Bennett Vadnais (b. 1978) grew up in Washington State. He began pursuing art seriously in his early teens and trained in the classical tradition at such schools as, the Bougie Studio, MN, the Water Street Atelier, NY, and the Art Students League of New York. His work has earned him various awards, including the first scholarship given by the American Society of Classical Realism and a merit scholarship from the Art Students League. In 2003, he was the recipient of both the Edward McDowell and the Xavier Gonzalez travel grants. These grants allowed Vadnais the opportunity to study independently in Europe for nearly two years.
Vadnais has shown work with Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA, Atlanta Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Century Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, KB Gallery, New York, NY, and had a solo exhibition at the Art Students League in 2005. Currently he is exhibiting with Galerie l’oeil du prince, Paris, France and the George Billis Gallery, New York, NY.
Vadnais works primarily in acrylic and other water media. Though he explores a variety of subject matter, his specialty is urban landscape.
Vadnais is an instructor of painting and drawing at Zoll Studio School of Fine Arts in Lutherville Maryland. He also teaches periodic workshops at the Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay.
1pm - 4pm
This class, students will learn how to create a completed landscape or cityscape painting from start to finish. Students will learn how to select a subject and refine their ideas using sketches and drawings. Vadnais will explain and demonstrate how to create a useful underpainting as a foundation for subsequent layering of color. Finally, Vadnais will guide the class through the process of bringing their picture to a unified finish will all the desired effects and relevant details. Painting technique, linear and atmospheric perspective, color theory, and art history will be discussed as it relates to individual projects. Open to all levels, some drawing experience is recommended.
4pm - 7pm
This class will introduce the materials and techniques of water media painting including watercolor, gouache and acrylic. Students will gain practical knowledge of water
based paint to achieve a wide range of effects (washes, opaque marks, dry brush, hatching, etc.) Vadnais will demonstrate how to take advantage of the quick drying and layering potential of the media. Students will learn how to properly varnish, store and care for their finished artwork. Besides the environmental and personal health benefits of a solvent-free working environment, water media offers great flexibility to suit one’s artistic vision. This class is suited to all levels. Previous drawing experience is recommended.