Landscape Painting - Course Description

Friday, August 22, 2014

This is a six-week class meeting four times a week for 90 minutes.

This course is time spent studying the technique of outdoor painting in oils striving for the color perception exhibited by French and American Impressionist painters.

On the first day of class, I will paint in front of the students and demonstrate the Charles Hawthorne/Henry Hensche technique of applying pure oil colors right out of the tube to the canvas with a palette knife, then mixing and relating the colors with each other. They will then begin their own paintings with my guidance. We also look at a video and other examples demonstrating Hensche’s method of impressionist landscape painting. The students paint at least two scenes directly from nature out of doors, both a gray day and sunny day version of each, returning at the same time each day to study the color. They stand up to paint at easels, juggling their palette knives, paper towels, and an egg carton filled with oil color to paint. (When wind is added to the formula, it can be quite trying to concentrate on color relationships.) They are evaluated on their progress in seeing color, their work ethic, and the rightness of the color relationships in their paintings.

Students should plan on going outdoors to paint everyday no matter the weather, and should come to school with the appropriate clothing. There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing : )

Written Assignment due at the end of the block.

Write an essay about your experiences in Landscape Painting several pages long using the What, How,Why and Who format:

What; describe what an impressionist seeing is. What did you learn, what did you get out of the Impressionist Landscape Painting experience.

How; this may be the most extensive part of the essay. Describe drawing methods, mixing colors, applying layers of color, etc.,

Why; what is the purpose or advantages of Impressionist Painting over other forms of painting.