Students will bring a color photo of a landscape of their choosing to paint with professional instruction over a 6-week course using oil paints. The course will focus on drawing techniques, color value, color theory, and color mixing. The instructor will provide demonstration and assistance as necessary for students as they work on their painting. The course will culminate in a completed piece with an opportunity for assessment of the work created. This course is suitable for artists of all levels.
April 6, 13, & 27 10am – 12pm May 4, 11, & 18 10am -12pm
**May 25 is reserved for any students that need additional time to finish their work
- Class 1 – Introductions. Students will learn basic drawing techniques and begin drawing their composition
- Class 2 – Students will learn about color value. They will make a black paint using the 3 primary colors and complete painting a 9-value grayscale
- Class 3 – The class will learn how to use the grayscale to determine the value of their colors. Students will learn color theory and how to mix colors, as they begin their painting
- Class 4 – Students will continue working on their painting with demonstrations and assistance or coaching from the instructor
- Class 5 – Students will continue working on their painting
- Class 6 – Students will finish their painting and the group will have an opportunity to assess one another’s work
- Class 7 – This class is reserved for any students that need additional time to finish their work
** Additional notes from the instructor, Les Camphuysen, will be emailed to you after you sign up for the class. If you do not receive a supply list by April 1, 2019, please contact the Louisa Arts Center Box Office at 540-967-5200. Thank you.
About The Artist:
Les’ depiction of the Southwest, through his art, shows his respect and love for the “Four Corners” area of the United States where he was born and raised. His landscape paintings of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado, as well as Wyoming and Idaho, are reminiscent of the impressions made upon him through this youth and early adulthood. His sketching of horses, as a ten-year-old, and then cars as a teen, was encouraged by his family, especially his grandmother who encouraged his emerging talent. His first encounter with oil paint was from a paint-by-number set which he received for Christmas at a very young age. In college, instruction through art classes and encouragement from a local artist helped him in his pursuit and desire to become a landscape artist. Mostly self-taught, Les’ drive to improve and perfect his art is evident through his many stages of advancement in the last 46 years or so. Les is very observant of his surroundings, looking for color and scenes that might someday appear in one of his compositions.