Holland Area Arts Council
2015 Class Description:

Landscape/Seascape oil painting-
Sound principles to build upon.
July 24-26, 2015, 10-4 pm

Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to landscape and seascape painting. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air will be a major focus of the study after the basics are covered. Discussions and lectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, building an anatomy of a wave and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/set up to prepare to paint out-of-doors. Students will work on small canvases and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements along the coast in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. Douglas will help studios pare down equipment so only the necessities are taken outside. Beautiful and simple landscapes, Michigan beaches and seascapes will be the subject for our 3 days of painting. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger paintings. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Douglas’ Biography:
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves - tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him - his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas' teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. For more detailed information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.

Class supply list:
(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
French easel
mineral spirits

Landscape/Seascape oils - Utrecht brand(or your favorite brand) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, “Permalba” White, Unbleached Titanium, (OPTIONAL oils - Holbein brand - Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant Greenish Umber Mixture, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1, 2, 3 and or 4 , Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black)

Paper Towels, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Water
Backpack (or some simple way to carry paint and supplies)
disposable palette pad, palette knife
brushes - filberts - #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10
rounds - in above sizes if you prefer round over filberts.
rounds - in really small like #0,1, or 2 - to be able to put in some detail and sign
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
Canvases - Quantity 2-3 5" X 7" or 6" X 8", 2-3 8" X 10"
1-2 10" X 20" or 12" X 16" or 16" X 20" or 15" X 30"
(or whatever size desired for larger painting)
And anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable.

Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and Permalba white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas. (It is best to have this done before the class so the tone is dry, but this can be done first thing in class if needed).

Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.

Douglas also will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” (while supplies last) which includes all the basic oils, brushes, palette knife, palette and canvas panels and medium for those who do not want to buy these supplies individually. You would need to bring some paper towels and rubber gloves. Douglas also will have a few French easels available while supplies last. Call the venue for pricing of this kit.

Workshop/Tentative Outline

Day 1
The first half of the first day will be spent “in studio” at the Arts Council. We will have lecture and discussion and mix paints to prepare to go out in the afternoon.
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class/Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts
2nd/3rd hour: Mix Palette(Strings of color/organize for painting out of doors)
Lunch: Box lunches available (pricing ala carte) or Brown bag. Also, available are a number of restaurants that can do carry out within walking distance of the Arts Council.
Afternoon: On location at a Holland area beach - Paint landscape study. First afternoon will help everyone get familiar with painting out of doors.

Day 2
The second day we will meet at the Arts Council for an hour or so to review the principles from the first day, answer questions and be sure everyone is comfortable and going the right direction. We will also use this time to remix any colors and values we ran out of from the first day.
Morning: Review and specific questions at Arts Council before heading to location to paint. Demo and paint on location.
Lunch: Box lunches available or brown bag.
Afternoon: Paint on location.

Day 3
The third day we meet right at the location with coffee and ease into our last day at our own pace. We end up back in the Arts Council for the last part of the day to review and go over some things that help finish and complete the workshop.
Morning: Coffee and paint on location.
Lunch: Brown bag.
Afternoon: Review and correct in-studio how to finish discussion.
Individual review and critique and wrap-up.

Restrooms will be available whenever we paint outdoors within reasonable walking distance.

In case of inclement weather, class and demonstrations will take place indoors at the Holland Area Arts Council.

Registration specifics and Cancellation policy outlined in Holland Area Arts Council materials.

Workshop limited first paid registrants. Wait list developed after capacity is reached.

For more information, contact Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423, 616-396-3278 www.hollandarts.org

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