ELEMENTS OF A GOOD PAINTING

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ELEMENTS OF A GOOD PAINTING

60.00

Instructor: Paul H. Brand
Ages: Adults 18+ (age firm)
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
This is a two-session class:
Friday, November 2 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and
Friday, November 9 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The main idea behind making a good painting is that we are in charge of our picture. We can select, emphasize and omit the elements in a painting (shape, value, color and line) in order to create a painting that shows the viewer what we like in the subject. In this class we will carry out exercises to learn about working with shape, value, color and line. These guidelines apply to painting in any medium. You may use acrylics, oils or watercolors.

Agenda for November 2: Shape and value
The large shapes and their values are the backbone of a painting. Placing the darkest and lightest shapes next to each other at the center of interest catches the viewer’s eye. (Value refers to light and dark; white is the lightest value and black is the darkest). We will start by looking at how great artists created the shapes and values in copies of their master works. Then we will apply what we learn to make value sketches of a simple scene, working from photos provided by the instructor.

Agenda for November 9: Color and line
Color has value; that is, red is a dark color compared to yellow. There is no such thing as a dark yellow. Greens and blues may have dark or light values. Putting the brightest colors at the center of interest helps draw the viewer’s eye to that area. We will paint a bold picture by putting the darkest and lightest shapes next to each other, and using bright colors to paint those shapes.

 Supply lists:

Acrylics: Golden Open Acrylic paints suggested
one each 2 oz tubes:
Hansa yellow light
Naphthol red light
Quinacridone Magenta
Ultramarine blue
Phthalo Bue green shade
one 5 oz tube
Titanium white
2 canvas panels  11 x 14
Any brand of acrylic brush: Filbert, one number 10, Round: one number eight
One palette knife
Disposable Palette, 50 Sheets 12" × 16
Plastic container to hold water
A bag or sketch box to hold your supplies
8 x 10 spiral bound sketchbook
B pencil
kneaded eraser
Paper towels
Optional: An easel that will hold the canvas panel upright. It’s better to stand up to paint if you can; otherwise get a table top easel.

Oil painting: Gamblin oil paints suggested      
Hansa yellow light
Napthol Scarlet
Quinacridone Magenta
Ultramarine blue
Thalo blue (phthalocyanine blue))
Titanium White
Gamblin solvent free fluid painting medium (small tube)
2 Canvas panels; 11 x 14
One palette knife
Brushes for oils: Filbert, one number 10, Round: one number eight
A bag or sketch box to hold your supplies
8 x 10 spiral bound sketchbook
B pencil
kneaded eraser
Paper towels
Optional: An easel that will hold the canvas panel upright. It’s better to stand up to paint if you can; otherwise get a table top easel.
A wide mouth jar with a tight fitting cover, like a peanut butter jar, half filled with ordinary vegetable oil. or a jar of odorless mineral spirits
A cake of Ivory Soap or Master’s Brush Cleaner
Paper towels

Watercolor: Daniel Smith watercolors recommended
Hansa yellow light
Cadmium red medium hue
Quinacridone Magenta 
Ultramarine blue
Thalo blue green shade
One sheet, 22 x 30, of Arches cold press 140 lb watercolor paper (to start, more may be needed later), cut or folded + torn into quarters
Snap brand watercolor brushes or similar, one each one inch flat and number 10 round
watercolor palette about 11 x 14 size
masking tape
Two plastic cups to hold water
A roll of paper towels
8 x 10 spiral bound sketchbook
B pencil
kneaded eraser
Paper towels
A bag or sketch box to hold your supplies

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Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.

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