Max Ginsburg

Painting From Life, alla prima or direct painting

MAX_ARTIST_CARDInstructor: Max Ginsburg
Medium: Oils
Dates: October 16–20, 2017
Optional Painting Demo on Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 pm is included in student tuition.
Class times: 9am–4pm
Tuition: $825.00 ($75 model fee will be collected at workshop)
Level: Artists and art students; open to all levels of experience.
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Max Ginsburg Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form of the model and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective during the workshop is to develop skills to paint realistically in the tradition of the old masters.

Max will critique each student’s painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the painting we are doing in this workshop.

  • Instructor painting demonstrations daily
  • Ginsburg will critique each student’s work daily
  • Painting from life each day
  • Carefully observe form with respect to proportion, design, perspective, values and color to create a solid, realistic image of the model
  • See the unique qualities of the situation we are painting
  • Mixing cools and warms to create the forms we are observing


  • Day 1: Head Studies
  • Day 2: Figure Studies
  • Day 3: Portrait
  • Day 4 & 5: Two Day Figure Composition


Ginsburg’s paintings belong to the unique category of Social Realism; they are traditionally painted with exceptional skill and reflect strong social and political views. They are compelling for their impeccable detail, technical expertise, and pointed subject matter. Ginsburg is an artist whose social compassion and understanding are inseparable from his practice as a painter. His paintings are in many museum and private collections. Since 1953 he has exhibited extensively in public venues and commercial galleries and has won many awards—Grand Prize at the 2015 Portrait Society of America Painting competition and also recently the “Best in Show” in the Art Renewal Center online competition of 2011 for his War Pieta painting. From 1980-2004 he painted illustrations for major publications. Ginsburg taught art at H.S. Art & Design 1960-82, School of Visual Art 1984-2000, Art Students League 2008-present.

In 2011 he published his book, “Max Ginsburg – Retrospective” which will be available for purchase at the Workshop and evening painting demonstration on October 15, 2017.

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