Painting the Found World with Peter Van Dyck
This workshop will help students develop the mindset and skill-set required to make compelling paintings from observation without having to manipulate or set up a subject. We will work through the process of making sketches, an extended drawing, color-studies and a painting using the spaces of the studio building and nearby cityscape as our subject. The major topics of the course will be simplifying overwhelming complexity, creating space through drawing and color, creating a sense of light through color/value interpretation and understanding the interaction between 3-dimensional description and 2-dimensional design.
Student Supply List:
- MATERIALS: please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- Paints: There is no need for you to purchase any new colors or if you don’t want to. All of the ideas will work within the framework and limitations of any given set of colors. That being said, if you want a baseline set to work with I recommend the following: -White -Yellow, prismatic (cadmium yellow (or hue) permanent yellow) -Red, prismatic (same as above) -Ultramarine Blue -Alizarin Crimson
- You can use, oil paint, acrylic paint, gouache or pastel. Everything important that we will be talking about will apply across any of these media. However, I have the most experience working with oil, some experience with acrylic, very little experience with gouache and no experience with pastel so take that into account when choosing your medium.
- Painting surfaces: Painting surface for oil painting: I like a very dry surface like paper or a canvas or board primed with a chalk based gesso, not acrylic gesso. I find it VERY difficult to paint on acrylic primed panels or boards as the paint slips and slides all over the surface. An easy, and relatively cheap alternative to acrylic primed panels is Arches Oil Paper. This is paper that you can paint directly on without any priming or treatment. You can also prime a normal piece of heavier paper or mat-board with a light coat of shellac or PVA size.
- Painting surface for acrylic painting: Since acrylic paint dries so fast, you don’t have to fight against the paint slipping all over the canvas, therefore, almost any surface will do for our purposes if you’re working in acrylic.