February 2-3 – $350

You’re invited to take your landscape paintings in the studio to the next level with Jason Sacran and John P. Lasater IV at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Known for their string of awards in national competitions, Jason and John excel at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. And now, with years of teaching under their belts, expect to be encouraged and challenged by their demonstrations and hands-on help.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Introduce you to new ways of approaching one of the toughest artistic subjects – landscapes.
  • Ways to keep landscape painting interesting while in the studio
  • Further your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools (if working in oils)
  • Empower you to make better choices when deciding what and how to paint choices that fit you personally and this place in art history
  • Learn new ways to conquer your emotional roadblocks

Here’s what students of Jason and John have said about their workshops:

I want to give you a “rave” review for a wonderful workshop. I highly recommend that everyone take your workshop and to experience the generosity, kindness, friendship, fun and talent you both possess. You two represent the best of the best in the painting world!

—Andrea K, Georgia

“I felt that after you got to know our individual abilities, you really fine-tuned your comments for each of us. I also appreciated how open you were in answering questions…and your humor. Your workshop left me feeling prepared, motivated and inspired to continue my own practice. Thanks, again, for being so generous with your talent and knowledge.”

—Jenny W, Arkansas

“You taught me something more than ‘how to paint what I see’ more effectively, although I did learn that. I came away from the workshop understanding more about creating art. Every person in the workshop produced work that seemed to reflect their own spirit and their own journey. It was a pretty special learning experience.”

—Kathryn F, Missouri

Recent awards for Jason Sacran include:
Best of Show – 2015 Plein Air Easton
Best of Show – 2016 Maui Plein Air
Seascape Excellence Award – 2016 Oil Painters of America National
Best of Show – 2015 Olmsted Plein Air
Best of Show – 2015 Plein Air Southwest
Recent awards for John P. Lasater IV include:
Best of Show – 2016 Easels in Frederick
Best of Show – 2015 Sedona Plein Air
Artists Choice & Collectors Choice  – 2016 Maui Plein Air
First Place – 2015 Door County Plein Air
Still Life Excellence Award – 2015 Oil Painters of America National
www.jasonsacran.com and www.lasaterart.com

Call SAAC at 870-862-5474 to register

Landscape Painting in the Studio
Paints: Instructors will be using oil paints. Use whatever painting medium and colors you are comfortable with or have. You should at least have the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and white in whatever medium you use.

Instructors’ palettes below:
Lasater uses Rembrandt Extra Fine Artist Oils. He prefers the ability with Rembrandt to move the paint around the canvas more quickly without mixing a lot of medium or spirits into the pigment.

Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Permanent Red Medium, Permanent Madder Deep, Ultramarine Blue Deep, Viridian Green, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black and Cremnitz White (Winsor & Newton brand)

Sacran uses Gamblin Artist Oil Colors. He prefers Gamblin for the variety of textures its stiffer quality allows.

Colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre,  Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Ivory Black.

Brushes: Sacran and Lasater both use Rosemary brushes. Flats in a variety of sizes from 1/8” to 1” wide. A couple filberts also for variety. One small round detail brush. Hog bristles and/or synthetics recommended.

Palette Knife: For clean up mostly. Occasionally it will be used as a painting tool, so a more triangular head allows for it to be pressed to the canvas with ease.

Supports/Canvases: 8×10 up to 16×20. Whatever surface you prefer is fine. John and Jason use oil primed linen panels by Centurion (more cost-effective) or SourceTek.

Easel: Anything lightweight and not restrictive in size is ideal. Lasater uses the Day Tripper, and Sacran uses Soltek or Strada. French Easels with a companion palette box are tried and true also. If you would like to reserve one of the easels from the South Arkansas Art Center, please let them know you’re interested.

Palette: The bigger the better! A 12×16 is a great size.

[In every workshop we teach there are students using restrictively small palettes and tiny piles of paint, and by the end of the workshop, they repent of it]

Artist Mineral Spirits: John and Jason both use Gamsol. Please make sure that you use “odorless” artist mineral spirits from art supply stores, instead of turpentine.

Other: Photos you want to paint from, paper towels, trash bags, hat to block
overhead light from your eyes.