Matteo Caloiaro – Interpreting the Landscape in Oils or Acrylics (Online); Mondays, July 22-August 5, 2024

Dates: Mondays, July 22-August 5, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

This three-week course will be about learning to paint landscapes in oil through demonstrations, lectures and critiques. Students will learn how to break down the complexities of nature and urban environments into simple forms. Simplification will be the emphasis, but refinement will also be discussed and demonstrated. Students may work from life or photo reference.

Course Outline

Week 1: Quick studies on small supports:

  • Instructor lecture on materials
  • Instructor slide presentation/lecture on shape-based painters and 5 pillars of good painting
  • Instructor slide presentation/lecture using preliminary sketches to simplify and organize values
  • Instructor demo
  • Students make 2-3 small paintings that take about 3 hours (or less) each

Week 2: Using the palette knife

  • Critique on work from week 1
  • Instructor demo on using the palette knife for blocking in a landscape painting
  • Students make 2 paintings using the palette knife to block in

Week 3: Tackling architecture

  • Critique on work from week 2
  • Lecture/Presentation on basic observational perspective
  • Instructor demo on painting landscapes with architectural elements
  • Students make 1-2 paintings incorporating some kind of architectural element
  • Final critique

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Matteo Caloiaro is a Florida native and an alumnus of Ringling College of Art and Design. He resides in Sarasota, FL with his wife and fellow artist, Brooke Olivares and their two kids, Sofia and Santino. Matteo is a painter, commercial artist and full-time instructor in the Illustration Department at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Matteo is represented by Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota, FL. He has participated in several gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the country. He is the recipient of several awards for his painting at both the national and international level. Matteo’s work has been published in several notable publications including: Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Art of the Portrait Journal, Under the Radar Magazine. Matteo’s work is collected both nationally and internationally. His work is part of numerous private and corporate collections, including the J.M. Smucker Co. and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

He works primarily in oil with a conceptual and narrative emphasis on portraying people and places with a sense of gritty realism.

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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