Realism V Abstract

Realism V Abstract
28th March 2018 Richard Stuttle

Realism V Abstract

8th May 2018 held at The Bridlington Spa

From 10am until 3pm the course will focus on landscape painting looking from different perspectives, mindsets and paintings styles.

Firstly, understand your painting style by taking on a realistic landscape painting. Study each stage of your painting process.

Secondly, reinventing your mornings’ work in an abstract style. Think more about meaning, feeling and symbolism than a realistic representation.

As artists, we are constantly learning…

A day’s painting tuition can really help develop drawing and painting skills. By understanding more about perspective, composition, colour and tone we can progress our abilities.

Painting from life and changing styles are a couple of ways to develop more advanced oil and watercolour techniques.

Stepping out of your comfort zone

I thought an interesting exercise for this year’s painting course would be to split the day into two sections. The overall course will focus on landscape painting, but looking from opposite perspectives and painting styles.

Start the day with an introduction to landscape art, a little bit about my artistic background, working processes and painting styles.

Ask the following questions;

  • What do you want to achieve today?
  • Which direction would you like to take your art?

Realist Landscape

Morning – the focus is a traditional approach to art. Tuition and guidance in what to look for at each stage and specific details you might want to include.

  • Quick sketching and finding the right subject
  • Composition and structure
  • Underpainting and colour palette
  • Movement in your art
  • Working on colour, atmosphere and detail
  • Show your work, discuss and offer feedback

Abstract Landscape

Afternoon – reinventing your morning’s work in an abstract style. Thinking more about meaning, feeling and symbolism than a realistic representation.

  • Highlights from your morning’s work
  • Abstract composition
  • Colour palette and meaning
  • Thoughts on your direction
  • Movement and energy in your work
  • Show your work, discuss and offer feedback

This course covers different aspects of painting, course content will be tailored on the day to suit the group and individuals needs.

Finishing the Day

A discussion showing off both your paintings side by side asking what each work conveys and where each painting takes the viewer.

  • What did you achieve today?
  • Where did you take your art?