SIAG March workshop with James Pratt

SIAG Presents Oil Palette Knife Workshop with James Pratt
Two-day Workshop, March 6-7, 2023
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Oyster Catcher Community Center

“Strictly with a knife, not a brush in sight!”

James Pratt, one of the “Modern Masters” of palette knife painting, will be conducting a two-day oil palette knife workshop at Seabrook Island, on March 6-7, 2023.

Pratt will introduce a new and exciting way to paint with the palette knife and develop strokes that will allow the students to paint wet on wet and finish a painting in one session (Alla Prima). Students will achieve texture, vibrant color and dimension, work on composition, on creating values and learning the proper technique on how to hold the knife, apply the correct amount of paint to the blade and how to pick up the paint correctly.

Pratt will start each day by demonstrating different strokes and spend quality time and guide each student in perfecting the strokes and techniques. Afterwards, students will begin and finish their own paintings that day.

For Pratt, “Painting with a knife, one can achieve the suggestion of movement and the changing of light by adding textures which can be thin or ridged. Using the knife this way allows the paint to stand out and encourages a lively and impressionistic treatment, providing an exciting contrast of scale which adds greatly to the impact of the finished painting.”

To learn more about James Pratt, his portfolio, DVDs, books, and Online Academy videos, please visit

Workshop registration is limited to 10 and ends February 24.

For SIAG members: Cost is $200 payable by check to the artist, James Pratt. Please mail to Monique Boissier-Sporn, 1404 Nancy Island Drive, Seabrook Island, SC 29455.

Non-Members who wish to attend SIAG workshops, must join the Guild by sending a check for $30 (annual dues) payable to SIAG, to Treasurer Lee Fritz, 2285 Marsh Hen, Seabrook Island, SC 29455.

For more information on the Guild’s events, workshops, and membership, visit

-Submitted by Bonnie Younginer, Seabrook Island Artist Guild

(Image credit: James Pratt)