SullivanMunce Cultural Center
2014 Class Description:

Floral/Still Life Oil Painting - Sound principles to build upon.
June 20-22, 2014

ClassesFloral.jpg A painting workshop that gets rave reviews in Naples and Vero Beach will debut in the Indianapolis market in June. As a culmination of Zionsville's Annual Garden Classics event, the class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting florals, and still life- fruits and vegetables. Includes interesting and memorable discussions on 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 really delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional. After the brief morning intro, a schoolroom type lecture covering principles that will be reviewed and referenced throughout the workshop, followed by a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students mixing colors and preparing to paint. Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend how this preparation makes the painting process a little simpler and gets a working understanding of the value/strings of color. This is an important part of Douglas' workshop as he always paints from this palette. Students will paint primarily from Indiana Peonies and maybe some Tulips or Lilacs if they are still in bloom. Also a few fruit and vegetable still life's including Watermelon, Bananas and maybe something like a fresh Grapefruit-with arrangements of bowls and china plates and bold graphic table coverings, with strong side lighting make for a wonderful alternative subject to the florals.The thought Douglas puts into these classic arrangements and timeless subjects is as important as the painting itself. He will show you how he does it and why he makes the choices he does. A discussion on the pitchers, vases and vessels he chooses along with the cloth and fabric samples he uses will be included. An incredible 3 day, hands-on painting experience will yield a good number of paintings and a logical thought process in a fun yet focused atmosphere to help you guide your future study. Your paintings can be as complicated or as simple as needed. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to start to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. 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 the principles that are the foundation of Douglas' teaching. A small informal group show among ourselves on easels in our classroom will end the class on a high note as we share our accomplishments in this condensed time of study.

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)
mineral spirits

Floral/Still Life MANDATORY oils - Utrecht (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, Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad Red Dark, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black, Holbein Ivory White, and a large tube of "Permalba" White

Floral/Still Life OPTIONAL oils - Greenish Umber Mixture, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1,2,3 and or 4.

paper towels
rubber or vinyl gloves
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 #0,1,2
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
a 1-2" foam brush from hardware store
canvas'- Quantity: 4-6 8"X10" or 9" X 12", 2-4 10"X20" or 12"X16" or 16"X20" or 24" X 30" (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.

Floral/Still Life Class/Tentative Outline

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class/Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts
2nd hour: Mix Palette( Strings of colors)
Gourmet box lunches will be available/ menus available first day of class and pricing-a la carte
Entire Afternoon: Paint in studio based on principles discussed in demo (first day- focus on composition and massing)

Day 2
1st hour: Coffee/Overview of yesterdays lecture notes/Review Specifics-Targeted to help folks at different levels-demos as needed
All of second day: Paint in studio at your own pace on set ups Douglas arranges for you
Gourmet box lunches will be available/ menus available first day of class and pricing-a la carte

Day 3
1st hour: Coffee//Review Specifics-Targeted to help folks at different levels-demos as needed
Most of third day: Paint in studio at your own pace on set ups Douglas arranges for you
Gourmet box lunches will be available/ menus available first day of class and pricing-a la carte
Last hour and half: Select and display 2-3 pieces accomplished over the 3 days/ a small class show with discussions and summary

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