Sarah Webber

Big Brushstrokes

Sarah Webber

Big Brushstrokes


January 21, 2022-January 22, 2022
9 am – 4pm
$300/2 day Workshop

For artists who wish to paint animals and portraits in a more expressive, colorful and lively manner. The animals can be anything, from barnyard, wildlife to cats and dogs. The first day always starts with a welcome and a quick hello to get to know everybody

After the intro, I paint a short demo. This is to show the students how I start a painting and what my brushstroke looks like Following the demo (usually 45 minutes) I like to do some sketching from life. I like to see the students ability with drawing and their line. I like to free up their hand and get them to draw in big, loose and bold shapes. The drawing from life can include taxidermy, sculpture, or a live animal like my chocolate lab who is very quiet and easy to work from. I like students to work on large newsprint for that. After drawing I like to do color and value studies using photographs. These are always helpful and fun. Some of these are timed and some are not. I like the students to work on smaller canvas pads for these exercises.

The first afternoon and remaining days are all oil painting. On the first day I choose the subject matter from my photo library and have all the students paint the same thing. At this point I am looking for how they approach their subject matter, and what their ability levels are.

The second and third days I want the students to then pick their own image that they have brought or from my photo library and work up a finished painting. After that is completed they are free to use their own photographs to complete 2-3 more paintings. Ultimately I want them to produce a finished product that they are happy with, as well as myself. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, but can be something they are proud of, wish to give as a gift, or even submit to a show. Finally, I like to wind things up with an hour-long critique session, where I encourage everybody to talk about their experience and to even photograph each other’s work. This is very helpful.

Sarah Webber

Learn more about Sarah Webber on her website .

Sarah Jane Webber is an award winning western painter of animals. She is always trying to expose the soul of each animal she paints. She uses a technique that features bold, athletic brushwork for her use of vibrant yet nuanced color. Her paintings capture the spirit of these critters and she loves to spend time in search of new subject matter from her travels wherever she goes, carrying her camera with her. Sarah has displayed her work in galleries nationwide and has been invited to many prestigious shows at museums throughout the country. Some of these shows include Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art Jackson, WY, Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Museum Wickenburg, AZ, Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington Center for the Arts, VT, Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition (SEWE) Charleston, SC, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, Small Wonders, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK, American Miniatures, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ, Cattlemens Western Art Show, Paso Robles, CA and Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ, and the Bosque Art Classic in Clifton, TX, where she was awarded the Boren-Selvedge award this past September 2018. She was also given a solo show of her animal art at the Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA.. She is an award winning signature member of the American Women Artists. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and Western Art Collector. She also loves to teach workshops, do demos and quick draws and mentor students. She was born in St. Paul, MN and lives in Tucson, AZ and Jackson, WY.


Peggy Steffens:** “This was an excellent class – Sarah J. Webber is a wonderful teacher. She helped each of us one on one with our current skill level. We were all successful in this fun and safe learning environment.”
**Peggy did her doctoral dissertation on Teacher Effectiveness.

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