The American Academy of Landscape Painting
LYME ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
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.
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.
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.
Subject 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.
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.
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.
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.
Innovative Methods to Bring Richness and Life to Your Landscapes
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, spontaneous life to your paintings. With this class you will be given an insight into the capability of what watercolor paintings can achieve. 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. You will learn a different approach to mixing, throwing color on paper and letting them mix to appear more natural to nature. techniques from both to give my paintings a unique feel.. As a watercolorist and oil painter, I am able to apply My watercolors are filled with richness and depth applied only by applications of washes of color that are transparent and opaque. 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. A different, unique approach to creating watercolor paintings that sing.
In a five-day class, we will learn the importance of studies to help problem solve a composition. The importance of subtle value changes to harmonize a painting and glazing techniques that unit 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.