Color-Spot Notation

With Dylan Critchfield-Sales

July 1st – July 15th, 2019

View from South Wall at Civita Castellana .jpgDylan Critchfield-Sales, 2017, South Wall in Civita Castellana, Oil on linen

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Course Overview:

Come join me this summer to paint the stunning landscape of Civita Castellana! 

This two week workshop is designed for painters of all levels of experience. It is based on a progression from tonal drawing to full palette oil painting. We will study and discuss the painting philosophy developed by Charles Hawthorne, which he described as Color Spot Notation. This is the approach of constructing a painting through the process of placing spots of color one against another. As such, particular emphasis will be placed on color mixing and building space, form and light through color relations. 

We will begin by doing an intensive series of ink drawings and watercolors. This will introduce and reinforce the practice of breaking down visual information to its most basic form: shapes of tone and color. 

We will use what we gained from the washes and watercolors in our work with oil painting. Shifting to a full range of color we will begin a series of paintings implementing Color Spot Notation. Your choice of subject matter will be entirely open, but I strongly encourage a focus on the landscape. We will discuss the basics of color theory and explore further Hawthorne’s philosophy of Color Spot Notation then put this into practice in the final days of class. 


July 1st – July 12th 

We will meet every morning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12pm and we will meet for critique from 12 – 1pm. Afternoons will be free for independent work. 

Saturdays, we will meet for a critique of the previous week’s work from 9am – 12pm. You will have the option to work independently or with instruction on Saturday afternoons.

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Tuition & Fees for 2 week Affiliate Workshops