ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Plein air painting is an activity that immerses the artist into all the sensations of the scene that they are trying to describe. In addition to the exhilaration that the artist experiences while painting outside (please dress accordingly), it is also important to successfully imbue their work with a logic that makes the painted scene compelling to themselves and the viewer. This logic, or workflow, will allow the artist to build upon each subsequent painting so that the artist will struggle less with technical issues and enjoy the creative process more. The aim then, of the plein air painter, is not so much as to record the scene as it is to capture, in the medium of their choice, a sense of place with great authenticity. The challenge is to take that plein air sketch and develop it further and to elaborate on the subtle truths that the sketch often has. This class will cover such topics as tree anatomy and design, layering, sky progressions, composition, atmospheric perspective, the prismatic palette, simultaneous contrast, reflections and architecture. Working from reference or from field sketches, the workshop participants will create schematic sketches which will be either enlarged or elaborated on. By carefully orchestrating compositional trajectories and visualizing the topological stage, it’s possible for the artist to imbue their studio conjured paintings with the authenticity of the sketch executed outside. Reference and sketches are provided by the students for their individual project focus. Intermediate to advanced skill level recommended.
Keith Gunderson is an artist whose work focuses on the depiction of the landscape and the figurative inhabitants therein, as expressed through the immediate process of plein air. His drawings of the figure are executed in the same spontaneous approach of the moment, emphasizing the rhythmic and the vibration of color. Keith attended the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Art as well as the New York Academy of Art, Art Center College-Pasadena, and Studio Four in Chicago. He has studied with such notable instructors as Frank Mason, David Leffel, George Sotos, Harry Carmean, and Gustav Rehberger. Keith’s work has been featured in international publications and media.
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019. Thursdays, 1–4 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.