This workshop is hosted by the Grand Central Atelier in New York City ... you can sign up on their website!
This workshop aims to prepare students for the summer landscape painting season by introducing a strategic approach to working "en plein air." When faced with constantly changing light, weather, (and limited energy, let's be honest!) being confident and decisive is the key to a happy painting session. I hope this workshop will arm you with some extra confidence as you head outdoors when the weather warms up!
Working in the controlled setting of the studio, I will guide you through composing an imagined landscape, from sketch to grisaille, to finished painting. Work by traditional landscape artists will be on hand for reference as we learn about common patterns found in nature, optical illusions and how to avoid them, and the use of atmospheric perspective. We will also discuss how to use compositional elements that will lead your viewer's eye through the painting and how to create the illusion of depth. Traditional practices such as glazing and scumbling will be taught at the final stages of the painting.
Finally, endless enthusiasm and advice about finding inspiration and actually painting outside will be rained down upon you, including what I've learned about painting while camping, road tripping, traveling in airports, and being prepared for a spontaneous painting session in every-day life!