Painting, Drawing and Seeing: Awakening the Vision within You with Mark Stephenson

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Painting, Drawing and Seeing: Awakening the Vision within You with Mark Stephenson

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BINDERS Charlotte Presents:

Painting, Drawing and Seeing: Awakening the Vision within You with Mark Stephenson
Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, Sat. 10:30am – 5pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5pm
Workshop | All Levels | Price: $120 | Limit 10

Demo: Awakening the Vision within You with Mark Stephenson
Saturday, September 12, 10:30am – 12pm
Price: $5 returned as a gift card
*Included with purchase of workshop


This class is designed to help you develop your aesthetic sensibilities, visual thought and internal requirements of painting and drawing by understanding the basic principles of pictorial structure - composition, design and color - along with the materials of oil painting, all of which combine to help you realize your personal expression. By understanding these principles, and how the materials of painting behave, you will be on your way to creating your own vocabulary. Throughout the class we will see and discuss works of art from the past and present to illustrate how the principles learned in this class have been present in all great paintings. While this class is designed with the beginner in mind, all levels are welcome.


The first day of the workshop will begin with a brief introduction into composition and design utilizing graphics made by the instructor with images of paintings throughout history illustrating these principles. This will be followed by how to set up the palette along with basic color theory and color mixing with demonstrations as to how spatial depth can be achieved through the application of paint. The students will then paint a simple still life arranged and designed to explore the fundamentals previously discussed. The second day will be painting of a more elaborate still life enabling the student to explore more deeply the ideas earlier developed.


North Carolina native Mark Stephenson lived in New York City for ten years initially pursuing a career in opera but soon discovered the Art Students League as well as the other great art institutions of the city, which soon redirected his path back to his first love of art and painting. At the League, he studied with painters such as Frank O’Cain, Ronald Sherr, Leonid Gervits and Nelson Shanks, and sculpture and drawing with Leonid Lerman and drawing with Nicki Orbach. He was in the copyist program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also studied with Michael Shane Neal. He holds degrees in civil engineering and music. He is a member of and has been recognized by the Portrait Society of America and is a member of the Oil Painters of America.


1. Palette: It is best to have a wood palette that is already toned and seasoned using linseed oil. If you do not have this, no problem. A white plastic palette at least 12x16 inches (bigger is better) will do just fine. Please, no white paper/ wax paper palettes.

2. Brushes, Palette knife: Mark recommends you buy the best brushes you can afford. They make the experience of painting much more enjoyable and they are better at putting on paint. Natural fiber (hog bristle) filberts and brights are recommended. Sizes from #4 to #8. Bring one palette knife with the blade at least two inches long and tapering to a point.

3. Paint (recommended colors): You need not have all of these colors. If you are a beginner, all you really need are the primary colors and white (from the below list): one red, one yellow, one blue, and white:

Titanium White
Cadmium yellow medium
Yellow ochre
Cadmium red medium
Alizarin Crimson
Sap Green
Cerulean Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt sienna

4. Canvas: The texture of a canvas is very important. For our purposes, I recommend a good quality canvas board or any higher quality student grade stretched canvas that has a fine tooth. Size at least 16x20 inches or 14x18 inches (no smaller). Buy two or three canvases, even if you don’t use them all in the workshop.

5. General Supplies

Odorless mineral spirits will be provided
Container to hold the mineral spirits
Small palette cup in which to keep a small amount of clean thinner
Paper towels or an old cotton tee-shirt
Pad of paper and a pencil to take notes if you'd like
A folding table (TV dinner size) or something similar on which to place your materials
Bring your own easel if you prefer. I recommend you stand to paint but if you prefer a table easel that is fine too.


If this class is sold out and you would like to be added to our wait list or for general inquiries, please email the Education Office at

This event takes place at our Charlotte store:
284 South Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 442-2608

Additional Information

Product Type Workshop
Store Location Charlotte