2021 Live Webinar Schedule

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Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday, May 3rd

9:00a-4:00p EDT

Tuesday, May 4th

9:00a-4:00p EDT

Wednesday, May 5th

9:00a-4:00p EDT

Thursday, May 6th

9:00a-4:00p EDT

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The Hand and Eye Connection - Robert Liberace

After a demonstration, Rob will teach attendees how the basis for drawing is a connection between the eye and the hand and how not to let your mind overtake the process. 

Painting the Portrait in Charcoal - Michelle Dunaway

Using brushes, powdered charcoal, and charcoal pencils, attendees will create painterly depictions of the subject that can translate easily into a future oil portrait. 

Exploring Composition Through Sketching - Alicia Ponzio

Leading the attendees through various exercises relevant to 2D and 3D composition, Alicia will focus on not only achieving a likeness but striving to make a successful image.

Going Forward: Navigating the Realities of a Changing World - Michael Shane Neal

With insight from his 30-year career as a commissioned artist, Michael Shane Neal will discuss what he believes may and may not apply as a working artist in the new reality of a rapidly changing world.

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Live Webinar Conference - Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7

Thursday, May 6th

4:30p-7:30p EDT

Friday, May 7th

9:00a-10:00a EDT

Friday, May 7th

10:30a-12:30p EDT

Friday, May 7th

2:00p-4:00p EDT

Friday, May 7th

5:00p-7:30p EDT

Welcome - Michael Shane Neal

Drawing Workshop - Kerry Dunn

An instructional drawing workshop in which attendees will work alongside contemporary master artist Kerry Dunn as he demonstrates his approach to the portrait including detailed instruction, explanation, and a question-and-answer session. (Materials list will be provided)

Painter of the People – Max Ginsburg

Max Ginsburg, a lifelong New Yorker, has spent over 60 years painting people, especially those in the city scape of New York. Learn how Max creates complex compositions, realistically addressing the human condition with compassion and creativity.

On the Edge – Michael Shane Neal and Dawn Whitelaw 
Using a combination of demonstration from a model, examples from other artists and practical instruction, this class will provide a comprehensive look at the treatment of edges in a portrait from observation to execution. Specifics being covered include brush type, brush angle and pressure, consistency of paint and how the surface choice affects edges.

Improve Your Work with the Illusion of Three-Dimensionality – Joseph Daily
The illusion of three-dimensionality is the greatest tool that painters have at their disposal, fooling the viewers eye into believing the canvas is 3-D creates a window into another world.  Joseph will provide examples of how shapes, values, colors, and edges can be orchestrated for maximum 3-D impact. Participants will learn how to apply principles of form, space, and atmosphere to their paintings.

Structural Drawing Workshop – Elizabeth Zanzinger 
Structure is the prelude to great drawing and superb form modeling when working from life. In this workshop, Elizabeth Zanzinger will present how the initial vision of your subject can carry you through to the end result. Through the practice of portraiture, you can learn to visualize the structure of any subject in a reliable way. A lively and engaging instructor, you’ll find her teaching style informative and geared to advance your work and be inspired. (Materials list will be provided)

Live Webinar Conference - Saturday, May 8

Saturday, May 8th

9:00a-10:00a EDT

Saturday, May 8th

10:30a-12:30p EDT

Saturday, May 8th

2:00p-4:30p EDT

Saturday, May 8th

7:00p-8:30p EDT

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The Human Landscape - Burton Silverman 
Burton Silverman has been a guiding presence in the arts for over six decades and brings a unique historical perspective to the trajectory of realism in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Youthful Portrait: Painting and Sculpting Children – Anna Rose Bain and Mardie Rees 
Two heads are truly better than one. Observe how two artists specializing in different disciplines capture a younger model in oil paint and clay. Join this multi-medium demonstration and see how each artist responds to the intricacies and subtleties of the child’s portrait.

See the Parts, See the Whole – Robert Liberace 

Join Robert Liberace in his studio as he steps you through his process of creating a portrait combining his broad knowledge of anatomy and technique to produce a painting where all the parts contribute to the whole.

Awards Presentation: 
•    Signature Status awards: Robin Cole, Joseph Daily, Qiyu Dong, Katherine Galbraith, Johanna Harmon, Carol Peebles, Kishor Purekar, Timothy Rees, Nathaniel Skousen, Jennifer Welty, and Amy Werntz
•    International Portrait Competition awards: Olena Babak, Anna Rose Bain, Frances Bell, Julie Bell, Scott Burdick, Louis Carr, Joseph Daily, Thomas Caleb Goggans, Jin Fengshi, Olga Krimon, Morgan LaPlante, Susan Lyon, Annie Murphy-Robinson, Paul Newton, Cesar Orrico, Timothy Rees, Brittany Ryan, Oliver Sin, Pavel Sokov, Stephanie Paige Thomson, Louise Weir, Ernest Wood, and Konstantin Zhulin
•    Gold Medal: Max Ginsburg

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Live Webinar Conference - Sunday, May 9

Sunday, May 9th

9:00a-10:00a EDT

Sunday, May 9th

10:30a-11:30a EDT

Sunday, May 9th

1:00p-4:00p EDT

Sunday, May 9th

4:00p EDT

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Letting Go of Fear, Finding Your Purpose

Inspirational Hour – Susan Lyon
Spend an hour with Susan Lyon learning how fear and anxiety affected her painting process and what she did to successfully change her habits and help herself. 

The Journey is in My Hands – Dean Mitchell 
In a conversation with Michael Shane Neal, Dean Mitchell will share how he found support as he was emerging from poverty into the art world while in a nation divided on race and cultural identity.  Question-and-answer session to follow.

Form and Spontaneity – Quang Ho

In this demonstration Quang Ho will lead viewers through his approach to the portrait, including the importance of the dialog between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges and line.

Closing Ceremonies - Michael Shane Neal

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