Al Lachman: Painting Workshop for all Media



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Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 & 14, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Al Lachman’s workshop seeks to cover two important but seldom talked about areas:  Imagination…and a pure approach to painting.

“I speak to my fellow artists as I would talk to myself, dealing with the same challenges we all face by finding simple, imaginative solutions to them.  We’ll learn how to paint a scene, simplifying it in a way that will put us in control of it immediately.  It doesn’t matter what medium (watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, etc.) an artist works in or their skill level.  Therefore, beginners as well as professional artists can benefit from this approach.”

The goal of the workshop is to answer the three questions that have puzzled most
artists throughout history:

  1. What to paint?
  2. How to paint it?
  3. When is it finished?

Al accomplishes this by teaching the effective use of premises.  Through the use of premises,
one can immediately tap into one’s creative side, which will bear immediate results.



Al’s goal is to motivate his fellow artists so that when the workshop is over, they will never again be stuck on what to paint or how to paint!  You will learn how to paint a scene, simplifying it in a way that will put us in control of it immediately. The idea is to energize yourself into action and to learn how to approach each painting as a completely new and fresh challenge. 




  1. ANY PAINTING MEDIUM…you choose! (Acrylics, Pastels, Watercolors, Oil, etc.)


  1. Ten or twelve pieces of matt board, canvas or paper (10” x 12” size approximately).  We are going to do several small ones

         instead of one large painting.


  1. Stiff backing board (drawing board) with clips to place matt board

         or paper onto.


  1. Small note pad to take notes…IMPORTANT!

Instructor Bio

Born in 1936 in New York City, Alan Lachman studied at Syracuse University, the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City. During the course of his professional career as a fine artist, Lachman has painted thousands of works.  Known as a
colorist for his luminous and painterly style, his influences can be drawn from Van Gogh, Rothko, Degas and Emil Nolde.

As a painter, teacher, author and juror for over six decades, Lachman has received numerous awards throughout his career.  He was honored for his lifetime achievements and contributions in American art by “Who’s Who in American Art” (2005-2006),vas well as numerous interviews and articles written about his varied approaches to art. 

In the ensuing years, Lachman became known for his pastels as well as his oil paintings.  He was honored and received “Best of Show”, “The Joseph Giffuni Memorial Award” presented at the 20th Annual National Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club in New York City.  This award is the highest honor bestowed upon any U.S. pastelist annually.  He was further honored
as a Director on the Board of Control of the Pastel Society of America and one of the original founders and first instructors of the PSA School for Pastels, which is the only one of its kind in the U.S.

Lachman’s paintings continue to garner the attention of art collectors both locally and nationally for fine art investment.  His work is represented in numerous prestigious public and private collections, including the Ford Motor Company; Northwest Airlines; The 
Walt Disney Corporate Collection; Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Doylestown Hospital;  The Hershey Corporation; the Canadian Government Census Bureau; and Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia.

Artist Statement:

 The artist puts his thumb upon the pulse of life and records it.  In that mystical beat lies the unknown, and he would but make it known.  Being both innovator and spectator, he exists as an intrinsic part of that rhythm.  Each painting begins with a premise, and I rarely use the same one twice.  It is based on what I see and what I am feeling at that moment.  I do not think that painting is about technique.  It is about a particular perception of the world around us. The premise creates the periphery of my intent.  It is a limitation that gives birth to the creative forces within. 

This approach takes us into uncharted waters with each new painting.  Adventure awaits us and we are not limited by our knowledge or lack of it.  Creativity comes from inspiration, and we are inspired and influenced by others, by their uniqueness. I believe that everyone is special and has something to offer.  This is how we grow, by giving of ourselves to others, and by so doing we give value to our lives.  I want to thank all of the wonderful people in my life who have shared their uniqueness with me and helped make me more than I was.