Architecture can appear overwhelming, but by training our eye to see past detail, we can convey buildings in paint very powerfully. In this class students will strengthen their perceptual acuity with regards to seeing buildings and structures more confidently and clearly: simplifying, conveying details, edge variety, sighting angles. On day one we will learn how to simplify complex information and capture the essence of what we see without getting bogged down in detail and minutiae. We will begin by completing smaller and faster studies, while working in either grayscale or a limited palette. These small studies will teach us how to see complex information simple, and clearly.
On day two and three we will begin longer session paintings, but use smaller surfaces: 10x10, 14x14, 12x16 (in this range).We will use a full palette and slowly begin adding details, learning how to sight angles, assess perspective issues simply, and vary our edges and marks to create more nuance paintings.
Each day will consist of slides and discussion and a short demo (on day 1 and 2).
Photo references: Students enrolled in this class will be working from photo references. Please gather a series of references of complex buildings or cityscape images that show a clear light source, revealing both a light side and dark side of the buildings. This is very important. *No flat light references.