Rowayton Art Center
2019 Class Workshop Description:

Sound principles to help you capture the atmosphere, the wave and the historic lighthouse.
June 29 & 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Optional boat excursion Friday eve 6/29/2019 to photograph Greens Ledge Lighthouse.)

Great New Workshop! Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to seascape painting and will pare nicely with the Historic 1902 Greens Ledge Lighthouse. Discussions and lectures on basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork you painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Seascapes, waves and historic Greens Ledge Lighthouse will be the subjects of this incredible 2 day workshop. Once everyone has a seascape painting done so they understand a body of water and the sky reflection on it, and really is grasping the principle of painting the sea, we will have fun painting Greens Ledge Lighthouse. Photo reference will be provided if students are not able to attend the Optional Boat Tour on Friday eve.

An optional Boat excursion Friday eve to take your own reference photos will kick this workshop off. Photographs of Historic Greens Ledge Lighthouse, the sea and the shore will give you plenty to paint from over the weekend. Saturday morning, Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails. After a brief morning intro and a time to mix palettes and pare down materials, Douglas will demo a seascape so that students understand the principles of light and shadow, close and far. Students will work on small, medium or large canvases and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements in a quick concise way based on the covered principles. 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 larger painting. 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:

Douglas will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” 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. Price $150., while supplies last. Please reserve your kit when registering.

Or you can bring these supplies...(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)

mineral spirits
Oils - Utrecht (order from Dick Blick) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Sap Green, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black, large tube of “Permalba” White
OPTIONAL Oils - Greenish Umber Mixture, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 2. Holbein Ivory White, Cad Medium and Cad Red Dark
Paper Towels
disposable palette pad
palette knife
brushes- filberts or flats- #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10 or rounds in these sizes if you prefer rounds over filberts.
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
a 1-2" foam brush from hardware store
Canvases- Quantity: 2-3 5"x7", 2-3 8"x10", 2-3 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" (or whatever size desired for larger paintings)
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.

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.

Class Tentative Outline

Friday late afternoon: Optional boat excursion Friday eve 6/29/2019 to photograph Greens Ledge Lighthouse.

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.
2nd hour: Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.
3rd hour: Mix Palette.
Lunch: Brown Bag.
Afternoon: Paint in Studio.

Day 2
1st hour: Brief review in studio, with your coffee.
Morning: Paint in Studio.
Lunch: Brown Bag.
Afternoon: Paint in Studio.
Last hour: Review each student’s work and accomplishments during condensed workshop.

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