BIG ARTS, A week on Captiva/Captiva Community Center
2015 Class Workshop Description:

Landscape/Seascape oil painting -
Sound principles to build upon.
February 19-21, 2015, 9-3:30 pm

Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to landscape and seascape painting. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air will be a major focus of the study after the basics are covered. Discussions and lectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, building the anatomy of the wave 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. Students will work on small canvases and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements along the coast in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Douglas will help students pare down equipment so only the necessities are taken to the beach. Tropical landscapes, palm trees, some flora and beach and those beautiful gulf seascapes will be the subject for our 3 days of painting. 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 to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger paintings. 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.

Supply list:
(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
French easel
mineral spirits

Landscape/Seascape MANDATORY 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, Unbleached Titanium, (OPTIONAL oils - Holbein brand - Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant Greenish Umber Mixture, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1, 2, 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 2-3 5" X 7" or 6" X 8", 3-4 8" X 10"
1-3 10" X 20" or 12" X 16" or 16" X 20" or 15" X 30"
(or whatever size desired for larger painting)
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. (It is best to have this done before the class so the tone is dry, but 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. Douglas also will offer a "BASIC PAINT KIT" (while supplies last) 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. Douglas also will have a few French easels available while supplies last. Call the venue for pricing of this kit.

Workshop/Tentative Outline

Day 1 Captiva Community Center
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class/Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts
2nd/3rd hour: Mix Palette(Strings of color/organize for painting out of doors)
Lunch: Lunch will be provided*
Afternoon: On location adjacent to the Community Center - Paint seascape/study. First afternoon will help everyone get familiar with painting on the beach.

Day 2 Rauschenburg Studio
Morning: Meet at Rauschenberg Studio on Captiva (details provided on Monday in Class - entire day will be spent painting on Estate). Demo and paint on location.
Lunch: Gourmet Lunch provided*
Afternoon: Paint on Location on Rauschenberg Property.

Day 3 Captiva Community Center
Morning: Paint on location - landscape or seascape in the Captiva Historic District within walking distance of the Captiva Community Center.
Lunch: Box lunches delivered*.
Afternoon: Review and correct in-studio how to finish discussion.
Individual review and critique and wrap-up.

*Special Dietary needs for lunches all 3 days requested at registration.

Restrooms will be available at the Captiva Community Center and at the Rauschenberg Studio.

In case of inclement weather, class and demonstrations will take place indoors at the Captiva Community Center, 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva, FL 33924.

Registration specifics and Cancellation policy outlined in BIG ARTS materials.

Workshop limited to the first 15 paid registrants. Wait list developed after capacity is reached.

For more information, contact Marina Dowling at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlap Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957 (239)395-0090 or visit www.BIGARTS.org.

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