Painting Portraits From Photos

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Painting Portraits From Photos


Stephanie Spay

Stephanie Spay is an award winning Indiana based oil painter with a constant passion for the figure and portrait, an enthusiasm for still life, and a fascination for landscape. She was drawn to art at a very tender age and has been smitten with the relationship ever since. As a teen, she placed in several drawing competitions in her high school. She was awarded a scholarship her first year at John Herron School of Art, Indianapolis. Upon graduation, she taught elementary art for a time and then set out on her own as a self employed artist, taking commissions and producing mural work until the birth of her first child. Painting for pleasure during her first ten years of motherhood, she returned to the art world in 2017. The moments she seeks in paint are intimate, personal, and relatable. She works primarily in oil and draws her inspiration from children, family, and nature. Stephanie is a graduate of John Herron School of Art with a Bachelors degree in art education. She has continued improving her practice as a painter through workshops and/or mentorships with modern master painters like Daniel Gerhartz and Tina Garrett. She draws influence from the intimacy of classical painters and the emotive color and calculated brushwork of the French and American Impressionists. She is a member of the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Indiana Artists Club, The Hamilton County Artist Association, and the National Portrait Society.

About the Class

In this workshop, award-winning artist Stephanie Spay will go over the fundamentals of painting with emphasis on portrait using photos as a reference. Because photos can misrepresent the relationships of the value, color, and perspective, students will learn some basic photography and editing tools to create a life like reference. Students will learn a variety of value finding, edge finding, and color mixing strategies through live demonstrations by Stephanie each day. They will learn how to paint form and capture the essence of the model, making a work of art and not a perfect copy of a photo. The focus will be on simplification by minimal use of values and using a variety of edges to create form. Personalized and individual critiques and feedback will take place while students work. The class will take place 9:30am-4pm each day.

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