Learn to paint and draw in the Italian countryside. Led by Emil Robinson May 11 - May 24, 2018 [14 days]
This course is appropriate for anyone looking for a rigorous painting experience in the landscape. Beginners, as well as experienced painters, are welcome. Although some drawing and painting experience is preferred, it is not required. The first week will be spent working carefully with basic drawing techniques, value studies, and simplified color relationships. These exercises will tune your eyes and hands to the specificity city of our location. We will discuss how to simplify the landscape, prioritize when viewing something that overwhelms and surrounds you. The second week will be spent with more realized studies in full color. Regular critiques with rotating faculty provides a variety of feedback essential for growth, both one-on-one and in groups.
Basic knowledge of oil painting technique and materials
Advanced visual organization skills
Advanced sensitivity to color, value, composition, texture, and pictorial depiction
STUDIO LIFE AND HISTORY
Drawing is an art form that allows you to express ideas and structures fluidly. You can dream up and imagine anything, anywhere. It is a lifelong communication skill. With pen and paper you can travel and record your experience and ideas. Historically, artists traveled in Italy and around Europe on The Grand Tour to see historic works of art and architecture and practice drawing and painting. Our painting and drawing course follows this lineage. We are connected to this historic practice visiting sites Turner, Corot and other famous painters visited. Our approach is both technical, analyzing the landscape as architecture, and conceptual, looking at Gestalt, color theory, and perception. The art of landscape painting and drawing was a fundamental skill most people learned in history. We believe it should be accessible to all students.