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Color + Design with MARK EANES

May 30, 2019 - June 9, 2019


A Soulful Journey for the Adventurous

In this popular workshop, Mark Eanes provides students with in-depth instruction of color mixing, mark-making and strategies to create rich and harmonious designs that reflect each person’s unique creative voice.

Imagine the studio as a laboratory. A place where constant experimentation leads to fuller understanding. A space that promotes process, supports trial and error, even failure, over the product. Students can expect a rigorous exploration into the vast and complex world of color and design. The goal here is to provide each student with a strong basic understanding of color – how to see it, how to use it, how to mix and combine hues to achieve that most elusive goal – harmony in color.

Whether working from observation or abstractly there are three important concepts to explore:

  • Understanding Abstraction (freedom of representational qualities)
  • Exploration of Color (perception of color & understanding the role of hue, value, & saturation)
  • Creating good Design & Composition (balance, unity, hierarchy, & simplicity)

Participants will leave the workshop with numerous small studies and several completed works of art, but more importantly, a renewed and enriched sense of adventure and confidence in how to tackle the blank surface.

It is important for artists to understand the fundamental principles of drawing and painting, but equally important are the existential questions that we all ask. In this workshop participants will have ample time to discuss these important issues.

  • Why am I stuck? How do I get un-stuck?
  • What do I want to say? How to say it?
  • What is my style? Do I even know?
  • Where, and how do I begin? How can I work with more confidence?
  • What colors to use? Why can’t I mix the right colors? How to achieve color harmony?
  • When is it done? How to avoid overworking the piece?

Tools and Materials:

During the workshop we will be using Water base paint and brushes (Acrylic / Gouache (optional), plus drawing tools and materials (charcoal base).

An extensive tools and materials list will be provided to all participants, prior to the workshop.

Student Testimonials:

“This workshop will enhance one’s studio practice and life in general. It will speak to you. Each day you decide what are the most meaningful takeaways for your practice. Mark created a lovely balance for both learning and allowing individual expression. ”

“Mark is a great lover and keeper of knowledge, a perpetual student who not only wants to demystify the knowledge for his students, he wants them to have the keys to the kingdom. His great reverence and respect for what art is and what it can be are obvious and contagious. ”

“I will keep these days (in the workshop) as a torch to be light when in a tunnel.”


Mark Eanes

My interest is to pay close attention, to glimpse – and then give expression to certain feelings and observations. In recent years I have turned to photography in order to exercise and strengthen another muscle for seeing. My current work reflects a keen interest in the surface history of the ancient walls, portals and alleyways I witnessed while recently traveling to Napoli, Italy and Palermo, Sicily.

My working process consists of many layers…time and material.
In the studio I move from knowing to not knowing.
From reckless abandon to careful consideration.
The act is never tedious or boring,
for I feel as though I am always betting the house on the final outcome.

My favorite moment is when the conversation is over,
that can take days, weeks, even months.
The moment of conclusion is to know there is nothing more to be done – that everything I could possibly say
has been said, and at last I can step away
and think to myself, this works.
The act of painting is the act of discovery.

It is adventurous.
It is arduous.
Ultimately the joy is in the doing.
The making of the thing.

The work itself.


My strength as a teacher is my communicative skill and a strong sense of compassion and understanding. I create an environment of mutual trust and respect by working alongside the students, with anecdotes, personal stories and a healthy dose of humor. My interest extends beyond simply imparting technical information. My goal is to awaken the ‘questioning eye’ within each student, such that they learn the distinction between looking and seeing.

Early Registration ends Nov 30th 2018

Pay in full by November 30th in order to benefit from the reduced price!


May 30, 2019
June 9, 2019
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La Romita School of Art
Strada Della Romita N.26
Terni, 05100 Italy


Mark Eanes

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As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.

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