Spring 2019


 Three day workshop focusing on fundamental concepts in portrait drawing:  Shapes, values, edges, conceptual thinking, anatomy and design. Students will work on a single drawing for the duration of the workshop with a combination of individual critiques, exercises and instructor demonstrations. 


Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist, whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in galleries, public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
Some of her selected awards: Best Marine Cape Ann Plein Air, Artists Choice Plein Air Richmond, 1st place Quick Draw & People's Choice Award Finger Lakes Plein Air, Best Representation of Rockies National Park, 1st place Booth Bay Plein Air and others.
Her work has been featured in “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poet’s and Artist’s: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist" as well as "Plein Air Magazine".

“Great painting is a right color taken at the right value and applied onto the right place”. This paradigm translates to essential skills an artist have to possess for creation of a successful painting. Between knowledge and skill there is a directional practice. 
During his 2 full day workshop nationally known plein air artist Zufar Bikbov will teach you the four-step approach to working on a painting with practical application of the above mentioned theory, and will help you to improve your drawing and composition skills. Workshop will include half or more time for painting en plein air,  completion of a series of sketches, 2 field studies and work on a larger painting. Student will learn efficient way of approaching plein air painting, gaining confidence and satisfaction with the process and final result.
Max group is 8 students, so your teacher has enough time for 1:1 work with every student.


Trained in art school with Russian realism traditions, Zufar Bikbov chose Landscape genre as the way to express his feelings and sharing them to the audience. He says, “I paint nature, since it is in exhaustible source of inspiration.” Particularly, plein air painting, is I one of the strongest sides of Zufar art career. In 2004 he expanded geography of his inspiration sites from Russia to New world. Winner of multiple plein air awards at national competitions, artist avidly explores landscape of America, feeling blessed knowing it’s people, and working hard on teaching art at www. ConfidentArtist.com project. 

Selected accomplishments and exhibits include Featured artist in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine; American Masters exhibition at Salmagundi Art Club 2016, New York, NY; 8 awards at biggest east coast plein air competition Plein Air Easton 2013-2018, Easton, Maryland and many more.

April 15

Showcase of Plein Air with Irina Rybakova

Ful day of painting at Millstone Plantation, Tallahassee.

April 16

Alla Prima Portrait Demo with Irina Rybakova

She will demonstrate her approach to paint portrait in oil from start to finish and share her thoughts.

April 17|18

Plein air Workshop with Irina Rybakova

Max group is 8 students. The workshop is a rare opportunity to study and get a broad perspective on Russian art, techniques and vision. She will focuse on the specifics of observing a subject, seeing light, form, and atmosphere. She will discuss space and planning, design, value, color, and edges.



Irina Rybakova is a talented realist painter. She was born in Vyshny Volochok, Tver region. Her childhood was gone in a village near from The Repin Academicheskaya Dacha. It's the oldest and well-known creative base of Artists in Russian Federation. Here worked many famous Russian Artists: Ilya Repin, Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky, Isaac Levitan, Valentin Serov and many others. When Irina was 5 years old, she began to pose as a model for brothers Tkachov. The first painting by S.Tkachev with Irina was "The Bread of the Republic". Little Irina wanted to paint too, that's why she set up a still life in her garden and painted. Once her future teacher L. Ostrova saw that and suggested to teach Irina the painting. The other her teachers are N. Kolupaev, A. Levitin, M. Kugach. When Irina was 11, she went to the Art School. During her studying at Kostroma State University she had many successful shows for the teachers and students. Her works can be found in many private collections in Russia, Europe, in the USA, Kuwait. Public collections include many Art Museums of Kostroma, Mogilov (Belarus), Byalinyichi (Belarus), Vyshny Volochok, Plyos, Tarussa, Kolomna, Sankt-Petersburg. Irina is Honored artist of the Russian Federation and awarded the title of Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts.


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