- Hilton Head, South Carolina
I hit gold and Armand Cabrera is the instructor who found the
vein. He did it by recognizing that we all learn in different ways_visually,
tactile, experiential, and auditory.
My paintings seemed lacking in paint. He took my brush, loaded it and
demo'd a stroke. Again, he loaded it, put it in my hand and said, do it,
feel it. Wow,an instant insight, feeling the difference of application.
Armand's sensitivity into different styles of learning created the ah-ha.
He is intense about reaching each student by his versatile approach and
sensitivity to individual styles of learning.g
- Gettysburg, PA
Great to see you again and to finally be able to make one of your workshops.
My experience at the Easton workshop sent me up to another level with
my painting and I'm grateful to you for that boost. I've been painting
almost every day since the workshop and that too is a key element, as
you say. Fantastic weather for those few days hey. Anyway, I wanted to
let you know of my appreciation for your support and your teachings. Your
teachings and critiques have, as I say, propelled me to my next level
and my desire to continue is enhanced as well.
Thanks too for sharing some good lunchtime chats with myself and others
at the Easton Workshop. Always fun to get to know each others backgrounds
and mentors etc.
- Naples, Florida
wanted to say thank you very much for the wonderful
workshop on Amelia Island last week. Your instruction has improved my
plein air painting by introducing new and practical ways of approaching
the work, and following through with a complete work with minimal brushwork
(and more thought).
Throughout the many workshops I've taken, all offered a few key aspects
relevant to my work which I have adopted. Most have been small tips, but
your method has pulled together many aspects into a more comprehensive
approach to painting.
I appreciate your dedication to the profession
and the time you have spent studying the history of painting and lessons
from your instructors. I previously had many doubts about painting for
a living, but I am motivated to hear your past career history and adventure
into painting. I would like to follow a similar path. And, I hope I may
occasionally tap into your vast knowledge and experiences for guidance.
Perhaps one day soon I'll be painting beside you at a plein air event.
Sue - Alamo, California
Thank you for the wonderful week at your Marin workshop. Each day was
like a dream ... beautiful parks and open spaces, creative students, and
an inspiring teacher. The five days of your focused instruction allowed
me to gain valuable insights. I now see light and color everywhere! ...
that break-through was very exciting.
I learned and absorbed so
much. I feel more confident and find it easier to simplify and begin a
painting ...and I have interesting strategies to finish paintings. I remember
your brushstrokes and strive to be more varied in mine. During your demonstrations
... such as when you brought a tree to life ... I was moved to tears inside.
The comaraderie atmosphere
that we as a group had was directly from your open and supportive style.
I enjoyed our stimulating discussions.
- Ringgold, Georgia
A great big thank you to you and Armand for a wonderful week studying
plein air and alla prima painting in Dawsonville. I had a delightful time.
Please tell Armand thank you for the extensive CD ROM he shared with us.
It is such a great gift. I learned so much from the workshop. Armand is
a great teacher and shares his wealth of knowledge.
Thank you to both of you for all your energy
and work put into this time we were able to share. Great planning and
very worthwhile to me.
Deni - San Rafael,
Had a fabulous time at
Armand is an excellent teacher... my head is ringing with ideas he has
given me about how to solve some problems I was having.
What an inspiration!
- Fairfield, California
I wanted to follow up the workshop
by telling you once again I learned so much from your classes. Not only
are you a gifted painter, but you have a way of teaching that is, at least
for me, understandable and inspiring.
- Burlingame, California
Just wanted to let you
know how much I enjoyed your plein air classes. Watching you create a
painting from the very beginning of a blank canvas has really inspired
me to think about the many things that go into a great work of art.
I went out painting yesterday
evening after work with the goal of mixing color to look less "chalky"
and I came home with the most amazing painting. The colors are so alive
and vivid! My wife "and toughest critic" thought it was the
best painting I've done to date. Now I am completely inspired to paint
as often as I can and I hope to join you for more classes later this year.
Thanks for your insight and guidance.
Marilyn - San
I certainly had grown lazy (my most comfortable
position) and I really needed a kick to get me thinking in other directions.
Your class is challenging (which is so necessary) without being threatening.
Lin - Santa
want to say a huge THANKS AGAIN for the great week studying and painting
with you. You are a very generous teacher--a rare quality, indeed. I think
you bring the very best of everything together in your teaching-- your
incredible gift as a painter, your intelligence and wide reading, great
humor, and, obviously, ENORMOUS patience!
I got what I wanted out of the week (and more); think I'm finally beginning
to get it re organizing and designing the big shapes. Will keep working
on that and on getting more paint on my brush and canvas; then maybe I
can take your August workshop in Sebastopol and be ready to learn more.
The two workshops I've taken with you have been the best organized, most
productive workshops I've ever taken. Your demos teach more than you can
imagine. Many thanks to you and to Diane! And special thanks for the CD
WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & LECTURES
STUDIO & PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor & Drawing
August 2 - 4, 2017
Highlands, North Carolina
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This class welcomes anyone interested in painting with
watercolors. Armand will demonstrate how to use time-tested solutions
to paint any subject. He will also cover preparation and materials for
creating successful watercolor paintings. Students will work indoors
from their own source images. Topics will include how to render different
types of surfaces and textures including cloth, stone and reflective
WORKSHOPS & PRIVATE LESSONS
Armand teaches how to simplify and organize the painting
process to work within the fleeting time constraints of the roving sun.
He instructs how to "organize nature" and capture light and
admosphere in a painterly fashion.
Daily demos --- usually between 12 pm - 1 pm ... during the most challenging
time of the day, leaving the better hours of light for the students to
Students paint from small sketches or photos, creating
larger paintings alla prima---finishing their paintings in one sitting.
More seasoned painters will be taught how to solve advanced problems and
perfect their technique.
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