ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Using still life as a discipline to present Zhang’s unique “yin-yang” approach to color and composition, the student will develop skills in expressing form, space and texture. There will be mini-demonstrations daily, along with easel-by-easel instruction. Expect to paint many studies as well as full still-life paintings during this week long workshop.
Still life is the ideal example for teaching the elements of oil painting. Settings and objects are assembled to demonstrate color relationships and composition, form and lighting, space, and texture. Students will develop a sense of how color in its’ different values, temperatures and intensities work together to convey a painting’s mood. Objects are arranged to facilitate the flow and movement of the composition. The lighting is directed to best reveal form, and also to help establish the setting’s tone.
Students will learn to paint objects three-dimensionally by expressing their shapes as a grouping of planes and smaller facets. They will learn that the space between objects is as important as the objects themselves in creating a sense of three-dimensionality. They will learn to use edges (both soft and sharp), contrasting values, and brushwork (thick, thin, rough and smooth) to reveal the various textures in a setting.
Zhang’s “yin-yang” concept is that a good painting is built out of contrasts. This idea has been thoroughly developed to extend to color and how he arranges his palette. For each painting, Hongnian selects a pair of complementary colors, such as red and green, or orange and blue, or yellow and purple. The paints that are set out then range from warm to cool within each of the two complements, plus white and black. Earth tones, when used, are only put on the palette that is relevant to their color. For instance, yellow ochre may be added to a yellow/purple palette but not to a red/green one. In Zhang’s method, the resulting color mixtures feel cleaner and more organically related to each other.
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
August 7–11, 2017, Monday–Friday, 9 AM–4 PM