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Vero Beach Museum of Art / Museum Art School
2018 Class Workshop Description:

PAINTING BOATS, FROM DINGHYS TO SAILBOATS -
Capturing the wind and light in the sail.
February 2-4, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Brand new Workshop! This exciting and fun class will cover the basic principles of oil painting specifically with regard to painting boats. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting some basic boats and move up to more complicated sailboats throughout the next couple of days. For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review, and no matter what the subject, these principles are key, and new discussions and tips are added each season. Each day’s demo will include simple discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails.

After a brief morning intro and adequate time to mix and set up the palette, Douglas will demo a seascape and have the class follow along. Much time will be allowed for individual discussion and review in a systematic rotation. The second day we meet at the beach to discuss the anatomy of a wave and take some photos and do some sketches. Bring a coffee and plan to spend an hour there to get some reference for your file and to better understand the rhythm of the ocean and the crashing wave.

Various seascapes will be painted over the 3 day workshop and some incredible paintings will be accomplished. Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several paintings. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Douglas’ Biography
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves- tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity: similar to everything important to him- his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. For more detailed information, visit www.douglasdavid.com.

Class supply list:

(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
liquin
mineral spirits

Oils - Utrecht brand (or your favorite brand) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Prussian Green, Yellow Ochre, “Permalba” White
OPTIONAL oils - Unbleached Titanium, Holbein brand- Ivory White, Jaune Brilliant, Greenish Umber, Sap Green Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 1, 3 and or 4 , Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black)

Paper Towels
disposable palette pad, palette knife
brushes- filberts- #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10
rounds- in above sizes if you prefer round over filberts.
rounds- in really small like #0,1, or 2- to be able to put in some detail and sign
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1" and 2-2.5" sizes
Canvases- Quantity 2-3 5"x7"
2-3 8"x10"
1-2 10"x20" or 12"x16" or 16"x20" or 15"x30" (or whatever size desired for larger painting- returning students, be fearless, go larger!)
And anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable.

Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and Permalba white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas. (This can be done first thing in class if needed).

Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.

Douglas also will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” (while supplies last) which includes all the basic oils, brushes, palette knife, palette and canvas panels and medium for those who do not want to buy these supplies individually. You would need to bring some paper towels and rubber gloves. Price $150., while supplies last. Please reserve your kit when registering.

Class/Tentative Outline:

Day 1
1st hour: Welcome/Overview of Class.
2nd hour: Discuss principles with demos to explain ideas and concepts.
3rd hour: Mix Palette (Strings of color/organize your palette).
Lunch: On your own, brown bag or grab lunch at the Museum Cafe.
Afternoon: Demo in classroom on how to paint various boats. Paint boats in studio.

Day 2
Morning: Demo in classroom on how to paint various boats. Paint boats in studio.
Lunch: On your own, brown bag or grab lunch at the Museum Cafe.
Afternoon: Paint boats in studio.

Day 3
Morning: Paint boats.
Lunch: On your own, brown bag or run out for a quick sandwich as the Museum Cafe is not open Sunday.
Afternoon: Finish boat paintings.
Last hour: Group work from past 3 days and positive constructive critique with the focus on future and how to apply materials learned in workshop.

 


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