Painting workshop at the Kentucky Horse Park

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Artist Rosemary Sarah Welch (center) teaches a painting workshop at the Kentucky Horse Park/Photo by Rhonda Lane
Artist Rosemary Sarah Welch (center) teaches a painting workshop at the Kentucky Horse Park/Photo by Rhonda Lane (freeze frame from camcorder video)

Tucked over by the the carriage horse barn and the old indoor arena at the Kentucky Horse Park is the American Academy of Equine Art studio.

As the instructor and participants said, visitors are welcome to come by and watch them work.

After all, that’s the point of having artists-in-residence at the park.

The studio door is open. Let’s go inside.

Video from Welch’s workshop “The Importance of Light”

As of this writing, the 2009 workshop season was winding down. The annual AAEA juried exhibit was on display in the gallery on the basement floor of the International Museum of the Horse.

The workshops

So, depeneding upon the time of year in which you read this, the workshop schedule may be updated and may not include the one I visited. Or one of the artists-in-residence might be working there instead.

This one, a painting workshop taught by British artist Rosemary Sara Welch focused on “The Importance of Light.”

According to the course description on the website, “the value of sound drawing as a basis for successful painting will be explored, with an emphasis on light and shade.”

About the instructor

According to one of Welch’s websites, she was born into an artistic family in Wiltshire. During her childhood, the family moved to Arizona in the US. Arizona is where her fascination with horses took hold.

Nowadays, she lives on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, where she specializes in rural scenes, especially with draft horses.

You can see more examples of Welch’s rural scenes on Artnet.

As you can see in the above video and the photo, which is a still-frame from video, students enjoyed lots of individual attention from the instructor. Also, even though they worked hard, they seemed to have a lot of fun in the casual atmosphere.

And there were donuts. Good ones with chocolate.

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  • Marti
    October 28, 2009

    Looks like fun! LOVE that harness horse piece. 🙂

    • rhond7
      October 28, 2009

      That one is compelling. Not sure if the video shows it, but she really captured the fierce intensity in the horse’s eyes. Thanks for stopping by, Marti.