Plein Air Essentials – Take Control with a Values-Driven Palette

“Nature loves to throw a lot of lumber at you” … describes the overwhelming sense of choices confronting many outdoor painters who deal with changing, shifting light.

In this online plein air painting workshop, Larry Seiler will teach you some simple paint exercises that will put you in command of your moment.

Start Date:

April 22, 2014

Upcoming Session:

May 13, 2014

Course Length:

4 weeks

Tuition:

$159.99

Instructor:

Larry Seiler (bio)

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Course Materials (included with tuition):

What You’ll Learn:

  • How resolving issues with values would fix most problems related to paintings that just miss the mark
  • How values are key to depth illusion and picture making
  • How limiting and assigning key value groups puts you in charge (less is surely more)
  • How applying deliberate accents (value & color) will add spark or life to the painting

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Those just starting their journey painting outdoors on location (plein air painting)
  • Artists frequently puzzled with something that is not quite right with their paintings. In Larry’s experience, 90% of the time it will come down to an issue with values; what he likes to call having a “mid-values crisis!”

ART SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

  • Portable paintbox or pochade/easel for setting up and painting outdoors
  • Primary Color pigments…plus white & black (oils or acrylics):
    • Oils: Fr. Ultra Marine Blue, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Bright Red or Permanent Red, Titanium white, Ivory black
    • Acrylics: Fr. Ultra Marine Blue, Yellow pale, Cadmium Red, plus white and Ivory black
  • Primed panels or canvas
    • Suggested sizes: 5”x 7”…8”x 10”…9”x 12” (largest)
  • Brushes: hog or synthetic bristle flats, filberts and rounds… ½”, ¼” and #2 rounds (one or two brushes each size)
  • Mediums
    • Oils: (copal, or walnut oil, or Galkyd), mineral spirits
    • Acrylics: just water

General
Read and view all assignments, all included in your tuition: “Wetcanvas Live: Painting Foundations: Strategies to Improve Your Work with Larry Seiler” (five sessions), outline and study notes, and video on principle foundations for the artist. Aside from good values and color choices, brushwork etc., that our four-week course will teach, you will also develop an eye for best composition and design. This Foundations course will certainly provide that.

Students should have access to a good digital camera and some enhancement software program on their computers to adjust, color correct, and save their images at ideal sizes and pixel resolution. There are freeware or adequate shareware software programs that can be downloaded from the Internet simply by doing a search.

The instructor recommends images set at around 5”x 7” at 120 dpi (dots per square inch), and saved at a quality of 10 or higher (best).

All assignments must be submitted through the Blackboard System for evaluation. To expedite responses to questions, contact the instructor via e-mail.


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Course Syllabus

Session 1: Getting Started – Dark, Mid, Light, and White (black and white)

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Watch video: “Composition & Design for the Painter” from the Wetcanvas Live series
  • Watch video: “Demo One – Four Main Values”
  • Follow along with video crib study notes and then read accompanying PDF for Session One
  • Follow-up on any links provided for insights, step-by-steps, & discussions


Homework Assignment: Paint outdoors on location 3-4 efforts (suggested sizes 5”x 7” or 6”x 8”…no larger than 8”x 10”); each should aim for 20 minutes invested time once palette is fixed. Photograph the studies, adjust/enhance, and upload to Blackboard. As you can only submit one file for each assignment in Blackboard, you must ZIP your files together. Follow this link if you need assistance: http://www.ehow.com/how_2093605_compress-files-before-sending-them.html

Session 2: Main Value Groups Plus the Transitions or Halftones

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Watch video: “120 Paintings” from the Wetcanvas Live series
  • Watch video: “Demo Two – Dark, Mid, Light, White, Plus Halftones”
  • Follow along with video study notes and then read accompanying PDF for Session Two

Homework Assignment: Paint outdoors on location 3-4 efforts (suggested sizes 5”x 7” or 6”x 8”…no larger than 8”x 10”); each effort should aim for 20 minutes invested time once palette is fixed. Photograph the studies, adjust/enhance, and upload to Blackboard. As you can only submit one file for each assignment in Blackboard, you must ZIP your files together. Follow this link if you need assistance: http://www.ehow.com/how_2093605_compress-files-before-sending-them.html

Session 3: Advancing to Color – Dark, Mid, Light, and White

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Watch video: “Demo Three – Implementing Color as Dark, Mid, Light, and White”
  • Watch video: “Values and Halftones Part 1″ as a review
  • Watch video: “Values and Halftones Part 2″
  • Follow along with video crib study notes and then read accompanying PDF for Session Three

Homework Assignment: Paint outdoors on location 2-3 efforts (suggested sizes 5”x 7” or 6”x 8”…no larger than 8”x 10”). Setting up color and judging your main value groups will take a bit more time so plan on 30-40 minutes invested once palette is fixed. Note that the instructor asks for one less study this week handed in due to extra bit of time…but you are encouraged to paint more if time permits! Photograph the studies, adjust/enhance, and upload to Blackboard. As you can only submit one file for each assignment in Blackboard, you must ZIP your files together. Follow this link if you need assistance: http://www.ehow.com/how_2093605_compress-files-before-sending-them.html

Session 4: Expanding the Value-Driven Palette with Halftones

Reading & Viewing Assignments:

  • Read through PDF for Session Four
  • Watch video: “Values and Halftones Part 2″ as a review

Homework Assignment: Paint outdoors on location 2-3 efforts (suggested sizes 5”x 7” or 6”x 8”…no larger than 8”x 10”). Each should aim for 30-40 minutes invested time once palette is fixed. Visit my blog, look thru list of suggested artist websites or blogs (as described in the Session 4 PDF), and study good use of values. As you can only submit one file for each assignment in Blackboard, you must ZIP your files together. Follow this link if you need assistance: http://www.ehow.com/how_2093605_compress-files-before-sending-them.html

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