When we studied the four compositional formats in Brandt’s classes,we were sent off into plein air to find our subjects, paint the four and come back in a few hours for the critique.
For an indoor classroom, I would suggest you look through your pictures and bring prints of a subject area — such as a boatyard or marina, flowers and gardens, shots at a farm, or a farmers’ market, children playing. Good references help. And please print the ideas. You cannot work off a pad, phone or laptop for this. You may also bring paintings on which you got stuck for us to see if this can help you.
I will have photos on hand too. And lots of examples of the solutions to help you learn how to decide.
Once you get the idea, we will do 4 quick sketch-paintings of you idea. It is in the doing that you really learn what makes the composition stronger or weaker and be able to use it as a compositional guide from here on out.
The Cottage Hobby House, the NE corner of 12th (main road to the ferry) and M (first light after the turn from Commercial onto 12th). Turn in the alley to park. Bring a sack lunch, there is a refrigerator and microwave. We have coffee and tea.
The Cottage Hobby House is a open, attractive space with lots of light. The classes are limited to 10 which allows enough space for everyone to have at least half a table. Class is 9:30-3:30. The building will be open at 9 so you can get settled.
Always use Arches cold press paper (I like 140 lb bright white). I also prefer the synthetic brushes, Taklon bristles used by Winsor Newton and some other are my preferred brushes.
For this class you will need a sketchbook and some soft lead pencils, plus 4 quarter sheets and your palette.
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