Nancy Tankersley - First the Rules, Then the Magic (Online); Tuesdays, September 7-October 5, 2021

Date: Tuesdays, September 7-October 5, 2021 (5-week course)
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM Pacific Time/1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylics

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This is a course for beginner painters AND for people who have been painting a long time but feel that they are missing some vital information. At the end of this course, you should be able to identify when a painting is not working and why. Primarily for oil painters, if you like to work in acrylic that is okay and what I am teaching applies equally across most mediums. Each day I will do a demo and you will leave with an assignment. We will paint several different subjects including still life, figurative and landscape. There will be time in each session for discussion and in Week Two – Five a review of your assignments for the week.

Course Outline: 

Week One – Drawing – Ways to improve your drawing and make sure it’s right. Also how to exaggerate for effect.

Week Two – Value and Color . Understanding value and why it is so important, how value and color relate and how to mix color from a limited palette.

Week Three – Design. Exploring the basic rules. Why does one painting make you want to linger and another merits only a quick glance?

Week Four – Edges and Surfaces – The importance of edges and fun ways to handle them. How to take control of photo reference and make your paintings look as though they were painted from life. How to achieve a variety of surfaces and create textural interest.

Week Five – Finishing and Self-Critique and the important questions to ask yourself. Discovering your own esthetic, how to make the scene your own and create magic!

Nancy Tankersley began her career as a portraitist but entered the gallery scene with figurative paintings of people at work and at leisure. Currently as she searches for the unpredictable, Tankersley moves between landscape, figures and still life. Incorporating non-traditional tools , supports and technologies for her paintings she remains faithful to her impressionistic style.

Active in the current plein air movement, and a founder of Plein Air Easton, she travels worldwide participating in competitions, judging and teaching. Most recently, she was the Featured Artist at the 49th Annual Waterfowl Exhibit and Festival in Easton, Maryland where she featured paintings of watermen at work. In 2016 and 2017 she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Recent awards include Award for Excellence at the American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibit in 2018, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibit.

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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 30 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.