The day follows a theme with references to other painters and to the artist’s own work in order to stimulate activity. Sessions begin with a demonstration by the artist covering composition, starting the painting, brush techniques and colour mixing.
Subjects include: buildings and structures; with guidance on viewpoint and perspective. trees and plants; to include colour mixing. skies and all the basic elements of a landscape composition. A variety of media will be covered, from pencil. charcoal, ink and wash through to watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.
Specific sessions during the week covering:
Tree studies in pencil, charcoal and pastel.
Trees in context with surroundings in watercolour.
Buildings or building detail – basic perspective and mark making.
Selective composition placing a building into its environment.
Plants in detail – study sheet of varieties & species.
Identifying a plant’s unique character – watercolour / oil / ink and wash.
Pen and ink study of landscape.
Pastel drawing of an alternative panoramic landscape.
Putting it all together.
Painting in watercolour showing detail versus a contrasting looser background of brush strokes.
Completing the painting followed by group critique of the weeks work.