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Art on the Farm | “Classic Modernist Workshop”

In partnership with The Gallery at Flat Rock, join international artist Marsha Hammel for a 3-day workshop hosted by The Horse Shoe Farm.

Imagine a mashup of Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso- that might describe my style of figurative painting. Old School, perhaps, but with an awareness of contemporary techniques this approach has served my studio practice for almost fifty years. 
My workshop will focus on the fundamentals; composition, line and gesture, color. We will explore these elements in depth over 3 days of morning and afternoon sessions.
My prejudice is that Big is Better- we will work on canvases no smaller than 24×30 inches. My own canvas will be a 30×40. 
Our subject will be a seated or reclining model arranged in a “tableau” with potted plants and/or flowers in a vase or with bowl of fruit. Participants may choose to focus only on the figure or the still life or both. 
The result of these three days will produce a finished painting and provide participants with an invigorated perspective of their own approach to canvas painting. 
– Marsha Hammel


Daily gourmet lunches and afternoon wine & cheese spread are included. *See note below on participant materials. Interested in adding on to your workshop experience? Call us at (828) 393-3034 to learn more about available treatments at our on-site wellness spa, The Stable Spa!



Day One  |  Composition – Format, Form, & Balance

  • Utilize positive/negative space
  • Locate forms
  • Find balance with format

Day Two  |  Drawing – Gesture, Line, & Mass

  • Intention with line
  • Underpainting
  • Brush techniques

Day Three  |  Color – Surface, Glaze, & Varnishes

  • Rhythm, contrast, and tone
  • Analogous and complementary effects
  • Emotion and atmosphere


Complete the form below to reserve your space today. If you have any questions, please contact us at (828) 393-3034 before submitting. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Note: A separate form must be completed for each ticket purchase.



A native of Miami, FL, Marsha Hammel grew up in Central America and Europe returning to the states in 1961. Completing her education in North Carolina and VA, then traveling throughout the US she settled in Hendersonvillle, NC in 2000. “I am home here, finally,” she explains. “A quiet life allows me to create a cacophony of color and form on canvas.“

A prolific artist, Marsha Hammel enjoys a wide audience for original paintings and published works in the UK, having been represented by Felix Rosenstiel’s in London since the early 90’s. During a 4 decade studio practice at least 1500 paintings have become part of private, corporate and institutional collections throughout the US and Europe. Learn more about Marsha by CLICKING HERE!


Participants should be prepared to bring the following items:

  • Blank Canvas (Minimum size 24″ x 30″)
  • Paint (Acrylics or Oils)
    • Primaries: Red, yellow, blue (in tones of your choice)
    • Secondaries: Orange, green, violet (in tones of your choice)
    • Earth Tones: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre
    • Black (your choice)
    • Titanium White
  • Brushes (#4, #6, #8, #2 Liner, Flats and Longs)
  • Easel, palette, and other working tools of your choice
  • Mediums and Thinners (Your choice)
  • Charcoal (Bring Plenty of Sticks)
  • *Disposables will be provided (paper towels, solvents, etc.)
Note: Please contact us in advance with any concerns about the required materials list. We may be able to help accommodate any special requests.

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Aug 06 2021 - Aug 08 2021


10:00 am - 4:00 pm