Robert Spooner Workshop

May 13-14, 2016

Waitlisted Please Call 303-679-3610 for additional information.

Artist/Teacher: Robert Spooner

Workshop Title: Beyont the Basics -  A Serch for your Inner Voice

Date/Times: May 13-14, 2016; 10am-4pm

Location: Evergreen Fine Art, 3042 Evergreen Pkwy, Evergreen, CO 80439

Cost: $275

Class size:

Min./Max.:  8/10


Workshop Description:


My workshops are about building skill sets. Whether you are a figurative, plein air, still life, or landscape painter, you have to have a visual vocabulary, a foundation, if you want to learn how to take a painting from concept to completion.


I start with a lecture and demonstration on the first day where I take the class through concepts of color, shape and value to point-to-point relationship drawing. This lecture provides a vocabulary so that the class is on the same playing field for the remainder of the workshop.

We begin with these principles and apply them to a class participation painting. This piece usually is a still life (could be plein air) but most important is to direct the class through the piece with a hands-on approach. Classes (paintings) are followed up with self and instructor critiques. Students are encouraged to critique one another’s pieces during this time.


Each day we expand deeper into the principles and take on bigger visual problems.


Lunch is about one hour. Each day concludes with a wrap-up, critique and review.


Supply List: 


Portable easel such as a pochade box or some form of plein air rig.


Gamblin’s Gamsol odorless Mineral Spirits ONLY

(small can)… Nothing from Home Depot.


Oil paints - Colors Suggested……

Same for other mediums…


Small portable tubes, generally any brand - WN, Georgian, Van Gogh, Rembrandts or other.


Alizarin Crimson

Cad Yellow

Lemon Yellow

Yellow Ochre

Cad Orange

Cad Red

Sap Green


Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue (hue is fine)

Cerulean Blue

Transparent Red Oxide

Indian Red

Burnt Umber

Titanium White

Filberts or long flats

Sizes about 2, 4, 6, 8



Small canvas boards or canvas panels… About 4-6


I paint on gessoed MDF (quarter inch) which can be found at Home Depot. They will cut it up into small workable formats, standard or square sizes for this workshop. Bring four or five.


Paper towels or rags.


Cameras are welcome….