Towpath on the Erie Canal, 30X40, oil on canvas.

ZOOM class: The figure in the landscape

The American painter Childe Hassam’s work compels in part because he was unafraid to place people, carriages and horses in his landscapes. Although there are occasional vistas that should be painted in solitary grandeur, the vast majority of scenes often benefit from the addition of human figures.

In this six-week session, we’ll learn to:

  • Draw a fast and reasonable gestural sketch of a person;
  • Understand the human form, including hands and feet;
  • Integrate figures into the design of our paintings so that they’re neither vague nor excessively detailed;
  • Paint accurate skin tones.

This class is for intermediate and above alla prima painters only. To qualify, you need to have either taken a class with me and gotten my OK, or you need to submit a portfolio for review. If you have questions, contact me.

The class meets Monday evenings from 6-9 PM. Note that there are two skip-dates, for Cape Ann Plein Air and Sedona Plein Air:

  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 7
  • November 14

The fee for this class is $280.

Early Spring, Beech Hill, 8X10, Carol L. Douglas

ZOOM class: Mixing interesting color

Most intermediate painters struggle with color mixing. It's not enough to simply reproduce what you see; your painting's color structure must invite the viewer into your world. Alla prima painting rests on the idea of getting it right on the first strike. In this class we’re going to address the fundamentals of color and value, including:

  • Simplifying value structures;
  • Navigating color space with confidence;
  • Creating an interesting composition using true darks and lights;
  • Understanding how pigments work;
  • Applying color with confident brushwork.

This class is for early-intermediate painters who have been introduced to the process of painting but haven’t completely mastered the design/application protocol. If you have questions, contact me.

The class meets Tuesday evenings from 6-9 PM. Note that there are two skip-dates, for Cape Ann Plein Air and Sedona Plein Air:

  • September 27
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15

The fee for this class is $280.

Marshall Point Rock Study, plein air, oil on canvasboard

Live in midcoast Maine: Plein air short session

If you can drive to Rockport, you can take this class. It’s strictly limited to 12 people, and it meets in various beauty spots in the region on Tuesdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.

We will concentrate on:

  • Finding a different composition and viewpoint from the run-of-the-mill;
  • Painting from life in a variety of weather and lighting situations;
  • Fall foliage, including blueberries;
  • Proper alla prima process in oils, acrylics, pastels or watercolor;
  • Tips for keeping it loose.

The dates are:

  • September 27
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • November 1

This is a four-week session and the fee is $185. No prior experience is necessary.

“I have found many new and needed ways of working in watercolors, specifically the prep work… I never had lessons that included these steps, only workshops that were demos, then you were on your own, then a time of critique. Found out ideas that should have been done before I painted. So now I feel I’m on a good new track.” (Carol Durkee)

“Some teachers are good artists, and some artists are good teachers, but it is rare to find a good artist who is also a good teacher. Carol is one of them. She will teach you the fundamentals you need to know, which a lot of teachers gloss over without explanation, but she also takes you to the next level, wherever you are on the learning curve.

“She is not only a skilled practitioner, but is also knowledgeable about the more theoretical aspects, which she clearly and simply explains so you can to apply them to your own work. She knows the history of art, and can point out examples from well-known artists, both contemporary and past, that illustrate her points. She is very supportive and is quick to point out what is successful in your work, but doesn’t coddle or patronize, so you do get valuable constructive critiques of every piece, and continue to learn and grow.

“Her classes are well run, but also have a nice relaxed feeling that’s builds comradery among students. She provides good exercises for in- and out of class, based on her perception of the actual needs of the particular students in each group. She can work with you in oils, watercolors, or acrylics. I like to recommend her to my artists friends because I can do so with the confidence that they will not be disappointed. If you want a no-nonsense and practical artist-teacher who gives you what you need to improve your art, look no further.” (Dave Blanchard, Camden ME)

“This was the best painting instruction I have ever had. Carol’s advice in color mixing was particularly eye-opening. Her explanations are clear and easy to understand. She is very approachable and supportive. I would take this course again in a heartbeat.” (Carol T.)

Want to learn more?

To register for future classes or be added to a wait-list, contact me today!