This is a little bit about my approach to teaching a one day workshop.
I had a wonderful group show up for a 5 hour workshop today at Spruill. I know that it's a lot of information in a short amount of time. We covered some of the various techniques of the palette knife, along with a little color theory, and composition.
Okay, maybe I should call it palette knife boot camp.
I just like the idea of learning new techniques while working on a painting.
Somethings will work, some not, ahh, that's better than just writing your abc over and over, right?
|The first thing I do is work through the painting Alla Prima, which just means I do the painting in one sitting. I work wet paint into wet paint instead of working in stages and allowing paint to dry.|
|Once I have completed the painting once, I will break it down into stages. By bringing in several different canvases showing the building process, I hope this will give the class a visual aid as I am lecturing and demonstrating in class.|
|Now I am ready to teach class. I start with a talk about composition, value scale, tricks for landscape painting, and just how to prepare the canvas. Now the class is ready to create their masterpieces. Well, I always throw in a little color theory through the class, but just in small doses.|
Let the paintings begin!
|I have my sample steps up. I hope that these will help show where I am going. Also, it is always helpful to see how just messy a palette knife painting can be while you are working on it.|
|This is one of the paintings I worked on in the workshop today.|
I had a wonderful class today. Thank you for all the artists that came out and spent their Saturday with me. Keep up the good work.