Taking the first two days of the workshop to understand color theory and have a sense of where you need to go is extremely helpful for a full understanding of the plein air process.I don’t spend any time on drawing, drafting, or likeness.We do deal with light and shadow, value, planes of the head, local color, secondary color, tertiary color and reflected color, penumbra and atmosphere.The entire five days is devoted to seeing color, understanding color theory, learning how to manipulate the paint, painting directly/ala prima, and feeling in control, enervated, and competent. Monday 9:00--12:00:Lecture on color theory (Held at Baumgaertner Workshop Studio.All other sessions will be held at Riverside Park). 2:00--5:00: Block studies (still life painting of colored blocks on a colored cloth) to acquaint ourselves with color theory.
Tuesday 9:00--12:00: Block studies 2:00--5:00:Simple landscape, to develop heightened sense of color.
Wednesday-Friday The next six sessions will be head studies with live models.The model will sit from 9:00--12:00 and 2:00--5:00. Recommended reading: “Painting the Impressionist Landscape”, Lois Griffel , Watson-Guptill Publications/New York, 1994. WHAT YOU NEED TO PAINT OUTDOORS: 1)Sunscreen:You will be painting outside in full sun.
2)A large brimmed hat:I have a Tilley hat (1-800-endurables) with a 3 inch brim, but any brimmed hat (visor) will work.The underside of the hat should not be a bright color (pink, orange, white, etc.) because this can influence your color choices in your painting.You will not be using sunglasses.
3)A black or dark colored shirt or clothing covering:White or a light color will reflect onto the painting surface.I usually use a dark T-shirt.
4)Handheld palette:The Boynton balanced palettes I sell in my workshop are perfect.
5)Standing easel:A portable French easel is recommended.Julian, El Greco,and other full-sized French easels are preferable to the half easel.The half easels are not as stable and tend to torque and break more easily.(For the class in La Crosse, if you have a French easel, please bring it.If you do not, we can see what we can do as far as moving my studio easels and taborettes down to Riverside park.)
6)Brush washer:Should be small enough to place in the drawer box which extends out the front of your French easel.
7)Paint rags:There are paper toweling available at grocery stores, or you could bring a supply of flannel paint rags.
8)Brushes and paints:Will be discussed in an attachment to this letter. 9)Gessoed masonite panels:I have purchased a supply of 11x14Amersand Gessobord, which can be purchased for $4 a board, or you may bring your own 11x14 gessoed masonite panels.We will use one board per session, fortotal of 9 boards.