Brock Larson - LANDSCAPE PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR

Landscape Painting en Plein Air
Brock Larson

June 27-29, 2019

In this three day workshop, students will be taken through Brock Larson’s approach to painting landscapes on location. Pleinair painting has its set of challenges such as fleeting light effects and unpredictable weather changes, so practicing the ability to predict, adapt, and to prepare for these changes is a necessity to painting from nature. Brock will demonstrate his process on Thursday and Friday mornings, breaking down the stages of how to gain the initial impression, composition and overall placements, to solving smaller passages while maintaining the “big look”. The general outline looks like this:

Thursday morning; demonstration, paint
Thursday afternoon; paint
Friday morning; demonstration, paint
Friday afternoon; paint
Saturday morning & afternoon; paint

This class will be tailored to each individual student, and all levels are welcome to participate.
Students should have a French easel (or any lightweight traveling easel).

Dates: June 27-29, 2019

Times: 9-12 a.m., lunch break, 1-4 p.m.
Limit: 12 students
Fee: $350 (spots held with 1/2 down non-refundable deposit and remainder due first day of class)
Materials list will be sent upon registration

Contact us: info@greatlakesacademyoffineart.com


Cast Drawing and the Mechanics of Light
Devin Cecil-Wishing

August 5-9, 2019

In this class we will focus on many of the fundamental skills necessary to the artist in order to create a more convincing illusion of reality in his or her pictures.

We will start by covering the basics of how to approach an initial linear drawing, or “block-in” focusing on the various techniques that we can employ as we strive for accuracy in shape, proportion and gesture. We will then move straight in to modeling form, three dimensionally, as we discuss the fundamentals, as well as some of the nuances, of how light actually wors as well as how to better depict it on a two dimensional surface. During this time students will learn to think about their drawings in sculptural terms by utilizing a conceptual model of light fall, which will allow for a greater sense of depth and realism in their finished drawings. By learning how to analyze what the light is actually doing in real life, students will learn how to accurately translate visual information in to their drawings and take much of the guesswork and frustration out of the process. Students will also learn how to avoid being fooled by some of the common visual tricks that our eyes play on us which can lead to distortions in our drawings.

The class will include lectures and demonstrations by the teacher as well as one on one critiques with students. Time will also be spent discussing materials as well as some good, practical ways to set yourself up for success before you even begin your drawing.

This workshop will be a perfect opportunity for students to gain exposure to many of the fundamental concepts of drawing in a very short period of time. Students will be drawing for the majority of the workshop, however, because of the short time frame, emphasis will be placed on understanding the primary concepts for use in future projects rather than on creating finished works of art during the workshop itself.

Students of all levels are welcome.

Dates: August 5-9, 2019

Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a lunch break from 1-2 p.m.

Fee: $495 (your spot will be held with 1/2 down non-refundable deposit and the remainder due the first day of class)

Materials List: will be emailed to you once we’ve received your downpayment

Contact us: info@greatlakesacademyoffineart.com