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An Introduction to Hindustani Painting with Murad Khan Mumtaz

Traditionally trained artist and art historian Murad Khan Mumtaz (Art at Kings Oaks 2022) will introduce students to the technique and imagery of Hindustani painting. Limited space available.

Saturday, October 8, 2022
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

This one-day workshop is designed to introduce the materials and techniques of this art form. The workshop will focus on the practice of copying from masterworks from major historical schools of Indian art.  Open to all, no previous experience required.  Partial need-based scholarships are available.  Please email for more information.

Mughal atelier, late-16th century.

Course Objectives
Participants will be introduced to paper and pigment preparation, as well as the basics of traditional drawing and painting techniques. The workshop will focus on the siah qalam brush and ink rendering technique, the backbone for the more advanced techniques of neemrang and gadrang, which pertain to color application.

Logistics & Materials
Please bring with you a small cake of carbon black watercolor (product example), a 4H or 3H pencil, a pencil sharpener, T-bar or a set square (triangle) (product example), an eraser, and a magnifying glass, if you have one.  (There will be some available to share).  Please dress comfortably for working seated. There will be a lunch break at 1pm.  Bringing a picnic lunch is recommended. Wearing a mask when indoors is encouraged.

Murad Khan Mumtaz, Flood, watercolor and natural pigments on handmade vasli paper, 5 3/8 x 8 3/16 in. 2014–2021.

Drawing as the Beginning of Presence with Stuart Shils

A one-day drawing experience at Kings Oaks with Philadelphia painter and teacher Stuart Shils (Art at Kings Oaks 2022, 2017)

Sunday, October 2, 2022
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

This workshop frames drawing as the beginning of presence – the critical thought-engine behind design, painting, photography and anything involving the construction of form. We will explore observation as the foundation of drawing, ushering your eyes more deeply into paying closer attention. Tune up the immediacy and depth of how you see and feel the visual moment.

Looking out onto the world, what and how do you notice? Are you seeing your surroundings as defined by labels, or can you begin to see abstract relationships—size, shape, and tone? Once you’ve flexed your abstract relational seeing muscles, how do you make sense of what you see and translate that into a graphic language? Learn how to become your own visual narrator. Drawing is how you tell that perceptual story. It is the roadmap into the emergent conversation between nature, your eye, your hand, and the paper.

You need not call yourself an artist to take part in this fast-paced and dynamic workshop. It is open to anyone who longs for a more holistic visual experience. Leave with an altered state of mind, eye, and hand. Regardless of where you are now, your inner eye will never be quite the same.

Stuart Shils, Seabirds Near the Coast of Mirleft, Circling Over a Darker Sea, Acrylic on Basswood, 9.5″ x 15.5″, 2020


Monotype Printing In the Studio and Field – No Press Needed
with John David Wissler
October 19, 2019


One-Day Monotype Printing Workshop – No Press Needed
With John David Wissler
October 20, 2018
We will enjoy the history and beauty of the setting at Kings Oaks as we explore the painterly method of hand-pressed monotypes. Using simple materials and tools, we will join the likes of Degas, Prendergast, and Nelligan, interpreting what we see, what we observe, and creating images. Open to everyone.

Read Lauren Kindle’s blog about her experience in the workshop>>

Two-Day Painted Paper Collage Workshop
With Rotem Amizur
October 13 – 14, 2018
In this workshop, we will explore how to create a feeling of light and composition through paper. Even if you have never collaged, after “seeing” with collage, you come back to regular studio practice in a new and fresh way. Collage stimulates us to realize shape and color as one, to reference Matisse who said he was drawing as he cut through his colored paper.

Read Irene Tatariw Trindles blog post about her experience in the workshop>>

Artists in Conversation Panel Discussion
October 21, 2018
Art at Kings Oaks’ 2018 exhibition closing-day panel discussion featured 2018 artists Linda Brenner, Martina Johnson-Allen, Aubrey Levinthal, Ron Prigat, and Robert Winokur, with Stuart Shils (Art at Kings Oaks 2017) facilitating. Attended by over 50 guests and live-streamed to an online audience, this conversation explored the inner life of the artist in the studio and the challenges of balancing public perception with making.