Learning How to Learn: Plein Air

This workshop will take you through the wonderful world of plein air painting, but in a studio setting.

Learning How to Learn

Developing Plein Air Painting Habits in a Studio Setting

March 29-31, 9:30a – 4p

Instructor:  Deke Palecek

Cost: $265

It’s time to pick up your brushes! This workshop will take you through the wonderful world of plein air painting, but in a studio setting. Explore: how plein air differs from studio painting, how to define the composition of a painting, different approaches to begin a painting (blocking in) and much, much more. Students will learn the value of timing and strategy for painting outdoors, as well as the ins and outs of competition.

Instructor Deke (D.K.) Palecek, an experienced and nationally known oil painter, will focus on raising awareness of the habits and rituals students currently employ and introducing new ones that can be developed to accomplish desired painting results. “In my mind, learning HOW to learn to paint is as important as painting itself.”

The workshop will begin by identifying where each artist is through a review of their current paintings. From there, students will identify where they want to go and what they are looking to achieve in their paintings by referencing artists and paintings they admire. “It is important to visualize where we want to go and to identify the style we are currently drawn to. YOUR style comes from pursuing that general style, and adjusting it to the finer details that inspire you.”

Finally, Palecek will identify habits that will encourage development as an artist and lead to each student’s desired results in their finished paintings. Habits include: how to hold your brush, how much paint to mix, using cue cards and visuals to remind you of those habits you are changing, stepping back and squinting. Students will learn how to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Day 1:

Morning

  • Review basic set up, materials and preparation.
  • Discuss various approaches – block in, line drawings, tools for composition
  • Demonstration: Reflected Light on Buildings

Afternoon

  • Students painting, from photographs or copying favorite paintings
  • Identify existing habits, identify new habits, determine path to change habits

Day 2:

Morning

  • Painting Fundamentals and how they impact style
  • Drawing, Value, Design, Color, Edges, Paint Manipulation
  • Habits, how to build them and how to break them
  • Demonstration: Cityscape

Afternoon

  • Student painting exercises

Day 3:

Morning

  • Bringing it all together: discussing what we’ve learned so far and how to apply it going forward
  • Plein Air Competitions: how to choose, what’s involved, mechanics
  • Demonstration: Habits

Afternoon

  • Student painting exercises

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