Thursday, April 21, 2011

Plein Air and Studio with George Thompson

Join us for this exciting new approach to landscape painting!

In this three-part workshop we will explore the challenges of working directly from nature. Afterwards we will take this valuable information along with sketches and photos and paint stronger and more creative paintings in the studio.

The first two plein-air sessions will be at picturesque Bucks County locations. I’ll break down how to handle color and value and how to control all that nature throws at you. We will discuss drawing, composition, perspective and expression. With demonstrations and material selection, I will show you how much fun and rewarding plein-air painting can be.

Our third session will be held at my barn studio in Plumsteadville. There we will work from photos or laptops. We will talk about photography, your camera, lenses and how to take a better photo. We’ll discuss what we can get from a photo and what we can’t and how working plein-air can help fill in the blanks. We’ll look at how to choose the right photo, how to crop and how the computer can help you get the value and color that would work best for your painting.

I’ll work with you at your individual level. Each artist has their own set of goals and I want to help you achieve them. I’ve seen painters fall into 2 camps – studio and outdoor – each rejecting the other. I feel the path is to embrace both and how one can help the other. This is my approach to successful paintings and may be your as well!

This workshop is recommended for oil painters. Advanced beginners and up.

DATES for Plein Air: Saturday, June 4 & 11 / TIME: 10am - 1pm
DATE for Studio: Saturday, June 18 / TIME: 10am - 3pm
Location: Outdoor locations TBD / Barn Studio
FEE: $135 per person / Class is limited to 12 students

You will receive confirmation of registration along with a materials list and directions for locations.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.