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Intensive Painting Workshop

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    November 29, 2012 2:37 PM EST

    Helen Walter and I are running a workshop series over six weeks starting in January. We were asked to put this together by a number of participants in our art retreats this year. They asked us to develop something that would help them with fundamental skills, so that when they went out to do plein air, they were not so overwhelmed.

    Art Intensive

    Tools & Techniques Workshop

    Do you have difficulty mixing the right colour? 

    Do you wonder why some paintings seem to work, while others don’t?
    Why do some paintings painted in wildly unrealistic colours work so well, when other more realistically coloured paintings don’t stir you?

    At this series of six workshops, you will explore colour, composition, value and perspective.

    1. Colour theory revised, made clear and made practical.

    2. Mixing colours. Just what is that colour and how do I mix it?

    3. Composition is more than reproducing a nice scene. How to find the lines that make up the backbone of a composition and how to determine what shapes you need to retain to succeed.

    4. Values are what determine your shapes and shapes are built upon your perceived lines.

    5. Perspective goes beyond big and small, measurement and angles, although it’s all that too.

    6. Putting it all together. Critique. Where did you go right, what might you work on to improve?

    Six 3-hour classes over six weeks in January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27 and March 6,  2013. 6 pm until 9 pm. 

    Classes held in Markham, Ontario $175 + hst

    Minimum class size 5, maximum class size 10. 

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