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Workshops

“ I recently took a workshop with Mattie Ree Neal called The Fundamentals. As a seasoned painter you may wonder why I’d take a class with this theme. I believe painting is all about the fundamentals; a beginner and professional are practicing the same principals just at different intensities. Mattie is able to tailor that info to each individual’s different needs. She put together informative lectures, demos, and critiques to illustrate those principals pulling from the past and current masters. Her knowledge and painting maturity are well beyond her years and I got much out of the time spent with her. I highly recommend taking her workshop”
                                                                                                                  -Grace M. DeVito

From Head to Hands: Alla Prima Portrait Painting 

6 Tuesdays August 13- September 17 2024

 

9:30am - 1:00pm and optional 1:30-3:30 

 

Nashville, Tennessee

$350 (includes model fees) +$120 for extra time

 Hosted by Warehouse 521

To sign up, visit 

 https://www.warehouse521.com/2024-weekly-classes/mattie-ree-neal-from-head-to-hands-alla-prima-portrait-class-6-tuesdays-930-am-1230-pm-march-12-april-16-2024-ks2wf

Extra time: https://www.warehouse521.com/2024-weekly-classes/mattie-ree-neal-from-head-to-hands-alla-prima-portrait-class-6-tuesdays-930-am-1230-pm-march-12-april-16-2024-ks2wf-2xyy9

This 6 week class will focus on the fundamental principles and techniques of drawing and painting the portrait from life. We will learn how to successfully pose and light a subject, compose a picture, and draw and paint with accurate proportions, form, and color with creativity and interest. We will work to achieve the effect of our model efficiently in the limited time provided by alla prima portrait painting, and will strive for both accuracy and expression. Students are welcome to work in oils, acrylics, or charcoal. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Teaching with Drawing America 

Mattie teaches regularly with Drawing America in Manhattan. To be added to the contact list for information about future classes, please email mattienealstudio@gmail.com

The National Arts Club, New York City

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Painting the Portrait with Michael Shane and Mattie Ree Neal

June 3-7, 2024


Easton, Connecticut

$1,995 (includes lunches)

limited to 12 students 

 Hosted by Peggy Kinstler at the Easton, Connecticut country home and studio of legendary artist Everett Raymond Kinstler (everettraymondkinstler.com),

Email shannon@michaelshaneneal.com to sign up.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to study with two artists in the historic, country studio of legendary American artist Everett Raymond Kinstler in Easton, Connecticut, located approximately an hour outside of New York City. Students will work with Michael Shane Neal and his protege daughter, Mattie Ree Neal, for a week of painting and drawing the portrait. Tag-team instruction will include lectures and demonstrations, slide presentations, and a workbook exploring techniques for improving your skills in all areas of portraiture. More information to follow.

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5 Week Oil Painting Class: Painting the Portrait from Life

Fall 2023

The National Arts Club, New York City

https://drawingamerica.com/events

This class will focus on building the skills needed to draw and paint the clothed figure from life. We will learn how to succesfully pose and light a subject, compose a picture, and draw and paint with accurate proportions, form, and color with creativity and interest. Students will have the valuable opportunity to grow as artists by working directly from a live model, which will improve observational skills and inform any subsequent work from photographs. 

We will start with drawing in charcoal and move to painting in oil. No previous experience necessary.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting  

May 31-June 2, 2023

Meeting time: 9AM-4PM


Easton, Connecticut

$495

includes Wednesday night welcome reception hosted by Peggy Kinstler

bring your own lunch

supply list coming soon

 Hosted by Peggy Kinstler at the Easton, Connecticut country home and studio of legendary artist Everett Raymond Kinstler (everettraymondkinstler.com),

Email mattienealstudio@gmail.com to sign up.

This class will focus on the fundamental principles and techniques of oil painting. No prior experience is required as we will cover everything from the most basic uses of materials and paint handling to the biggest concepts and exercises behind learning to see and think as an artist. The great masters never stopped returning to these foundational principles of drawing, value, edge, and color. It will be three days of information, inspiration, and practice. We will explore and practice each of these ideas through presentation lectures, demonstrations and painting exercises. Each student will be given a class binder of notes and resources.

 From now until the beginning of class I would like each student to start keeping a sketchbook if you do not already! Drawing is the #1 most important concept in painting and a sketchbook practice is the best way to strengthen your powers of observation. Carry it with you, draw what is around you from life, and have fun!

“Technique is to me merely a language, and as I see life more and more clearly, growing older, I have but one intention and that is to make my language as clear and simple and sincere as humanly possible.” - Robert Henri

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