OLAF SCHNEIDER TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
HELD NOVEMBER 2022
HELD NOVEMBER 2022
SCENES FROM THE EVENT:
I loved that this class pushed me outside the box due to the required image for this two day exercise. My comfort zone was smashed and I am grateful for the new directions I see for my work.
Alan Luke V
I loved the Olaf workshop because Olaf gave us so many hints and tools to use to create beautiful paintings. Watching him work expanded my knowledge and tackling the task built my confidence as an artist. Seeing how the other artists in the class approached and accomplished the project also helped me learn to work with this medium. I feel I can now work on larger pieces with confidence.
Enjoyed the class. Learned many new techniques. Enjoyed seeing others work and approach. Thanks to everyone for a fun time. Thank you Jessel for hosting the event.
As a total newbie to groups of artists I felt a little off balance going into the workshop. And as a fan of Olaf’s work I was also a bit in awe. I felt very welcomed! By the end of the first day I couldn’t wait to come back and see what more could happen. And more did happen! New ways to use tools, to use paint, and all the tips from other artists increased my confidence and desire to paint. I would love to do more deep dives like this.
I enjoyed the class and learned a lot by watching Olaf’s demonstrations. I also learned by making mistakes while attempting to change my approach to painting. I agree with one of the other comments that the class could have been more structured. Perhaps Olaf could begin by explaining his plans for the class and reviewing the steps we would be taking over the two day period. I appreciated Olaf’s one-on-one teaching and I also enjoyed looking at other students’ work and watching Olaf show them techniques to improve their work. I was exhausted at the end of each day! The meals were excellent. Thanks for all of your kind hospitality, Jessel!
I absolutely loved it!! The first day I was a bit overwhelmed and spent more time criticizing myself for not practicing more before the workshop. I told myself I didn’t belong here surrounded by artists that actually knew what they were doing. That was a room full of very talented folks with many different styles!!! I almost didn’t come to the second day but decided that this was an amazing opportunity to learn some new skills. So I spent the day observing, asking questions and taking notes (videos too). I learnt a wealth of new techniques! Olaf was so generous with his time sharing his secrets even down to how he arranges his paper towels!! I’m so excited to implement these new skills!!! My only suggestion would be to lengthen the workshop!! 2 days just wasn’t enough!! Cannot wait for the next one!!! Thank you so much for hosting this and all the delicious food and generous hospitality!!!
I’d attend another one.. it was such fun. And I have so much to learn.
After several years in the delicate world of watercolor with Jessel, I wasn't willing to jump the broom to acrylic. Instead, while most of the world went online, I took a couple of online classes from Tahoe College and relearned oils. There,I learned to make colors from a limited palette using warm/cool grays, which created beautiful color combinations in my paintings. That teacher retired and Jessel reopened her classes so I finally jumped that broom and took to acrylics, playing with bold color combinations and working on loosening up with Jessel's encouragement. This trajectory made so much sense when I encountered Olaf who made me scrape off the paint I put down in the first half of Sat and start again!(Once I understood and embraced it, this technique made so much sense.) I put in some base acrylic color and then jumped back into oils. Olaf introduced me to a unique way of creating a palette and combining colors which he glazed across his acrylics. Oh, how I wish I had Olaf's confident brush stroke and quick painting skills. His technique creates luminescence in colors that sing. I have the winter break to try and put some Olaf magic into my painting. All of this and the comfort of Jessel checking on us, making sure we took breaks and ate well. It was a wonderful experience!
The only suggestion I have for Olaf is to give us a hint of the process ahead of time in the instructions along with his updated materials list and some explanations of what things are and do. I kept poking myself with the knitting needle in my bag that I didn't use. And I was stumped by the term" drawing crayon" - no one I talked to could tell me what it was. I loved both days, (except for the nightmare Garden Gnome dream that first scrape off day caused). The group was full of "can do" people and the chat was interesting. Looking forward to doing it again.
Hi – I am new to painting so there was a lot for me to absorb, so to speak. I liked that everyone had the same assignment so that I could see all the different approaches to the subject. Sitting next to John Roos was a bonus as he was a wealth of information. The disadvantage of my location in the room (back corner) was that I had to disrupt John anytime to leave my seat and most of all I was at quite a distance to Olaf. I found that his instruction as he painted was most informative although it was difficult to get near enough. I would have liked some commentary as he painted available for the whole room. I also agree with whomever commented about more structure to the class but I didn’t know if that was because I am a newbee. All in all, I truly enjoyed the class and the friendly classmates. Oh and Olaf’s work is awesome!
Olaf’s class was a wonderful experience for me. I especially loved the memorable painting subject. Thank you for the preparation, the detailed supply list, the two quality prints to layout and paint from led to pleasing results. It is always amazing to me how the same information is heard and the execution is so different! The variety of painting styles amongst the students was a learning bonus. Thank you, Jessel for the creation of painting space and organizing all the meals. Both body and soul were nurtured.
Great Class. . . Olaf's Techniques, tips and tricks give the artist a great start toward doing some very realistic paintings.
I would like him to show his tips and tricks on day one in the morning then as he paints, day two, he can point out how he uses those tips and tricks.
Ex. "On the horizon line ( shore line) I am using the two color blending tech.❤