- 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 reflects 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 includes pencil, charcoal, oils and watercolors
- Oil Mediums:
Different mediums for painting in oils.
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..
- Planning a day of painting:
There are 3 light stages in a day and we will cover different methods of understanding the potential 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.
These won't be long demonstrations. Most will take less than an hour and they will be very practical as well as expertly presented. We expect to repeat the content of the demonstrations again and again as the week developes but in more informal ways. It will be very important to see as many of the initial demonstrations as possible. Especially if the topic is of special interest to you. We will not have the tools at hand later to give a complete explanation again. Repeats will be in front of people who ask questions related to the topic.
For instance. Someone has seen the paint medium demonstration. Specific chemicals are needed for these. The same with the brush cleaning demonstration or the watercolour manufacturing. We can speak better if we are speaking in context and the demonstrations will help you to put any questions you encounter into context, as the week unfolds.