Instructed by Christian White, this course is an opportunity to learn painting technique and principles of pictorial art by working alongside an experienced painter with a long career and some public recognition. Mr. White believes both in a structured education, involving imparting sound technical and practical instruction, and the experience of watching a professional at work, as the basis of a path to achieving one's own career goals as an artist.
Students from age 12 through professional adults are welcome, provided they have an open mind and a willingness to learn.
All painting (or graphic) mediums are welcome, although the default medium will be oil painting for beginning students, with an emphasis on developing drawing skills. Mr. White has plenty of experience working in oil, egg tempera, mixed oil-egg technique, watercolor, gouache, casein, and acrylics, and can contribute technical guidance in all of them. Classes will involve group and instructor critiques, a free exchange of ideas and professional advice, and will involve painting from a live model some of the time, as well as working outside or from set-ups, as the needs of the group dictate.
This is not a course based on a single genre or subject; we will work on landscape, figure painting, and still life. Instructor demonstrations will be a major part of the class.
Students who have experience are asked to bring some examples of their work to the first class, which will involve individual analysis and critique, with the aim of planning a personal direction forward.