Landscape Source to Studio;
Plein air Pre-sketch to Color Sketch to Studio Painting

Semanik Studio (and surrounding areas)
Tucson, AZ

October 25-28, 2017
3.5 Days
9am-5pm, Wednesday-Friday (plein air)
9am-1pm Saturday (demonstration only, sit back and relax) 

Price: 500.00
Max Enrollment: 10
To sign up for the full 3.5 day workshop ($500.00) or just the 1/2 day demonstration on Saturday for ($50.00) at Semanik Studio in Tucson, AZ please contact:
Debbie Meyer email:  or phone: 520-260-3564

For workshop questions, contact:
Joshua Been (719) 221-8964

In this workshop, through clearly explaining concepts in the translation process from a three dimensional environment to a two dimensional surface, I will clear up the mystery, and strengthen your knowledge of the process and visual language of painting, from the source (plein air) to the studio. I teach a 4 pronged visual language approach (Value, Shapes, Edges, and Texture) that is both easy to remember and an effective way of breaking down difficult subject matter into manageable information.

To get a jump on the information, I recommend picking up my book on the Visual Language of painting called “Learn to See Learn to Paint; A foundation in Visual Language Through the Art of Oil Painting. Preview and purchase HERE!

A 4 pronged approach to learning Visual Language:
1. VALUE: I will help you comprehend the relationships in your VALUES which includes all of the color discussion.
2. SHAPE: We will talk about the importance of SHAPE to design, viewer recognition, readability, and linear perspective.
3. EDGES: We’ll explore how to see and understand EDGES, both tangible and intangible, and their relative importance.
4. TEXTURE: I will demonstrate how different ways of applying paint enhances the viewer experience. This refers to both brushwork, and paint quality.Incorporating the 4 Visual Language elements into design and composition will be an enormous focus in creating strong visual statements. It is through this understanding that good painting ideas become great painting ideas, and keep an artist fully engaged in the process. We’ll start each painting session with pre-sketches where the four elements are contemplated, and arranged in a visually pleasing way. Each day I will demonstrate the pre-sketch to color sketch process, working small and quickly to allow a lot of time for students to explore the process on their own with me engaging each student with one on one, effective help.  
Day Planner:
Wednesday October 25th
9:00 Meeting at Semanik Studios.
9-10:30 Overview of SHAPES, VALUES, EDGES, and TEXTURE as well as discussion of the various art definitions, relationships, etc. Also a color mixing demonstration.
10:30-11:00 Carpool/convoy to a destination.
11:00-12:30 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration. (Focus on accuracy, translating what you see)
12:30-1:00 lunch break
1:00-5:00 Group painting session, I will be helping individually.

Thursday October 26th
9:00am meet.
9-9:30 carpool/convoy to a destination.
9:30-10:00 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration. (Focus on varying the idea, moving things around, linear perspective, viewpoint, lighting)
10:00-12:30 Group painting sessions with and me walking around helping individually.
12:30-1:00 lunch break (sack lunches provided)
1:00-2:30 Another pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration.
-5:00 Another group painting session.

Friday, October 27th
9:00am meet.
9-9:30 carpool/convoy to a destination.
9:30-10:00 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration. (Focus on edges, tangible vs. intangible, texture, and style)
10:00-12:30 Group painting session with me walking around helping individually.
12:30-1:00 lunch break
1:00-2:30 Pre-sketch and color sketch painting demonstration.
2:30-5:00 Another group painting session.

Saturday, October 28th
9:00am-1:00pm Demonstration open to the paying public ($50.00, included in workshop tuition, and they will get preferred seating). Sit back and relax after 3 long days of painting, while I demonstrate blowing up a plein air color sketch into a larger canvas. This demonstration will be a wonderful overview, and a great opportunity to review and re-take notes on effective studio practices incorporating every bit of knowledge gained through the plein air experience. Throughout this demonstration, I’ll be talking about crutial decisions in the process, and how to stay engaged, efficient, and deliberate in applying paint.   SUPPLY LIST:
*A small drawing kit for doing pre-sketches (can be as simple as a pencil and paper, or I prefer a kit similar to the Sketchbox complete with a pencil, pen, and incremental value markers. Check one out HERE)
*Assortment of bristle/synthetic (flat) brushes (Rosemary long hangle, long flats) and a medium sized pallet knife.
*Paper towels (Viva brand works great)
*Brush cleaner jar with agitator (a jar needs something to scrub the bristles on, that’s the agitator).
*Odorless paint thinner (I recommend Gamsol brand)
*10  6×8 canvases or panels for the plein air color sketches.
*3  8x10s or 9x12s for longer color sketches (nothing larger please, I spend a lot of time walking around helping each student individually, if you paint larger, I will not be able to help you because it will take too much time)
*A Portable Easel (I have one available called the “Daytripper Easel”. To check it out click HERE)
*Brimmed Hat

Paint: (I prefer Utrecht Brand)
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Lemon or Light
Cadmium Orange
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue (HUE)
Ultramarine Blue
Dioxizine Purple