Nathan Lewis

From Sight to Vision- Translating Perception into Paint

July 8th – 22nd, 2013

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In this intensive 2 week workshop we will focus on the perception of light and the insights it gives to form, color, space, and composition in painting. The program offers a rare opportunity to work in an environment of intense study alongside other serious painters and follow in the footsteps of past masters, such as Corot and Thomas Jones.

We will work plein air from the inexhaustible urban and natural motifs Civita Castellana has to offer in addition to working from the figure and still life arrangements in the studio.

 Individual critiques, demonstrations, and feedback will be given during class time. In addition we will observe relevant examples from art history. Group critiques will be held as completed student works are presented to the class.  Additional feedback can be arranged at any time.  We will work on quick small paintings, trying to distill the essentials of the motif in color, value, shape, and design. Taking what we learn from the smaller paintings we will work on extended studies with multiple sittings, building on the previous day’s work.  Topics of discussion/exploration will include but are not limited to: composition, tonal relationships, form, modeling, observing and mixing color, application, edge control, spatial conventions, perspective, proportion, and what we can learn from past masters and art history.

 Class meets as a group for 4 hours each weekday. Thursdays are reserved for bus trips to view art. Excursions in the past have been the Piero della Francesca Tour of Arezzo, San Sepolcro & Urbino, trips to Naples, Rome, Florence, or Bologna. Also included are evening slide talks by faculty.

To download Supply List for From Sight to Vision- Translating Perception into Paint click here.

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