Becoming a fully rounded, well trained, competent landscape painter, like all skills, requires learning a craft. For the oil painter, that means mastering several areas of competency. Firstly, the tools – the brushes, paints, mediums, supports etc needed to “construct” the artwork. Secondly, the “academic” or theoretical skills of design, composition, colour and very importantly, art history (so you can place your work in context with the rest of the art world). The third area is the subject material itself – you should know it intimately and have a large set of experiences and techniques to draw on for every element you choose to include in your paintings.
Every Friday afternoon, I have been running Landscape Oil Painting Workshops in Midland. These are going well and the students are making rapid progress with my tailored teaching. However there are still some places available and I would like to fill up the class.
To help you make the leap and find out how much fun and progress you could really make, I have decided to offer some complimentary classes for first timers.
Commencing next Friday, 2nd September, I invite you to join me along with other landscape oil painting students for a relaxed afternoon of painting, learning and sharing.
You can bring in your own projects or work with learning exercises that I can set for you and help you with. All levels of experience are welcome, even complete beginners.
What brush, what tube of paint to use – when, where and why. Come away with a complete mastery of your palette and a new repertoire of foundation techniques for traditional landscape oil painting.
Beginning September 24th, I will be teaching a 5 day workshop in Grafton, New South Wales, as part of the Spring 2011 Grafton ArtsFest.
I was talking with a Gallery owner recently about different people’s experiences with painting classes and in particular, the teachers. Personally, I’ve had some doozies!
She told me of some artists she knew who had recently attended classes held by a well known and very accomplished artist. The knowledge to be gained from this senior artist was probably quite valuable, unfortunately his teaching style meant that the students had come away with a negative experience.