Silver Spoon

Workshops and Classes

July Plein Aire Painting Workshop
4 Tuesdays in July: 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Wednesdays will be rain days) 8:15 am to 12

I have designed a workshop with a new format this year. My plan is to offer you some valuable lessons for landscape painting and then give you the time to absorb and put the lesson into practice through a group painting session followed by painting sessions on your own before the next week.

Each class will be $50. and (realizing vacations may interfere) can be purchased separately or as a group of 4. Advanced registration and payment by June 7th please.

Each session will include a specific lesson with demo and examples followed by a 3 hour painting session on location (locations will vary). You will be required to do homework using the lesson of the week which will brought in the following Tuesday.
The first class is on July 7 we will meet at my studio in Guilford.

Topics to be covered
1. Composition and Drawing: Deciding and planning the subject of your painting.
2. Editing and Simplifying:selecting, arranging, eliminating and rearranging with the goal of developing a central theme.
3. Color and Value: How does the color you mix contribute to making the statement you want for your painting.
4. Edges soft and hard, Clouds, trees and atmospheric perspective.

You may contact me through this site for registration.

Plein Air Painting Materials List

web links added for clarification.

small drawing notebook and pencil

View finder: home made window with cardboard Image result for view finder for landscape painting 236 × 225 -
view catcher or picture perfect view finder

drawing stick

Oil or acrylic paints: (no student or super cheap grades)
cadmium lemon or cadmium yellow light
cadmium yellow medium or deep or yellow ochre
cadmium red light
alizarin crimson
burnt sienna (or transparent oxide red)
ultramarine blue
large titanium or titanium and zinc or flake white

Supports: canvas, canvas panels made for plein air painting such as Raymar Art, Pleinairpanels, New Traditions, Panelli Telati (a canvas mounted panel avail. at Jerrys Artarama) or masonite/gessobord can be pre-prepared such as “gessobord” by Ampersand (no cardboard canvas boards) sizes: 8 x 8, 8 x 10, 9 x12, 12 x 12 or 11 x 14

palette knifes, flexible metal, 1 small 1/4 “ and 1 medium 1/2” both triangular in shape

bristle brushes: flats, sz. 4, 6 & 8

rags or paper towels, plastic bag for garbage

palette for mixing: wood, plastic, plexiglass or disposable (grey disposable best)

Oil painters: Gamsol or Turpenol odorless solvent.
Small glass or metal containers for solvent
metal air tight “brush cleaner” (expensive but totally worth it)

Acrylic painters: containers for water, spray bottle

Outdoor Easels: French easel, pochade box with tripod such as Open M box, Easy L box, Strada, or some other type of outdoor portable easel and an artist’s umbrella my favorite is Shade Buddy with stand or Soleil french easel umbrella, or the one made by Easy L.
large brimmed hat, long sleeves, long pants or and/or bug spray, sun screen, plenty of water, snacks /lunch.
folding chair if desired

Recommended reading materials:
Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, John Carlson
Alla Prima, Richard Schmid
Composition of Outdoor Painting, Edgar Payne
Hawthorne on Painting

You may contact me through this site for registration.