Workshops  – Suzanne Accetta
Updated August 26, 2023

These are example workshops.  Any workshop can be designed for your individual group tailored around your interests. Contact Suzanne for more information and prices.

Watercolor Workshop
    Suzanne Accetta will conduct a workshop designed to enable participants of all levels to gain confidence in the skills of watercolor painting. Using still life there will be a focus will be on design, which includes planning, color, expression, value and visual theme. Class goals will be to see in new and exciting way. Demonstrations, class instruction and individual assistance will be included during the class. 
    Suzanne is a nationally known artist. Her watercolor paintings have been in numerous national juried exhibitions including the Salmagundi and National Arts Clubs in NYC. In May 2011, her series “African Rhythms in Paint” was the inaugural exhibition for the new Homeport Gallery at the Lincoln Theatre. Suzanne was featured in AMERICAN ARTIST and in WATERCOLORPAINTING.COM. Recently, she was selected to appear in two publications; THE BEST OF WORLDWIDE WATERMEDIA and THE BEST OF AMERICA PORTRAITS AND FIGURES. Suzanne is a much sought after lecturer, demonstrator, juror, and teacher and has taught drawing and painting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Otterbein University as well as the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.

Portrait Workshop
Face your Fear of Faces
Suzanne Accetta will conduct a workshop designed to enable participants of all levels to gain confidence in approaching the portrait. Demonstrations, class instruction and individual assistance will be included during the class. Students will have an opportunity to work from their own photographs. She will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of working with photographs as well as how to bring a fresh interpretation to your painting.

Expressive Watercolor Figures
with Suzanne Accetta
Learn how to enjoy the process of portrait painting. Students will be taught how to match skin tones and values. You will learn about value and temperature change, how to capture the quality of light and develop an understanding of the architecture of the head that will give you the confidence to take on even the most challenging portraits. Suzanne’s workshop is designed to give you the tools, the confidence and the inspiration to enjoy painting people as well as show how working from photo-graphs can be an effective and powerful approach to creating exciting figurative paintings in water-color. Suzanne will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of photographic reference as well as how to edit, interpret and compose from a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject.

Introduction to Art Apps for the IPad
    Yes, you can use your IPad to make stunning digital art. However, IPad Art Apps can change the way you “see” as an artist. Join us to see what your IPad can do for you as an artist and if you are an art teacher.  
    In this workshop students will be introduced to a variety of IPad art apps. A few are simple apps with filters to help you “see” in new ways. You will be introduced to apps that help with the human form. We will also explore apps used for sketching and painting.

Looking for the good - avoiding the bad and the ugly

    The study of composition can be very complicated. Designing a good composition is the key to any successful work of art.
    Strong composition in painting doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes planning and a knowledge of all the visual elements available.  
    To put it as simply as possible, composition is an arrangement of these elements that makes us see them as a whole. Every artwork has some composition. You either create it consciously or by accident, but you can't create a drawing or painting without it. In a more practical sense, composition is the relation between the elements of the picture. And this relation, not the elements, is the first thing we notice.  
    If the composition in a painting is done well you don't notice it initially, you just know that the painting has something about it that is particularly appealing. But when a painting's composition is done badly (such as when the subject is floating in the middle of the canvas, or squeezed into a corner), the effect is very noticeable and the painting feels awkward.
    In this workshop, we will spend the morning exploring the steps and exercises to create dynamic compositions. We will also observe and discuss the vocabulary of good and bad composition.
    In the afternoon, we will choose one good composition from the morning and complete a larger painting.