ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP:
Paint directly from the Woodstock landscape in this plein-air workshop. See and paint the unique color and light that is Woodstock in the mid-summer. The grounds of this National Historic Site nestled in the Catskill mountains, holds by itself limitless motifs and subjects to inspire the creativity within the beholder. We will also explore the potential of local streams and wooded areas, all within a short car ride from the main campus.
Work in your choice of oil or acrylic paints on canvas, linen or paper, whichever medium best suits your ideas and own personal vision. Students will be encouraged to work with such tools as palette knives and large brushes, enabling them to see the larger visual issues. The tools will also help to expedite the completion of work from morning to afternoon. Students will work on different canvases from morning and afternoon.
This plein-air painting workshop has a materials list specifically designed for the purpose of painting out-of-doors, with all of the demands and challenges, which that can entail. Students will be expected to optimize their learning experience by having all of the colors, as well as a suitable palette to effectively hold all the colors and leave sufficient space to mix. Being a plein-air class, students will also need to be prepared for changing light and weather conditions, along with bug spray, sun block, cap with a visor, and trash disposal bags.
View the full materials list below.
Now we are ready to paint!
We will learn to see as a painter. Nature is a diverse and complex subject, and must be distilled to its essentials. A subject’s visual strength lies in its simplicity. Using the properties and strengths of painting, we will interpret nature through the relationships of, color and value, shapes and line, into a two dimensional reality, that best expresses nature as art.
Oil paint preferred. This is an outdoor class, please dress accordingly. We will be staying on school grounds during the workshop, so there is no need for a French easel.
Suitable for all levels, no experience necessary! Ages 18+
Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Woodstock Fall Plein Air Painting
Saturday & Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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. Learn more.
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.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Peter Clapper paints directly from nature, and quickly, usually completing each piece in one or two sittings. He prefers to depict scenes he is familiar with, and to which he has some emotional attachment. This general sense of intimacy is very much in evidence in these paintings, particularly in the gentle manner in which he coaxes each view into a structured, reassuring whole.
Peter graduated with a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1979. Catskill Cultural Center; Platte Clove Residency 1998 Workspace Fellowship, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY, 1988 Lillian Frederick-Fiolic Award, Woodstock Artists Assn., Woodstock, NY.
He has exhibited at Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Woodstock Framing Gallery, Art Upstairs, The Belskie Museum, Pyeongtaek City Art Exhibit and others. In addition to being an instructor at the Woodstock School of Art, Peter has taught at The Art School at Old Church, Gamer Art Center, and The Art Students League of New York.