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Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old & New Techniques

May 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - May 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Natural Elements: Painting with the Masters, Old & New Techniques
Thursday – Sunday, May 3 – 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $600 members/$625 non-members (Skill Level: intermediate to advanced.)

Respected teacher, lecturer and juror well versed in all mediums including:  watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and encaustic. Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the 13-show national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2009. He was the receipent of the 2017 Living Art Award from Silvermine Arts Center in CT.

Each day begins with demonstrations and followed by your instructor working individually with each artist. These personal instructor visits allow each artist to expand their skills and enjoyably realize their own ambitions in a relaxed, friendly, and comfortable way. Media include acrylic, oil and watercolor. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

The following subjects will be covered:
Day 1. Water.  We learn to paint illusions of translucent water, (lakes, streams, vernal pools) with reflections that shimmer and quiver. Your instructor will demonstrate aspects of painting water in oil, watercolor and acrylic and mixed media. Learn how past masters like John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and J.M.W. Turner painted water with drama and movement.
Day 2. Luminous and Intimate Nature. We learn to paint close-up views of nature from novel points of view, as if we were imbedded in a meadow or a garden. We learn to paint the feeling of infinite complexity of flora and the textures and patterns of closely observed nature. Artist’s techniques from Corot to Wyeth will be demonstrated here.
Day 3. Perspective with Expression. Today, get comfortable with varieties of perspective from linear perspective, color perspective, atmospheric perspective, and the perspectives of disappearance, smoothing, and rounding, among others. We consider how artists evoked the excitement of cities from Turner’s paintings of Venice to Monet’s Paris to contemporary artists’ visions of cities.
Day 4. From Representation to Abstraction. Learn how to make your landscape subjects evocative and suggestive. We begin with the blurred, dream-like landscape evocations of Inness, Turner, and the vaporous distillations of Whistler. We see how artists like Cezanne combined the biology of vision with historical landscape painting.

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Photo Courtesy of Artist: David Dunlop, Subtle Stream, oil on brushed silver dibond aluminm, oil on canvas © 2017


May 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am
May 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
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300 Church Street South
Huntsville,ALUnited States
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