Review: Beginner Workshop, Augsburg

by Roman aka jar

The weekend was the bomb!
Information overload but learned a lot and that at exactly the right moment when I was already a bit desperate. I think it's great how you teach and I will definitely like to attend a course more often.

                                        - Kees

Masked Painter Gang


Hey Jungle,
time for another review.
I am still a little behind things and already held a second Beginner Workshop this year, but to read the review of the second one you got to wait a little bit more. I am on it!

Thanks to all of you for a beautiful happy painting weekend!
Thanks for all the help during the class and afterwards.Thank you for joining up for the class even in times of a pandemic and your joy to learn painting wisdom and philosophy :)

From far and close, first timers and repeaters, even a youngster ...
thank you for signing up!

I want to thank you all for your feedback that I can use to build this review with! Stay healthy and paint happily :)

The theory parts contain:

- Learn to see your world with different eyes
- Introduction into basing composition
- Learn how to feel harmony in different aspects
- Important contrasts for figure painting
- Explanation about how to paint a light situation on your figure
- Understand colour theory and learn how to use it properly
- Learn about different materials, their unique properties and learn to paint them
- Learn to lose fear of doing something wrong
- much more!

Student's projects on Sunday's end

Philipp says:

This weekend workshop was bonkers! The amount of input, the amount of inspiration, the amount of new things I learned but mainly the skills of Roman as a painter and especially teacher was insane.

When I read about the workshop I wasn’t sure if I‘d learn anything new, I have seen it all on YouTube, right? Wrong! I still don’t know how it was different but I now feel like I have understood so many things I had thought I knew already. Although you can tell that it only scratches the surface it went deeper than a online tutorial can because there is someone who shows you in a really nice and easy to execute way. That counts for both the theory but also the painting practice. I now have some more tools in my arsenal that I know how to use but especially when to use them and Roman didn’t even mention when this or that practice would work better, I just know.

When I read about the course I also wasn’t sure about Roman as a teacher, sure he is a great painter but I had no idea of the world class projects he has done all the while he’s a great teacher and person.

All in all I was surprised on a lot of levels, I feel inspired to take on more projects like the one we made on this weekend and especially useful: I feel like I can turn anything I have in mind into practice. The money was well spent and worth every cent, I will be coming back asap and probably will make it a recurring thing to show up at least once a year to refresh and deepen the learned stuff.

Although the hours are quite long it surprised me how time flew by and in the end I didn’t know when we got this much done all the while it felt relaxing also because of the other hobbyists you can share tips & tricks but also discuss tabletop stuff with.

If you have any kind of creative call in you and if you have any kind of relationship to miniatures I strongly recommend his beginner workshop, i haven’t learned this much in one weekend ever before (as long as you keep a spot open for me ;))

Prime Time
Lunch break on Saturday, everything primed and ready to paint ....

this can not be explained in words, we did not throw our projects ...

Mike says:

Happy painting! Yes, that sums up the weekend pretty well, or rather the outcome of the weekend for me personally. In between I was pushed out of my comfort zone. Which admittedly a) was quite easy and b) also necessary XD. But since you are dealing with the topic of adult education, you will not be surprised ^^ In any case, you have created a really great context for me in which you realize adult education in the field of figure painting: well relaxed, not always serious, tangible and supportive -> happy painting.
I could have tolerated color theory a little more (even if looking back I wouldn't have had time for it anyway ^^), I can't even remember doing that. The color wheel was really, really cool for me, I thought it was great, as was the mixing of skin tones. Oh yes, and I'm really proud of my Mini too. You were right, my best work so far; D.
Definitely have ambitions to turn up again at the workshop. Then with a larger comfort zone from which you can push me a little bit again.
oh and if you still need some catchy phrases:
"improving not only my skills but also my basic understanding how to paint minis to a greater effect"
"intensive trip from basics to a finished miniature, with a supporting hand and mind to guide your happy painting experience. Thank you Roman"
"cautious at start, full ham at the end. Thanks for guiding me to my best results so far"
It was really cool with you.


Again, not explainable ... :D

Student's results (first timers)

Happy, but tired teacher on Sunday

Thanks to everyone
who showed up for the workshop. It was a great weekend, with wonderful students, eager to learn the ways of happypainting and able to stand my blabla for thirtythree hours of class schedule. As a teacher my student's results made me really proud and we all were able to share good vibrations all around.

At the moment I postponed plans for the new year due the ongoing uncertainity due the pandemic.
I filled up my schedule until April 2022 with private coachings and plan to organise weekend workshops from January on when I know
a bit more about the actual Covid rules. So, workshops will not happen next year before the end of April.

Keep on happy painting everyone and thanks for coming to the seminar!
Stay healthy!



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