Prepare for My Summer 2008 Art Workshop

Sorry, this workshop has been canceled.

If you are interested in attending my July 14-18 workshop here are some things that you can do to prepare in advance. The emphasis will be on finding subject matter out-of-doors. So start now by looking at the landscape three ways; distance, mid ground, and close-up. Learn to do quick thumbnail sketches with pencil in a small sketchbook. Keep notes about the colors, important details, and anything else you will need to translate the quick sketches into larger compositions. We will evaluate these sketches together and find ways to improve by changing the focus or altering the composition. If you use a camera it will be helpful to take photos of details that you can refer to when we are back at the lodge ready to paint.

Practice quick sketches, fill sketchbooks with ideas and bring these to the workshop for personal discussion and evaluation. Practice translating sketches to a larger format to paint. Sketches should done with a very light touch in pencil, nothing heavy, no erasing! Just quick, light impressions. I cannot emphasize this enough. This is the hardest part of the workshop for most students. This is not the time to make a masterpiece drawing, save that for a drawing class. Instead, these are rough reference sketches. Learn the difference. It will make you a better artist and help you learn to see. The detail work will be done later, with paint. And, most of all, enjoy yourself! If you are having fun it will show in your work.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska’s Artist

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