Fredericksburg, TX March 12-16, 2018 Comments Off on Fredericksburg, TX March 12-16, 2018

5 Day Indoor/Outdoor Painting Workshop
Hosted the Fredericksburg Artists’ School
*The class will be held at the Inn On Barons Creek
Located at: 308 S Washington St,
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Monday thru Friday, March 12-16, 2018
Workshop Enrollment Limited – Tuition $750

The studio is located, in a picturesque area of Hill country where subject matter abounds.

Join Albert Handell in this exciting 5 day indoor/outdoor painting workshop. In the morning demonstration you will see and learn what to select and emphasize and what to play down or even take out of your paintings in order to make a strong design statement, and work sensibly towards finish. It will be an opportunity to see how a Master Artist works in a studio setting and on location.


Call Bill Bush at Fredericksburg Artists’ School
Phone: 830-997-0515
Cell: 512.663.1614


THE SWIRL OF LIFE By Albert Handell WC under painting finished with pastel
12×18 (this technique will be demonstrated on Tuesday)


The workshop hours are from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily.
For your convenience the studio opens at 9AM

• Demonstrations in the morning from 9:30AM to noon
(2 demos are in oils and 2 in pastel)
• 1-4:30PM- painting on location, weather permitting, with Albert’s help at the easel

The studio demonstrations will clearly show how he perfects his outdoor studies and bring life to his paintings from photographs. The workshop is geared to all levels of artists of the landscape and the still life, who have some experience working in pastels, oils, or water media

There are four daily morning demonstrations, from 9:30 AM to noon; all demos are from start to finish. 3 demos are in the studio – The 4th is on location:

Monday demo is mixed media pastel (watercolor under painting, finishing with pastel).

Tuesday demo is in oils. This oil demo is from beginning to finish. It also takes in glazing and scumbling, two valuable techniques, rarely demonstrated in workshops, and closely relates to the technique of “feathering” in pastels

Actual Oil Demonstration 16×20

Wednesday we paint all day on location. Albert will paint in pastel with you in the morning, and help you at the easel in the afternoon.

On Wednesday evening, from 7 to 9PM, we will have a workshop dinner together at a local restaurant (please individual checks), spouses are very welcomed.

On Thursday 9:30AM-noon, second oil demo in the studio. In the afternoon (1-4:30PM), work on location with help at the easel.

Friday morning there is a farewell in-depth critique for every artist, please bring to the studio everything you have painted during the week, plus 6-8 works you have painted previous to the workshop.

In the afternoon we will stay in the studio and finish the works we have started at locations, with help at the easel.

The afternoons, from 1-4:30 PM we will be painting at designated locations. If the weather is bad, we will be painting in the studio. Albert will give individual help to each artist at the easel. Every afternoon you are welcome to paint in the medium of your choice.
In case of inclement weather please bring some of your favorite photographs to work from.

Our local workshop coordinator is:
Bill Bush
Phone: 830-997-0515
Cell: 512-663-1614

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What Art Supplies should the Pastel Artist Bring?

If you are painting in pastel, and you are driving, bring all the pastels that you have and the pastel papers that you like to paint on – plus a few lightweight drawing boards i.e., made of foam core or gator board or any lightweight material.
Albert likes to use the U-ART sanded papers. He prefers the 500 or 600 grits 12×18” or the 9×12”size, which can be purchased individually and also comes in packages of 10 sheets., they can be purchased from Dakota Art Supplies (they only sell pastel supplies) at 888.345.0067.

The 4 watercolors Albert uses for his watercolor under painting technique are basically dark, (any brand will do) they are:
• Payne’s Gray # W356
• Vandyke Brown #W339
• Hooker’s Green #W262
• Bright Violet #W375

What Art Supplies Should The Oil Painter Bring?

‘At Water’s Edge, East Beach’ Oil 20×24 by Albert Handell

What Art Supplies Should the Oil Painter Bring?

If you are painting in oils, bring the colors that you are accustomed to painting with, plus at least 12 or more canvases or canvas panels to paint on. Albert suggests the Source Tek Panels: telephone them at 800.587.5462 or visit their website: They have Claussen Linen #66 glued to light weight Birch plywood – in different sizes. They are strong and lightweight. The recommended sizes are 9 x 12”, 11 x 14”, 12 x 16”, 14 x 18”, or 16 x 20”. Choose the sizes that you are most comfortable painting on.

A Suggested List of Oil Colors:

Mr. Handell paints large oils during the winter months in the studio. He uses Turpenoid as his paint medium, especially at the beginning, since these works are larger and call for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th painting sessions. He will then use Winsor Newton Liquin, very sparingly as his paint medium. He applies paint combining both brush and palette knife applications of color. His Oil Palette is listed below: (your oil palette may be different, and that is fine)

Titanium White W/N (Winsor Newton)
Naples Yellow W/N
Cadmium Lemon W/N
Cadmium Yellow W/N
Cadmium Orange W/N
Cadmium Red Light W/N
Permanent Alizarin Crimson W/N
Yellow Ocher Light W/N
Burnt Sienna W/N
Viridian (Green) W/N
Cobalt Blue W/N
Ultra-Marine Blue W/N
Ivory Black W/N

Those colors are optional – bring what you normally paint with.

Albert has also added a few pre-mixed grays to his palette:
Holbein #369 Neutral Grey (that’s his lightest grey)
Holbein #374 Violet Grey (a beautiful light bluish grey)
Holbein #379 Monochrome tint cool (an important middle value grey)
• Or, #379 can be substituted, if you wish, by Gamlin’s Portland Grey Deep.

If you are painting with oils, these few pre-mixed grays can be helpful.

Brushes: Select your favorite brushes – the ones that you use most often. Purchase 3 of each of these favorite brushes. Having these 3 brushes of the same size will help to keep your colors clean. One brush will be for the darks; a second will be for the middle tone colors and the third will be for the lighter colors. This way you can paint more with your favorite brush or brushes without getting muddy colors.

For Plein Air painting:

Some general outdoor supplies, no matter in what medium you are painting, are your portable easel, a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen, etc. Unfortunately umbrellas, which could be useful, are difficult to take onto airplanes.

Can I Ship My Art Supplies to the Workshop?

It is possible that the place where you are staying may be able to accept shipment of your supplies. Please call them directly to make these arrangements. Please ship by UPS or Fed Ex. Or if by the post office ships only by 3 DAY priority mail with signature required- this way you will get a tracking number.

We look forward to a wonderful and productive week together.