LVO 2016 Hobby Classes

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Dates and Times Listed Below Course Descriptions

Beginner Blending $15 12 students – with Brice Cocanour

  • A basic class on learning to blend using the layering technique.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own brushes.
  • Miniature, paints and brushes provided.
  • Sponsored by Reaper Miniatures.

Intro to Airbrushing $15 12 students – with Caleb Wissenback

  • Join veteran Hobbyist and award winning painter Caleb Wissenback as he introduces participants to the basics of airbrushing models, from small infantry to large vehicles in this demonstration class
  • Topics will include:
    • Basic Equipment
    • Paint Brands
    • Thinning Paint
    • Modulation
  • Cleaning and Maintaining your Airbrush
  • Sponsored by Badger Airbrushes and Warlord Games

Advanced Airbrushing , Finishing Techniques $15 12 students – with Caleb Wissenback

  • Join Award winning painter Caleb Wissenback for this intermediate level airbrushing class.
  • Learn how to create depth and volume on your miniatures and vehicles with these advanced finishing techniques . Learn how to use Inks, oils, and acrylic paint to create shading, modulation, highlighting , and detailing . Sponsored by Badger Airbrushes and Warlord Games

Learning To Paint Miniatures- Beginner Level $15 – with Lyn Stahl

  • Materials provided, students take home a miniature and a reference handout.
  • Learn all of the basics of miniature painting from preparation to sealing the paint job.
  • By the time the student leaves the class, they have enough knowledge to be able to paint miniatures to a table top/ game play level.

Intermediate Basing For Miniatures and Model Kits $20 – with Lyn Stahl

  • Materials provided, students take home a 30mm sized base that was worked on in class, green stuff, and a reference handout.
  • Take your miniature bases to the next level and learn to create bases using products such as Green Stuff and Realistic Water. Learn about many other products, tips, and tricks that will help you make some awesome bases and terrain!

Blending and Glazing $15 – with Lyn Stahl

  • Materials provided, students take home a miniature and a reference handout.
  • Learn about how to make a glaze, what the purpose of a glaze is, and how it can benefit you as a painter.
  • Learn about the basics of blending and how it can tie in with glazing in most painting styles.

Detailing Your Model- High Table Top Painting $15 – with Lyn Stahl

  • Materials provided, students take home a miniature and a reference handout.
  • So you have learned the basics of table top painting, now it is time to take it up a notch! Most table top wargamers like to put extra love when painting the leaders of their army. Or perhaps you just want to learn to paint a little better.  If that’s the case, then this is the class for you.

Weathering 101  Beginner/Intermediate 2 hour hands on class $20 – with Aaron Lovejoy

  • Looking to add some life and realism to your models.
  • This class will go over some different ways to add battle damage and weathering to your paint jobs.
  • We will use acrylic paints, pigments and washes from Secret Weapon Miniatures to make quick and realistic effects.
  • Bring some good brushes.  A Rapael 8404 size 1 or Windsor Newton Series 7 size 1, a nylon flat head brush size 6.
  • A miniature will be provided with the class but I encourage you to bring a vehicle to work on as well.

Blending 101 $20 – with Aaron Lovejoy

  • Beginner/intermediate hands on 2 hour class
  • There are many ways to blend.  The more techniques you know the easier it will be to blend.
  • This class will go over traditional layering, glazing and wet blending.  We will also cover the Loaded Brush technique so if your a fan of the Painting Buddha videos this will be an awesome class for you!
  • Bring a good brush:  Raphael 8404 size 1 or a Windsor Newton Series 7 brush size 1

    A miniature will be supplied with this class. Sponsored by Reaper Miniatures

NNM Masterclass $40 – with Aaron Lovejoy

  • Intermediate/Advanced hands on 4 hour class $40
  • Learn to do NNM that pops.  I will teach you the simple rules I’ve developed for placing light and shadows in the correct places to create a convincing and visually pleasing metallic surface.
  • We will also go over some sweet color combos that I’ve discovered over the years.
  • Even if you are not a fan of NNM this is a great class to take as you still have to know how to paint shiny surfaces.  Remember this is a four hour class so I will have extra time with each student.  Also bring some samples of your work if you want a critique.
  • Bring a good brush:  Raphael 8404 size 1 or a Windsor Newton Series 7 brush size 1
  • A miniature will be supplied with this class. Sponsored by Dark Sword Miniatures

Army Speed Painting $20 – with Aaron Lovejoy

  • Tired of your army’s taking too long to paint?  This class will teach you some tricks to speeding up your painting as well as upping the quality of your work.  This is a “must take” class if you are an army painter or simply wanting to start doing army commissions!
  • Bring a good brush:  Raphael 8404 size 1 or a Windsor Newton Series 7 brush size 1, a nylon round brush (Army Painter brushes work great) and a size 4 Filbert brush (any brand is good).
  • You don’t need all of these brushes but if you want to be a baller…you would have at least one of each 😉
  • A miniature will be supplied with this class. Sponsored by Reaper Miniatures

Shaded Metal -$25 – with AJ Thorton

  • Have you ever wondered how to get more depth from your metallic colors? If so, this class is for you. Take your metallic game to the next level.
  • This is an intermediate level course covering how to create beautiful shaded metal. The technique used glazes of color to shade and highlight metal surfaces in a similar manner to the Non-Metallic Metal technique. Students will learn to use color to shade metallic paint and create depth in the metals using non-metallic paint.
  • Each student will receive a miniature to paint.

    Paints and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own brushes for your own comfort. Recommended size 1 and size 0.

Painting Expressive Faces: Saturday Class, Sunday Class -$25 – with AJ Thorton

  • The eyes are the gateway to the soul. Breath life into your miniatures with an expressive face and eyes.
  • This is an intermediate level course covering how to paint expressive faces. Students will learn how to paint flesh tones and use textures to create expressions as well as paint eyes. Discussion will include glazing and adding color to convey mood and develop atmosphere in a piece.
  • Each student will receive a miniature to paint.

    Paints and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own brushes for your own comfort. Recommended size 1 and size 0.

Painting White & Bone -$25 – with AJ Thorton

  • White is one of the most infuriating colors to paint in this hobby. With the rise of Horus Heresy rising, and numerous legions painted with White or Bone armor, it’s time to touch up on how to paint this difficult color!
  • This is an intermediate level course covering how to highlight and shade white and bone armor and cloth. Students will learn several techniques for tackling this difficult to master color. The class will also cover some details like weathering and battle damage.
  • Each student will receive a miniature to paint.

    Paints and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own brushes for your own comfort. Recommended size 1 and size 0.

Freehand Painting with Will Hahn $20.00 per student

  • Join award winning painter Will Hahn for a two hour class designed to remove the intimidation of painting freehand designs on your models.
  • Whether it is a banner for your tabletop army or an intricate design on the cape of a display piece, you will receive hints and tips to create a beautiful design with minimal stress and maximum satisfaction.
  • Ever wonder how the masters get such beautiful results?  With this class, Will is going to show you how to achieve seemingly complex freehand with simple techniques.
  • This class is geared towards anyone with a hesitation to paint freehand designs.
  • There will be a Q&A section for instructor feedback towards the end of the class, so bring a project you have been working on.
  • Space is limited, sign up now!
  • 10 Students

Introductory and Intermediate Sculpting with Will Hahn $20

  • Join award winning painter/sculptor Will Hahn for a two hour class designed to remove the intimidation of embellishing and converting your models.
  • Whether you are new to sculpting, have only done minor gap filling, or have already taken the leap down the rabbit hole of major conversion work, there is something for you.
  • Will will discuss the various materials and tools that can be used in the arsenal of sculpting and give examples and demonstrations of how these things can be applied, as well as show students tips and tricks for seamless conversions.
  • There will be a Q&A section for instructor feedback towards the end of the class, so bring a project you have been working on.
  • Space is limited, sign up now!
  • 10 Students

Painting Monochromatic $12 with Jillian Walker

  • Ansle Adams, Sin City. Join Hobbyist Jillian Walker for Painting  Monochramatic. Learn how to use tonal variations to create shape, volume and texture. See how to use accent colors , light and tone can create the mood  and tell a story .
  • This class is aimed at the beginner to intermediate painter with a basic understanding of  blending and  brush work.
  • Miniature will be provided for each student. Paints and brushes provided. But students are encouraged to bring their own .
  • Cost $12
  • Capacity 15

Painting Skin Tones with Elizabeth Beckley $15

  • Class size 10
  • Join professional miniature painter, Elizabeth Beckley as she provides hands-on painting demonstrations about painting skin tones on figures.
  • The class will cover painting shadow and highlights as well as color choice on the miniature.
  • Learn how to make skin come to life along with the technique to create smooth blends to achieve this effect.
  • Class size is small to provide instruction and attention to every student attending.
  • Miniatures are provided. Students should have some knowledge of painting miniatures.
  • Paints and brushes are provided but students are encouraged to bring their own for comfort.

Painting Chibi Miniatures with Elizabeth Beckley $15

  • Class size 10
  • Learn how to paint those super cute and slightly strange miniatures called chibis.
  • Best known from games like Super Dungeon Explore and Arcadia Quest.
  • Join professional painter Elizabeth Beckley in a class focused on painting Chibi miniatures.
  • The class will cover things like painting eyes, hair and color choice.
  • Class size is small so that each student is given instruction and time to ask questions on the subject.
  • Miniatures are provided.
  • Paints and brushes are provided but students are encouraged to bring their own.
  • This class is good for beginners and advanced painters that would like to learn more about the techniques of painting chibis.

Painting Freehand Designs by Brice Cocanour: $15

  • A class covering the painting of freehand designs onto surfaces such as cloaks and shields. Covers how to choose, simplify, and execute freehand designs and patterns. Students are encouraged  to bring their own brushes. Miniature, paints , and brushes provided.
  • Level: Intermediate / Advanced.

Taking Your Miniature Further by Brice Cocanour $15

  • A class for to learn the techniques and tricks to take your miniatures up from tabletop level.
  • Learn how to make that character, sergeant, or favorite , model stand out from the masses.
  • Miniature provided for this class, students are encouraged to bring their own brush.
  • 2 4hr master classes available at $35 per class. Max class of 12 per class.

Masterclass: Building Fantastic Landscapes (Day 1) $35 – with Seth Amsden

  • Explore the world of miniscaping in this immersive 4 hr Master Class with renowned terrain and base builder, Hobby Sensei. Students will learn the theories and methods behind creating miniature landscapes that push the boundaries of realism. This includes the ability to recognize and create patterns that the subconscious mind accepts as real, understanding and mimicking the mechanical process of erosion, and the creation of interaction between the environment, natural forces, and the subject matter of your composition.
  • We will spend a portion of the class discussing the theories and materials used when creating a realistic landscape, and the rest of the time will be spent with hands-on application of these ideas and methods. Students are encouraged to bring a central subject matter for their composition (models, toys, terrain, etc.), but all other materials will be provided ( a full list of all the materials used in the class, and ideas and places where they can be gathered or purchased will be provided as well). The class will conclude with a demonstration of advanced finishing techniques, such as realistic foliage, the advanced use of water effects, and other important details.

Masterclass: Free your Mind, and your Brush will follow (Day 2) $35 – with Seth Amsden

  • There is a common belief that we must constantly create new techniques and methods to be used in model painting, which often leads the artist struggling to come up with “new” ideas on how to tackle projects. I have also come to believe that it is the pursuit of technical perfection, or the desire to show case the “perfect” techniques often becomes a major stumbling block to the creation of artisitc pieces. To that end I’ve spent the last few years breaking free from the proverbial “bubble of purity” in an effort to bring artist expression into my work. In this 4 hr Master Class students will explore the traditional fine art roots of the techniques that are currently employed in the modeling world, applying traditional fine art methodology to modeling, advanced color interactions, and “non-traditional” approaches to painting.
  • We will spend a portion of the class discussing Fine Art, its methodologies and presentation, and its application in the world of modeling. Students will be given exercises to explore advanced color interactions, and will be shown how to apply these theories to the models in order to create vibrant color effects. I will then demonstrate how I apply traditional Fine Art and Model painting techniques in a very radical, and non traditional way and the reasons why I paint in this manner. This will include things like advanced pre-shading, using an airbrush to apply glazes, and “dunking” ( a watercolor technique I’ve adapted for models). In between each discussion, student will be given the opportunity to try their hands at these techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring their own paints and brushes, and if you participated in the previous days session (Building Fantastic Landscapes) the piece that you built during that session. Materials will be provided as well as a full list of what was used in the class, and additional color exploration exercises to work on at your leisure.

Class schedule

  • Room 1 : Caleb Wissendack . Intro to Airbrushing
  • Room 2: Aaron Lovejoy.  Blending 101
  • Room 1: Lyn Stahl  .  Beginner: Learning to Paint Miniatures
  • Room 2: Seth Amsden .Masterclass . Building Fantastic Landscapes
  • Room1: Will Hahn.  Intro and Intermediate Sculpting
  • Room 1: AJ Thornton . Painting Expresive Faces
  • Room2: Aaron Lovejoy. NMM Masterclass
  • Room 1: Jillian Walker . Painting Monochromatic
  • Room 1 Elizabeth Beckley. Painting Chibi Miniatures
  • Room 2 Brice Cocanour . Freehand  Secrets
  • Room 1: Lyn Stahl.   Detailing your model. High Tabletop painting
  • Room2: Aaron Lovejoy. Army Speed Painting
  • Room 1.  AJ Thornton .Shaded Metal
  • Room2  Brice Cocanour . Beginner Blending
  • Room 1: Will Hahn . Freehand Painting
  • Room2:  Elizabeth  Beckley. Painting Skintones

10am

  • Room 1: Lyn Stahl . Intermediate Basing for Miniatures and Model kits.
  • Room2:  Seth Amsden . Masterclass . Free Your Mind and Your Brush Will Follow
  • Room 1: AJ Thornton. Painting expressive Faces
  • Room 1: Brice Cocanour.  Taking Your Miniature Further
  • Room 2 Aaron Lovejoy .Weathering 101
  • Room 1:  Lyn Stahl. Blending and Glazing
  • Room 2: Caleb Wissenback Advanced Airbrush Finishing Techniques
6Pm
  • Room 1  AJ Thornton. Painting White and Bone