Masterclasses in Italy’s Lomardy Hills

Hone your skills and enjoy the beauty and culture of Northern Italy in 2019 with OPA Master Signature artist Daud Akhriev

 
 
 Akhriev painting in the Villa Vitalba earlier this year.

Akhriev painting in the Villa Vitalba earlier this year.

Paint Interiors and Still Life in Oil

June 10-14, 2019 (Arrive June 9, depart June 15)

Interiors’ representation in a painting can make the difference between a good composition and a great one. Think of John Singer Sargent’s “The Daughters of Edward Boit,” and what a difference makes the luxurious interiors, including architectural spaces and the naturally occuring still life within. Study what you love during the long days of June in this historic family estate.

 
  Antonio’s Fields , Oil on Linen, Fragment

Antonio’s Fields, Oil on Linen, Fragment

Paint Italian Landscapes in Oil

June 17-21, 2019 (arrive June 16, depart June 22)

Italian landscape holds a place of honor in Western artistic history. Come participate in the tradition with experienced plein air instructor trained in the Russian Academic method. Improve your powers of observation and add to your skill sets in the Bergamo hills for five days of classes and practice. Perceiving warms and cools, organizing the masses and prioritizing the details will be discussed.

 
 Akhriev watercolor  Sketch of the Bergamo Cathedral

Akhriev watercolor Sketch of the Bergamo Cathedral

 Hefferlin,  Kiss of the Peacock , fragment, Oil on Linen, 2018

Hefferlin, Kiss of the Peacock, fragment, Oil on Linen, 2018

Mastering Watercolors

June 24-28, 2019 (arrive June 23, depart June 29

The Russian academic education begins with years of transparent watercolor training before touching oils. Akhriev will teach the skills of the capricious medium in Italy’s lovely northern province.

 

Small Group Focus on Still Life Practices with Melissa Hefferlin

Up to three participants for any of three course segments occurring between June 9 - 29

An intimate group of four, led by Hefferlin, explores the creative depths of this ancient genre. An examination of not only oil painting technique, but also narrative intent, the emotion of a project and choosing objects.

 Akhriev painting in Villa Vitalba’s garden, as seen from the participants’ bedrooms.

Akhriev painting in Villa Vitalba’s garden, as seen from the participants’ bedrooms.