I look forward to meeting all of you and I hope these instructions will make your first day a little more comfortable.
Class begins at 9 AM, but I suggest you arrive a little early to set up. The model will be sitting from 9 to 12, and from 1:30 to 4:30 every day.
I also suggest you arrive at 8:30 on the first morning to register, meet the other participants, and find your way around.
Class will be held at the Baumgaertner Atelier, 507 Main Street, La Crosse, WI. The Baumgaertner Atelier is on the second floor, above Monet Flowers and Gifts. The entrance to the gallery stairway is to the left of the Monet doorway. A kitchen with microwave and refrigerator are available in the Atelier, as well as eating area, two bathrooms, an outside area, and plenty of room for workshop materials.
Easels and taborettes are provided, but you may wish to bring your own. You can bring your own materials and canvases, but I will have available for purchase a complete supply of oil paints, brushes, cavases and most other materials on the materials list. Please refer to the Materials List for a list of the materials you will need for the Oil Portrait Workshops. I provide for the class charcoal sticks, kneaded erasers, and fixative.
For additional information about each of the classes please refer to the Agenda for the particular class you will be participating in.
The Monet/Baumgaertner Atelier are in the heart of downtown La Crosse, and many restaurants, coffee houses, shops, and hotels are within walking distance. A popular health food store is the People’s Co-op, three blocks from the workshop site. You might also consider a Mississippi River cruise or a visit to the Rivoli, a big screen, old time theater, where you can sit back in comfort at one the many tables, order pizza and beer, and watch a movie the way Hollywood intended - only $4.00 a ticket!
There are two parking ramps and a parking lot available within a few blocks of the workshop. (Do not use the parking lot directly across the street from the Monet building. It is reserved parking only.) If you park on the top floor of each of the two parking ramp, you do not need to feed the meters. The parking lot at State and 4th Street is metered. We are trying to make arrangements with a bank on Fifth and State for us to use their parking lot at a nominal fee. I will let you know the status on that when you arrive for class.
I look forward to seeing you! Please feel free to call me if you would like any additional information at 608-788-6465 or e-mail me at Baumportrait@cs.com.