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Plein Air Painting in Big Sur Week of July 30-August 4, 2017

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Workshop Details

Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for a five-day intensive workshop for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting en plein air. Painting en plein air is a term made popular by the French Impressionists and translates as “painting in the open air.” The deep spiritual connection to nature derived from this form of intense observation has made it a lasting tradition which is especially needed in these modern times.
The aim is to learn to interpret nature in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, design and composition, simplifying, and the benefits of painting outdoors are discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. Students focus on values, shapes, edges, and color as they relate to painting.
There are brief demonstrations each day and one-on-one advice in the field. Exercises include creating small 6x8" color sketches, where students will paint color block-ins and value studies prior to working on larger canvases.
In the event of inclement weather, students must bring with them several reference photographs of landscapes.
Recommended reading: Payne, Composition of Outdoor Painting; Carlson, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting; Goerschner & Lehrman, Oil Painting, The Workshop Experience.


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