Teaching / Art Lessons
– I teach art workshops as I travel. Check the schedule below for the latest offerings. Workshops combine demonstration, discussion, critique, one-on-one instruction, and hands-on experience.
Online Art Lessons
– Sign up for a one-on-one lesson with critique. We’ll connect using Skype so you can be anywhere in the world.
– See how I created some of the art displayed on this site.
Email your questions – Great for quick questions where you need a quick response.
I am planning a series of art workshops in Hermanus, Western Cape. I also plan to teach some art lessons in Clarens and Johannesburg as my schedule allows. Contact me for more information.
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Below is a quick video made of Chris while he was plein air painting on our recent trip to China. Xishi Park is a magical place, full of history and culture.
Watch this video to see the creation of the watercolor painting, "Crashing Waves."
Walker Bay Sunbird - Medium
Landscape Demo - Medium
Pastel Tutorial for "Look At That Squirrel!" Our cat, Moose, is an indoor cat. He loves to sit at the back door and watch the squirrels. The reflection provided the perfect balance to the composition and made the glass visible to help tell the story. My favorite...
Chris teaches a series of workshops that builds upon skills to bring even an absolute beginner to being able to paint and draw. This list is a basic guide to what he teaches, as lessons are adapted to the time available for the workshop and the needs of the students.
Drawing Fundamentals (graphite on paper)
improvement of drawing skills, proportions, negative space, right brain exercises, blind contour, rapid drawing, sight sizing, drawing through, cross contour, media studies, enveloping, line variation, drawing curves with straight lines, simplification and squinting, checking accuracy, reverse sight sizing, linear perspective
Value (charcoal on paper)
value scales, simultaneous contrast, lost and found edges, value structure, media studies, building form, illusion of depth, dominant values, geometric solids, blending techniques, negative drawing
Composition (charcoal and ballpoint pen on paper)
division of space, elements of design, principles of design, planning a composition, simplifying design, asymmetry, picture plane formats, cropping
Color Theory (pastel on paper or any color media)
language of color, lightfastness, color wheel, color notation, color mapping, color strings, double primary system, palette selection, color schemes, atmospheric perspective, lowering chroma, color temperature, separating color from value, limited palettes, creating chromatic neutrals, maintaining color harmony, color coronas, subsurface scattering, light source colors, optical mixing, isolation techniques
Pastel Painting (pastel on paper)
how pastel is made, pastel selection, color mixing, swatch matching, application techniques, types of pastels
Advanced Pastel Painting (pastel on panel)
custom pastel surfaces, underpainting, sequencing, edge control, glazing, framing pastels
Watercolor Painting (watercolor on paper)
palette and brush selection, watercolor papers, brushwork, glaze/wash/drybrush technique, advanced techniques, using transparent effects
Acrylic Painting (acrylic on panel or canvas)
history of acrylic, advantages of acrylic paint, surface preparation, brushwork, mixing colors, grisaille underpainting
Plein Air Painting (any medium)
equipment tips, setting up, selecting a composition, planning for changing conditions, capturing the essence, enhancing atmosphere and depth, binocular disparity
Portraiture (any medium)
basic facial anatomy, form first, seeing skin colors, portrait composition, lighting styles, color harmony, limited palettes, mixing flesh colors
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May 13th marked the end of an intense 3 day landscape painting retreat ReidsArt held Stanford Valley Guest Farm! The students worked diligently, and saw major improvements in their landscape paintings under Chris's tutelage. Special thanks to the venue for allowing us...
Thanks to Creative Arts Atelier in Durbanville for hosting a pastel workshop! I've hopefully given the students a good start and gotten them inspired to keep going with it on their own. Looking forward to returning to this venue in the future.
The Art Boutique in Kleinmond, South Africa hosted Chris for a 2 day Landscapes & Seascapes workshop. Students worked on paintings from photo in a pastel, oils, or acrylic.
The Landscape Painting Workshop in Bryanston went wonderfully! Chris gave a short lecture and a pastel demo on day one. Students then painted around the garden and completed their paintings on the second day. Special thanks to Myrtle Wilson for providing such a...
The Art Farm Figure Drawing Workshop in Alberton was a great experience for everyone! Students learned a wealth of information from Chris regarding painting the human figure- information that they will also be able to apply to any type of art they create. Special...
Students had a blast getting their fingers dusty in the plein air workshop!
Everyone had a great time and learned a lot at the portrait workshop! Special thanks to Sonja Fourie for modeling. I had fun preparing meals to help everyone stay refueled. We even broke out some nonalcoholic peach champagne for the final burst of energy at the end of...
Members of WCAS (Western Cape Artists' Society) enjoyed a portrait demonstration led by Chris on April 22nd in Somerset West. Thank you Rowland Hobbs for sitting! The demo was followed by a pastel workshop for members on May 13th.