Seascape Painting Material List
MICHELLE JUNG
Instructor Biography
JERRY WEISS
Instructor Biography
KENN BACKHAUS
Instructor Biography
DON DEMERS
Instructor Biography
JOE MCGURL
Instructor Biography
WEST FRASER
Instructor Biography
JACKIE JONES
Instructor Biography
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Elements of Form Material List
EILEEN EDER
Instructor Biography
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 Color for Landscape and Still-life Material List
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Topography of the Human Figure Material List
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RICK LACEY
Instructor Biography
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Innovative Methods Materials List
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Critical Thinking Material List
Bringing Plein Air Material List
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Painting the Coastal Landscape Material List
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Going Beyond Theory Material List
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Transforming a Field Study Material List
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CINDY BARON
Instructor Biography
ZUFAR BIKBOV
Instructor Biography

Due to concerns over the COVID-19 Virus, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will be closed to the public. Staff will be working from home. If you have any questions please contact, stacey@lymeacademy.edu or kimberly@lymeacademy.edu. You can also call 860.434.5232 and we will return your call. Thank you! 

MICHELLE JUNG

Artists come for instruction at the American Academy of Landscape Academy with various levels of painting experience. If an artist feels they are accomplished in all of the foundation level classes, please submit four images so that we may accept you into the intermediate or master level classes, or make suggestions as to what class(es) you will need to take before moving to the next level. Achieving Master level classes may take a beginner painter one to several years depending on how much time they practice or their speed of development. 

Here is a suggested sequence of classes. 

 
 
 
 

 

Foundation: 
Elements of Form
Color for Landscape and Still Life
Topography of the Human Figure
Intermediate: 
Critical Thinking, Editing, Composition and Brushwork
Drawing Outdoors
Bringing Plein Air Studies into the Studio
Additional intermediate Classes are: 
Seascape Painting
Innovative Methods to bring Richness and life to your landscapes- for water color painters
Master Classes: 
Painting the Coastal Landscape (Intermediate Seascape Painting is a prerequisite)
Going Beyond Theory of Color to Application
Transforming a Field Study into a Studio Painting 

Monday - Friday New dates to be announced

$850 Student Fee

 

KENN BACKHAUS

JERRY WEISS

The American Academy of Landscape Painting Class Information

MASTER CLASSES

DON DEMERS

Painting the Coastal Landscape
This course will deal with all aspects of the coastal environment and how to capture and compose it in a painting. We will work on site and in the studio. Field studies and drawings will be executed, as well as plein air paintings. Our field material will be taken into the studio to compose larger works.
Subjects will consist of natural coastline and surf, seaside dwellings and watercraft. Observing changing weather conditions will also be part of the research.
Artistic study will include, concept, design/composition, value structure, draftsmanship, color and technique. Taking the subject as it’s found and observed and elevating it to a high aesthetic is the intention of this course.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Courses or Permission of the Instructor
Critical Thinking, Editing, Composition and Brushwork…Key Elements to a More Successful Painting
This workshop is open to Intermediate, Advanced and Professional artists. The chance to create a strong visual pictorial should be a paramount decision of the representational landscape painter. Grasping and holding the attention of the viewer to our works, should be our goal first and foremost. After seizing their attention the artist needs to retain their interest with competent and expressive paint application directed and intended to create the illusion of  object, form, depth and mood. The creative process is based on a compilation of the basic visual artistic fundamentals and principals, which are essential in the development of a representational painting. The artist has various tools and procedures in developing a more successful painting. Critical thinking and the introduction of editing as one of your tools of practice can achieve dynamic results to your ideas. Critical thinking to resolve a better idea, harnessing your creativity with the ability to edit competently, developing a strong composition and bringing it all together with spontaneous and assured brushwork is our goal.  A better understanding and use of these key elements will ultimately improve your artistic and creative skill sets.
Kenn will work with you to help further develop your individual style. He will identify your strong and weak points. We will build on your strengths and work to overcome the weaknesses. The format of the class will be taught indoors in a controlled environment with the instructor teaching through lecture and or demonstration each day.  After the lecture and or demonstration, the participants will paint the rest of the day while receiving individual instruction.
Prerequisite: Foundation Courses or Permission of the Instructor
 

Bringing Plein Air Studies into the Studio

With the purpose of refining skills in drawing and working from memory, we’ll make drawings and color notes outside, then use these sketches to create paintings in the studio. This allows for both on-site work and the opportunity to synthesize and simplify what we’ve observed out of doors. The process of working from field sketches is a long-standing tradition, and will sharpen facilities of observation and recall. 

Students are advised to bring the standard plein air equipment for oil painting, as well as drawing and/or watercolor materials. Several canvases are recommended. Generally, we’ll plan to draw outside during the morning hours, while it’s cooler. In addition to individualized instruction, there will be frequent demonstrations of the process, from beginning to resolution of work in the studio.

Prerequisite: Foundation Courses or Permission of the Instructor

INTERMEDIATE 

Seascape Painting 

This class is a step by step process to create strong, impactful seascape paintings. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be examined through practice. Emphasis is placed on designing a strong composition to evoke an emotional response, and layering paint to create the illusion of movement. Working from plein air studies, memory, and photographs we will learn to design a finished studio painting.

Prerequisite: Foundation Courses or Permission of the Instructor

Elements of Form 

This course will give you a strong foundation to any genre of painting to follow whether landscape painting, still life or figurative work. Using geometric shapes in still life set-ups students will learn (or refresh skills) in: drawing, perspective, value, composition, depth of field and paint application. These shapes are found in the landscape, i.e. a cone may represent a spruce tree, the cylinder a tree trunk, a half sphere the bouquet of treetops and the cube a roughhewn rock. Like puzzle pieces, the halftones, cast shadows and reflected lights are key players that link the shade and light families. Aerial perspective is gained with overlap, size/scale change, value and edges.

Monday - Friday, 9 am -4 pm, August 3-7
$650 Student Fee

JOE MCGURL

Transforming a Field Study into a Studio Painting
This course will focus on transforming a field study into a finished studio landscape painting.  It will be a semi- paint along where I will demonstrate the process and techniques that help make this transformation successful.  Topics covered will include:
Transferring the sketch to the canvas and recomposing your composition for maximum impact.
Composing using a monochromatic underpainting to easily adjust composition and values.
Color theory and color mixing.
Exploring the advantages and limitations of working in a full or a limited value and color range.
Adjusting color to create a sense of light, space, and form.
Exploring different methods and materials to create various textures in the underpainting and in the final layers.
Experiment with using unique tools and brushes which will expand the possibilities for applying paint to the surface to present a greater sense of reality while also creating a varied and interesting paint quality.
Applying glazes and mediums to present an additional dimension to the surface of the painting.
Different methods for adding the right amount of detail required to suit the artist’s intention.
Each day will start with a demonstration followed by the students applying what was demonstrated to their own artwork.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Courses or Permission of the Instructor

WEST FRASER

Going Beyond Theory of Color to Application
There is a way of Making a painting an “object of art” not a picture. Building on the principles of art and color theory based on a chromatic scale, Learn what hues are underneath what you see by understanding the emotive qualities of hue and relative - temperature relationships that evoke a reality for the viewer. Explore how to use contrast of hue vs contrast of value in creating a sense of light. I will encourage the intuitive decision making and bold steps that make your mark making your artistic personality.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Courses or Permission of the Instructor

CINDY BARON

Innovative Methods to Bring Richness and Life to Your Landscapes

A different, unique approach to creating watercolor paintings that sing. I will show you how mixing layers of paint with a limited palette will hold their vibrancy, harmonize and create an atmosphere that is exciting and complimentary to nature. My watercolors are filled with richness and depth applied only by applications of washes of color that are transparent and opaque. As a watercolorist and oil painter, I am able to apply techniques from both to give my paintings a unique feel. You will learn a different approach to mixing, throwing color on paper and letting them mix to appear more natural to nature. Step by step I will show you how my palette of colors, techniques and lifting of pigment will develop into a painting with harmony and atmosphere.  I have a very unusual approach. I will share all my tools, materials and knowledge. I will introduce gouache and show you how to bring an exciting and spontaneous life to your paintings. With this class you will be given an insight into the capability of what watercolor paintings can achieve. 

In this class, we will learn the importance of studies to help problem solve a composition. You will also learn the importance of subtle value changes to harmonize a painting and glazing techniques that unite a painting.

We are all visual learners and the importance of demonstrations is crucial to learning as I talk about compositions and color mixing. Watercolors have their own set of rules, so letting them intermingle as they were meant to be gives a more natural and realistic harmony of the landscape.

Prerequisite: Foundation Courses or Permission of the Instructor

 

 

Monday  - Friday  Dates to be announced

$850 Student Fee

 

Monday - Friday Dates to be announced

$1000 Student Fee

 

FOUNDATION COURSES

JACKIE JONES

EILEEN EDER

Color for Landscape and Still-life 

An essential skill for any form of painting is learning to see color in the natural world and then mixing it to paint what you see. In this class you will become competent on mixing the correct color, value, and temperature of your scene (including natural looking greens) using a limited palette. Edges and paint application will be a focus as well as understanding the effect of light, shadow, and atmospheric perspective. In addition to learning about color, this class will reinforce good composition plans and introduce small color studies. While still life objects will be used in a studio for this class, the lessons learned will equip you for painting in any location indoors or out. 

Monday - Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, August 10-14 
$650 Student Fee

RICK LACEY

Topography of the Human Figure

This course studies and portrays the human figure as an analogy to the natural landscape. The student will draw from the reclined and foreshortened figure model with the emphasize and observation of changing planes, creating space and distance as some features of the human body come forward and some recede, much the way rolling landscape does. Proportion, shape, value and edges with be examined as carefully observed and measured draftsmanship is executed. The course will be of value to any genre as the student's observational skills are heightened, drawing is improved and a sense of space is understood. It is a critical skill set for understanding and portraying the landscape.

Monday- Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, August 17-21  
$650 Student Fee
 

ZUFAR BIKBOV

Outdoor Landscape Drawing 

This course examines and practices the disciplines of drawing outdoors. From visual journaling to perspective drawing, it involves working with various media and with a variety of artistic intentions from travel sketching, vignette studies to formal drawings as preparatory works for studio painting. Perspective drawing will be emphasized particularly as it applies to architecture. Practical review and application of skills and knowledge of composition and design, local spot value and texture variety while working outdoors will be extensively covered.  Media ranging from graphite and charcoal to sketching with watercolor washes will be included. This is an Intermediate Level course in the curriculum.

Prerequisite: Foundation Courses or Permission of the Instructor

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