Learn from a Legend!
Thomas Nash Portrait Workshop 2010
Presented by The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

JUNE 4, 5 & 6 , DARIEN ARTS CENTER , 2 Renshaw Road
Thomas Nash Workshop brought to you by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

When: Friday to Sunday, June 4, 5, and 6, 2010

Where: Darien Arts Center
          2 Renshaw Road
          Behind Town Hall
          Darien, CT 06820
          Office Hours 10-4 M-F Phone: (203)655-8683 Fax: 655-9470

Workshop price: $495.

SPECIAL PRICE FOR CSOPA members:  $395. 

*The special CSOPA price will remain in effect as long as there is space available. Sell-out expected! Reserve soon!

Payment can be made over the phone to Donna Nash  (770) 998-8711 using VISA or MASTER CARD or by sending a check in the mail to: Nash Studio, 4651 Woodstock Rd, Suite 208 #133, Roswell, GA 30075


There will be three models with a maximum of 5 artists per model making a maximum workshop total of 15 participants.   Two will be lit by the window light. One model further back in the room will be lit with electric light.  This will provide a great opportunity to see and compare and understand the difference between different types of light in terms of color and edges and modeling of form.

The workshop will run from 9 AM until 5PM with one hour for lunch at noon.

Tom uses all means available to teach.  In addition to approximately 15 hours of painting from the live model, participants will see and hear Tom lecture, show slides, do impromptu demonstrations during class and also paint a more structured demonstration during the workshop.  At least one evening session may run beyond 5PM, plus an evening demo Friday night with a break for dinner first.

Tom is thrilled that there is natural light in this facility and is going to customize the workshop to take advantage of that.  He may schedule some of his presentations during the later darker hours, perhaps going beyond 5PM so that we can take advantage of the natural light in the room for most of the day.

All workshop participants will receive written hand–outs and even a copy of Tom’s fabulous musical CD “Portrait Paintin’Blues."  

To get a better idea of some of Tom’s approach to painting and teaching see the Spring issue of American Artists’ WORKSHOP magazine, which is on newsstands as of Feb 23.

ABOUT Thomas Nash:

Winning National awards for his work, as far back as the early 1980’s, Thomas Nash is best known today for his more famous subjects such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich or Georgia Governor Zell Miller.  In reality the vast majority of his hundreds of portrait commissions  have been private or business or institutions such as schools.

Always curious, and eager to learn more about painting, Tom has a very interesting and diverse background.  Today he is well versed in many approaches to painting, some which appear to be as opposite as that of Henry Hensche and Frank Reilly.   His formal education began with private lessons at age 12 with a University of Michigan art professor, then classes in figure drawing, sculpture and design at the Interlochen Center for the Arts at age 14.  Since that time, a complete listing of his many teachers would include among others, Bjorn Egeli, Cedric Egeli, Henry Hensche Dan Greene, Ray Kinstler, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Jack Faragasso, David Leffel, Richard Whitney, Jon deMartin, Nelson Shanks, and countless others who have taught Tom privately or in workshops, schools or other forums at some time since the early 70’s when he began full time as a professional Portrait painter.  Most of these artists Tom consider to be close personal friends today.   His own painting style is always a work in progress.  His main interest is Portraiture with a capitol “P”.   Technique is something that he learns, uses and adjusts for his own ends.  His works often appear as different as the individuals he portrays, which is how he thinks it should be. 

Tom’s exposure to and understanding of the working methods of today’s other top painters makes him an ideal teacher especially for those who may feel somewhat confused after attending multiple workshops. His goal has always been to distill down what he learns from each teacher, to the essential universal principles that are useful to a painter. 

Teaching has not been a significant part of his livelihood, but Tom enjoys giving back and he looks forward to doing three to four select workshops each year. CSOPA is honored to have him in CT. Nash is also unique in that he has supported himself almost entirely with commissioned Portraits for nearly 40 years very rarely ever relying on brokers, agents or galleries. If some participants would like to talk about the business of portraiture, Tom will be happy to do that, but the workshop is mainly focused on painting.

Friday Night Portrait Demonstration
Darien Arts Center
June 4, 7-9pm

Free to Workshop Participants
Open to all: $35 per person
RSVP: [email protected]

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Darien, CT 06820
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