Michael Britton Workshops in Hong Kong

Learn how to paint and draw with International Master artist Michael Britton in Hong Kong

Michael Britton's workshops are highly structured to maximise your learning and skill development. You will be guided step-by-step with both clear demonstrations and individual attention in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Michael takes you step-by-step through the entire creative process encapsulating the fundamental truths of painting: drawing, design, value, color, edges, paint manipulation, contrast and, above all, unity.

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Studio 83 Hong Kong

The workshops will be held at Studio 83, a spacious and light-filled studio at Room A, 13/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham St. Central Hong Kong. Class size is limited to twelve students and is taught in English. The workshop fee includes high-quality materials (paints, palette, brushes, mediums, panel, etc.) which, if you were to purchase them yourself, would easily cost you over HK$ 1,000. Almost the cost of the workshop itself! Don't miss out! Workshops of this calibre are rarely offered in Asia.

The workshops can be taken as the full Certificate series (does not include the En Plain Air Workshop) for a comprehensive training program or individually. Beginners are highly recommended to begin with The Oil Painting Technique Workshop.

Register for two workshops and get 10% off!

Register for three and get 15% off!

* Does not include the En Plein Air workshop.

Singapore Testimonial

Testimonials

I enjoyed your class so much that I had a high the following day and rushed to my brushes and palette!

Ken Lim
Singapore

Michael is a great teacher and a talented artist as well!!! He encouraged me to go for my ideas and helped me realise it. It's a wonderful experience. I would definitely want to learn oil painting again with Michael:))))

Xinyi
Hong Kong

I had such a great time; I've never taken an art class before but Michael was very patient and helpful, and catered to every skill level. We started out the morning with a demonstration and then got started. Before I knew it, it was time for lunch!

All in all, I learned a lot, met some lovely people, and had such an enjoyable day - I'd definitely recommend this class and am already thinking about when I can book it again.

Amanda.
London, UK

Oil Painting Techniques for beginners

Oil Painting Technique

There are basically two approaches to painting: The Illustrative which most untrained artists employ and which, overall, is a limited mode of artmaking and the Painterly which is the most fluid, engaging and expressive. My teaching is weighted more toward the Painterly

Oil paint is the richest and most versatile mean of expression. In this one-day workshop you will learn the universal skills and principles of painting that are taught at the world's top art academies.

The workshop is presented in three parts: first, is the underpainting and blocking-in of the primary light/dark pattern. This pattern is called the Notan (meaning light/dark harmony); this is what 'sticks a painting to the wall'. Learn what makes for a good Notan.

Second is the Abbozzo which is the 'dead' coloring in. This is the initial draft of your color harmony. When a painting looks dull, even diryt, it is because the color is not in harmony. In this workshop you will learn the major color harmonies that unify and make paintings glow.

Third is the Overpainting. The overpainting is the show! You will learn how to build up the abstract structural surface of an oil painting with brushwork and the palette knife while learning about the seven contrasts that make for good painting.

The surest and most efficient way to learn how to paint is by copying the great masters. It is by copying that you learn the 'how and why' great paintings work and the language of painting. It is by copying that you acquire deeper insights into the creative process.

The French Impressionist Eduoard Manet is the ideal candidate for learning how to paint. He is the bridge between Academic craftmanship and contemporary expression.

You will be copying one of Manet's final floral paintings at its actual size. Painting flowers provides the widest range of acquiring your technical skill-set: from developing your visual acuity (i.e., drawing accuracy, modeling form with both tone and color) to realizing your own unique expression vis-a-vis your paint handling.

All materials are supplied. Included with the Workshop is Michael Britton’s Fundamentals of Oil Painting Ebook.

Class size is limited to 12. The workshop is both for beginners and those seeking to significantly further their painting skills.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018
11:00 to 18:00

Workshop fee: HK$1,867. A HK$375 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards

Register for two workshops and get 10% off!

Register for three and get 15% off!

* Does not include the En Plein Air workshop.

Portrait Drawing Hong Kong>

Portrait Drawing

Learn how to draw realistic portraits in this one-day workshop. This intensive workshop employs the same tried-and-true method that has well-served generations of master artists.

In the workshop you will learn:

Working from general to specific you will begin with striking and verifying the arabesque (the overall, rhythmic shape that establishes the likeness);

Train your eye to gauge, then verify, the general facial proportions;

Using both line and tone simultaneously the overall light/dark pattern will be blocked in. Good portrait drawings also possess a compelling Notan;

Learn how the planes of the head define the underlying structural symmetry of the face to effect a three-dimensional portrait;

Plot and articulate the facial features by learning how to use the plumb line to fix vertical and horizontal relationships;

Plasticity means giving 'form to'. Utilizing the painterly additive/subtractive process you will learn how to develop tone with cross-hatching, stumping and rendering edges and highlights with the kneaded eraser.

In this one-day workshop you will be working with sanguine conte which is an excellent medium for transiting from drawing into painting.

All materials are supplied. Included with the Workshop is Michael Britton’s Fundamentals of Portrait Drawing (38 lessons).

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
11:00 to 18:00

Workshop fee: HK$1,867. A HK$375 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards

Register for two workshops and get 10% off!

Register for three and get 15% off!

* Does not include the En Plein Air workshop.

Studio 83 Hong Kong portrait drawing workshop

Portrait painting Singapore Hong Kong

Painting the Portrait in Oil - A two-day workshop

Learn how to paint realist portraits in oil in this two-day, intensive workshop.

On a 30x40cm, gessoed and streaked tone (this activates the surface and contributes toward an energized painting) panel the initial drawing will be inscribed so that you can focus wholly on the painting process.

In this workshop you will learn:

Underpainting: This is the critical first step wherein the three components of good painting must be established simultaneously: the Notan (dark/light pattern), the composition, and the drawing.

In this segment you will learn how to prepare the oil paint for underpainting, how to hold and draw with the brush and, how to apply the paint so that it corresponds harmoniously with the panel's streaked tone;

Abbozzo: The initial 'dead' coloring-in establishes the general color harmony.

Learn how to mix flesh tones ranging from dark to light/cool to warm using the Academic palette of nine colors from which any hue can be achieved.

The figure/ground (portrait/background) relationship is given consideration here too. Unity is the primary concern. In any painting the whole must be significantly greater than the sum of its parts;

Overpainting: Employing good painting practices fully engages oil paint's refractive beauty.

You will learn how to model and articulate form by 'knitting' (constructive) rather than blending (destructive) to achieve a unified portrait instead of a disparate array of facial features.

By 'fluting' color (delicate touches of complementary tones) large, lit areas such as the forehead will come to life rather than dully flatten out.

The inherent beauty of oil paint's body will be capitalized upon; the general rule is that the darks be painted thinly and the lights thick. Using both the brush and palette knife you will learn how to effect an engaging patina (the abstract structural surface) that expresses your unique voice.

All materials are supplied. Included with the Workshop is Michael Britton’s Painting the Portrait in Oil.

Tuesday & Wednesday,
4 & 5 December 2018
11:00 to 18:00

Workshop fee: HK$3,700. A HK$650 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards

Register for two workshops and get 10% off!

Register for three and get 15% off!

* Does not include the En Plein Air workshop.

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En Plein Air Singapore Workshop

Hong Kong en plein air oil painting

Painting En Plein Air

I am bringing my popular Paris workshop to Hong Kong.

En plein air means in the open air. In this one-day workshop you will learn how to paint on location.

Working on a small panel (ideal for travel) learn how to quickly capture a locale in oil. The charm of en plein air paintings are their freshness.

This workshop is limited to only four participants. All of your materials are included (oil paint, brushes, panel, apron, easel, etc.) plus a carrying folder so that you can safely transport your painting home.

The painting location will be disclosed a few days before the workshop. It will be near the MTR and parking.

Painting En Plein Air in Oil
Saturday, 1 December 2018
10:00 to 14:00

Workshop fee: HK$1,867. A HK$375 deposit reserves your spot.
PayPal also accepts Credit and Debit Cards

Testimonials

The pace of your step by step teaching was not too fast nor too slow. Also, the style of teaching and class was friendly.

I also like the relevant history you added from time to time along the workshop. It helps me understand the context more.

Your tips or guidance on how to paint professionally are very useful e.g not to copy but paint in our own language, comparing painting with piano playing makes me understand better about rhythm of painting, etc.

Orawan C., Bangkok

I always wanted to try painting but never got around to it until I signed up for this class. Now I'm hooked. Michael is both a very talented artist and teacher. He was patient and encouraging. Thank you, Michael.

Juthathip, Bangkok

Testimonial - Bangkok

Testimonial

I have really grown with Michael's workshops - he demonstrates and walks his way through all the necessary skills and competencies with great patience & dedication. I have become more confident in front of the easel. Suitable for beginners & experienced alike.

Chin Han, Kuala Lumpur

Michael Britton Workshops in Hong Kong art class

Michael Britton is a New York City trained artist (New York Academy of Art) who has taught several thousand artists (some of whom have gone on to full-time art careers as painters and teachers) in his several decades long career. He was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Academy of Art, Canada for six years and has also taught drawing for Walt Disney Studios, amongst numerous other appointments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is also the author of several art-training videos such as the perennially popular Mastering Portrait Drawing.

If you have any questions regarding the workshops please feel free to contact me at michael-britton-workshops@artacademy.com