art world right now, his paintings are over-the-top good, and the last one sold for $85,000,” said Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council. “That seems to be somebody that we thought the community would want to learn from.”
The workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council’s Fund Every County initiative.
Brown’s interest in pursuing art as a career was sparked from his enjoyment in the practice itself. He studied illustration at Brigham Young University in his native Utah, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002. Soon after, he studied in Italy at the Florence Academy of Art. His educational experience abroad is what sparked his interest in teaching workshops in the first place.
“(I) realized really quickly that information and the approach they were teaching there wasn’t being taught in any of the universities, and it was far more effective than the programs that universities offer in allowing people to learn in a regular progression, in a very organized environment,” Brown said.
“I felt like people needed that information and it just wasn’t readily available to most people, so I felt compelled to pass on what I was lucky enough to get.”
The workshop in Piqua will focus on landscape. In addition, Brown will be selling his recently released how-to DVDs covering painting figures in landscape. He will also be demonstrating figuring landscaping, and possibly do a portrait sketch for one of the workshop sessions.
To learn more about Brown and view some of his artwork, visit www.ryansbrown.com.
Openings for the oil workshop are still available. Those interested can register by filling out the application online at www.piquaartscouncil.org/workshops.html. Registration is limited to the first 14 participants and a $100 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold a spot.
Pictured is "Monument Valley Morning" by artist Ryan Brown, whose work includes figures, landscapes, still life and drawings. Brown will conduct an oil workshop focusing on landscapes, from Oct. 4-7, sponsored by the Piqua Arts Council.
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