This class will focus on the simple elements of landscape painting using color, form, and edges to create depth, light and structure in a landscape painting. We will work from simple photos and learn the difference between copying photographs and creating a painting. Our goal will be to finish a landscape painting from one of the photos supplied in class or from your own. Previous painting and drawing experience is recommended. We will work in oil or acrylic and learn the best materials to use for both. This class meets in the Photo & Digital Arts Studio on the lower level of the Education Wing.
LANDSCAPE PAINTING BY THE NUMBERS
with Craig Caldwell
Six Tuesdays, beginning April 4
Craig Jackson Caldwell lives in Brewster, Massachusetts with his wife Bridget Cahill. He is originally from Signal Mountain, Tennessee and graduated from Harvard with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, specifically painting. Craig has been an artist since his early years and has painted, sold and taught art professionally for over 25 years. His work emanates from the beauty of the natural world and his work is in the Luminist and Tonalist tradition of painting, concentrating on the moods and colors of the natural world rather than the pictorial representation of a particular scene through illustration or pictorial realism. His work is based on the interplay and harmony of colors and the moods and emotions they evoke and has evolved into a true painter's painting style, growing on the abstract expressionist movement as far as the painted surface yet also from the Tonalist, Barbizon and Naturalist traditions all at once. Pictorial realism is secondary to the interplay of the actual paint surface on the canvas. Close-up, his works are whorls of paint and sculpted edges from a palette knife but from afar they evoke the colors and shape of memories of very specific places and times - almost. His work allows a great deal of interpretation at each viewing and his work is constantly changing. Craig also paints bright, real to life paintings of beautiful fish that he has caught and released and those of others on commission. Fishing is a passion as well and a way to connect to something outside of ourselves and reassure us that there is something larger around us all the time. As a teacher Craig excels at teaching the true language of drawing - to anyone, beginner, retiree, or first time student of any age. He has been teaching at the Cultural Center since 2013. Visit Craig’s website at www.craigjcaldwell.com
Caldwell-Landscape Painting by the Numbers
Supplies: A selection of 5 or 6 small to medium brushes (about 1/8" minimum to about 1/2"), Small palette knife, Small palette board, Small containers for water or mediums, Paper towels, 9" x 12" canvas or canvas boards, 8" x 10" also suitable. 8 tubes of paint to start (welcome to bring more): Cadmium yellow medium, Light yellow or Lemon yellow, Cerulean blue, Ultramarine blue, Cadmium red light, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium white, Burnt umber or burnt sienna. Oil painters bring small container of odorless mineral spirits and of linseed oil and a small jar of Liquin (4-8 oz) to start.