Pacifica Painting Classes 2016-2017

The classes are three hour sesssions in a small group with individualized instruction.


Concentration is on the figure. This need not be intimidating – come and have fun with this most expressive and intriguing subject matter. You may have your own subjects that you like to concentrate upon. That’s great too.

Class time and dates? New class location, dates and times now being arranged. Look soon for an announcement about it all, if you are on my email list. Not sure you’re on my list? Please write or call.

Cost? $80 per class; the cost drops down to $65 per class when you sign up and prepay for three or more classes ($195 for three classes, ideally to be used within a 2-month period).

Media? Tube watercolor is great for ease of learning and handling in the classes, but if acrylic or oil is your medium of choice, that works too. Materials lists will be supplied. You can apply ALL these approaches and techniques to ANY medium in which you choose to paint or experiment.

Payment secures your spot. Please pay by check or cash.

Class size? These are small classes – spaces are limited, so if you are interested, please don’t delay.

Have you ever wanted to paint more intuitively, with flow, freedom and ease of expression, within a solid design framework? Understand values? How to create a shape collection and successfully use negative space in your paintings? Explore new techniques? Create with energy and momentum? Break through what you feel are self limiting behaviors when it comes to painting? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, these classes are for you. You’ll be learning and practicing specific ways doing these things.


Recent Instruction Session Examples Below
(Please read these to get an idea of the possibilities for your in-class study with me. Pick your own direction and go!)

Composition & Design For ‘Wow Factor’ Paintings

An exciting area of study for those who want to develop their ability to grasp – and then paint into – a ‘shape collection’. Choose from the many carefully designed shape collections available, which I supply in the classes. Study what makes them sucessful and why. Or, bring your own reference photos or life drawing studies, and delve into the art and science of building a heart-and-soul-winning figurative composition of your own.

Bring your open mind and adventurous spirit to this form of painting.


Working from Photographs
What are the three most important things to know when working from reference photos? What are the pitfalls? How do we select subject material which has great potential for a great painting? What the keys to success for a winning composition? When do we stick to the inspiration of the photo, and when should we vary from it? How do we then leak our deepest feelings through the brush and onto the painted surface and not be a slave to the original image?

These are some of the questions we’ll answer as we extract exciting compositions from sometimes unlikely material. Then, paint -capitalizing on the benefits of painting from photos while avoiding some of the traps that they can also represent for the innocent painter!

The Face Revisited
This has been a popular repeat-area of painting with emphasis on the face.

How do we render the windows to the soul, the sensuous mouth, the infamous nose – with some attention to truth, yet a look that is expressive, confident, free and bold?

The face can be portrayed in so many ways – which ‘fit you’ the best? What creates ‘soul’ in an image of a human face?

We’ll explore many different answers to these questions and more in this workshop.

We’ll review the works of some of the work of the masters – from Da Vinci to Warhol – and understand what makes them tick.

Join us and explore this most compelling of subject matter.


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Learn to paint more intuitively and spontaneously – with a foundation in good design and proven principles for successful paintings. Join a group of painters engaged in painting freely and expressively from their creative core.

These classes are about learning and adventuring into new territory in a very positive, nurturing and freeing environment.


Each class will afford individualized focus for each painter. What is it that you need help with, or want to explore as a more experience painter? I will at times do start-to-finish demonstration paintings during the course of the classes as well.

Requirements? Some painting experience is wonderful but not absolutely necessary. Lately, some ‘never before’ painters have joined the classes – and had a stellar time. They start out like ‘a deer in the headlights’ and end up like gazelle bounding through the fields of creative possibility!

If in doubt, please call to discuss. Many of the approaches and techniques taught are ground breaking – so you are not ‘different’ if you do not have traditional painting experience under your belt. On the other hand, experienced painters frequently take these workshops to break out and paint with fresh “new mind” again.



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About the instructor:

The works of Richard Hawk hang in collections around the world. This highly awarded artist has also been sharing his own approach to “painting from the inner core” for more than ten years in popular workshops and classes. Here are typical responses from artist attendees:

“I wish I could find the words to adequately thank you for the most rewarding workshop I’ve ever attended. I feel like many doors have been opened to me and I’m excited about walking through them!”

“I’ve attended several of Rich’s workshops, and they are “perfection”. We always work in a wonderful environment with a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s continually inspiring and brings each student her/his own bit of joy! Thank you Rich.”

“Best workshop I’ve ever attended! Thank you!”

“Your encouragement helped me explore heretofore untapped resources within myself… This morning I am still in the glow… through your workshop, I have found the balance in my own paintings for which I have been searching. To be able to now express myself fully through my paintings brings me great joy!”

What does it mean to ‘paint from your core’? It means painting with spontaneity and a natural flow of your creative impulses. It also means painting with abundant energy.

No fluff – we’ll work with specific methods and techniques for achieving and maintaining creative flow and making exciting energy evident in your work.

Advanced students – we’ll explore the approaches of the masters and focus on design, the power of intention, and personal style.

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Join us in this exciting new series of workshop classes and begin to paint as you never have before.

PHONE: 760.504.4015

Mail payments to:
Richard Hawk Workshops
PO Box 235152
Encinitas, CA 92023

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