Oliver Art Center/Frankfort, MI
2016 Workshop Description:

Capturing the wind and light in the sail.
July 28, 29 & 30, 2016, 10am - 4 pm

Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting boats. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some basic boats and move up to more complicated sailboats throughout the next couple of days. 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 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 and will include at least one session painting by the nearby marina en plein air (out of doors). 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

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 OMITTED, 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.

Class/Tentative Outline

Oliver Art Center will provide a classroom for the duration of the class, but be prepared to go out of doors once or twice en plein air. The beauty of this class will be painting boats from photos and also painting boats in dock in the marina to really grasp the shape and structure of these vessels.

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 boats in studio.
Late Afternoon: Walk down to marina to paint a quick boat in dock.
*If Oliver can arrange it, we will have a “tour” of a sailboat at end of first day and talk to the captain about rigging and various items of interest in sailing as we wind down our first day of painting boats.

Day 2
1st hour: Coffee at Oliver/Review and discuss individual challenges.
Morning: Demo in classroom on how to paint various boats.
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 way to the marina.
Afternoon: On Location - Paint boats in Marina near Oliver Art Center (Demo on making study into larger painting).

Day 3
1st hour: Coffee at Oliver/Review and discuss individual challenges
*If Oliver can arrange it we might have a visit during our coffee in the morning from someone from the neighboring Coast Guard to briefly discuss boating and their part in the community and on the history of the boathouse, Oliver Art Center now calls home.
Morning: Paint boats.
Lunch: Brown Bag (Crescent Bakery, Subway, Frankfort Deli).
Afternoon: Finish 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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