One always talks of surrendering to nature. There is also such a thing as surrendering to the picture.
― Pierre Bonnard
These series of workshops explore this medium in a variety of aspects. The class “Virtually” meets once a week for two consecutive Tuesdays.
While we are all stuck indoors, we still can look outside for inspiration! In this workshop, we will literally look out of our windows and learn how to paint the “landscape” whether urban or natural. It all depends on you.
Students will learn how to use a grid system to create a realistic composition. They will also learn how to mix and apply colors to mimic what they observe.
Class 1: Overview and set up a grid system for painting outside of the window. Students should prepare to paint directly facing a window. Ariel will then show them step-by-step how to paint with watercolor what they observe outside. The class will discuss the history of window-based landscapes in art throughout.
Class 2: Students will share their work before class. We will continue to work on our landscapes, and I will also start another piece to explore the more expressionistic version of window landscapes. Afterward, we will have a mini-critique of work.
There is going to be a brief critique after class, but students can also get feedback in two ways:
• Students will tag their work using #artwithabr and Ariel will share it to her private Instagram.
• They can also email her at [email protected] for a detailed critique of their work.
About the Instructor:
Ariel Baron-Robbins has been teaching at the college level for over 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has a personal relationship with watercolors as she learned how to paint with them at an early age. Her mother, Paula Temple (Professor Emeritus of Painting at the University of Mississippi) and Ariel would go on “exploring walks” with their paints and paper and create works outside. Ariel continued in her mother’s footsteps and became a Professor herself specializing in painting and drawing and progressing into video art and photography.
Ariel is an Oolite Arts alumnus (2014-2016) and drawing, watercolor, and digital art instructor.