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ASAA 2018 Exhibition and Forum—Palm Springs, California, USA

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The Venue: The Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California, USA graciously welcomes our 32nd annual exhibition this year. PSAM was named in 2014 as one of the top fourteen aviation museums in the world by CNN Travel. It has fifty-nine flyable and static planes on display inside four climate-controlled hangars as well as on the tarmac. The four hangars are organized by theme with related exhibits throughout. The Pacific (Navy) Hangar includes aircraft used by the Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The European (Army) Hangar features aircraft used by the army in the European Theater during WWII plus a T-33 training jet used in Korea and Vietnam. The Bergen Youth Exploration Center (hangar number three) displays the B-17 Flying Fortress and contains interactive activities for young people. The forth hangar—Major General Kenneth P. Miles Hangar—houses the Cold War, Korean, and Vietnam War aircraft and supporting exhibits.

The Hotel: Saguaro Palm Springs is a colorful vacation spot with full amenities, swimming pool, free parking, free internet, and discounted hot breakfast. Each room has a private balcony or patio, interior and outdoor sitting areas, work stations, organic bath products and linens. And color. Lots of color! Register by APRIL 14TH 2018 for the discounted rate of $89.00 per night plus tax. Saguaro, Palm Springs 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264 Phone(760) 323-1711


The Curriculum: Strengthen Your Foundation: Working from the Ground Up and the Skeleton Out.

“The anatomy of the figure.” Artists sometimes struggle with the placement of the human figure in aerospace art. They often elect to leave people out of their paintings altogether to avoid an area of artistry they might be uncomfortable dealing with. We encourage you to take a step out of your comfort zone and explore what it means to get to the bare bones of figure drawing. Kristin Hill will begin our series by analyzing the figure from skeleton to skin and ultimately to the clothed figure. Brian Bateman will go into more in-depth concentration using live figures in period clothing. By the end of the day and a half session, you will be more comfortable with drawing figures in their natural state of movement. This will no doubt bring a better sense of authenticity to the story you’re trying to tell on canvas.

“The anatomy of the airplane painting.” Keith Ferris and John Clark will take us on a similar journey but with the aircraft. Many artists are more comfortable using a static image as the foundation for a painting—but being able to create a new and unique work of art from your imagination is quite a different story altogether. Keith and John will help you construct the plane in various views using analysis of three-view drawings to create proportionally accurate images for incorporation into compositions, lighting, and color studies for transfer to canvas. By the end of the three day session, you will walk away with an original work of art.

Week at a Glance:

Sunday, May 6th Registration—we’re starting our week on Sunday this year. Come early, receive your gift bag, and swim in the pool! Hospitality will be open at 5 p.m.

Monday, May 7th Museum and Figure Drawing Workshop—we will tour the museum and view the exhibition in the morning. Lunch will be on your own at the museum. The first figure drawing class, hosted by Kristin Hill, will begin in the afternoon. The Opening Reception at the museum is TBD—either Monday or Tuesday night. Hospitality at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8th Figure Drawing and Painting. Brian Bateman will continue the figure drawing for the entire day. We will split our time between the conference space and the museum, so there will be ample time to paint on site if you so choose. Possible opening reception at the museum at 6 p.m. and hospitality at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9th Airplane Construction from the Ground Up. John Clark will begin the day with “the Anatomy of the Airplane.” The curriculum will flow from this point forward as artists will work with three-view drawings to create their own sketches. Our business dinner will be held this evening. Hospitality at 9 p.m.

Thursday, May 10th Continuation of Constructing from the Ground Up. Keith Ferris will continue working with artists as they narrow down their sketching choices for a painting. Tonal Values will be discussed and applied to the work. Dinner will be on your own, and the image critique will be held that evening. Hospitality at 8 p.m.

Friday, May 11th Final Stages of Construction, Drawing, and Painting. We’ll begin at the hotel and move to the museum as needed. We will take the projects outside and put color to the canvas. Those who wish can spend the day painting at the museum. Our awards banquet will be held at the hotel this evening. Business attire is the dress. Hospitality at 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 12th Youth Art Class, Sightseeing, and Hospitality. We hope to have a youth art class in the morning at the museum, and the remainder of the day will be easy and fun on your own. For those still in town, we’ll have hospitality open for the night.

What You Will Need: ASAA will provide paint, odorless thinner, canvas, and paper for the drawing and painting sessions. You will need to bring your own brushes, straight edges, 2B pencils or willow charcoal (whichever you prefer), and erasers. Please send Nanette an email ( if you have any questions about supplies. If you plan to paint on your own at the museum, you will need to bring your own paints, brushes, and portable easel.