Nanci France-Vaz: The Narrative Portrait

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The class is a fusion of classical methods and contemporary techniques in painting. The focus is creating a narrative, while capturing the character of the model to evoke human presence. Starting with strong composition design by producing thumbnail value sketches, and moving into the Block-in, emphasis will be on structural planes and anatomical points of the skull, value relationships, varied edges, realistic flesh-tone mixing and understanding temperature changes to create a 3 dimensional form on a 2 dimensional surface. There will be a weekly demo with one on one instruction.

Contemporary techniques of dry brush, drip, and palette knife will be demonstrated. Open for all levels with some experience in portrait drawing and painting.

Nanci France-Vaz is a nationally acclaimed contemporary realist portrait/figurative painter. She has studied with John F Murray, Michael Grimaldi, Dan Thompson, and Nelson Shanks.

Group Exhibits include Eisele Gallery “OPA Eastern Regional 2016”, Principle Gallery “Women Painting Women”, and Hersch Fine Art Gallery to name a few. Her portrait of inductee, Lloyd “Mr Personality” Price was accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum as part of their permanent collection.

Her awards include the Len G. Everett Memorial Award Allied Artists of America 2016, 12th Annual ARC Salon portrait/figurative finalist, Colonel George J. Morales Award, the John Collins Memorial Award, and 3 rd place PSOA Members Exhibit.

4 Sundays in March, 2017
March 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm  (5 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)
March 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm (5 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)
March 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm (5 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)
March 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm (5 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)

$320 (includes 4 classes) or $80/class

Material List
One of the 3- 18” x 24” oil primed linen canvas, gessoed Hardboard Panel, or Dibond (Aluma Comp) – 3 coats of white gesso preferred and sanded down so its smooth
Small Brushwasher – (Holbein or similar) for Gamsol
Rosemary Brushes- choice of either my Basic or Professional Brush Collection on my website under store,( set of 15 or 18). The link takes you to their site.
or Robert Simmons Bristle Brushes in a mix of 2,4,6,8,12 in flats and filberts. A few 0 or 1 size pointed round in a decent sable. A few sable brushes or synthetic sable brushes in smaller sizes for detail and to soften transitions, a fan brush mid size soft.

Wooden of glass palette (neutral gray) 12” x 16”
Palette cups for medium and small paint scraper for palette
Chelsea Classical Medium lean and fat
Hand Mirror
Shop towel (blue) in hardware stores or home depotPaint: Rembrandt for all except white

Cremnitz White or Flake White by Williamsburg or Blue Ridge Oil (cheaper)
Cad Lemon
Yellow Ochre Light or Raw Sienna
Cad Red Light/ or Cad Scarlet
Permanent Madder/ or Permanent Alizarin
Transparent Oxide Red
Cinnabar Green medium
Cobalt blue
Ultramarine blue
Permanent Blue Violet
Raw Umber
Ivory Black

Who: Nanci France-Vaz

Where: Chelsea Classical Gallery, New York (NYC)

When: Sundays (4) between March 5, 2017 - March 26, 2017

Cost: $320

Cost: $320

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