South Pomfret, Vermont
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Painting en Plein Air

Venture outdoors to paint the natural beauty surrounding you.

Landscape painting has a rich and lively tradition. Painting en plein air (in the open air) allows artists the opportunity to capture the light, color, and feel of a place. Our site affords us stunning vistas, abundant in beauty and richness. We will explore how to capture this beauty on canvas. Using smaller thumbnails studies, we will explore what makes an interesting composition, creating depth and foreground interest. You will learn how to manipulate paint successfully, how to mix color, and how to create depth and richness in your paintings. Participants will explore techniques like direct painting, impasto, and glazing, and will learn about linear and atmospheric perspective.

Students can use either acrylic or oil paint. Acrylic paint is more forgiving (it dries more quickly), allowing for correction and application of faster glaze (transparent) layers. Oil paint is more challenging to use as it has a longer drying time, but allows for very rich surfaces (probably best for those who are somewhat experienced).

A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Dan Gottsegen is a painter, printmaker, and has done large scale, permanent, outdoor public artworks. His work is exhibited internationally and is in many public and private collections such as the Hood Museum, Oakland Museum, US State Dept., and in many foundations and corporate collections. Dan has won a VT Arts Council Artist Grant and the Teaching Excellence Award at UMASS. He was an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, at the Ucross Foundation, recently in Wales, and he was the sole artist in residence selected for Seahorse Key National Wildlife Refuge in 2018, where he lived and worked alone in an historic lighthouse on an uninhabited island. Dan’s work is inspired by the natural world and week-long solo hikes above 10,000 feet in the high Sierra. He was an associate professor of painting at University of Massachusetts Lowell and a full professor at California College of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information about Dan, visit his website.