Aimee Erickson - The Backlit Still Life Part III (Online); Tuesdays, December 20, 2022-January 17, 2023 (no class Dec. 27)

Date: Tuesdays, December 20, 2022-January 17, 2023
Time: 9:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time (12:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/5:00-7:30 PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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Painters use color and value to show how light describes nature. Learning the language of painting, and understanding light, gives us more freedom in choosing how we paint the objects we see, rather than having to look to nature for every decision.

In this workshop we will study the phenomenon of backlighting, where the light source is behind the object. Start with what you do know and gain skills by doing exercises that isolate different aspects of painting.  This class is serious and joyful at the same time. It’s structured and supportive, so you’ll be able to find your zone and learn the next thing you are ready for.

Part 1 of 3 covered the fundamentals of backlighting and its three main subcategories: rim lighting, contre-jour (pronounced “contra zhoor”), and translucency; Part 2 includes lessons on color, composition, reflections, and colored glass.  Part 3 goes into more complex setups and composition.

Class time is a combination of lecture, demo, and practice (so bring your gear!).

Aimee Erickson is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design. She has studied with a number of prominent painters including Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Burton  Silverman, Joseph Paquet, William Park, Stephen Hayes and Ray Roberts. Aimee teaches studio and plein-air painting, drawing and color theory locally and at venues nationwide.Her work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions, and most recently at Plein Air Easton.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.