Two Day Social Media Thingy

Two Day Social Media Thingy

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During our exhibition for the Creator and the Muse (submit here), we will be inaugurating a two day opening ceremony with a social media event featuring a workshop, demos, talks and other fun activities launching each morning with an inspiring talk with Sergio Gomez.

The opening of the exhibition takes place at the Zhou B Art Center on the third Friday in May 15, 2020 and will continue to Saturday closing a final get together before we all go back to being virtual.

We have a limited amount of spots available for this offer.

Your Patreon membership at the $10 tier also includes the activities, talks, and demos.

The workshop with Brianna Lee is not included in any of the membership tiers.

Keep your receipt as proof of purchase for the workshop and to attend.

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Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

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Brianna Lee was born and raised in rural Visalia, CA. She studied contemporary and traditional painting techniques at  the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) and in the private atelier of portrait artist Adrian Gottlieb. She received her BFA with honors from the prestigious Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA.   

Ms. Lee has taught for several independent art academies throughout California, while also running her own atelier in Orange County. She is a member of the American Women Artists Association and has been granted awards for her work. Ms. Lee has been featured in numerous publications, including Poets & Artists Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine, and American Art Collector and The Guide Artists Magazine. She is a Finalist  and Honorable Mention Award winner in the prestigious 13th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition. 

 Lee currently accepts international portrait commissions and exhibits her work in various group exhibitions internationally including Los Angeles, Orange County, Toronto, Cincinnati, and New York. She is currently painting full-time in her North Visalia studio, teaching online classes and travels occasionally for commissions and to offer workshops.  

2 Day workshop, 3-4 Hours Each Day - Limited to twenty participating artists.

MASTERING FLESH TONES / Color Theory for Flesh Tones

In this workshop you will explore the complex subject of color mixing for flesh tones. Often the most challenging aspect of portrait painting is the use of color to paint radiant flesh tones. Because no single person has the same flesh color, this presents a unique challenge for the artist. Many factors to consider include the models tonality, the color of light and how the environment can effect our perception of skin color.

All professional figurative artists would agree that painting skin tones is one of the greatest challenges we encounter, outside of drawing. Experienced and novice artists alike can benefit from this workshop in exploring color. Throughout the workshop, Brianna Lee will guide you through several color mixing exercises for mixing a variety of “flesh” colors and discuss concepts of color theory as they specifically apply to skin tones and how to utilize a variety of color palettes to achieve them.

The supplies are included. You just have to show up!

Supplies Included: Provided by our sponsor (PoetsArtists)

Easel and palette table or tabletop and chairs

Disposable Grey Palette Paper

8x10” Canvas Panels - 3x per student, toned grey

8x10” Photographs of Models of Various Skin Tones - copies for all artists attending

Synthetic Paint Brush Variety Pack (If you prefer to work with your own brand please bring your own)

Oil Colors: Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Red Light, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Turquoise.

$30 Brush Cleaning Jars and Gamsol

$10 Paper Towels

Note: If you have a specific brand you prefer to work with please bring your own supplies.

Drawing Demo


David Jon Kassan (born February 25, 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a contemporary American painter best known for his life size representational paintings, which combine figurative subjects with abstract formalistic elements and backgrounds.

Often described as raw, poignant and profoundly honest, Kassan’s work aesthetically captures humanity in its true form. As an artist, Kassan acts as an empathetic intermediary between the subject he portrays and the viewer. More than simply replicating his subjects Kassan seeks to understand them. He seeks to capture the essence of those he paints, imbuing them with their own voice. They communicate with the viewer interpersonally and we see them through our own eyes. Our gaze transcends the picture plane and permeates deep into the subject’s psyche.

Kassan is a much sought after drawing and painting instructor because of his steadfast commitment to the age-old discipline of working from life and creating compelling expressions of the human condition. He has given painting/drawing seminars and lectures at various institutions, and universities around the world.

In 2013, he founded the Kassan Foundation in hopes of giving grants directly to underprivileged talent in both the visual and musical arts.

Kassan works can be seen in many public and private collections worldwide.He is represented by Gallery Henoch (Chelsea), New York, NY and The Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA. Kassan lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ultimately, there is a truth and timelessness to Kassan’s work because it is so deeply human. His subjects are distilled in an exact moment in time, patiently contemplating their present. We share in this present-moment appreciation, this slowing down of time, and see life for what it is.

Demo Description

In this 3 hour charcoal drawing demonstration we will be investigating the underlying rhythm, expression and emotion of the modern portrait. Discussion on how to develop clarity of vision essential for accurate observation; learning to focus on what is in front of us without being overwhelmed. We will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure of the model, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation.

Egg Tempera & Oil Mix Demo


F. Scott Hess was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1955, received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied painting for five years at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art. In 1984 Hess moved to his current home of Los Angeles and in 1985 had his first American solo exhibition, followed by of over one hundred group and solo exhibitions, including venues in Europe, Taiwan, and Iran.  

Hess’ work is included in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute, among others.  In 1990 he received a Western States Art Federation award, and in 1991 a J. Paul Getty Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship.  In 2014 a retrospective at two venues, the Begovich Gallery at Cal State Fullerton, and the Municipal Art Gallery of Los Angeles, featured selections from over thirty years of Hess' work. His massive family history project, The Paternal Suit, toured the country in 2012, and was the core subject of a one hour documentary by Shirin Bazleh, “F. Scott Hess: A Reluctant Realist” (2018). Hess is currently contracted for a multi-year mural project for B’nai Jehudah in Kansas City.

Demo Description

In this 3 hour session F. Scott Hess will discuss and demonstrate the Egg Tempera & Oil Mixed Technique he first learned in 1980 while studying in the Rudolf Hausner Meisterschule at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, Austria. In his 25 years as a professor Hess taught this centuries-old technique to students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and at the Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach. The Mixed Technique uses multiple layers of egg tempera white to build form on a toned panel, and glazes of transparent oil paints for the color. Hess will demonstrate how to mix an egg emulsion, grind titanium white pigment into it, create the network of brushstrokes that build a form, and apply the glaze layers for color.

Breakfast With Sergio


Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based artist with an extensive exhibition trajectory nationally and internationally. He is the founder of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine and co-funder of the Art NXT Level Program. His weekly Art NXT Level podcast and Breakfast with Sergio social media show inspires and educates contemporary artists around the world. Connect with him on Instagram @sergiogomezart

Panel and talks with Michael Van Zeyl, Steven Alan Bennett, Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt and more.

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Didi Menendez pictured with Lisa Keay at the Zhou B Art Center for SECONDARY MEANINGS curated by Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Schmidt.

Didi Menendez pictured with Lisa Keay at the Zhou B Art Center for SECONDARY MEANINGS curated by Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Schmidt.

Didi Menendez is the brain child behind the first social media extravaganza and Creator and the Muse exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center. She is a pioneer of online publishing since the last century. Her publications have been recognized and anthologized in Best American Poetry and have won a Pushcart Prize. She is the chief curator at PoetsArtists and Hashtag Art Magazine. She is currently planning other extravaganzas in a venue near you. Follow the adventures of the tribe.