Although materials and technique
for painting in the outdoors will be covered, the primary objective of
the course will be an introduction to heightened experience through observation
and response. From introduction to materials and technique, to design
and color theory, this class will create the foundation for creating observed
response through various media while exploring the exciting and unpredictable
subject of landscape. Emphasis will be placed on the art of recording
observations and experiences through artistic media, and less so on the
The Wednesday evening class will focus on preparation of materials as
well as exercises to familiarize students with materials and technique.
We will also review work from previous travel excursions in a weekly critique.
The Thursday class will consist of a travel day to a local outdoor site.
In addition to painting, the trips will focus on the unpredictability
of nature and necessary preparations for working outdoors. Some trips
may require moderate hiking.
While water based media are suggested for ease of use and clean-up students
may opt to work with oils or additional media. In the event of a rainout,
the class will meet in the studio for an in-class working period.
Please arrive early for road trips with a packed lunch. Departures will
not be delayed for missing students.
Note: Students will be required to fill
out a liability waiver in order to attend field trips
Some common sense rules for the outdoors:
1. No defacing or altering natural areas - take only pictures (or sketches)-leave
2. If you pack it in-pack it out. No dumping of hazardous materials. Non-toxic
waste water should be dumped away from water sources.
3. No reckless behavior (ie. cliff diving - rope swings- rock climbing)
4. Be aware of wildlife in natural environment
5. Avoid contact with poison ivy and stinging nettles. (carry Benadryl
or other medication if you are allergic)
6. Shower thoroughly post-class and check for ticks