Mar 5, 2018

Composition and Perspective Class starting soon

Hello fellow artists!
Back by popular demand I will do another 6-week class of COMPOSITION AND PERSPECTIVE.

I am starting the class on Monday afternoon, March 19, 2018. It will go for 6 Mondays (til April 23), 1-4pm, at the Artists Workshop studios here at 540 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, behind the Marine Discovery Center. $80 for AWI members, $95 for non-members. Please sign up directly with me.

How many times have you started a painting, only to discover half way thru that items are pushed too far to the edge, seemed to "grow", or that you can't make up that background after all? Or you found that you should have painted vertically instead of landscape format? This class will help you get into the habit of making small 10-minute practice sketches for any painting, so you don't invest a lot of time and paint into something that should have been designed a different way or excluded several items.

 For this class I will give hands-on demos and explanations of the principles of composition, like: 
-what to include from your scene/reference photo
-what to edit out or move around and why
-how to correctly distribute your darks and lights for maximum impact
-how to compose the scene on your canvas/paper
-where to place your elements
show the ins and outs of perspective
and how to incorporate people in your scene, at the correct size!

You can paint/draw in any medium!

I want to illustrate these principles on YOUR projects and on as many of them as possible, so you get a lot of samples and ideas. We will have time to do one or two finished paintings if you wish, or you can get many starters as to composition and correct drawing to help you finish them at home.

I will do all demos on projects from you, the students. The more ideas and reference photos you bring, the better. Last time we went outside on 2 occasions and did lessons "en plein air" (on location). Everybody really enjoyed that, and with consensus from the students we will try and do that again.

There is nothing special to buy for this class. We will do lots of sketching, so bring paper or pad, pencils, grey markers and medium to large sharpies, and lots of reference photos of your liking. If you intend to paint an actual project after we discussed the elements of perspective and composition, bring your usual painting items.

I taught this class several times already, and it was very well-received. 
Please sign up directly with me here by responding to this email. Payment is due first day of class. If you cannot make all 6 lessons and you tell me beforehand, I will pro-rate the time you were present. The classes don't really build on one another, so you won't miss anything critical if you are absent from a session.

I need at least 9-10 students.

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions.
Ruth Squitieri

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