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Plein Air Painting Workshop with Tom English
September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018$230
Get ready to explore the countryside and mountains near Livingston during this two-day plein air painting workshop with Tom English. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape with enthusiasm and confidence.
About the instructor: I have a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting from Sul Ross State U. In Alpine, TX I worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator for 18 years before turning to full time painting. I have taken workshops with Jim Wilcox, Scott Christensen, Laura Robb, and Matt Smith. I am an avid collector of art books, and study intently the works of modern and past masters. Also, I visit art museums in the U.S. and abroad whenever possible.
I teach the basics of painting using a limited palette as I believe this makes color theory make sense and easier to retain. I also teach the development of a composition by organizing simple shapes into a strong abstract design, and reducing the difficulty of dealing with a complex arrangement. I like for my own work to be based on strong drawing, painted in an impressionistic, painterly style, that appears real and natural when viewed from a distance. I encourage students to understand the principals of solid painting methods, but to explore their own interests and individual approaches to painting.
Materials not included. See material list below.
Cost – $200 for members/$230 for non-members
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018; 9am to 4pm both days
Register online here or give us a call at 222-5222
TOM ENGLISH PAINTING WORKSHOP SUPPLY LIST:
Cadmium Yellow Light (any light yellow)
Cadmium Red Light
White bristle filbert – #4 and #6
White Bristle Flat – #4 and #6
(Good brushes make paintings much easier)
CANVAS/PANEL: (stretched canvas, Masonite panels, or any other canvas board. Masonite panels can be made by lightly sanding untempered hardboard and coating with 2 to 3 coats of gesso.) Prefer 9 x 12 through 11 x 14 for the workshop, but any size is fine as long as not too large. (Smaller is better)
Portable easel (French or free standing)
Chair or TV tray (optional for indoor workshops)
Palette – wood or waxed paper palette (new wood palettes should be treated with 2 or 3 coats of linseed oil to prevent staining.)
Palette Knife (plastic or metal)
Thinner (must be odorless). I recommend Mona Lisa brand or Turpenoid.
(DO NOT BUY TURPENOID NATURAL, IT HAS A TERRIBLE ODOR.)
Thinner container – screw cap glass jar with metal coil or any other leak proof container.
For outdoor workshop: Wide brimmed hat; bug spray; sunscreen, water to drink and lunch.
CALL 406-799-2881 WITH ANY QUESTIONS (TOM’S CELL)