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Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
2020 Class Workshop Description:

PAINTING LAKES, SEASCAPES AND BOATS IN OIL
March 25-27, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Incredible Workshop! Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting seascapes and boats. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting a wave, a coastline, a lake, a rowboat and a sailboat or a few... For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review, and no matter what the subject, these principles are key, and new discussions and tips are added each season. Each day’s demo will include simple discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails.

Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/set up to prepare to paint out-of-doors and in the studio. Students will work on small canvases, and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere, the break of the wave and the gesture of the boat, whether large or small, in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger paintings. Douglas will provide photos to paint from. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos, along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Douglas’ Biography
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves- tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him- his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. For more detailed information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.

Class supply list:
Douglas will offer “BASIC PAINT KIT” which includes all the basic oils, brushes, palette knife, palette and canvas panels and medium for those who do not want to buy these supplies individually. You would need to bring some paper towels and rubber gloves. Kit $150.00, payable directly to Douglas David.

Or you can bring these supplies...(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)

French easel
liquin
mineral spirits

Oils - Utrecht brand (or your favorite brand) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, “Permalba” White OPTIONAL oils - Unbleached Titanium, Holbein brand- Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant, Greenish Umber, Sap Green Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1, 3 and or 4 , Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black)

Paper Towels, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Water
Backpack (or some simple way to carry paint and supplies)
disposable palette pad, palette knife
brushes- filberts- #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10
rounds- in above sizes if you prefer round over filberts.
rounds- in really small like #0,1, or 2- to be able to put in some detail and sign
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
Canvases - Quantity 3-4 5"x7"
3-4 8"x10"
1-2 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" or 15"x30" (or whatever size desired for larger painting- returning students, be fearless, go larger!)
And anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable.

Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and Permalba white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas. (This can be done first thing in class if needed).

Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.

Class/Tentative Outline:

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.
2nd hour: Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.
3rd hour: Mix Palette (Strings of color/organize your palette).
Lunch: Brown bag lunch.
Afternoon: Paint seascapes and boats in studio.

Day 2
1st hour: Coffee and review and discuss individual challenges.
Morning: Demo in classroom on how to paint various boats.
Lunch: Brown Bag lunch.
Afternoon: Paint seascapes and boats in studio.

Day 3
1st hour: Coffee and review and discuss individual challenges.
Morning: Paint boats.
Lunch: Brown bag lunch.
Afternoon: Finish seascape and boat paintings, have small show of work accomplished and review specific problems.
Last hour: Group work from past 3 days and positive constructive critique with the focus on future and how to apply materials learned in workshop.

 


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