Richard Suckling – Simplify to Amplify (Online); Mondays, August 19 & 26, 2024

Date: Mondays, August 19 & 26, 2024
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time, 12:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time/5:00-7:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Suitable for all mediums (Richard will work in pastel)

A two week pastel course looking specifically on how we interpret a subject and by simplifying the design we can amplify or strengthen the effectiveness of our paintings. Whether working from photographic reference or even more so en plein air, our ability to refine and edit a scene or subject is a vital skill for the artist. Following on from the technique takeaway ‘Seeing the forest from the trees’ this course will look closer at the ability to see the big picture and not get dragged down by the unnecessary detail. Over the two weeks we will cover both landscape and still life subjects and break them down with an effective approach to tackling seemingly complex motifs.

All demos will be in soft pastel but painters in other mediums may benefit from this two week course and it is suitable for all abilities.

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Richard Suckling studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art and worked for a number of years as an illustrator in London, before heading to the beautiful West of England to pursue a new career as a painter. He works almost exclusively in soft pastels and sells his work worldwide through galleries and privately through his social media pages and website.

He enjoys teaching regular workshops, throughout the UK, as well as pastel demonstrations and workshops on-line worldwide. He was one of the faculty members for Pastel Live in 2022, as well as appearing on Art School live with Eric Rhoads, and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Pastel Today website.

As well as writing regularly for magazines extolling the virtues of this amazing medium, including The Artist Magazine in the UK, articles on Richard’s work have also appeared in Plein Air Magazine in the US, Practique Des Arts in France, Pastel World Magazine in China.

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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