Paint on Location/Polish in the Studio

with Susan Webb Tregay NWS
Painting outside is both invigorating and overwhelming. The work that most of us do on location comes out either weak or very similar to most other location paintings. This course is designed to address these three problems. Learn to enjoy painting outside. Learn to create gutsy and unusual paintings. And then carry these lessons into a series of paintings from your references.
You will sit in a lovely location, absorb its ambience, and study it for unusual perspectives. Then, returning to the studio, we will brainstorm and develop numerous possible designs and color strategies to create unique "landscapes."

 Daily Lesson and Work
Day 1–morning/on location
Scouting for a location.
Brainstorming it's possibilities.
Sketching and Photographing these.
 Demos, Slides, Discussions and Handouts
DEMO: Brainstorming on location. How many paintings can one create without moving from a chosen spot?
 Day 1–afternoon/studio
Create 10 designs for one possible topic.
 SLIDES: 1. Identical landscape paintings by different artists.
2. Unique paintings showing unique points of view.
DEMO: Brainstorming 10 designs for a landscape.
 Day 2–morning/on location
Choose your most creative topic and paint it with your most creative design.
 DEMO: begin painting with most creative topic and design.
 Day 2–afternoon/studio
Finish (or repaint) your morning's piece applying what you have discovered.
 DISCUSSION: Share/Critique paintings
DEMO: finish painting while others work.
SLIDES: personal
 Day 3–morning/on location
Returning to your location, choose another topic and sketch it in paint. Develop several design possibilities (as we did in the afternoon of day one.)
 DISCUSSION: Evaluating what style/colors do you already work with. How can you push these? Brainstorm.
 Day 3-afternoon/studio
Explore several other color strategies with your morning's topic.
 DISCUSSION: share design possibilities with the class.
SLIDES (or DVD): Color Strategies (handout)
ON-ON-ONES (Private 10 minute discussion of the week's work.)
DISCUSSION: working in a series.
 Day 4–morning/studio
 DEMO: Incorporating the week's lessons in a painting.
 Day 4–afternoon/studio
DISCUSSION: Being your own critic. How others evaluate art. (Handouts)
CLASS EXHIBITION and critique.
DISCUSSION: Ideas for continued growth.

 Special handouts will be mailed to participants to help plan for painting out.

All of my courses are basic to the arts. They apply to any media, and any non-smelly media is welcome in the classes. Acrylic painters should bring alcohol (91%) and/or Windex to class.

Since traveling light is always the best way to go these days, organizations are responsible for supplying the copies of handouts. Master copies can be mailed ahead of time, if necessary.
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