THE OZOLS COLLECTION: A Museum of American Painting and Pedagogy

Drawing the Antique at the New Orleans Museum of Art: This onsite museum workshop builds on an existing familiarity with sketching and rendering and is ideal for igniting inspiration for artists of all levels and backgrounds. The group will be guided through classical drawing exercises in direct observation of original works at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The session is based on the traditional method of cast drawing or drawing the antique figure. A vital part of artistic training dating back to the earliest Roman Academies, this process occupies an important step between the drawing of inanimate objects and serious study of the human figure.Tools and techniques incorporated include looking for relative proportional ratios, anatomy, gesture, value, and distance rendering through a combination of atmospheric and linear perspective. Proportion and gesture of the human body are also introduced. (Saskia Ozols)

New Orleans Museums, Art Collections, and Artists.

This seminar explores the contributions, impact, and diversity of the visual arts community in New Orleans. Few cities have played as significant a role in the history of American culture as New Orleans, which has long been home to one of the nations most diverse cultural communities. The subject matter of this course will revolve around a series of institutions/collections/working artist’s studios/active ateliers and vary based on the season. (Saskia Ozols with the Fine Arts Preservation Society of New Orleans)

Materials and Techniques of Oil Painting Part I: This two day workshop adresses the process for creating a traditional painting surface for oil painting. Linen, cotton, panel, paper and more. Learn appropriate uses for each surface, how they were allocated for different uses, and how/why artists made certain choices. Finally create and prep your own in the manner of the old masters. (Saskia Ozols)

Upcoming Lecture Series by Auseklis Ozols: TBA. Please join us for an exciting new series offered by the President of the Ozols Collection. Topics are based on his 70 years of original research, practice, and painting. 

One and Two Day Drawing Workshops:  

The Anatomy of Trees Two Morning Drawing Workshop This two-morning workshop lead by Auseklis Ozols explores classical drawing techniques for use in landscape. We will explore the structure and rendering of the majestic live oak tree. The group will meet in New Orleans City Park under the 800 year old oak tree, on City Park Avenue. This special session will take place on Thursday April 8 and Friday April 9 from 10 am -12 pm. Limited enrollment, please email to reserve your space. More details to come.