ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
This workshop will explore the prismatic qualities of light observed in nature. Students will learn to see light progressions on forms in terms of color temperature as well as value, and how to use a basic artist’s palette to express the full range of the color spectrum. Workshop attendees will learn to mix and match color value, develop color charts and paint studies from the model.
This workshop is concerned with a problem that challenges all painters, namely, how does one express the power of light seen in nature in terms of color. The beginner quickly realizes that the intuitive approach of simply lightening with white and darkening with black, the local color, will yield disappointing results. The experienced painter learns to see the progression from light to shadow as a sequence of distinct color-value shifts that are more complex than simple value changes. The other characteristics of color, such as temperature shifts and intensity levels, play an important role in depicting form. The goal of this workshop is to teach the student to see the artist’s palette as a reflection of the color spectrum observed in the landscape. This knowledge not only enables a more powerful expression of the infinite effects seen in nature but also will offer the artist a basis to choose a more personal palette from the extensive selection of colors available today.
We will begin by learning how to create an accurate nine step gray scale and then proceed to color scales that are dominant in nature.
Blues, pinks and greens will include warm and cool versions. We will observe how warm to cool progressions enhance light effects and imply aerial perspective. We will also study the impact of complementary colors and how to use them to amplify vibrational intensity of adjacent color notes. We will then paint from the model and apply the prismatic principles to the painting of nuanced and vibrant flesh tones.
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.
February 17–19, 2017, Friday–Sunday, 9 AM–4PM