Back to All Events

Workshop: Intro to Plein Air

  • Santa Barbara, CA, 93109 United States (map)

January 20, 9 AM - 4 PM, Santa Barbara, CA, Hendry's Beach. Price includes some materials. 

A full set of oil paints and all the accompanying gear can be quite a financial investment, not to mention that painting with all the colors of the rainbow can be overwhelming if you are new to it! Many of the important concepts that are key to painting can be practiced with a simple set of drawing materials. The images I've included here demonstrate the wide variety of possibilities available with just pencil, ink, and white gouache on white or toned paper. This class will be a great introduction to foundation drawing skills as well as a chance to try some new materials. 

In this class I will discuss:

-       How to choose your subject and set yourself up for success considering any limitations you may experience due to time, shifting light, or changing weather.

-       How to shift your observational skills for the purpose of translating the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. (how to see abstractly) 

-       Common optical illusions and how they can affect your artwork

-       How to “block in” a drawing and work from general to specific while using comparative measurements

-       How to use line variation and value to organize the picture plane and guide the viewer through your composition

-     How these types of drawings can be used later on in the studio as reference material for larger paintings

-       How to tone your own drawing paper using walnut ink,  graphite powder, and shellac

-       How to use a variety of media on paper including graphite, gouache (opaque white paint used for highlights) ink, and silverpoint. 

Earlier Event: December 2
Homespun Holiday Market