Friday, November 13, 2020

Seattle Atelier Classroom Demonstration of Tonal Impressionist Principles, Perceptual Painting.

Michael Lane,Seattle Atelier,Max Meldrum,Perceptual Painting

Class demo at Seattle Atelier, explaining tonal extensions, tone key, tonal relationships, multiple colors in five values or less and the order of visual importance. (Image features works by Max Meldrum, Percy Leason, Joseph Allworthy, Graham Inness and John Singer Sargent.)
Groups being led through the textbook “The Science of Appearances” (1950) by Max Meldrum. 
Little Saigon Neighborhood, Seattle WA

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wikimedia Listing for Michael Lane.




Wikimedia 


English: Michael Lane McDonald is a Seattle-based realist painter. He was trained at the Fleisher Art Memorial, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania, and also privately in the home studio of Nelson Shanks. He taught at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Gage Academy of Art, Juliette Aristides Classical Atelier and DigiPen Institute of Technology. He founded the Seattle Atelier, a school for perceptual painting.


Link:

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Michael_Lane_McDonald

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Michael Lane invited by Israel Hershberg to teach at the JSS In Civita Catellana 2018

I’ve been invited by Israel Hershberg for the third in a row to join the affiliate faculty at the JSS in Civita Castellana.
The title of the course this year is "Corot, Tonalism and the Roman Campagna" 

Dates are: July 23-August 6, Civita Castellana, Italy. 
Link: 




Monday, June 26, 2017

If You Can See It Like A Painter, You Can Paint It.



Another great day painting in West Seattle. 



Color System



Color at Seattle Atelier

Once students have begun to master tonal divisionism (the use of pre-mixed, correctly related tone families) they begin working in color.

Our system uses three hues (warm, straight, cool) for all primaries and secondaries, so it’s an 18 hue color-wheel.

Students take ten value cards and mix a complete color wheel on each, matching their value.






Sunday, June 4, 2017

Meldrum: The Scientific Artist





Hayward Veal walks the full length of his narrow studio because this is the only way to paint. 

It is Max Meldrum’s way. 

Examine the subject from a distance. 

You are objective. 

Detached both from the subject and yourself. 

The artist, Meldrum says, is a scientist of appearances.





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bibliophile Confessions

A partial view, from a video, of the Seattle Atelier library where many ring-bound copies of old manuscripts, artist's teaching and studio notes, letters and diaries from the archives at Harvard, Yale, the Smithsonian, National Gallery and European libraries wait for you.

Open to the public without charge during business hours, with several scanners for free use and very inexpensive flash drives available for purchase.
Comfy too, couches, tables, natural light and a kitchen on the other side of the door with free coffee and snacks.

Visit us soon on historic Jackson Street in Seattle’s arts-filled Central District and Little Saigon neighborhoods, where there’s usually some kind of great festival going on.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Still Life Courses


All our still life classes are alla prima. 
Students finish each painting in one session after carefully creating their palettes as a scale of relationships.

The classroom is open to students at all times and people frequently stay past the four-hour class times to complete their work. 



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Perceptual Painting in the Pacific Northwest


Students of Seattle Atelier have been rising to the challenges of painting in a perceptual painting program with outdoor painting built into every class, no matter the weather, year round. 
Seward Park, Alki Beach in West Seattle and other more urban settings close to the classroom have been where we head out to work, rain or shine, using the same principles with which we paint alla prima still life in the classroom.

Monday, April 10, 2017

JSS in Civita




I’ve been invited by Israel Hershberg to join the affiliate faculty at the JSS in Civita, Summer Art School & Residency in Italy. 

To learn more about his amazing program look here:





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Seattle Atelier Foundation Painting Course

In Seattle Atelier, Foundation Painting Students learn to complete a still life in one class, using a minimal number of large, related tone families. They also paint outdoors, following the same principles.

The Seattle Atelier Textbook is “The Science of Appearances” (1950) by Max Meldrum. 




Monday, August 25, 2014

Founding an Atelier at the Request of Students.

WE OPEN IN MID OCTOBER!

IT HAS BEEN MY GREATEST PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO HAVE MET AND WORKED WITH ALL MY STUDENTS IN THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF SEATTLE.

THE OUTPOURING OF KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY HAS NEVER CEASED AND HAS ALWAYS MOTIVATED ME TO WORK HARD AND PRESENT THE BEST LESSONS THAT I POSSIBLY CAN.

PEOPLE HAVE KINDLY ASKED ME ABOUT RETURNING TO TEACH WEEKEND AND EVENING LESSONS AND THE OPPORTUNITY HAS ARISEN FOR ME TO OPEN A SMALL PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR PERCEPTUAL PAINTING. 

IT’S BEEN GREAT SPENDING THE PAST 6 MONTHS WORKING ON THE TONAL IMPRESSIONIST AND PERCEPTUAL PAINTING CURRICULUM AND I CAN NEVER THANK MY STUDENTS ENOUGH FOR THE CONTINUING SUPPORT AND ENTHUSIASM.

THE APPROACH OF THIS SCHOOL IS ONE OF JOY AND FAITH AND BELIEF IN PURE PERCEPTUAL PAINTING, IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF A STUDENT’S SENSES AND PERSONAL VISION IN A WAY THAT IS CONTEMPORARY, OBJECTIVE, HEALTHY AND TRUE.


THANK YOU!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer Classes. Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

Michael Lane, Tabitha Brown, Seattle Atelier
 Tabitha Brown and other students at work, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle. 

End of Summer, Beginning of Fall
2013

I taught courses in large scale figure drawing, long pose portrait drawing, intro to portrait drawing, long pose figure drawing, two courses in figure painting, one on 19th century approaches to painting, another on Baroque and Rococo techniques and one on Caravaggio and his followers and two workshops (portrait anatomy and one on a specific tonal approach to portrait drawing).


My new classes, for Fall 2013, are:
Foundation Figure Drawing
Weds, Fri 1:30-4:30 pm

This Fall I will be teaching Foundation Figure Drawing, which meets twice a week (Wednesday and Friday afternoons) and I am really looking forward to getting to go into greater depth concerning ways to put a figure drawing together. 


Portrait Drawing
Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm
Gage Academy of Art 

A course in understanding the head and how to render the portrait in tonal mediums.
Students work with planar head models and diagrams which explain what they are seeing as they render the live model every week.

Portrait Painting in Oils
Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm
Gage Academy of Art

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier

A course in the basics of rendering a portrait in oils while work8ng from a portrait model every week.


Figure Painting in Oil
Saturdays, 2-5pm





 A new offering for Saturday afternoons.
Students will get to work under natural light on long figure poses in oils!

Thanks!

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Classes at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.


SPRING!
 2013

It's been a great Winter with all the students working very hard.
I'm very much looking forward to working with many of them again this quarter.
The courses that I will be teaching at Gage this quarter are as follows:

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle

FIGURE PAINTING IN OILS
Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:30pm
Beginning with rapid block-in exercises, students become relaxed with drawing the figure directly in oils in a limited palette.


Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle

PERSPECTIVE DRAWING
Thursday mornings 9:30am-12:30 pm

Beginning with exercises that explain the use of tone, students gradually add the components of linear perspective to their work.
One-point, two-point and three-point perspective are covered as is the use of perspective in still life, portraiture and figure drawing.


Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle


PORTRAIT DRAWING
Friday evenings 6:30-9:30pm
In this course students begin with simple exercises on proportions and tonal rendering, tone groups and tone grouping.

Clear assignments on the head and features go into detail so that students are aware of exactly what they are looking at andwhere it is oriented in space. 

(Elizabeth Zanzinger at work, below)

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle, Elizabeth Zanzinger

PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OILS
Saturday mornings 10:00am-1:00pm

This course covers all the basics of painting a head in oils.
Optional homework assignments reinforce the weeks lessons and point to what's ahead in class.
Below are examples of weekly homework assignments executed by students.

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle

We use a limited and then a fuller palette in class.


(Student Aron Hart at work, below) 

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle, Aron Hart Seattle
 PORTRAIT PAINTING STUDIO
Saturday afternoons 2:00-5:00pm

A single pose for the full quarter gives students the chance to do a preparatory drawing, a small oil study and finally a formal portrait (at whatever scale they like).



Thank you!
 



Monday, January 14, 2013

Advanced Classes at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Dorje Bellbrook, Dorje Belbrook

PORTRAIT PAINTING STUDIO
Saturday afternoons at Gage Academy of Art
Seattle, WA

In this course students are given the chance to work from the portrait model for a 10 week long pose and thoroughly explore the model through the creation of preliminary drawings, studies and a formal portrait painting in oils .

Saturdays
2:00-5:00 pm
1/19 - 3/23
Gage Academy of Art
Seattle

Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekend Workshops at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.


WEEKEND WINTER WORKSHOPS AT GAGE, 2012

I want to begin by saying how much I love the workshop format because of how easily it allows students to retain the lessons of each drill-like exercise, which can often grow hazy over the course of a busy week, and apply them to each new study.



TONAL PORTRAIT DRAWING 
Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle

12/14-12/16
Friday-Sunday
9:30am-4:30pm

When I was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts in Philadelphia I was very lucky to study with Rozwell Weidner who had been a student of Daniel Garber and he pushed us constantly to make tonal drawings.

(Below is an example of a drawing by Garber.)

Michael Lame, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle Artist

And, for comparison, a detail of one of his paintings

Michael lane, Seattle atelier, Daniel garber, pafa

Later, as a student/assistant in the studio of Nelson Shanks, I found that this same approach was the only way he executed his drawings.
The obvious advantage to this practice is that it stresses that one see and work like a painter.
The particular challenges of painting, starting with large shapes, closely related middle values and mostly diffused edges are all here too.



The Portrait Sketch in Oils
1/4-1/6
Friday-Sunday
9:30am-4:30pm

Many of us are moved to express ourselves through the most expressive subject of all, the portrait.
Yet there are many practical difficulties, such as adequate time with the subject or a reference which is more alive (with feeling) and accurate than a snapshot.

The mechanics of the process as well as plane and color changes in the subject are studied repeatedly.


PORTRAIT ANATOMY
1/12-1/13
Saturday-Sunday
9:30am-4:30pm

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier

What do you think about when you are looking at the portrait subject in front of you?
If you are like me you are probably thinking about the beauty of nature and lunch.
In this fun and informative lecture-lab two day workshop participants will draw from models, after a lecture-demo, while referring to planar and skeletal head models and diagrams.
Knowing the simple and clear shapes and patterns of what what lays under the skin is of immense use when drawing or painting a portrait.
If you haven't delved into this information yet or have been left cold by the prospect of learning it from a book then this workshop, with hands on drawing from a different models each day, might be perfect for you. 

Thank you.
I hope to see you there.


Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle Artist













Friday, June 1, 2012

SUMMER CLASSES AT GAGE ACADEMY OF ART, SEATTLE, WA


Summer is always an exciting time for me at Gage because it means that I get to teach introductory courses and offer courses that are based on some pet passions.

Drawing exercises which easily lead into painting and painting exercises which form a continuation of drawing are what I like. 

LARGE SCALE FIGURE DRAWING
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30
6/26-7/24

In this course students will get to work on 4 foot high drawing boards to render a 2/3rds life-sized, full-length figure drawing or a life-sized, partial figure.
Here is an image of some students (in my Portrait Studio course) at work on the boards.

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle Artist

The approach in this course will be tonal, meaning that students will work on brown kraft (or any other tinted) paper with a combination of charcoal and pastels.

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle Artist

 This class will include the execution of smaller, preliminary gesture, block-in and tonal studies before beginning large scale drawings.
The pose will last for the full length of the course (5 weeks).

BEGINNING PORTRAIT PAINTING
Thursdays, 9:30-12:30
6/28-7/26

In this course students cover planes, features and working with a limited to a fuller palette.
Practical color theory and mixing, premixed tone-families and medium usage are covered.
Frequent brief instructor demonstrations help convey information which can not be verbally given.

Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle Artist
Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle
Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier



INTRO TO PORTRAIT DRAWING
Saturdays, 10:00-1:00
6/30-7/28

An introduction to drawing portraits and best suited for anyone who wants to progress on to painting the portrait.
The approach of this course is tonal with an emphasis on seeing shapes, tone groups, and form.

(Student Drawings)

Seattle Atelier
Seattle Atelier
Seattle Atelier



THE PORTRAIT SKETCH IN OIL
Saturdays, 2:00-5:00
6/30-7/28

A course which covers the effective techniques for rendering a portrait-study in a limited amount of time.
The emphasis is on alla prima painting.
Planes of the head, rendering forms and practical color use are emphasized.


Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle
Seattle Atelier, Michael Lane Seattle
Michael Lane, Seattle Atelier



INTRO TO PORTRAIT DRAWING
Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30
7/31-8/28

As part of Summer session B at Gage (later in the Summer) this is the same course that is offered in Session A.

Michael Lane Seattle

INTRO TO FIGURE DRAWING
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30
7/31-8/28

This class covers essential information for rendering the figure from life, i.e., gesture, block-in, proportion, balance.
The goal is to see the dynamism, the action of the figure and to see them from large to small before adding details.






COPYING CARAVAGGIO
Thursdays, 9:30-12:30
8/2-8/30

Seattle Atelier

A great chance to recreate the works of one of the most influential masters of painting.
In a clear and logical series of steps each student will be given hands-on experience in understanding and developing a copy of a work by Caravaggio.


Hope that you can join us!

Seattle Atelier