Bryan Memorial Gallery
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Workshops & Demonstrations


    Key Elements in Portrait Painting

    Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Led by George Van Hook
    Registration Required     »register now

    George Van Hook invites you to a two-day spring workshop, where you will learn the composition & structure of the head & shoulders, painting clothing, laying out the pallet, proper use of materials and all other aspects of portrait painting. 

    The two day portrait workshop will begin on March 16. We will begin with an understanding of the structure of the head, and spend the morning DRAWING the head, either with charcoal and pencil, or with a brush, as the students desire. George will carefully work with each student to make sure that they understand the concepts that are needed. All work will be done from a live model. In the afternoon we will move to a limited palette of colors and will spend the time doing one or two full studies of the head.

    On day two George will start by reviewing the lessons from the first day, with additional information on painting simple clothing. All students will then have the time to complete a full head and shoulders, and we will add in additional colors to create a sense of the living person. George will at this time continue to work with each individual student, as the problems that arise are often different for each student. He will demonstrate how to deal effectively with the various features of the face. The final afternoon session will allow the students to attempt an actual fully realized portrait, and then we will leave plenty of time for a final wrap up and critique discussion.

    Artists at any stage of their development are welcome. However, the participating artist should have an understanding of and be comfortable with the oil medium.

    Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email.

    Participants are responsible for their own art materials and their own meals and accommodations.

    Use promo code "BMGMEMBER" if you are a current member of the Gallery to recieve 10% off!


    Intuitive Expressive - Landscapes in Watercolor

    Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Saturday, April 13, 2024 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Led by Kathleen Bergeron
    Registration Required     »register now

    Artist Kathleen Bergeron will guide participants in painting techniques designed to build an expressive landscape utilizing minimal detail. Participants will tap into their individual creative spirits, trusting intuition and the paint to guide their compositions. This process, coupled with the unpredictable nature of watercolor allows painters to take an "okay" painting into something more expressive and outstanding.

    Artists at any stage of their development are welcome. However, participating artists should be comfortable with the watercolor medium.

    Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email.

    Participants are responsible for their own art materials and their own meals and accommodations.

    USE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER


    Spring Watercolor Fling

    Friday, April 26, 2024 - Saturday, April 27, 2024 10a.m. – 4p.m.

    Led by Annelein Beukenkamp
    Registration Required     »register now

    Join watercolorist Annelein Beukenkamp for a fun-filled, two-day watercolor workshop where we will immerse ourselves in the colorful world of petals and pigments. Florals are a tireless subject that can be captured on paper in numerous ways. The workshop will cover several watercolor applications, including negative painting, hard and soft edges, value, scraping, splattering, brush handling plus many other techniques. Annelein will demonstrate her approach to painting in a relaxed setting with individual attention and a daily "show and tell."

    Come flourish with watercolors! Some experience with watercolor is helpful. 
    Don't forget to bring snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen/bugspray (if outside), and anything else to make for an exciting, comfortable day of painting.

    Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email. Participants are responsible for their own art materials and their own meals and accommodations.

    USE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER


    A Fresh Vision in Watercolors

    Saturday, May 4 - Sunday, May 5 9a.m. – 3:00p.m.

    Led by Gary Eckhart
    Registration Required     »register now

    Join Gary Eckhart on May 4 and 5 from 9 am - 3:30 pm at the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT to expand your watercolor skills and techniques.

    Learn to breathe fresh life into watercolor paintings! In this workshop, we will practice deconstructing reference materials to create fresh, exciting pictorial compositions.
    We will develop new and vibrant color palettes that better express the mood and atmosphere of your subject. We'll also explore color in greater detail, experimenting with color harmony, the play of color temperature and the manipulation of values to create a more cohesive and dynamic finished painting.

    Artists at any stage of their development are welcome. However, participating artists should be comfortable with the watercolor medium.

    Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email.

    Participants are responsible for their own art materials and their own meals and accommodations.

    USE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER


    Flowers, Light, and Color in Painting

    Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 11 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Led by Michael Walek
    Registration Required     »register now

    Michael has been painting for years in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. This workshop will reference the group of paintings that he is currently showing in the Small Members' Group Show. Bring the medium with which you are most comfortable using; acrylic, gouache, watercolor, oil, or even pastels. A couple orchids or flowering plants and an oriental carpet will be the subject on display. 

    The primary focus for this period is the directional lighting and the oriental carpet that everything is set upon. The lighting will be like sunlight through a window. Observation is so important in how we find our direction in our work. The plants are not just the subject. It is how the light illuminates the carpet and passes around the plants; defining form and space. As you work in your medium, Michael will guide you in developing observational skills to compose a complete composition.

    Artists are welcome to participate at any level of their artist journey! If you are a new artist and have questions about medium or materials, please reach out to the Gallery and we can get you in contact with the instructor.

    Location: Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont.

    USE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER


    Impressionist Portraits in Pastel or Oil

    Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Led by Karen Meneghin
    Registration Required     »register now

    Following on the heels of the MANET DEGAS Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in New York, we’ll work primarily in pastels “in the manner of” Edouard Manet during our two-day workshop, producing two “master copy sketches” and one original portrait working from a live model over two afternoons. Although the emphasis will be on pastels, the loose sketch approach is applicable to both pastel and oils and we encourage you to try each, i.e., a morning warmup “color sketch” in pastel and afternoon sustained oil portrait, as you wish.

    Each morning would begin with a 1-hour demo of Manet’s approach to portraiture: 1) GEORGE MOORE (pastel) and 2) BERTHE MORISOT (oil or pastel) followed by 2 hours of a pastel or oil block in “in the manner of Manet” per the demo. In the afternoons we would work from the same model “in the manner of Manet.” We would need one costumed model in the same pose for both afternoons which gives participants one full day to work on their portraits.

    Location: Bryan Memorial Gallery 

    Duration:  Two Days, 9 AM Noon and 1PM to 4PM (six hours each day)

    1. AM Demo: GEORGE MOORE, by Edouard MANET (followed by 2 hours of a “Loose Sketch” Master Copy as group warmup
    2. Lunch Break: Noon to 1PM
    3. PM Studio: Begin a PORTRAIT w/ LIVE MODEL IN COSTUME
    4. AM Demo: BERTHE MORISOT, in pastel or oil followed by 2 hours of a “Loose Sketch” Master Copy
    5. Lunch Break: Noon to 1PM
    6. PM Studio: Continue PORTRAIT w/ LIVE MODEL IN COSTUME


    USE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER


    Cartooning Class with Robert Waldo Brunelle JR

    Friday, June 7, 2024 - Saturday, June 8, 2024 9a.m. – 3:00p.m.

    Led by Robert Waldo Brunelle JR
    Registration Required     »register now

    In this class students will learn the basics of creating cartoons. Topics covered include: designing characters, caricaturing famous people, how to set up panels, writing speech balloons, inking and pencils, adding color, and creating cartoons using digital technologies. Students will also learn a bit about the history of the various genres of cartoons and comics.

    Materials needed: drawing paper, pencils, erasers, ink pens, colored pencils, straight-edge (ruler or triangle).

    This workshop is geared to youth aged 15+.

    USE PROMO CODE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER.

    Robert Waldo Brunelle is a painter, kinetic sculptor, book illustrator, art educator and political cartoonist who has actively exhibited his work in this region since 1978. He was the art teacher at the Browns River Middle School from 1981 to 2012. He served as the president of the Northern Vermont Artist Association from 1995 to 2012, and now serves as the NVAA’s Vice President. He is a founding member of the Vermont Comic Creator’s Group, and his cartoon strip Mr. Brunelle Explains It All appeared weekly in Seven Days, and monthly in Funny Times. To see more of his work, visit www.mrbrunelle.com.


    Palette Knife Painting En Plein Air

    Saturday, June 29, 2024 - Sunday, June 30, 2024 10:00am-4:00pm

    Led by Melanie Barash Levitt
    Registration Required     »register now

    The focus of this workshop will be on how to paint an entire painting in oils with a palette knife creating interesting marks and textures while capturing the light and shadow of the scene. Through demonstration and individual attention, students will learn how to distill the important information from the landscape and translate it onto the canvas. Melanie will address the importance of sketching/composition, how to create depth & light in a painting, color mixing, energetic mark making, and how to choose a stain color for your scene. All this will be taught in an understandable step by step process which will lead students to improve their ability to simplify the landscape and create a dynamic painting in a short time.

    This class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate student who want to loosen up and learn how to paint with a palette knife. We will meet at Bryan Memorial Gallery and then we will head outdoors. Painting locations TBD. In case of inclement weather, we will paint at the gallery. Artists at any stage of their development are welcome. Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
    Suggested Supply List 
    -Sketchbook & Drawing Pencils or black Sharpie
    -Two to Three panels (around 12x16”):  I use Ampersand Archival board but you can use any smooth surface board. You need a hard surface to push the palette knife against. Recommended size 12x16”  and don’t go to small. You can also bring a panels sized slightly smaller or larger
    -Oil Paints: Limited Palette of a Warm & Cool of each primary color
    (I use Gamblin brand oil paints)
    Suggested Colors:
    Titanium white
    Ultramarine Blue
    Pthalo Blue or  colbalt blue 
    Cad yellow Light or Lemon yellow
    Cad Yellow Medium
    Cad Orange
    Cad Red Light
    Alizarin Crimson
    Optional: Transparent Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre or any other colors you like to use

    -Brushes for sketching  (I use flats/brights size 4,6,8)
    Bring what you have and what you like to sketch with
    -Palette Knife - I use a 2.5” palette knife with bent neck and pointed tip.
    -Color Shaper Tools-(clay sculpting tools)  
    These pick up paint, I will bring a few to class
    -Brush washer and odorless turpentine (Gamasol only please)
    -Palette to mix on
    -Paper towels or a box of tissues
    -Plastic bag for trash
    -Studio Easel with side table or plein air easel. (Melanie has some French plein air easels for rent for $35 for two days if needed. Please email in advance at melanie@jacksonartnh.com if interested
    -Umbrella to block sun
    -Water & lunch 

    Registration required.

    Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email.

    Participants are responsible for their own art materials and their own meals and accommodations.

    USE "BMGMEMBER" TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTED MEMBER PRICING, IF YOU ARE A CURRENT BMG MEMBER


    Key Elements in Plein Air Painting

    Saturday, July 13 - Sunday, July 14 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Led by George Van Hook
    Registration Required     »register now

    Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous PleinAir competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors, for a 2-day plein air workshop. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch break. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).

    We will begin each day with a demo by the artist.  At that time, he will discuss composition, laying out the pallet, proper use of materials and all other aspects of plein air painting.  We will then break up into groups and paint individually.  He will then provide individual instruction helping solve the issues for each artist.  After lunch, he will do a quick demo to refresh the ideas presented at the start.  Painters will start a second painting for the afternoon with additional individual instruction.  

    After 4 pm we can simply paint as a group.  George has found this to be the most congenial and beneficial experience of the day.  Evenings can be spent enjoying one another’s company in conversation about their experiences of the day.

    Artists at any stage of their development are welcome. However, the participating artist should have an understanding of and be comfortable with the oil medium.

    Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email.

    Participants are responsible for their own art materials and their own meals and accommodations.

    Use promo code "BMGMEMBER" if you are a current member of the Gallery to recieve 10% off!


    2024 Artist Fall Retreat

    Sunday, October 20 - Saturday, October 26 All Day

    Led by T.M. Nicholas & Leo Mancini-Hresko
    Registration Required     »register now

    We are thrilled to be bringing back the annual Fall Artist Retreat this year after such a wonderful and successful retreat in 2023!

    Are you ready to surround yourself with other likeminded artists in the beauty of Northern Vermont’s landscape, as so many artists have over the past 100 years?

    Join us from October 20-26 for art-filled learning, painting, lectures, demonstrations, community, and fun! Located in Jeffersonville, VT, this intensive plein air retreat will have you ending the week with a deeper command of your artistic style. You don't want to miss this retreat!

    Retreat Price Includes:
    Daily Meals: 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
    Artist Demonstrations/Instructions by T.M. Nicholas & Leo Mancini-Hresko
    Daily group critiques.
    Epic group of new friends!
    All of the creative inspiration you can handle!
    Not Included:
    Airfare
    Ground Transportation
    Lodging
    Traveler’s Insurance
    Equipment

    Retreat Pricing:
    Early Bird Pricing . . . . . . . . $1200.00 USD
    Starts Friday, January 26 (Only available for the first five tickets)
    Member Pricing . . . . . . . . $1400.00 USD
    Starts Friday, January 26
    Non-Member Pricing. . . $1500.00 USD
    Starts Friday, Janauary 26


    After we have received your registration you will be emailed with a confirmation of your registration along with an additional form to fill out.


    Cancellation After June 11: 50% Refund
    Cancellation After August 13: 25% Refund
    Cancellation After September 22: No Refund


    We have partnered with Smugglers' Notch Resort for lodging during the retreat. 

    USE CODE "EARLYBIRD" TO RECEIVE OUR EARLYBIRD PRICING OF $1,200 (LIMITED TO THE FIRST FIVE TICKETS)

    Cancellation Policy:

    To make a reservation contact Smugglers' Notch Resort Group Vacations at 1-800-521-0536

    Participants are welcome to lodge at another location of their choice.

    The 2024 Fall Artist Retreat is open to artists' at all levels of their artistic journey. All that is needed is a basic understanding of oil paints.