***NOTE: This workshop takes place BEFORE NOVA Open Begins*** Have you ever wanted to know what is going on in Sam’s brain while he's painting? In this workshop, he will attempt to give you a peak into the deep recesses of how he approaches miniature art. The workshop begins on Sunday (2-6pm) with an introduction designed to inspire - and suitable for all levels - beginner, journeymen or masterclass. From that day into the next two 8-hour days (9am-5pm Monday and Tuesday), Sam will share tons of theory and even wander into the art of painting meditation. You will leave the workshop with your own display figure, created with the help and guidance of Sam Lenz. Though the title of the workshop alludes to beginners, it also provides lessons in theoretical and practical knowledge of painting miniatures. Sam (of Samson Minis) shares insights "his way" so you can easily paint up wonderful models. He will take you on a journey through art history to explain how all aspects of light/shadow, contrasts, color harmony and storytelling come together in theory and practical exercise. This is a hands-on workshop. You will learn to improve your painting skills and begin to understand how to motivate the brush to your imagination. Once you've mastered that, you will be able to teach yourself moving forward just by recognizing what nature has to offer. The theory and hands-on goals will focus on learning to see your world through different lenses. You will enjoy introduction into basing composition, finding harmony in different aspects, visualizing important contrasts for figure painting, and begin to understand how to paint a light situation on your figure. Grasping color theory and learning how to use it while working with different materials and their unique properties will come together while you paint. Many of Sam's students learn to get over the fear of doing something wrong by accepting that all great painters learn from their mistakes! STUDENTS SHOULD ATTEND WITH THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES: Wet palette (classroom will have supplies to make an easy version if you need it), one package of Milliput Standard Yellow, hand drill, hobby blade, painting lamp (best would be with a daylight bulb), Pattafix or bluetac, brushes (please bring the brushes you usually use), power strip, and - of course! - a box to bring your miniature home. TWO RULES: If you do not own one yet, buy and bring one Windsor & Newton Brush, Series 7, long (not small), size 1 or size 2; also bring these paints: GW Colors, Vallejo Model Color, Scale75 or P3. You do not have to bring all the colors you have, but do bring the colors you often paint with. It is better to shop for paints after the workshop, after you see what you can do with specific colors. WORKSHOP SUPPLIES: Students will be provided a miniature, basing material, sandpaper, metal pins, cork, primer, blister sponges, PVA glue, and a painting class handout.