ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
I have frequently been asked the question, “How can I think more abstractly?” from landscape painters.
This workshop is designed to address that problem by closely investigating how the formal elements in a landscape painting serve the whole.
We will start with small black and white studies of simple landscape compositions, exploring form and directionality. By changing shape, adding, subtracting, and moving elements around, students will better understand both what makes a dynamic composition and how these very fundamental elements impact mood and narrative.
The next step is to incorporate color, employing similar basic compositions. We will mix and experiment with hue, value, and tone, emphasizing subtle combinations and a color field approach. Blues and greens, so important to the landscape painter and yet often difficult to get just right, will receive special attention.
By painting several versions of the same image, students will familiarize themselves with the elements involved, moving to a new study to explore any desired changes. Each study will remain intact so that all variations of the composition can be rigorously studied, compared, and critiqued before beginning a larger version.
On day #3, putting it all together, students can continue to work small or move to a larger canvas, working from their studies and photo reference, integrating what has been learned.
By the end of the workshop students will have acquired tools that enhance the intuitive process by bringing key decision-making moments into the conscious mind.
A mid-career artist, Christie Scheele has been painting devotedly since receiving her BFA in 1980, and began exhibiting and selling her work in 1985. While getting her BFA, she spent a year on fellowship at the Royal Academy of Fine Art and the University Complutense of Madrid in 1978-79.
She started painting her atmospheric, minimalist landscapes just before moving to the Catskills from New York City in 1990. As a non-regional landscape painter, Ms. Scheele paints images, in her signature style, of all of the places she has ever been. Among her favorite locales are the beaches and marshes of the Northeast, the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, and the highways and bridge views of the Hudson Valley and New York City metro area. These meditative pieces cross the boundaries between traditional realism and the contemporary art world, reaching the viewer’s heart without sentimentality or melodrama.
As a full-time, painter, Christie Scheele’s work has been collected nationally and internationally by hundreds of private and public collectors.
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.
$322 ($330 tuition + $3 lab fee)
April 17–19, 2020, Friday-Sunday, 9 AM–4 PM
Those with special needs and/or requests may email the registrar.
Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.