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"SEEING - The Power of a True Artist" with Guest Instructor Robert H. Way (July 2024)

with Guest Instructor Robert H. Way
Wednesday to Friday (9am to 4pm)

July 17, 18, 19, 2024
Art League Academy

(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)

To be a successful artist, it is essential to see things accurately. Enhancing the skills of perception enables the artist to draw or paint anything! For centuries, artists have utilized various aids to seeing.  Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to use these aids, allowing for skillful observation and to recreate what they see on paper or canvas.  Various ways to measure, make comparisons, define values, see shapes, and identify colors are explored. 

Regardless of current abilities, completing this workshop significantly transforms the participant’s capacity to view the world as with “new eyes.”  With improved powers of perception, they can create artworks of ever-increasing levels of expertise!

This workshop was designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students.


All sales are final, No Exceptions. Credits, Refunds and/or Transfers will not be given for classes you withdrawal from.

In a circumstance where Art League of Hilton Head cancels an offering, a Full refund will be given.

Materials Included: No materials are included in this class. A list of materials you should bring with you is provided below.
Requirements: SUPPLIES LIST:

Click HERE for a printable PDF of the SEEING - The Power of A True Artist supplies list.

Students Should Bring the Following Materials

16"x20" or 18"x24" Drawing or Newsprint pad

Graphite Drawing Pencils

(4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B)

Kneaded Eraser
(By Design or Prismacolor - the Gray One)

White Plastic Mars Type Eraser
(or Pentel "click" eraser)

One or More Reference Photos intended for future artwork
(5"x7" or 8"x10")

Also, bring an example of artwork completed or in progress if it's not inconvenient.

Students in the 3-DAY Class will also need to bring the following additional materials:

Pigments to paint with, in the medium of your choice
(oil, watercolor, acrylic, etc)



100% Odorless Mineral Spirits

(For Oil Painters)

Two Containers suitable for cleaning brushes

Viva Paper Towels

Painting Surface

OIL PAINTERS only need to bring 2-3 sheets of canvas paper or canvas boards - 12"x16".

(Please no larger than 16"x20")

ACRYLIC & WC PAINTERS only need to bring 2-3 sheets of 140lb wc paper
(16"x20" or 18"x24")

The manufacturer may have unique names for colors (i.e. Peacock). But the Pigment Code (i.e. PR108, PB29, etc.) on the paint tube will always identify what is actually in the tube. Please make sure that your colors (paint tubes) have the Pigment Codes listed below!

Cadmium Red Lt (PR108)

Quinacridone Red (PV19)
(Depending on manufacturer, this may be labeled Red Rose Deep or Permanent Rose)

Cadmium Yellow Lt (PY 35)

Hansa Yellow Lt. (PY3)

(May be labeled Lemon Yellow)

Ultramarine Blue (PB29)

Cerulean Blue (PB35)

Phthalo Blue (PB15)

Yellow Ocher (PY43)
(Sometimes labeled Yellow Ochre is actually the synthetic Mars Yellow (PY42), but that is perfectly acceptable).

Raw Sienna (PBr7)

Burnt Sienna (PBr7)

(I personally use/perfer W&N Burnt Sienna - PR101)

Phthalo Green (PG7)

NOTE: If student has difficulty obtaining any of the above pigments, the instructor will have some watercolor and oil paints (no acrylics) on hand for student use.

Instructor: Robert H. Way
Instructor Bio:
ROBERT H. WAY has been learning his craft, producing his inspiring works of art, and teaching others for more than 40 years. Relying on the time honored and proven artistic principles of the masters, his work depicts a strong affinity for light, color, and dynamic composition. Robert and his students regularly win the highest awards in regional, national, and international juried art competitions. He developed much of his style of painting while working with Tom Blackwell, one of the original Photorealists, and utilizes the painting methods of his mentor Maxfield Parrish. His work has been exhibited in Boston, New York City, throughout New England, the United States, and Europe. Robert's drawings and paintings reside in public and private collections worldwide.


Why does a well painted picture often lack the "punch" that would make it an award winner? Very often the problem is a weak composition. Rediscover the methods used by the ancient masters to design and compose their magnificent and enduring works of art. Learn a simplified, guaranteed approach to designing your own strong, well balanced, and beautifully composed work of art. Acquire the knowledge that will elevate your artwork to the dynamic levels you desire but may have had difficulty achieving. Whether you are a novice or an advanced artist, these timeless principles provide the certain advantage you need to achieve a greater degree of perfection in your artwork.

Norman Rockwell said of this approach to composition that, "Even a clumsy amateur with hands like ham bones could create a beautiful painting." Emile Gruppe taught that, "You can take a good design, throw it on the floor, and it will look interesting no matter how it lands." And, "A well designed picture will practically paint itself."

You can read more about Robert H. Way on his website, by clicking HERE

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.