BASICS OF OIL PAINTING
This workshop will help to get you comfortable with the process of painting with very simple and easy to understand demos and lectures. 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 basic foundation principles and points to review, it will make sense.
After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class gets students organized and prepared 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, watermelon, eggs and really common and fun things. You will also paint from a photo so 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...
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.
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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