April 01 - 03, 2020

Alla Prima Floral Sketch with Devin Cecil-Wishing

April 01 - 03, 2020 GCA • 4606 11th Street Long Island CityNY  11101 View Map Organized by Grand Central Atelier


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April 01 - 03, 2020
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


4606 11th Street Long Island CityNY  11101
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Painting flowers provides a unique challenge for an artist. Because of their translucent petals, bright colors and quickly changing shapes, artists are forced to be more decisive than ever in order to capture their subject before it has changed. In this class, students will spend each day making a different alla prima floral painting as they become familiar with the experience of directly depicting flowers in oil paint. The first day will start with a demonstration by the instructor to get people started. In this first days demo, emphasis will be put on how to begin our paintings well, so that we can set ourselves up for success throughout the painting process. We will also be talking extensively about color mixing, paint handling, materials and how our light source interacts with the unique qualities of flower petals, giving them the special characteristics that make us so drawn to them in the first place Students will bring their own flowers. It is recommended when you are choosing flowers to paint, to select flowers that will give you a clear sense of forms turning, with distinct, individual petals for us to look at.  Things like roses, peonies, calla lilies, tulips, iris, daffodils, anemones, lilies, amaryllis, sunflowers, orchids, etc can all be good choices.   Try to avoid things that have millions of very tiny parts such as mums, dahlias, hydrangeas, or ranunculus.  Having flowers with a ton of small, nondescript parts can be very challenging in an alla prima context because it can be very difficult to latch on to any one part of it.   We have ball jars at the studio to use as vases but if students want a different vessel, they should also bring one with them to use.
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