Painting Demonstrations

All painting demonstrations are FREE to the public and located at the Polasek Museum unless otherwise noted.


Sunday October 10, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

““Bold Impressions: Capturing the Essence of a Scene in Bold Color and Loose Brushstroke” with Abby Ober at the Polasek Museum

Paint Out artist Abby Ober will demonstrate her process of plein air painting. She will first simplify a scene by creating a strong compositional drawing (also known as underpainting,) and by establishing a focal area. Once this step has been completed, she will share her method of mixing and applying clean color from a limited palette to create a scene undulating with light and energy.


Monday, October 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

“Accentuating with Light,” with Kathleen Denis at the Polasek Museum

Watch and learn from Kathleen as she paints her favorite thing; warm light hitting an object. Learn how to illuminate the light in your painting with the use of warm and cool colors, darks versus lights, and greys against pure pigments. Through the painting of a still life at the Polasek Museum with a thorough explanation of these techniques, you will be able to see and capture the light in your own paintings.


Monday, October 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

“Illuminated Impressions” with Manon Sander at the Polasek Museum

Join Manon Sander as she portrays how to create a painting that is filled with light. Utilizing this technique allows the painting to glow and provide the impression that it is emitting its own light.


Tuesday, October 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

“Feathered Friends” with Michelle Held at the Polasek Museum

You don’t want to miss this demonstration! Known for her stunning fowl portraiture, Michelle will educate visitors how to capture a real-life bird. This can be a difficult subject as it moves, shifts, and may not stay in one place while she paints. Watch as her composition unfolds and learn her secret to feathery brushstrokes and soft texture. Live bird models will be provided by the Back to Nature in Lake Eola, FL. A representative from the Back to Nature will be on-site to answer questions, ensure the safety of the animals, and will give an informal presentation following the demo.
Learn about their important environmental mission, which focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and release of Florida’s raptors; and watch Michelle Held capture these splendid creatures on canvas.


Tuesday, October 12, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

“Where Nature Meets Architecture with Pastels” with Orit Reuben at the Polasek Museum

Pastel artist, Orit Reuben, is interested in combining nature and architecture in her paintings. She is fascinated by the intersection of geometric and organic lines, as well as the positive and negative shapes created by buildings, and the surrounding skies. Reuben created paintings with both realistic and abstracted elements in an impressionistic style, layering the pastel medium on sanded paper to create light and shadow forms in vibrant colors.


Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

“Florals” with Stacy Barter at the Polasek Museum

Utilizing her intense fascination with light, atmosphere and painting from life, Stacy strives to create simple yet evocative paintings. The challenge for Stacy will be to capture the beauty of a floral scene utilizing natural light. Join her as she captures florals in a still life composition.


Wednesday, October 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

“Advantages of Painting on Copper” with Elisabeth Ferber at the Polasek Museum

For centuries artists have painted on pretty much anything and continue to look for the best material to paint upon. Copper panels give new life to traditional oil painting. Utilizing soft Sable brushes and a wide array of colors such as Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Indian Yellow and Translucent Oxide Red; one can create rich and detailed floral paintings that create unique and beautiful depictions of real life. Paint Out artist Elisabeth Ferber will walk through the process of preparing the copper panel for painting, sketching the composition, painting, and sealing the completed work. Throughout the presentation, she will discuss the pros and cons of painting on copper, demonstrating the best techniques to execute a floral painting on copper.


Thursday, October 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

“Plein Air Studies” with Peter Pettegrew at the Polasek Museum

Throughout this presentation, Peter will discuss field sketches and small plein air paintings as studies for larger paintings.


Friday, October 15, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

“Dramatic Shapes Equal Drama” with Morgan Samuel Price at the Polasek Museum

Be sure to arrive early and claim a seat for nationally-acclaimed artist Morgan Samuel Price’s demonstration. Morgan will explain the development of her painting process as the shapes of her composition is designed. Watch as she demonstrates and explains how to use these attributes as she creates a painting with a lot of visual interest, drama, and her signature touches of dappled light.


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