Brian Sindler – The Difference Between Making Paintings and Making Art (Online); Saturdays, January 13-February 3, 2024

Date: Saturdays, January 13-February 3, 2024
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, acrylic or water-based mediums

Discover your potential for artistic expression with international award-winning artist Brian Sindler in this four-day workshop. This intensive four-week workshop offers an opportunity to delve into the materials, mediums, and philosophy that underpins Brian’s studio and Plein Air process. Gain insights into the philosophy that drives artistic creations. Explore the concept of interpreting nature rather than merely replicating it. Move beyond the confines of academic painting as you learn to harness the power of small sketches, dynamic color studies, and photography as tools for artistic expression. Brian will provide a comprehensive step-by-step process to help you create better-designed sketches, develop the skills for blocking in paintings, and simplify the complexity of color palettes. Understanding the distinction between creating mere paintings and crafting genuine art is the first step towards having the practical knowledge and creative inspiration to embark on your own artistic journey with confidence. This workshop will transform your creative process and elevate your art to new heights! Oil, acrylic or water-based mediums are welcome.

Brian Sindler was born in Chicago in 1957. He received a bachelor of arts from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. Working as a musician for years, he did not take up art until he was into his thirties.

Sindler began classes at the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1996. From 1997 through 2001, he was enrolled at the School of Representational Art, a French-style atelier in Chicago.

After graduation, he turned his attention to landscape painting, especially plein air painting. Much of his earlier work was impressionistic in style and clearly influenced by Monet and other French impressionistic masters with a focus on lighting and color. Many of his early landscape paintings were executed in and around his home in the North Shore of Chicago.

In 2004-2005, while pursuing new opportunities for artistic experimentation and growth, Brian entered into what would be considered a more tonalistic phase of his career. Whether in the studio or plein air, his work became more characterized by the use of subdued palette, the flattening of the pictorial space and a thinner paint application with broad bands of color. Going forward Brian has become very comfortable taking liberties with both form and color.

From 2012 to current, Brian has produced an amazing body of paintings that are clearly influenced by the American Tonalistic movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This work is somewhat more painterly and less abstract, although the forms are still highly simplified. In these paintings, formal considerations take a back seat to contrasting tonalities and color harmonies. The effect is both poetic and sublime.

Brian Sindler has exhibited widely in individual and group shows. In addition to gallery exhibitions, he has been a regular exhibitor at the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Plein Air Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and the Cedarburg Plein Air Competition. He has been awarded numerous prizes in these competitions.

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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.
  • You will have access to an online class group message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • 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.