This engraving is a depiction of the Renaissance master Tintoretto’s own studio. The original drawing was made by one of his helpers, Odoardo Fialetti, and was copied and used as an illustration for the first drawing manual* ever published in Italy (1608). This is a glimpse into the sort of school that all the Renaissance masters attended. There are students and helpers of all ages—one of them is just a child. An older student helps the beginners and corrects their drawings of the plaster casts. A shop hand kneads clay or grinds colors. The old master sits at his easel while a helper prepares another big canvas or finishes some area the master has left to him. This is the way master painters were trained for centuries before modern schools and Universities took over the business of training aspiring young artists. The Hein Atelier of Traditional Art has enthusiastically adopted this format of art education.
A complete immersion of the art student into the life, work and practices of a working professional is the most effective means of education. This is why the Hein Atelier is patterned after these Renaissance studios. On a daily basis Hein Atelier apprentices are given the opportunity to witness, and in some cases be involved in Hein's art making process. Working alongside Hein, the apprentices do numerous drawings and paintings as they follow a strict curriculum designed to prepare them for professorial careers as fine artists. In this environment the mysteries of the working artist are revealed and students are better prepared and trained to enter the art world confidently and independently.
Those enrolled in the Apprenticeship Program are each given a personal work space, storage space and easel. Apprentices have 24 hr. access to the studio so that they may have as much time as possible to devote to their studies. Jeff Hein is present from 10-6 Monday-Friday and is available for instruction and critiques during these hours. For three hours, every weekday morning, apprentices have the opportunity to draw and paint from a live model while the remainder of their time is devoted to the study of still-life drawing and painting. Perhaps the most important benefit of the Apprenticeship Program is that each apprentice has the rare opportunity to learn directly the professional processes of a nationally renowned artist through daily exposure to Jeff Hein’s creative processes and techniques.
The Hein Atelier curriculum is designed to create artists who are prepared to enter into a professional career in making and selling art. Professional quality work done under the assistance of a teacher is not a sign of success for the student.This is why, at the Hein Atelier, apprentices are expected to show a solid understanding of each area of the curriculum before they may progress. After much instruction and practice each apprentices must complete, to a professional level, several works in each area of the curriculum without assistance. This means that every apprentice will progress at a different rate depending on his/her work ethic and aptitude for learning. These things are important because all too often students graduate from other art institutions with inadequate skills because they had been moved through these programs according to an insufficient timeline and/or their portfolio reflects the skills of the teacher more than their own. Under this format, every apprentice that graduates from the Hein Atelier will do so with a professional level of knowledge and skill.
Apprentices will also have the opportunity to hear from other professional artists, and art business professionals, to learn about varying views in the art world. This helps each student become well informed about the art world and its challenges, which will aid him/her in making intelligent artistic and business decisions when they enter into the field.
Apprentices will ultimately have the opportunity, should they choose, to learn the craft of multi-figure narrative painting in the classical tradition, without the aid of photography and computers. This understanding has unfortunately become increasingly rare due to the increase of technological involvement in art creation and the extreme complexity of this traditional approach. Hein believes this is an art form worth preserving and is the approach he uses in his own work.
The goal of the Hein Atelier is for each apprentice to graduate with a professional level of drawing and painting skills, a consistent body of work and the business knowledge with which to begin a successful and fulfilling career.
There are many criteria that go into creating a successful portrait. While capturing a good likeness of the sitter is very important,it’s not enough. A great portrait feels alive, evokes emotion, and captures the viewer through the beauty of its maker’s composition and aesthetic choices. In this portrait painting workshop Jeff Hein will discuss what he believes to be the key elements of creating a great portrait. He will discuss creating a concept, formulating good composition and designing of marks, strokes and color. Jeff will also break down the formal process of painting a head into its most basic parts; drawing,value and color. As Jeff Demonstrates daily, he will show his techniques and discuss key principle associated with these three areas. As students paint from a live model each day, Jeff will critique and assist on an individual basis in an effort to help each student complete the workshop a better portrait painter.
Jeff and students will each do a single portrait over the duration of the workshop.Each morning Jeff will demonstrate. Students will paint in the afternoons. The goal will be for students to witness and learn the entire process Jeff uses to complete a portrait.
above: sample workshop demonstrations
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