Our confrontation with the landscape is the manifestation of our self in the world. Working outside challenges the painter to make a concrete image with constantly changing dynamics of what is seen. Engaging with the landscape is difficult – by nature it is acting upon you as you work – however that creates an experience very special and unique as to working in the controlled environment of the studio. This week-long intensive will investigate making imagery, the urgency of the moment, and the experience of painting outside in the scene of Telluride. We will work to complete our paintings during each morning or afternoon session, with one extended, larger image being developed over the last three mornings of class. Our goals will include making plastic, meaningful imagery while expanding our knowledge of landscape painting in general. Students will have 7-8 pieces by the end of the week. Drawing experience is recommended. The class will begin at 9 am and work in a predetermined location. Students are welcome to begin painting before that time. Lunch should be packed every day. We will work on two paintings a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. During the week, critiques will be done based on the needs of each student, with a formal critique of all students’ work after the final morning session. We will meet after each day and discuss our work. There will be a lecture discussing landscape painting history with images after our sessions on the second day. Artists that students will want to familiarize themselves with are: Hiroshige, John Constable, Camille Corot, Nicolas Poussin, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Vincent Vangogh, Pierre Bonnard, Giorgio Morandi, Chaim Soutine, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Stanley Lewis. Recommended reading: Landscape Into Art by Kenneth Clark.