The How and Why of Landscape Painting

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The How and Why of Landscape Painting
Tuesday, August 29 - Friday, September 1
Donald Demers
$675 for members, $700 for non-members. A $200 deposit is required by June 30 to hold your place in the class.
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Contact LAA at (860) 434-7802.

Don Demers, Along the Docks, oil

This four day course will focus on painting on location (plein air) as a form of study and not as performance art. Working on location started hundreds of years ago as a way of studying the mutable effects of weather and atmosphere and to help painters develop a closer, truer, and more intimate relationship with nature. The practice is intended to heighten the artist’s knowledge of nature and to elevate their artistic sensibility to it. We will discuss and examine not only “how” to create work outdoors, but also the all important “why”. This conceptual aspect of painting is something that many artists pass by and it is the very essence of artistic intent.

The group will be working primarily outside and approaching subjects with methods ranging from sketching (visual journaling) to simple color studies to more developed and finished works.
This class is intended for experienced painters. All media are welcome, however the daily demos will be conducted in oil. Don will also be doing short demos in charcoal and white chalk on gray paper. Since artists are expected to have experience, Don doesn’t supply a materials list, but he recommends bringing charcoal pencils, white chalk pencils and a pad of gray paper in addition to materials for the preferred medium.



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