Christopher Best – Value Studies with Markers: Planning a Successful Painting (Online); Tuesdays, July 16-30, 2024

Date: Tuesdays, July 16-30, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time, 1:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:30-9:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: All

Supply List: Prisma Color Value markers, warm or cool; 9×12 XL Canson Mixed Media sketchbook; drawing pencils, one soft and one hard; H, 2b-6b

Achieving your best composition can be a daunting and illusive pursuit. Learn the art of honing an idea by creating multiple studies and versions of a scene. Using grey scale value markers and a sketchbook, students will learn to identify the options they have for the best tonal arrangement for their future painting. Key topics include, the planes and how they effect values. Keying a scene based on the quality of light. Making creative changes that support our main idea. The class will focus on building up our ideas before we start to paint, thus increasing our chances at creating a successful painting.

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Christopher Best first developed an appreciation for painting during childhood trips to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. During his high school years Best completed a study program at the National Gallery focusing on the work of American painter George Bellows. This would begin to form the framework for his future as an artist. As an undergraduate, Best began his academic artistic studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. He then continued his studies in outdoor painting under the tutelage of Tim Bell, an established Maryland artist. Best credits Bell as having largely influenced his “Plein-Air” painting method. Best also studied figure drawing and painting with Robert Liberace at the Art League of Alexandria. Other influences include the works of Swedish Illustrator John Bauer, the marine paintings of E. Groupe’ , The illustrators of the American Golden era, George Bellows, the painters of the American “Ashcan School” as well as others. Christopher’s work is largely reflective of these influences and the joy of painting from nature.

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 a private class 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 or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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