David Sharpe – Creating a Sense of Place (Online); Mondays, June 10-24, 2024

Put more emotion into your painting!

Date: Mondays, June 10-24, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 1:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time/6:00-8:30 PM UK Time
Level: All – some drawing experience strongly recommended
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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Capturing the feeling of a place in a landscape painting can be an elusive thing. But it is a quality that we all admire in the best landscape paintings. What exactly drives the emotion in painting a particular scene? Is it the composition? Is it the design? Is it the color? Well, it’s all of the above, working in harmony.

In this three-week course, artist David Sharpe will show you how he orchestrates this harmony as it relates to the land in his work through the tools of design, composition and colour. He’ll cover these topics one at a time over the three weeks. He’ll discuss his favorite masters of feeling, from history and from today, who he feels have captured that elusive sense of place, and discuss each in depth in slides before doing a demo.

You’ll discover real tools and get insights you can apply to your own work right away. And because he’ll critique your homework in Procreate on his iPad, you’ll not only read his comments, you’ll see them right on your screen which doubles your learning!


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Canadian artist David Sharpe describes his influences as the American, British and Russian Impressionist painters of the 20th Century, with a special affinity for the American Tonalists of the 20th Century. He moves fluidly between tonalism, his own brand of impressionism and expressive non-representational abstraction.

An Honors graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Sharpe taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. A skilled art instructor, he lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where he sat on the College’s Advisory Board.

David Sharpe’s work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is actively collected in Canada and the USA. He is a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society and is the only Canadian member of the prestigious and exclusive American Tonalist Society. He lives and works in Cochrane, a small ranching town in the foothills near Calgary Alberta, Canada.

Sharpe is represented by Mountain Galleries in Banff, Jasper and Whistler BC and Village Studios in Stratford, Ontario.

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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