Plein Air at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Plein Air at Chicago Botanic Garden

250.00

Start slowly. Paint joyfully

In other words, taking the time to see the scene in a remarkable way, mixed with our body of knowledge and a dash of imagination (also unique to all) is the way I like to start Plein Air painting. For when we do, it's our imagination that takes that scene so remarkably seen that it forces the artist in us to see it remarkably, feel it joyfully, and paint it beautifully. 

We will meet at Chicago Botanic Garden one day a week, generally in the AM hours. Classes will include basic artistic concepts pertaining to your medium of choice. Also covered will be discussions on Transparency, Simplification, Composition, Basic Color Theory, and Value. A fundamental, hands-on working knowledge of the medium and equipment will be addressed. Emphasis will be on discovery of intent, (why paint this scene in the first place) value study of lights, mid-tone and darks to tell the best story, growing skill and confidence building, specific techniques will be addressed to help students make positive decisions and work through to complete paintings, all with much fun and no fear. 

This class is weather dependent, meaning, we want to provide the best chance to succeed, so schedules will be adjusted accordingly for optimum weather conditions. No rain, little wind. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 will be our first scheduled class. We'll meet at the Gardens various locations starting at 9:00 am. Bring your supplies and prepare to learn and paint. 

The first hour will be discussion and demos, generally in watercolor, oil and or gouache. Along with maybe a folding chair and a light jacket, bring your creative, fun spirit for adventure. Also bring whatever supplies you normally use to make art. Bring some extra canvas, and paper too, you'll make a lot of art, sketches and little studies. Hour 2-3 will be painting and individual instructions, followed by group feedback and lessons learned. Class ends with an optional lunch or picnic at the Garden's Restaurant at around 1:00pm

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