Life Enhancement Through Drawing & Painting, Ashfield, with artist Robert Masla

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Join artist Robert Masla for a series of FREE, Fun, Fast moving and information packed workshops on drawing, sketchbook journaling and watercolor painting over a course of three days. 2 days will be conducted on zoom and the third day will be out doors, masked and socially distanced.

Masla, Rhythm of 2,(at the frisbee tournament), graphite wash pencil in sketchbook.

These workshops are free to Ashfield residents and is limited to 20 participants on a first registered basis. They are appropriate for all levels of persons with an interest in exploration and expression in the visual arts and how it can enhance life, (ages 14+, those younger please contact the artist for clearance). Participants with little or no experience to those that are actively engaged in art and want to review basics and recharge their creativity with fresh input will find this workshop series beneficial.

Masla, graphite wash drawing on w.c. paper of lion sculpture at P.V. Botanical Gardens 

Workshop Structure:
The 1st day Masla will lead you with 3 cameras through a large gamut of approaches to drawing extracting lessons from his over 50 years of experience making art. Through a series of exercises covering intention, composition, value, shape, line and edges you will discover the magic of mark making. You will gain an understanding of the effects of light and shadow on form, and the methods for creating a sense of atmosphere and 3 dimensional illusions on a 2 dimensional surface. You will also learn about simplification and abstraction and developing a personal “shorthand” to convey detail. Through exploring a variety of skills and techniques you will evolve your ability to SEE – building your confidence in your mark and enhancing your drawing and painting.

The second day will focus on Simple Ways to Success in Watercolor.There will be an introduction to the basics & the essentials of creating successful watercolors. Watercolor is no more difficult to master than any other painting medium. It is about gaining an understanding of it’s unique attributes and characteristics and then applying principles related to them with patience, practice and persistance. We will start at the very beginning, understanding paper, brushes and pigments – and their relationship to water. Through a series of paint along demonstrations Masla will lead you in the dance of watercolor painting. You will be given the tools, exercises and principles to practice and continue gaining the understanding of the give and take between the artist, the paint, paper and the water that ultimately brings mastery to watercolor painting.

Masla, April Snows in Apple Valley, w.c. on paper, 5" x 7"

Day 3 will be spent “En Plein Air”, sketching and painting on location in the Ashfield area during the month of June, (exact location and date to be revealed to participants closer to the day / rain date created). Masla will do demonstrations to elaborate on lessons previously learned. Explaining sketchbook journaling, doing a graphite wash as well as a watercolor on paper. Participants will receive some materials to use awarded by sponsors Royal Talens North America and Fredrix Artist Canvas.

Masla’s workshops reach beyond techniques, the underlying principles shared transcend any one medium and are applicable to all. His methods encourage individual expression and self observation, seeking the implied balance of art and life and those elements that create unity, meaning and beauty in painting.


Tuesday, May 25, 9:30 and to 4:30, (1 hour lunch break) Zoom – FUNdamentals of Drawing and Sketchbook Journaling

Friday, May 28, 9:30 and to 4:30, (1 hour lunch break) – Simple Ways to Success in Watercolor

One day containing 2 sessions, each session 2.5 -3 hours, (morning and afternoon, with 1 hour lunch break), for plein air demos and practice to be scheduled in June, (date and exact location to be announced closer to date). Morning session will focus on drawing and sketchbook journaling, aftternoon session on watercolor painting.

After conclussion of the workshop there will be an exhibition of completed work at the Ashfield Post Office for those that want to participate.

Materials:A list of basic materials/resources will be shared after registration. Some supplies will be given for plein air donated by Fredrix Canvas and Royal Talens North America.

For information about space availability to register and materials write: