Lynn discovered that she was a teacher during her last year of instruction at The Atelier when one of the directors asked her to substitute teach at a community center art class. After she graduated, Lynn spent four years as the assistant instructor for The Atelier’s full-time program. Then she taught her first equine painting workshop. She has since taught workshops from New Mexico to Virginia and continues to teach a popular figure class in The Atelier’s part-time program.
Lynn describes her Atelier training as being as much about learning to see with fresh eyes as it was about learning to paint. The only requirement for her workshops is that artists want to draw and paint realistically. They can work in oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil or graphite; their styles can range from tight and detailed to loose and impressionistic. Medium and style aren’t what’s most important because the teaching is all about seeing and capturing Nature with classic approaches that have stood the test of time. Lynn describes The Atelier traditional methods this way: “It’s like going to Julliard to learn the violin. When you graduate, it will be up to you whether you play bluegrass, jazz or classical. But you WILL know the instrument.”
An equine workshop proceeds like a mini-Atelier with the first days spent focused on drawing and value just as beginning Atelier students work in black and white before advancing to color. Lynn explains and demos the Old Master approaches that so benefited her own work. Some of them were complete revelations to her so be prepared to explore ways to approach picture-making that will be different than you’re used to. She also discusses, with examples, the benefits and dangerous pitfalls encountered when using photo reference. The camera can be invaluable for equine art but it can also lead you far astray if you’re not alert to its deceptions.
Early on, students work on several short projects to try out these traditional approaches. By mid-workshop, Lynn does a longer demo in color before students develop their own in-depth color compositions. Depending on student interest, Lynn may also talk about how she works with clients on commissions or how to create a painting that originates in the imagination of the artist, then is developed with the support of photo references, models and maquettes.
A comment from Terri after a five-day workshop:
“This workshop far exceeded my expectations. I had no idea there was so much more to learn about painting horses. I’ve been drawing horses all my life, but every day was packed with great new learning and ideas to take home with me.”
From Jane after a very abbreviated one-day workshop:
“I learned more in one session with you than in two semesters at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.”
KENTUCKY in MAY – Lynn’s first workshop for The American Academy of Equine Art held last September went so well that she has been invited back to teach again in 2017. The next workshop is scheduled for May 1-5 at The Kentucky Horse Park outside of Lexington. Go to the Academy website at www.aaea.net for more information and registration. The cost is $500 (And you’ll be pleased to know that Lynn doesn’t ask you to buy lots of new stuff. She’d rather you use what you’re comfortable with.)
MINNESOTA in AUGUST – Cedar Ridge Arabians has graciously offered to let me host a workshop at their farm just outside of Jordan, Minnesota. We will meet August 14 – 18, 2017 in the lounge. We’ll mainly work from photo reference inside but Dick, Lolly and Lara’s farm is gorgeous with white fences, rolling hills, green pastures and forests and plenty of Arabians. We’ll make some outdoor time for serious horse gazing and photography and we may take a short trip to see the Ames Percherons. The cost for the five day workshop is $450.