Richmond Art Museum
2016 Class Workshop Description:

Sound principles to help you capture the atmosphere
August 27 & 28, 2016
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Start fresh as a complete beginner in oils or put what you learned in Douglas’ earlier classes to work in this marvelous Landscape Workshop. Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to landscape 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 and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork you 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. After a brief morning intro and a time to mix palettes and pare down materials, Douglas will have students painting in Glen Miller Park by lunchtime on the first day. Students will work on small canvases and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements in Richmond’s Glen Miller Park in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Douglas will help students pare down equipment so only the necessities are taken out of doors. The same general area will be the basis for both days. 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 larger painting. 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:
(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
French easel
mineral spirits

Landscape/Seascape 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"x7", 2-3 8"x10"
1-2 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" or 15"x30"(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. (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. Price approximately $150., while supplies last.

Class Tentative Outline

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.
2nd hour: Mix Palette (Strings of color/organize for painting out of doors).
Lunch: Grab sandwich on way outside.
Afternoon: On location - everyone painting out of doors.

Day 2
1st half hour: Brief review in studio.
Morning: On location.
Lunch: Best to brown bag on these workshop days and to break as a group and picnic in shade.
Afternoon: On Location.
Last hour / in the park: Review each student’s work and accomplishments during condensed workshop.

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