David Sharpe – The Emotional Landscape (Online); Mondays, April 29-May 20, 2024

Date: Mondays, April 29-May 20, 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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In this 4-week class, contemporary Impressionist painter David Sharpe will teach techniques for painting the landscape poetically, instead of realistically, guiding participants to understand the core principles of light, form and color- while sharing ways to convey mood, atmosphere, and an atmospheric sense of place. He will emphasize the importance of strong design shapes and the use of a limited palette.

Sharpe believes that using the imagination can be far more powerful and engaging than trying to paint every detail that we see with our eyes. His ultimate goal is to teach students “to emote in their work, to try and paint what they ‘feel’ about what they see, not just paint what they see.”

Participants will paint from photo reference. Some drawing experience highly recommended.

“I believe a painting shouldn’t have to shout to be heard. It should have an ‘elegance ‘of design and subject matter. I try to leave something for the viewer’s imagination- not give it all away. Hold some mystery in it.

A collector once said to me ‘David your work is more poetic than picturesque.’ And I’m totally fine with that. I believe it’s not what you put in a piece, it’s what you leave out. But the last word goes to jazz giant Miles Davis who said it so well. “Don’t play what’s there. Play what’s not there.”- David Sharpe


This class is full.  Please sign up for the Wait List to be notified if a spot opens up or if David adds another section of this class.


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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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