July 8th – 22nd, 2019
Chris Liberti, Carbognano III, 2018, 15 x 15 in
“I don’t want to interfere with your way of seeing… I don’t want to teach you my opinions, but if you can get hold of my point of view I don’t think it will hurt you… I can tell you some things about the “how” to paint… Then you must find your way through your own experience and hard work.” John Sloan
We’ll be concerned not with copying nature, but with the capturing of its essence. We will engage in, without overwhelming ourselves on the fundamentals of painting: spots/masses of color, value, composition and surface. These foundations cannot be ignored. They will give us a stronger foothold of our craft and the confidence in proceeding towards our own individual artistic ends.
The course will take place entirely outdoors and will be designed to allow both personal freedom and structure. We will explore what excites us about painting and how we can visually and technically interpret that in to our work. I will encourage and support each of you to work towards your own perceptions. This is will be a one on one experience catered to your own interests.
We’ll begin our days by “loosening up”, stretching our painting minds and muscles. We’ll do so with quick, intuitive plein air studies along with abstract representations of nature. By doing so, we will recognize our instinctive impressions, enabling us to reveal what is essential in describing the landscape. We will also challenge ourselves by painting in alla prima, observing carefully in order to complete a painting in one sitting. There will exercises on value and color relationships and how we can consciously and confidently make color/value decisions from conception. I’ll discuss and demonstrate various paint application methods intended to help maintain visual interest, allowing the painting to stay “open” from start to finish. I will continually emphasize that we allow our intuitions and curiosities lead the way but that color, value and form will be the building blocks of each painting.
The class is open to all skill levels, the preferred medium is oil. We will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.There will be 5 hour blocks on each day from 8am – 1pm or 1pm – 6pm. Thursdays are reserved for voluntary museum excursions and weekends are yours to roam.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me