Instructors



Aloria Weaver and David Heskin have each been oil painting for over 20 years. They continue to develop their artistic studies in numerous art lineages which are synthesized into their original compositions and instruction:

- Traditional Egg Tempera Icon Painting
- Classical Atelier Drawing
- Mischtechnik (Egg Tempera & Oil)
- Alla Prima Oil Portrait & Landscape Painting

Essential to their creative process and classroom instruction are their own handmade oils and mediums, which trace their roots back to the old masters and cannot be found in art supply stores. In learning about the natural sources of traditional and modern painting materials, students cultivate a deeper appreciation for the tools, science and evolution of the craft across millenia.

Opportunities to study with Aloria Weaver and David Heskin range from long intensive retreats to 3-day weekend workshops, with annual courses in Colorado, on the east coast, west coast and internationally. From 2013-2016, Aloria and David were trimester instructors at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art in Austria, which included the Visions in the Mischtechnik Seminar in Italy, 2015.

Over the years, hundreds of students have learned from their dynamic teaching style. In the presence of their art and personal instruction, it is common for people to experience a creative catharsis wherein profound realizations arise spontaneously.


Visit our Testimonials page for studio photos and student feedback.


Philosophy

"We believe in presenting a logical approach to every stage of the process from start to finish. Though the mediums, materials and processes of indirect oil painting and mixed-technique painting can be intimidating, we help students build relationships with their art by becoming re-enchanted with the elemental materials of our trade.

By actively engaging creative and analytical processes in tandem, our students gain proficiency in both the Theory and Practice of Painting, which can be applied to their personal approach to art.

We often say that we teach technique based on solid principles rather than style. Our students often have visions for their artwork that lie beyond their scope. It is our work to help bridge the gap between an artist's current skills and future goals."

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