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Mudheads of Charles Hawthorne with Aaron Thompson

July 5 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

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Wednesday and Thursday, July 5 and 6, 1-4pm

2 sessions | $140 for members $150 for non-members + $20 model fee

The portrait will be the departure point for a discussion of simplification and abstraction in pictorial structure for this two-day workshop based on Charles Hawthorne’s color spot technique.

Through reducing the visible to its simplest terms, we will attempt to develop accuracy through layering shape into proportional constructions of the head. We will discuss issues of anatomical structure, figure-ground integration, value organization, and creation of light. Historical portraits, contemporary portraiture, and working from a model will be included. Some painting experience required; oil paint is the medium.


Aaron Michael Thompson is a Full-time Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. He is also one of Gamblin Artist Colors Educational Representatives and has given lectures on color at Museums and Institutions of Higher Education for seven years. He received his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and his B.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. He was recently published in Observational Drawing, and among his most recent awards include the Premier Coup Award from the a national juried exhibition, the Nude, at the Wayne Art Center and the Barnes Artist residency in Umbria, Italy.

Website: aaronmichaelthompson.com Instagram: @paintlanguage