VIEW-Michael Solovyev

VIEW with Michael Solovyev, NEWS: ``Painting Composition and Background Design`` in Watercolor

Reference photos will be send to you ahead of time. The 2 paintings you will do in class will be similar but not exactly the same as the ones showing above.

Our ultimate goal – to stop being a copying machine and learn how to rearrange the original photographs in order to achieve the greatest expressiveness.

Day 1: Composition. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of composition in the process of creation of works of fine art. Nothing is more important. Neither the painting technique, nor the correct use of color, nor even the constructive drawing affect the final result so much. Analyzing reference photo and using Composition rules, we will completely rebuild the space in our original photo to make our watercolor more interesting. 

Day 2: Designing a background: When constructing a composition for a single subject (for example, a portrait or a lone figure), we always include a background in our project.
But how to properly create a background so that our subject stays at the center of attention? How to choose colors and tone? How much should the background fill the space?
These critical questions form the foundation of the second day of the course.

Class Information

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates: Oct 1 & 2 from 9am-noon Pacific Time 

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Participants: Max 25

Medium: Watercolor

Price: $178 for 6 hours

Class Format

Live on ZOOM

  • A host from the VIEW Academy will facilitate the meeting, admitting you if you connect late, helping you with technical problems, etc…
  • The V.I.E.W. workshop is live, interactive and hands-on
  • Michael will demonstrate step by step,  breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session
  • You will be able to ask questions directly to Michael
  • You will be able to show your work to Michael to get personal feedback and critique
  • You will enjoy interactivity with fellow participants
  • You can keep the recordings of the class forever

What you will learn in this Class

  1. The correct construction of the composition depending on the task at hand
  2. Rules for choosing a palette (color solution) depending on the task at hand
  3. Learning the wet-on-wet technique for long-term projects
  4. Using the washout technique to create lighting effects
  5. Using a liner brush for detailing

Biography-Michael Solovyev, NEWS, IWS

Born in Russia in 1972, Michael has chosen Montréal as his home since 2011. From there, his works continue to add to the beauty and value of both public and private collections around the world. 

He participated in 16 personal and more than 70 group exhibitions in different countries.  Michael won numerous awards, including the 1st Award of Excellence on Elected Members Exhibition Society of Canadian Artists in 2019.

 He teaches five self-written art courses in the Syn Studio, a prestigious art school in Montreal, as well as private lessons in his own studio and many masterclasses around the world.

In recent years, he represented Canada at many famous watercolor festivals, including Hong Kong, Slovenia, India, Italy, France, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hungary, and Portugal.

Signature Member – SCA, NEWS, IWS
Daniel Smith Brand Ambassador
Fabriano in Acquarello Canada Country Leader

Professional Associations

  • IWS GLOBAL (International Watercolor Society) – Master status
  • IWS Canada (Master status)
  • SCA (Society of Canadian Artists), Elected Member
  • OPA (Oil Painters of America)
  • MAU (Moscow Artists Union) Moscow, Russia, Elected Member 
  • NEWS (North East Watercolor Society), Signature Member
  • TWSA (Transparent Watercolor Society of America)

More about Michael Solovyev: http://michaelsolovyev.net

Samples of Michael Solovyev's Art

Click on any picture to enlarge.

Testimonials from our VIEWers

“Love, love love your online classes! I’ve done two so far and have really enjoyed both.  I feel my work has improved a lot thanks to your online workshops. You do the BEST job of these workshops. I love the pace, and the instructors are all so willing to stop and help students! ”.

Arlene T.

“The session recordings are one of the reasons these live on-line workshops are better than in-person workshops. The other reason is that we can sit comfortably and look over the shoulder of the artist during the demo. I’m so glad that you are presenting these workshops!”

Margaret W.

” From personal experience as a repeat attendee, let me give you a heads-up…you will be totally hooked on V.I.E.W. soon. The quality and breadth of instructors and lessons is impressive, and the customer service is exceptional.”.

Sandy G.

The Price of US $178 for 6 hours includes:

  • Documents to help prepare for the class
  • Personal feedback during the class
  • The access to our VIEW Facebook page so you can share and communicate with the VIEW Academy community of artists and teachers.
  • The recordings of the class that you can keep forever
  • If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only (same price).
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