Plein Air Landscape – David Dunlop

Course ID
Techniques of the Masters - Plein Air
June 1 and 2, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Fee:
$325 for members, $350 for nonmembers

Day One: Where do we get our ideas of landscape painting? What were the criteria and how are criteria changing? How do you design, draw, and paint a Romantic 19th century landscape picture?

We start with historic ideas and methods. We reach back to 17th century landscape painters from Holland and Italy. We learn (through demonstration) how they sketched, composed, and painted. Here artists grasp the conventions and models of landscape painting as they influence us now and determined our Hudson River painters like Church and Gifford. We consider their ideas, palettes, brushwork, and methods. I will demonstrate a variety of their techniques and how they used the strategies of English landscape painters like J.M.W. Turner. We examine applied color theory for these artists, their palettes, and tools in the demonstration.

Day Two: The subject is contemporary landscape painting. History begins here in the late 19th century with the blurred, dream landscapes of George Inness, the Barbizon tonal landscapes of Corot and the Impressionists. Then we move into Cezanne’s ideas on the biology of vision as merged with the history of art in landscapes. Next,A we look at the evolution toward abstracting the landscape with expressive color and gestures. We move through the 20th century with the abstracted landscapes of artists like Diebenkorn and Thiebaud. How did they redesign and color their paintings. I will demonstrate new tools (squeegees, brayers, and blowers), materials and techniques of 21st century landscape painters. The demonstration also focuses on the influence and use of software like Photoshop in landscape painting and includes new substrates like enameled brushed silver aluminum, or the effects of over-painting digitally printed material.

Your Instructor will provide individual instruction in oil, watercolor and acrylics.


Please call the Lyme Art Association at (860) 434-7802 to register.

A non-refundable deposit to hold your place in this workshop is $100.  The balance is due before midnight on May 20, 2019.  If the balance (or full payment) is not received by May 20, your space may be forfeited without notification.

If you register on or after May 20, please pay the full amount for the class.  A $100 payment after May 20 does not reserve for you a place in the class.

Once the class is full, you may put your name on a waiting list. 

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