Events & Workshops
Join Amy Foster, Metro Detroit’s best figure artist and instructor, in our studio for a dynamic weekend learning her positive, mindful approach to drawing the portrait so it actually looks like the person you’re drawing!
The 2-day workshop is for artists who have some experience with portrait drawing but would like to create better compositions with personality and attitude. You will start the workshop reviewing basic drawing principles on how to break down the individual features of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Then you will move into capturing the likeness through proportion and light versus shadow based on the facial planes. And finally, you’ll work towards finished compositions that incorporate some of the personality and attitude of the model.
About the Instructor
As a 1994 graduate of the Center for Creative Studies – College of Art and Design in Detroit, Amy Foster received a well-rounded education in the field of illustration, graphic design and fine art. While she may dabble in painting and sculpting, Amy’s true passion is drawing and her favorite subject matter is the figure…male or female, youthful or mature, portrait or full figure, clothed or tastefully nude.
In 1999, Amy went into business for herself as a freelance artist and an art instructor. After teaching at a number of local institutions including her alma mater, now renamed the College for Creative Studies, she decided to open her own art studio in Richmond, Michigan. She still travels to teach workshops and some weekly classes. Amy considers teaching to be a true privilege which enables her to share her love of the figure and knowledge of art. Visit AmyFosterFineArt.com to see examples of her drawings.
How to Enroll
Use the “Register” button above to enroll in the workshop. You may pay by credit card or mail a check. Your registration is not final until payment is received. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!
Workshops are subject to cancellation because of insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. If a workshop is canceled, you will have the option to receive a full refund or transfer your registration to another scheduled event.
Date and Time
Sat, August 15, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sun, August 16, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Recent Events & Workshops
On Wednesday, April 29 we had a live online chat with Chicago artist Joe Davis about his engaging work and took questions. Click here to watch the video.
The original purpose of the wire was connected to the ranching business in West Texas. Joe started saving it a couple of years ago, and eventually some of it ended up displayed on the walls of his home. More recently, he has been manipulating it to make other shapes such as cubes and rectangles. He’s re-bent it to make representational wall figures, and he has been working on a continuing series of graphite drawings.
The exhibition of Joe’s work in our gallery has been held over to May 15. Although the Gallery is currently closed to visitors, selected pieces from the exhibition are available to view online. All works shown are for sale.
Join us for the opening reception of “Rewired”, an intriguing solo exhibition of objects and drawings from wire that is found all over the streets and alleys of Marfa, Texas. Chicago artist Joe Davis picks it up and gives it new life as wall installations, dimensional objects, and graphite drawings.
The original purpose of this wire was connected to the ranching business in West Texas. Joe started saving it a couple of years ago, and eventually put some of it on the walls of his home. Davis says about his work, “The accidental shaping of it by being crushed under truck tires, the rusty colored surfaces, and even the texture of it has become thoroughly engaging to me.” More recently, he has been using it to make other shapes such as cubes or rectangles, and re-bending some of it to make representational wall figures. Davis has also been working on a continuing series of graphite drawings of pieces of this wire.
Come and meet the artist, see his visually engaging work, and enjoy conversation and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through April 25.
The Gallery is open most weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment. There is free parking in the lot and on the side streets.
Date and Time
Fri, March 6, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
This workshop, hosted by the Grosse Point Artists Association, is for artists at every level who want to explore ways to incorporate encaustic into their artwork, or have worked with encaustic before and want to have a deeper exposure to a specific technique.
The technique for this session will be encaustic monotype printmaking, or creating a one-of-a-kind print. This involves using encaustic paint directly on a heated surface, laying paper over the paint and burnishing the back, thereby making a print. Demonstrations will be combined with ample time for independent work, with an instructor available for assistance, giving you a chance to explore the materials and tools for this technique.
The equipment, supplies, and materials, including different papers (a packet of several sheets, approx. 10” x 12”), will be provided. However, you may consider also bringing in some additional papers with which to work. If you are new to this kind of printing, I suggest trying thinner printing papers (like Rives BFK), or rice papers, in light or neutral colors.
How to Enroll
Use the “Register” button above to enroll in the workshop. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!
Join us for a reception with photographer Myles Gallagher to view the engaging selection of fine art photographs being shown in this superb solo exhibition. Myles says of his photographs, “It’s all about the light! Light and shadow have been the foundation of photography since the beginning.” Myles is an award-winning photographer who has been featured in Black & White Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly and has exhibited in prestigious galleries such as The Scarab Club (Detroit), Jules Maeght (San Francisco), and Attleboro Arts Museum (MA).
The exhibition runs until February 29. The Gallery is open most weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment. There is free parking in the lot and on the side streets.
Date and Time
Sat, February 15, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Art : Dialog is an opportunity for you to gather with other Detroit-area artists to talk about “all things art” and to share your work other, like-minded artists. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in connecting with working artists.
The featured topic for the first part of this session is “Leftover Art?”—an exchange of ideas and discussion about dealing with your older artwork.
There will be time, too, for conversation and networking. If you choose, bring one or more pieces of your work to just share with us or to receive honest, constructive feedback from other artists. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the exhibition of fine art photographs by Myles Gallagher now showing in the gallery.
Please RSVP by registering so we can be sure to have enough seats for everyone. And don’t forget to invite other artists to attend with you!
Date and Time
Sun, February 9, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm