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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mike Rooney Workshop May 7th in Jacksonville...

The Council for the Arts is bringing Mike Rooney back to our area for another GREAT workshop! If you have never taken a workshop by Mike you have missed a blessing. The Council absorbs the cost for six slots for the workshop but it is open to 12 artists at $60 each. There are two slots left for the special discount so please Connie at the Council ASAP if you want to get onboard for this special workshop!

Colorful Underpainting in the Cape Cod Style

Plein Aire painting workshop with Mike Rooney

Saturday, May 7, 20118

9:00 am till 4:00 pm

at the Council for the Arts

826 New Bridge Street, across from City Hall

Class size is limited to six students

Workshop fee $20.00

Mike Rooney, artist and popular workshop instructor from Topsail Island will be giving a one day workshop called Colorful Underpainting in the Cape Cod Style on Saturday May 7th from 9am to 4 pm at the Council for the Arts at 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC.

In the class Mike will discuss how to see more color and then paint it by underpainting with rich bright colors using his modified version of the techniques taught at the Cape Cod School of Art and used by popular artists Camille Prezwodek, Susan Sarback, Lois Griffel, and Peggy Kroll-Roberts. The Cape technique has a lineage all the way back to Monet and the impressionists who captured the flickering effect of light on subjects. Some have called it a "whole new way of seeing color" and is guaranteed to take your color sense to the next level. Watch the rich warmth glow thru the topcoat in the sunny areas of the painting (and rich cool colors under the shadow areas) as it mimics sunlight. This workshop regularly sells out so don’t wait, register today. Mike Rooney has made instructional painting DVD's for national art supply retailer Jerry’s Artarama and regularly teaches painting classes from Maine to the Florida Keys. He is represented in galleries from Cape Cod to Key West. His daily painting blog is

Suggested materials list: attached

To register:

Please call the Council for the Arts at (910) 455-9840 –or-


“This class was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.”

Equipment needed for plein air work
  • Working indoors from photos 
  • Capturing light effects 
  • work on your own and/or approach galleries with your work after you’ve created your masterpiece
  • Simplifying objects- stick figures welcomed
  • Working quickly- time waits for no one
  • Massing in and values- from blobs to objects
  • Color and composition theory, it’s not as boring as it sounds
  • Color palette choices- your individuality expressed in pigment
  • How to sell your work on your own and/or approach galleries with your work after you’ve created your masterpiece 

Suggested materials list:
  • Easel and any supplies needed to paint outside. (i suggest you do a 6x8 outdoor painting outside before the workshop to see if you have everything you'll need)
  • A TV tray or portable table to put your stuff on if you don’t have a French easel or pochade kit 
  • Pad of 140 lb watercolor paper for exercises 
  • Oil painters! If you want to underpaint like I do in addition to your oil gear you will need 5 small tubes of acrylic paint and a small and medium synthetic brush: 
  • Acrylic tubes of magenta, white, any yellow, red, and blue  
  • Water to wash out acrylics
  • Several canvases or supports of your choice (no larger than 11x14). I suggest bringing at least 3-6x8's and 1- 11x14 for the one day workshop
  • Paint- at least one each : yellow, red, blue, and white, brushes, rags, and all materials needed to paint

YouTube video link HERE...

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