Oliver Art Center/Frankfort, MI
2015 Workshop Description:

Capturing the atmosphere, the wave and the Lake Michigan coast & dune.
August 17, 18 & 19, 2015, 10-4 pm

A very popular workshop returns! The class has moved to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for 2015. Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air will be a major focus of the study after the basics are covered. For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review, 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, 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. 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 larger painting. For returning students, bring paintings from last year, and use them as studies to paint larger paintings en plein air with greater ease. 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 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, Greenish Umber, Yellow Ochre, "Permalba" White, Unbleached Titanium, Holbein brand- Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant (OPTIONAL oils- Greenish Umber Mixture, 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" X 7"
3-4 8" X 10"
1-2 10" X 20" or 12" X 16" or 16" X 20" or 15" X 30" (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. 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.

Seascape Class/Tentative Outline

Oliver Art Center will provide a classroom for the duration of the class, even though it is an en plein air/painting out of doors workshop. This will allow us to keep extra materials on your worktable and provide a simple way to review each morning, come back to studio if you have too much of the elements and want to finish an afternoon off in studio and of course a place to return in the event of bad weather.

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 for painting out of doors)
Lunch: Grab sandwich on way to beach (Crescent Bakery, Subway, Frankfort Deli)
Afternoon: On location - Paint seascape (Wave Demo)

Day 2
1st hour: Coffee at Oliver/Review and discuss individual challenges
Morning: Demo in classroom on how to paint wave. Students to work on studio piece to understand anatomy of wave.
Lunch: Best to brown bag (Crescent Bakery, Subway, Frankfort Deli) on these workshop days and to break as a group and kind of picnic somewhere on the beach
Afternoon: On Location - Paint seascapes (Demo on making study from last year into larger painting)

Day 3
1st hour: Coffee at Oliver/Review and discuss individual challenges
Morning: On Location - Paint seascapes
Lunch: Go grab a bite or get a to go order and return to Art Center (Crescent Bakery, Subway, Frankfort Deli)
Afternoon: Meet back at Oliver Art Center to discuss works, 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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