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Course Descriptions

Landscape – Design and Shape Workshop

This two day workshop is for intermediate painters of all media who want to explore the joys and challenges of landscape painting. We will work inside from enlarged colored copies supplied by the instructor.  On day 1 I will paint in watercolor, and on Day 2 I will paint in oil. I will have lots of artwork in both media to show the various stages of development.

The focus will be on learning to interpret the landscape in terms of a simplified and strong composition, learning to edit, to combine, and to see patterns and connections. I will emphasize how to narrow the universe out there to a manageable pile in terms of subject matter, shapes and color. I will demonstrate techniques useful to paint in the outdoors in a limited time and changing environment. We will explore ways to use the local color of a particular place and to organize it into a manageable color scheme.

The design decisions you begin with generally determine how successful the painting is, especially in painting outdoors. These techniques will enable the indoor landscape painter to move to the more complex outdoors with increased success, and that means less therapy. Yeah team!
The workshop is intended for intermediate artists in any media. Maximum of 12 in the workshop. A supply list, confirmation letter and map will be sent.

 

Very Non Traditional Landscapes

We will focus on creating landscape paintings with no attempt to "copy" what's out there, and to explore non-traditional space, shapes and color. This is a workshop involving a lot of "play" and taking visual risks with landscape. It is exciting and freeing and fun to make dynamic landscapes that would make Albert Bierstadt turn over, and Richard Diebenkorn shout with glee. Just the thing for winter blues... and greens and reds....
The workshop is intended for intermediate artists in any media. Maximum of 12 in the workshop. A supply list, confirmation letter and map will be sent.

 

..Create Paintings From Your Outdoor Sketches

This workshop “ Create Paintings From Your Outdoor Sketches” focuses on using the smaller, easier to do paintings, value sketches and scribbled notes done on location, to create a larger painting in the studio that retains the feel of the smaller one.

You will need to bring your own source material to work from, i.e., value sketches, color studies/paintings done on location, photographs and any notes. Some of this, or a combination is fine.
The workshop is intended for intermediate artists in any media. Maximum of 12 in the workshop. A supply list, confirmation letter and map will be sent.



Watercolor Techniques

This four-day workshop will cover the basics of watercolor painting for the novice painter, and also for the painter with some experience who would like to refresh his/her skills. There will be a detailed discussion of watercolor materials, (brushes, paper, pigments), an explanation with demonstrations of the various traditional watercolor techniques, such as working on dry paper and wet paper, basic washes, various ways to use the brush effectively, pigments and water, line and textures in watercolor, preserving some white of the paper, and making corrections. Also covered will be the color wheel, mixing color from the color wheel, and achieving rich color in watercolor. Signing, matting and framing methods will be discussed, as well as resources for materials in the Seattle area.

 This course is designed to produce basic skills in watercolor painting for the novice, for use in the classroom as well as personal use in the studio. The students will gain an introductory knowledge of the traditional methods of using watercolor and materials, and will have the necessary experience to conduct watercolor projects in the classroom and to further study in intermediate level watercolor classes.



Landscape –Mixed Media - Watercolor and Pastel

This workshop is designed to encourage watercolor painters to use their skills to paint successful landscapes in the mixed media of watercolor and pastel. Each day will be comprised of a combination of a short lecture, discussion, demonstration of techniques, exercises, paintings, individual assistance, and individual class critiques in the studio. Using enlarged color copies of landscapes indoors, we will explore how to apply basic composition and design to simplify the overwhelming “mess” of outdoor scenes.  We will also focus on color, value and intensity to create the illusion of space in landscape. Experience in basic drawing and skill in watercolor technique is helpful.

 

Design, Composition, Color And Technique For Outdoor Painting

This two day workshop is open to intermediate painters working in any media. We will work indoors from slides and enlarged color copies supplied by instructor. The focus will be on learning to interpret the landscape site in terms of a simplified and strong composition, learning to edit, to combine, and see patterns and connections. Also, I will show techniques useful to paint in the outdoors in a limited time and changing environment. We will explore ways to use the local color of a particular place and to organize it into a manageable color scheme. I will show ways that I have transferred my indoor studio painting techniques to the outdoors, and all the “nitty gritty” of working on site, supplies to have, supplies to leave home relative to the place you're going, various types of easels to try out, and techniques for working in the hot, the cold, the snow, the wet, and whatever.


 

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