Doug Swinton – The Big Five: The Essential Tools of Painting (Online); Thursdays, July 18-August 8, 2024

Dates: Thursdays, July 18-August 8, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time, 7:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: All

As artists, we all have a tool box. Just like a plumber who comes to fix your sink, each job we do requires certain tools. There are  5 essential tools you can use to get the job done. By implementing these, you will not only get a solid structure from which to build your composition, but you will also eliminate the negative thoughts and doubts that plague you during the creative process. Pre-planning with the right tools will make the creative process easier. Not only will this help you paint with greater confidence, you will use these big 5 to choose better locations for painting and to take better reference photos.

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Doug Swinton has the enviable reputation of being one of Canada’s premier outdoor painters.  Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Doug depicts the foothills and mountains of the Canadian Rockies with powerful movement, light, and bold colour.

Doug’s knowledge of art and his willingness to share this knowledge with his art students has earned him a reputation as an outstanding artist and instructor. His classes include topics such as color theory, composition, life drawing, and outdoor, or “plein air” painting.

Since he grew up watching his mother paint, art has always been an important part of Doug’s life.  However, he says, “I never really intended to make art a career…it just keeps happening.”   There seems to be no doubt, that with his love of painting outdoors, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta make his home province, perfect for this talented man.

Doug Swinton’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States, as well as Europe.  He was one of twenty-three artists invited to exhibit at the prestigious “Hockaday Museum of Art” in Kalispell, Montana in the show, “A Timeless Legacy: Peace Park 2018”.  His exhibition piece, “High Waterton Range” was purchased for the Hockaday’s permanent collection.

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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