Leigh Culver – Create Striking Landscapes with Foreground Interrupters (Online); Friday, August 11, 2023

Date: Friday, August 11, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:30PM Pacific Time/5:00-6:30 PM Eastern Time/10:00-11:30 PM London Time
Medium: All

How can you make your landscapes look distinctive and less predictable in the flood of images saturating the art market?  Consider the compositional strategy of many successful artists from the past:  use what I call “landscape interrupters.”

In this presentation, we’ll explore examples by Paul Cezanne, Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Jane Freilicher, as well as artists from the Canadian Group of Seven and others, who all used “landscape interrupters” in striking and unusual ways.  How do these interrupters function?  How do they enhance a viewer’s attention and response to the scene?  How might we consider using foreground interrupters to make our own landscapes stand out from the crowd?

Leigh Culver is an art historian, teacher and painter.  She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and taught American Art for the University of Notre Dame’s Washington Program for over a decade.  Prior to teaching, she worked in the curatorial departments at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in education at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  As a painter, she has won multiple watercolor awards in the Mid-Atlantic region and recently served as President of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.  She taught advanced watercolor at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA, before turning to teaching “Painting through Art History” with online Zoom classes. www.leighculverart.com

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About Our Technique Takeaways: 

  • Discover specific art techniques you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one-and-a-half hour presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration by the artists.
  • If you are unable to attend live over Zoom, you will have access to the recording for 60 days. Technique Takeaways are non-refundable.
  • Once you’ve signed up, you will receive the link to the page where you will find the Zoom link, class recording and other important information for this class. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the night before the class (don’t forget to check your junk folder).
  • You can also access the class by using the online class group. Find out how to access the class group message board here. 
  • To take part, you will need a Zoom enabled computer OR iPad/smart tablet OR smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.