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Calvin Liang's Santa Barbara Workshop

September 20-23, 2023

4 Days, Outdoor and Indoor, in Beautiful Santa Barbara

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Fee:  $900. Only 16 seats available.

Workshop hostsLinda D. Nelson
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Workshop includes:

Evening Demo on Tuesday, September 19 (a $25 value, included)
Two days en Plein Air on locations TBA.
Two days in Studio, learning Calvin’s methods and techniques; time painting from your own photos or his demo image.
One on one critiques at your easel.
Maps, lists of recommended eateries in the area, local features and artist’s resources.
Friday evening BBQ at Chez Nelson.

Studio venue:  St. Michael’s University Church, 6586 Picasso Rd., Isla Vista, CA.
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Workshop Description and Details

Calvin Liang will be teaching a 4-day workshop with two days of outdoor painting. Two days will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos you take on location. Calvin will begin with a demonstration then he will spend time with each student throughout the rest of the day. It is recommended to bring a laptop or tablet for the studio days. Alternatively, you may have color prints of your reference photos printed locally.

Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. The lessons will include:

  1. How to plan a composition that will be effective for the artist’s intentions and preferences.
  2. How to better see and use warm and cool color in the landscape.
  3. How to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting.
  4. How to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color and drawing skills.
  5. How to consider the reasons for different paint surface textures, and brushstroke direction over the forms; and
  6. How to get the best possible results in a short time.

Upcoming Workshop: Liz Haywood-Sullivan Returns to Santa Barbara

Spring 2024

Explore both studio and plein air pastel painting with instruction by internationally acclaimed artist, instructor, and author Liz Haywood-Sullivan. This intensive workshop starts with one day in the studio where we will cover using her Good Bones structural system to painting and discussion of portability with pastels. The next two days we move into the inspiring landscapes of the Santa Barbara coastal region. Our daily plein air studies will involve direct observation of the landscape with instruction in choosing your subject and composition from life. We will cover correct drawing, value choices, aerial perspective, sky and water valuework, and how to make underpainting work for you. Importantly, we will work on how to see more accurately and rely less on the camera. Each day will start with a demonstration and there will be plenty of individual instruction at your easels.

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