Monday, June 2, 2014

Thomas Kitts (July 25, 26 & 27) Workshop

2-Day Summer Workshop
Plein Air Painting & the Art of Composing on the Fly

Friday, July 25, 2014 – Orientation & Evening Lecture (7:00 pm)
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 8:30 am - 4:30 pm | Painting on location
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 8:30 - 5:30 pm | Painting + Gallery critique 

Hosted by the Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon

Composition is the art of leading the eye. A pleasing or successful painting doesn't just happen, it results from you, the artist, making a series of good decisions as you work. Since painting en plein air allows little time to deliberate this class will teach you how to make your design decisions more rapidly. Composition is more than just cropping an image, it involves anticipating where to place the point of focus, how to build up the paint, and what can be edited out altogether. This class will draw inspiration directly from nature while offering concrete ways to modify shape, edge, value and color to create a satisfying work of art. 

We will paint outdoors on location in the Hood River area. All work will be executed at a small scale – 6 x 8 to 8 x 10 inches at most – so as to encourage you to extract the essence of what you see. Mastering such simplification will ultimately strengthen the larger work you pursue after this workshop. You will be expected to produce at least four small paintings a day, perhaps more, as you explore how different compositions can affect a painting. For more information email: Caroline Mead

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