Landscape; loose and free (plein air and studio) - Tim Allen

Landscape; loose and free (plein air and studio) - Tim Allen

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An expressive and bold approach to the landscape tradition. Students will come away with a range of skills and an understanding of techniques with mixed media including ink, watercolour and pastel and how these can be utilised to capture the essence of a landscape. They will gain an understanding of acrylic and oil painting techniques, particularly alla prima techniques as they relate to landscape. A suggested structure for the workshop is as follows; mixed media on day 1 when working plein air, followed by oils or acrylics on day 2 in the studio. However, students can choose to work with either mixed media or oil/acrylic paints on both days if they would prefer.

*Discounted price for WAC members taken via phone

Day1:
Working outdoors (plein air) in Middle Harbour. We will start with quick sketches and progress to larger works using mixed media. Demonstrations of sketching, mixed media and oil painting. Approaches to looking at and interpreting the landscape.

Day 2:
Working in the studio at Willoughby Arts Centre. Students will have an opportunity to work longer on one piece and resolve some of the ideas and techniques from the previous day.

Beginners to advanced students welcome.

Materials List:
Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on the list. I will discuss (and demonstrate) all the materials listed. There are also many creative possibilities that don’t involve using all the materials. Consider the sketching materials, watercolour paper, ink and a few chalk pastels as the basics.

Thursday: Plein air (Middle Head)
Sketching:
A3 sketchbook (or A2 cartridge paper and with backing board), pencils, rubbers (kneadable and plastic), willow and compressed charcoal

Mixed media:
Ink (30ml, black)
Chalk pastels (a cheap set is fine, individual colours from a good brand - Rembrandt, Schminke, Art Spectrum - are better. Include white)
Synthetic watercolour brushes, hake brushes, squirrel hairbrush (optional but very useful)
Watercolour paper 300gsm. Either individual sheets and a backing board or a pad (not smaller than A3)
Watercolours and/or gouache, small tubes or pans (a cheap set is fine)
Palette and multiple water containers

Plein air: most people will consider a folding chair and a portable easel as essential (although it’s possible to work without them). A small folding table is very useful as well.

Friday: Studio (Willoughby Art Centre)
Refer to my regular Tuesday night class materials list for a range of oil and acrylic colours, mediums and extras.

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