Vero Beach Museum of Art / Museum Art School
2022 Class Workshop Description:

April 1-3, 2022
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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. Whether just starting out or a seasoned painter, sound principles are a key foundation. Discussions and lectures on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, 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. We work in studio the first morning to set up our palettes and pare down our materials as we will not need lots of supplies on the beach. Then we go to the beach that afternoon for the duration of the day. The second and third days we start at the beach and return to the studio in the afternoon to touch up and work on our paintings.

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. Douglas will be able to assist students with mixing and will review individual students a few times during each session or set up. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger more finished paintings, depending on skill level. 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.

A small informal group show will end the class on a high note as we share our accomplishments in this condensed time of study. After our first morning lecture, setting up our palette and organizing our gear, we will head to the beach for the first afternoon, en plein air (out of doors). Douglas will provide photos to paint from in case of weather related issues. Brown bag lunch is the best way to keep the momentum and flow going over the 3 days of the workshop.

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:
Douglas will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” 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 $150., while supplies last. Please reserve your kit when registering.

Or you can bring these supplies...(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
mineral spirits
Oils - Utrecht (order from Dick Blick) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Sap Green, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, large tube of “Permalba” White
OPTIONAL Oils - Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 2. Holbein Ivory White
Paper Towels
disposable palette pad
palette cup to put medium (Liquin)
palette knife
brushes - filberts or flats - #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10 or rounds in these sizes if you prefer rounds over filberts
mineral spirits or thinner
jar for mineral spirits or thinner to clean brushes
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", 2-3 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" (or whatever size desired for larger paintings)
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.

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.

Class/Tentative Outline:

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.
2nd hour: Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.
3rd hour: Mix Palette (basic Strings of colors) and setting up prismatic palette. Pare down equipment and review what going to paint out of doors entails.
Lunch: Grab lunch at the cafe as we will paint the first afternoon on the beach.
Afternoon on beach: Douglas will demo a seascape on the beach to walk you through your afternoon study.

Day 2
Morning: Meet at the beach and paint for the morning.*
Lunch: Brown bag lunch or pick up lunch from Cafe at Museum.
Entire Afternoon: We will work in the studio for the afternoon.*

Day 3
Morning: Meet at the beach and paint for the morning.*
Lunch: Brown bag (Cafe not open on Sunday).
Entire Afternoon: We will work in the studio for the afternoon.*
Last hour: Select and display pieces accomplished over the 3 days / a small class show with discussions and summary.

*Douglas will help each student as much as possible in a rotation manner that is fair to all students as time permits.


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