Painting on the Native Soil of Landscape Art
August 8th – 22nd, 2016
Michael Lane, Seattle, View Across an Alley at Dawn, oil on linen
How do we think of landscape painting? The answer is that we have been led, as individuals and a culture, to our awareness of it by the artists Claude Lorrain, Poussin, Turner and Corot. What these geniuses gave the world was first given to them by nature and, specifically, the natural beauty found in Civita Castellana, where we will be painting.
This class will focus on seeing that inspiring beauty with a painters eye and a painters understanding so that you too will be able to paint it.
In this course, which is suitable for all levels, you will learn:
- How to recognize the most important visual elements of your subject and define it’s basic visual impact as you build a composition.
- How to quickly establish the drawing in your work and find correct proportions.
- How to make a tonal and color analysis of your subject as a scale of relationships.
- How to stick to your decisions, be bold and avoid familiar formulas and tightness.
- How to get at your subjects variety without falling into chaos and how to get at its unity and simplicity without it becoming boring.
- How to achieve finish without sacrificing simplicity and how to paint more simply to achieve an impact with less obvious work.
- How to see every painting as a fresh experiment which demands a new formula.
- How to get out of “trouble”, should a painting get out of our control, by returning our work to an earlier state when we were in control.
- How, as Corot put it, “to follow what we understand and unite it with feeling” because “Reality is one part of art, feeling completes it”.
Class will meet every morning, after breakfast, for a demonstration/lesson and informal, friendly, group critique. Paintings from art history will be analyzed as part of our discussion in order to enrich the dialogue we are having with art history before we set out to paint on location.
Afternoons and weekends are free for independent work and exploring. (We are an hour’s train journey from Rome!)
There will also be a final group critique on Friday, August 19th, after lunch, when we will look at all the works done by everyone and share our experiences and growth together, as a team.
Note: We will not meet for class on Thursday, August 11 when there will be an excursion to Bologna, to the Museo Morandi, which you will not want to miss!
Please feel free to email me with any questions or you call me anytime at +1(206) 420-7287