David Sharpe – Painting the Tonalist Landscape (Online); Mondays, July 22 & 29, 2024

Date: Mondays, July 22 & 29, 2024
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time, 4:00-6:00 PM Eastern Time/9:00-11:00 PM UK Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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The American Tonalist movement of the late 18th century still resonates today with the  quiet beauty of tonal colour and simple composition. In this 2-week course, David Sharpe, an exhibited member of The American Tonalist Society in NYC, will demonstrate how he approaches  painting in the Tonalist tradition. He’ll look at yesterday’s and today’s tonal masters and explain why their work works. He’ll show you how to compose for the quiet beauty and how to mix and apply the soft colours that the Tonalists used.

If you’d like to dial  down your style and dial up the emotion and beauty in your work, this is the perfect primer to get you going.

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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.

He 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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