Begin the Journey

Syllabus

Syllabus:

Thursday Night (Optional – Bonus demonstration)

Orientation and Overview: “Getting it Right from the Start”

Participants will receive an overview, and get a sense of what they are
going to learn as well as tips and ideas about how to get the most value
out of the workshop. After reviewing the daily schedule, there will be an
opportunity to ask questions. Baumann will demonstrate how he paints a
composition from the start, and will discuss what he believes is most
important to successfully capture the essence of a location. Value, Color,
Composition, Brushes and Paint are all topics that will be covered.

Day One: Friday

I. Visualizing: Seeing Is Believing: Starting with a Concept

We will discuss why most paintings fail within the first ten minutes of starting the painting. Artists seldom take time to develop a concept before they begin. Also, strategies that artists need to follow to create a good painting on location will be presented. We will discuss how painting is a creation of what you see, not what you see.

II. Sketching and Composition

Throughout history, great art was produced using proven systems that were based on theories developed as early as the Greeks and Romans. Later, artists in the Renaissance rediscovered these principles, and this changed the way art has been created for fourteen hundred years. Students will be introduced to the principles of composition. Participants will be asked to make sketches of their compositions on location as an opportunity to practice these principles with their own work.

III. Mechanics of What Our Eyes See

Participants will explore how the eyes see objects in real life. Since we see differently than a camera, students will learn what helps to recreate realistic impressions of life.

IV. Color: The Art of “Less”: Limited Palette

Most students have difficulties mixing color; others do well but feel that it is a trial and error process and they hope for many happy accidents. In this discussion about mixing colors, participants will be introduced to the concept of a limited palette that allows artists to work with three colors plus white. Students will learn what they need to know about mixing color for their paintings. We also will talk about the value and temperature of color, and how they can work together dynamically in a painting.

V. Chunking-In and Values: Structure and Abstract

In this segment, students will learn how to lay out a foundation in a simple abstract manner. Students will start implementing the concepts of good composition, color, and value, and are encouraged to chunk-in their preliminary painting using visualization as a means to an end.

VI. Application: The Art of Painting

We will discuss the application of paint. Students will see how to create
luminous effects with dark values right from the start of a painting, and how to
create the effect of light with the application of paint. Students will learn this
process by “Painting Thin to Thick,” and focusing on the “Meeting of Edges,”
and the “Central Focal Point.”

Day Two: Saturday

I. Problem Solving: Working it out

Students will experience that drawing is very important to capture the essence
of a landmark. We will also look at ”Light and Dark relationships” to create
shapes, and “Proportions” to capture scale.

II. Alla Prima: The Act of Painting

What is Alla Prima painting and how is it done? We will explore how this style
of painting can work for you. Qualities of “Paint Application” are also included
in this discussion.

III. Sense of place: The Feeling of the Location

Most paintings replicate the visual effect of an object that is in front of us. A
good painting allows the viewer to understand the artist’s interpretation and
response to what he sees as he paints. Students will become aware of the
“Effect of Light”, and how light influences the viewer.

IV. Sense of Self: What and How You See

What we see is only part of what we want to paint. Creating art is different
from just rendering an image on a canvas. One of the most reoccurring
questions that artists ask is, “What is my style?” Your observations, insights,
and how you think determine your artistic style, and this is what the world is
waiting to see. We will identify the artistic “you,” and your artistic style in this
important conversation.
V. What is Art?

Participants will discuss their views of what art is, and why it is important that
we do this thing called “Art.” Understanding this concept is important so that
students comprehend the wonderful power they have being an artist.
Whatever the creative activity – music, cooking, or painting, this theory
applies to everything that we do in our life.

Day Three: Sunday

I. Putting It All Together

In this last three-hour session, participants will share the new
possibilities they have experienced for themselves with each other. Key
discussions and critical insights will be revisited, deepening understanding
of the concepts presented over the weekend, and how they can apply to our
art.

II. Dealing Powerfully with Breakdowns

As we conclude the workshop, we will explore handling breakdowns
effectively. Breakdowns are thoughts and feelings that stop us from painting
successfully. We view what we create as something important, but the reality
is far different. What we do is not who we are. In this session, we will focus
on insights that can help repair breakdowns, and strategies that can help
artists paint through their times of discouragement and frustration, to achieve
success in their work when painting on location or back in their studio.

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