Sunday, January 27, 2008

Plein Air Painting Workshop July 2008

I am starting this blog to announce a plein air painting workshop that I will be teaching in Italy this summer 2008. I am very excited about this opportunity. It will be taking place at Castello di Spannocchia located approximately 20-30 minutes from Siena from July 20 through July 26, 2008.

This program will employ the pochade format to create plein air paintings of the beautiful Tuscan countryside that comprises Spannocchia. (A pochade is a small sketch or painting that is usually completed in one session.) This small format of painting has regained popularity recently due to the “A Painting a Day” movement. It is a very effective and satisfying format for developing painters of all levels.

We will have two oil painting sessions a day with a daily critique or demo after lunch and a painting field trip to a neighboring town. Teaching will be conducted by demonstration as well as at the easel on an individual basis. Emphasis will be placed on developing the skills to interpret and paint from life while connecting with the natural beauty and rich history of the Italian countryside.

I will be posting more information as it comes to me. If your are interested please
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