BASICS OF OIL PAINTING
This really fun and informative workshop will cover the basic principles of oil painting and get you painting simple and easy to understand objects in a short time. The idea of this workshop is to get you comfortable with the process of painting while teaching you how to paint dynamic and exciting paintings. The class includes interesting and memorable discussions on all the basic elements of painting including, composition, massing, building form, light and shadow - and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, and whether a person who has never ever picked up a brush, a relatively new painter or a more accomplished painter looking for some strong points to review, it will make sense.
After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students organized and preparing to paint. Students will learn how to set up their palette with the basic colors and understand why this is helpful. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails and do a subsequent demonstration painting throughout the next few days for each subject that the class paints. Sometimes the demo is a step by step and sometimes the demo is done first and remains as an example you can follow and reference. There is nothing to be afraid of or self conscious of and Douglas will get you through all the tricky parts and you will have fun.
Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Students will paint simple still lifes which usually includes items like apples, eggs and really common and fun things like donuts! You will also paint from a photo to help you get the idea of what painting “en plein air/out of doors” is like, usually we paint a palm tree, a beach and sometimes a sailboat. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Plan to produce a few small paintings and possibly one larger painting. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy all the demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.
Class supply list:
Or you can bring these supplies...
Oils - Utrecht (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, Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black, “Permalba” White
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.
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