Chris Dingwell Painting Workshop

On Sunday March 13th from 11am to 10pm, Chris Dingwell will be coming to town to conduct a full day painting seminar and workshop.


Always wanted to start painting, but you are “afraid?”
Tried it, but got frustrated and gave up?
Painted for years, but want to try something different?

Whatever your level or experience with painting, this extensive, interactive seminar workshop is for you….

I will be starting with a SHORT but thorough slide show, just to establish some background for my work, and then I will go through the steps of beginning a simple painting of my own from scratch!

I will discuss my process and materials to some extent, but my paintings are not about elaborately involved techniques. ANYONE CAN DO THIS! It’s just about pouring your heart into your work and allowing that to be your guide. I will show you briefly how I create my image and layout, then follow with a lot of underpainting, building up to the final result.

Once My painting is off to a good start, it will be YOUR turn.
Everyone in the workshop will be working on a painting from the same reference image that I am, and together we will find lots of different ways to approach the same idea. The remainder of the time will be spent painting together; side by side, discussing our discoveries and hardships along the way. Many of these may be finished that day, but it isn’t required.

We will be working with Acrylic paints, but much of what we will be doing can apply to any medium. If you have your own paints and brushes for working in Acrylic, feel free to bring them, but it isn’t necessary. If you want to work on an easel, you will need to provide your own!

Otherwise I WILL BE PROVIDING ALL OF THE SUPPLIES; canvases, transfer paper, paints and brushes. Bring your own hands, eyes, ears, and brains.

In addition to all of that, I have an extensive list of online resources with links to materials and technique tutorials that will be given to each participant, providing every one of you with an almost limitless expanse of painting know-how!

During the workshop you will be painting along with Chris (and all the rest of us) for much of the day; bring water to drink, and snacks. we will take a lunch break, but we are not buying yer lunch!

Class will be limited to 25 people.The full day class will be $160 which includes ALL supplies. I am asking everyone to give me at least a $60 deposit ahead of time; you can pay more if you like. You can send deposits through Paypal to or if you don’t want to use Paypal, please contact me to make other arrangements.

For questions or more info, e-mail
For a better look at Chris’ work, go to or look him up on Facebook!

More info coming soonish.


The above is the “Official” information – Now here is the TeeJay additions.

Detail stuff. This is going on in the space above the Art Stop LLC in Webster (where we have our regular AYU Art Group get togethers every month). If you have any questions about anything to do with this workshop or any of our other meetings – just let me know.

Personal stuff: Chris is an amazing artist. Although he is a schooled artist – he is not a professionally trained painter. As a result he has a completely different approach to painting than anyone else that I have run across. The biggest and most important part is that Chris really truly enjoys painting. Everything that I have been taught else where about the “right” way to paint goes right out the window with Chris. Obviously it works great for him. His paintings are amazing and he has fun making them.

I have taken his seminar a few times now and each time that he gets going along in his painting process he gets the painting to a certain point and I am so inspired that I want to get up and start painting… from where he started, going in a different direction and running with it. This workshop is going to afford me (and anyone else who comes to it) that very opportunity. To listen to Chris explain his process, then show how he does it and then set us loose to do our own thing with the inspiration.

Here’s the kicker. You CANT do it wrong. As long as you are having fun – there is NO WAY to mess up this painting. Want to do it realistically? Want to abandon the reference and do your own thing? Whatever you are inspired to do is encouraged. We will all be working from the same reference – but what we do with it is the fun part.

I have been looking forward to this every since Chris first started talking about doing it this way. I am truly honored that he is willing to come here to our neck of the woods to teach this class for/with us.

If you know anyone else who is interested in coming – please pass the info along. We are not up to limit yet and the more varied artists and experience levels that we have the more varied the results will be.


Some examples of Chris’ paintings:

How could you not want to come and hang out with this guy?

and if for any reason you want to take this workshop but can’t make it to our date…. Chris will be doing this again in the Spring at Off the Map Tattoo in Massachusetts.

~ by justteejay on February 24, 2011.

One Response to “Chris Dingwell Painting Workshop”

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