Painting in Perspective with an Impressionist Palette
August 7th -21st. 2017
Alex Zwarenstein, High Street Bridekirk, oil on canvas. 12 x 12in
The pictorial landscape of Civita Castellana, an ancient town situated in the fabled Roman Campagna and rich in Iron Age architecture, is both the setting and the subject of this outstanding painting opportunity. Corot famously painted here.
At the edge of town, we will have access to unparalleled promontory views overlooking a variegated landscape, which together with rooftops below, will serve us well in understanding the role and application of linear perspective. We will work to explore and develop your personal approach to the process. Methods and techniques of visual note-taking for later compositions will be integral to what we do here.
By frequent demonstrations of my painting methods, and by painting alongside you with my own work, you will see the process I employ to move a painting forward; an impressionist-like approach to the mixing and application of color and value.
We work intensely but informally: Each morning we will set out to paint, (after a continental breakfast), take an afternoon break and start work again at 4 pm when the sun is lower in the sky.
I will come around to respond to your questions, demonstrate and make recommendations. Our first job of work each day will, of course, will be to scout and observe, and to find a place to set up and start work.
As circumstances require we will gather in the studio for critiques, discussions and demos of one or another aspect of our developing work. On Thursdays, we will take excursions organized by JSS to look at paintings and to take in the unapparelled beauty of the Artistic and Architectural experience that have inspired Artists down the centuries. We will also take an excursion to nearby Rome to look and talk about pictures.
Below is a preliminary schedule, subject to improvisation:
Sunday to Wednesday: morning classes go from 8 to 12 a.m., (critique 12 – 1:00. As needed)
afternoon classes, 4-7:30 p.m. Critique before class, 3 p.m.
Thursdays: Group excursion.
Friday: Demo in the morning and then painting from 4-7:30 in the afternoon.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.