3-Day UART Workshop with Otto Sturcke: “Step by Step Still Life: An Approach to Classical Realism”
Location: RUMC, Redondo Beach, CA
Date: Thursday April 21 – Saturday March 23, 2022
Time: Thursday April 21st 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Friday April 22nd 9:00 am-4:00 pm & Saturday April 23rd 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Instructor: Otto Sturcke
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Number of Workshop Days: 3
In this step-by-step workshop, Otto Stürcke shares time-honored techniques in combination with contemporary techniques to achieve effects to your fulfillment. Class will include morning lectures on different application approaches to suit your style along with key academic points to always keep in your art journey toolbox: Things like the importance of value, the visual phenomenon known as simultaneous contrast, the principles of light on objects, the misconception and versatility of the pastel medium, and the importance of composition and storytelling.
Each day, students will dive into fun instructional activities and continue to work on their own pieces from provided photo reference. Otto Stürcke will demonstrate the versatility of the pastel medium through a variety of applied techniques and tools. This class is great for beginners to advanced alike since much of Otto’s teaching involves breaking down art theory and putting observation into practice through enjoyable and informative workshops.
About the Artist: Otto Stürcke was born in 1971 and grew up in Southern California. Primarily self-taught, Stürcke joined the U.S. Marine Corps in hopes of attaining financial aid to attend an art college. His plans were momentarily altered in 1991 when he was called to serve in Desert Storm. Soon after his military service, Stürcke enrolled in art workshops and courses at several local art associations and colleges while launching his illustration career under the mentorship of Mike Butkus. Working as an illustrator served Stürcke for honing many techniques and found pastels to be his principal medium of choice.
As a representational artist, Stürcke seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical. Greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, Stürcke aims to depict the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in his paintings through light, shadow, and texture.
In recent years, Stürcke has garnered recognition and several awards for his works including the title of Master Pastelist and the Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award by the Pastel Society of America, 1st Place in Pastel Journal’s 19th Annual Pastel 100 Competition Animal/Wildlife Category, 1st Place in the 8th Annual Members Show of the Pastel Society of Southern California, Stabilo Award at the 1st International Pastel Exhibition in Rome, Butler Institute of American Art Selection, the Robert & Patricia Suggs Award by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the “Best of 2012” by Art Los Angeles Magazine, and has also been chosen to be part of the American Latino Collective at the Smithsonian Museum. His work has been published in the French publication “40 Maitres du Pastel” (40 Masters of Pastel) by Pratique des Arts Magazine, “The Art of Chalk” by Tracy Lee Stum, and as “Artist of Note” by Southwest Art Magazine. Visit Otto at www.sturckestudio.com