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Art Classes and Workshops with Mitchell Albala in 2013
Individual Critiques and Creative Development
Enjoy the benefits of individual critiques or studio sessions, targeted to help further your vision or work on specific concerns.
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Gage Academy of Fine Art
Every composition is fundamentally an arrangement of abstract shapes — and nothing defines those shapes more effectively than the balance between darks and lights. "Notan" is a Japanese word that means "dark-light harmony" and is a type of study study that uses only two values. In the Western tradition, this is called the "dark-light composition." This strict dark-light arrangement has a unique way of revealing the underlying structure of a composition, thereby allowing us to take an active role in the manipulation of the compositional energies. Working first from masterworks, then photographs, and finally from life (still lives) in both painting, drawing and collage exercises, you will learn to identify the dark-light composition and, most importantly, to "think in notan" — to make better choices in the formative stages of your work, in order to bring greater order and power to your compositions. Note: This is not a class that teaches Asian-style painting; rather, it explores a universal principle that is applicable to all types of painting and drawing. ›› Expanded description and images about the notan.
LANDSCAPE PAINTING ON ORCAS ISLAND
July 16, 17, and 18, 2013 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
This event is being offered at two venues:
ArtEAST in Issaquah: Wednesday evening, June 15, 6:30–9:00 pm. $50
Landscape painter, author, and teaching artist Mitchell Albala hosts a lively critique of landscape paintings. This is a great way to prepare for the summer painting season, as we review many of the core practices at the heart of both plein air and studio work. Mitchell's "Power Critiques" go beyond individual feedback: the work brought in by attendees is used as a launching point for an exploration of many topics, including color, composition, simplification and massing, working with photos, and various ways of doing studies. Mitchell's critiques include many examples, live diagramming of compositions, and other visual aids. Bring your work and your questions about all things landscape!
Located on Fir Island in the heart of Skagit Valley, this summer plein-air retreat provides a vast agricultural panorama dotted with farmhouses and barns. Students paint at a lush residence and garden, which serves as our home base for the week. We'll also visit Skagit City Park in the morning, as the sun rises over the eastern hills; and Little Mountain, just a five minute drive from the valley, offering distant vistas and an opportunity to study atmospheric perspective.
This workshop offers practical solutions to the special challenges of landscape painting, including simplification through massing, composing the landscape space, strategies for depicting light, color mixing, paint handling, and managing your "outdoor studio." Participants learn best strategies for starting a painting — site selection and beginning with an abbreviated underpainting to establish an effective design and value structure.
The class forms a close knit "art colony" as you benefit from daily demonstrations and lectures, a combination of exercises, free painting, and quick studies (in both early morning and afternoon sessions), several personal critiques per session, lunch time chats, and group critiques. Lunches included. Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Pacific Northwest Art School
This unique class uses a studio-based approach to lay the groundwork for the most essential skills required by the landscape painter — simplification, site selection, and color. By learning these challenging concepts through guided exercises, in the relaxed and more controlled environment of the studio, you will be better prepared to problem solve when working outdoors. Working from your own photos and those provided by the instructor, the class will focus on three main skills:
Simplification and massing. Through various limited value exercises, you will learn how to you translate disorganized and overly-detailed scenes into more coherent, readable compositions. Site selection and composition. What types of scenes translate best and what types should be avoided? What are the visual cues necessary to create a an illusion of depth? And how can a "limited focus" move you toward stronger and more simplified compositions? Plus, learn the correct way to use reference photos. Light and color will be examined as it specifically relates to landscape painting — not as a color matching exercise, but a unique synthesis of nature's color and your own color strategies.
Enjoy in-class critiques and lots of personalized guidance from the instructor. This workshop is not appropriate for first-time drawers or painters, but is ideal for those who have painted before and now want a strong foundation in landscape painting. Suitable for for oil, acrylic or pastel painters. A great primer for summer plein air painting. Level: Intermediate to advanced.