Gage Opdenbrouw - Landscape and Memory: From the Field Sketch to the Studio Painting (Online); Mondays, July 11-25, 2022

Date: Mondays, July 11-25, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30PM Pacific Time (1:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time/6:30-9:30PM London Time)
Level: All
Medium: Drawing and all paint mediums

Painting outside is a great way to get the experience under your fingernails, the light and the feel of a place, smells and sounds of a place in your memory.  This class will focus on outdoor painting in relation to larger scale and longer duration studio paintings:  how do your needs in the studio inform or dictate your outdoor practice?  What kind of notes can we take by drawing, as opposed to painting?  What kind of role does photography play in my process?  These sorts of questions and more will be addressed in this workshop focused on working both FROM direct observation, and AWAY from it.

Week 1:  The outdoor sketch—demo and lecture heavy, 40-60 min for participants to introduce their own work—we will talk about everything from gear to setup tips, scale, media, and more.

Week 2:  the studio painting:  again, demo heavy, lecture heavy, perhaps another 30-40 min to review field work and discuss it in service of studio paintings—we will talk about the experience of painting in the studio:  now that we have ‘all the time in the world’, and good clear stable light, how do we develop our paintings AWAY from the motif?

Week 3: looking at it all:  whole session critique of student work, with no more than 30 min presentation/lecture

“A deep thematic thread runs through all of my work, it’s a ‘vanitas’ sort of message, to take the time to be present, to notice the magic of noticing, the richness of what’s right in front of us. I think that there is something radical in making work that is intimate in scale and quiet in its content and its aims–it strikes me as a tonic, an antidote, for our times, which are increasingly dehumanized, and in which people are living lives that are increasingly disembodied, mediated by a screen, and constantly stimulated. My art is about connecting with this world, this moment, as it is, as deeply as possible.”

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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.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.