Tuscany Plein Air’s workshops and paintouts emphasize the principles of the realist painting methods.
We don't teach people to paint in a particular style and the events aren't strictly workshops. We demonstrate and explain methods which make it easier to capture a painting in a representational manner. From how to see, to how to use mediums. Workshops are scheduled and demonstrated by experienced Plein Air Artists who have been trained in the principles of the Figurative Art movement. The instructors act as guides rather than teachers, offering advice and demonstrations. Workshops offer a very relaxed and vibrant environment and a great opportunity to learn informally. For anyone who just wants to paint without workshop instruction, they are completely free to do so.
Our villas are located very close to the city of Florence in Tuscany but are also very private and although workshops and demonstrations are provided, there is no obligation to take part if you want to relax and find your own art niche. Being close to the center of Florence, with it’s historic art collections and museums is also very inspiring for anyone who wants to explore before or after the week begins.
Principles taught in the academic art studios of Florence are translated to the natural environment where light and shadows are constantly changing. Consequently the realist painting process has been adapted to enable the artist to work quickly, using a variety of methods which result in a powerful representation of reality.
Topics will include
- Successful Plein Air Strategies:
Planning, tools, finding locations, light, shadow.
- The principles and fall of light:
Explaining the way in which all objects respond to light and how light wraps itself around them.
- Sight Size:
The workshop will introduce you to the sight size method of laying out your painting.
You will learn about values and how they relate to color in painting. Value, chroma / saturation, hue.
- Abstract Studies:
Simplifying the scene into simple blocks of color and move forward from there.
There is a strong emphasis on composition and using a viewfinder to easily transfer your chosen composition to a canvas or paper. How composition can make or break a painting.
Methods of breaking a scene down into layers creating a strong sense of perspective.
The painting media covered by the course include pencil, charcoal, oils and watercolors
- Oil Mediums:
Different mediums for painting in oils.
Materials - papers, brushes, easels, media.
Strategies in using watercolors. Stages in the creation of a watercolor painting.
Stages in the creation of an oil painting - planning, the initial sketch, composition and final painting.
- Distance and Perspective:
Capturing both aerial and technical distance in a painting. Perspective drawing.
- Paint brushes:
Different types, uses. Care and maintenance. A short introductional video is here.
- Cone of Vision:
Understanding the cone of vision and it’s impact on a painting..
- Value Balls:
The principles of painting an object such as a tree or bush in isolation.
- Planning a day of painting:
There are 3 light stages in a day and we will cover different methods of understanding the opportunities which each presents. Essentially each one offers a maximum of 3 hours painting before too dramatic a change can occur. This means that you either work very quickly or you strategically organize your easel and have several paintings working at different stages of the day
If you have a particular interest such as life drawing from the model or want to know about the principles of portraiture please feel free to mention it in correspondance. Any workshops involving things which are not related to Plein Air painting will be very informal and will simply be facilitated rather than be part of the workshops.
As well as organising events to specific dates in specific locations, we can also custom design
painting workshops for visitors to Florence. If this is of interest to you, please get in contact.
We'll be happy toaccommodate you.