Plein Air Painting with John Silvjak

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Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2021 - Friday, July 9th, 2021

Time: 12:00 am

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Learn the Essentials of Landscape Painting with John Slivjak

Date July 8, 4:00pm & July 9, 1:00pm

Fee $50

Join Philadelphia artist John Slivjak for a two-day painting workshop at Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences.  Learn strategies to prepare for, organize, and get the most out of your Plein Air painting experience.

Discussion Topics will include:

  • Selecting the best easel types and equipment for your outing. 
  • Choosing appropriate media for your trip including pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, pastel, etc.
  • Learning to set and evaluate specific goals for each outing.
  • How to prepare for various Plein Air conditions including anticipating weather and the changing light.
  • Practicing the elements of composition
  • Learning the importance of color

Learning Objectives and Goals:

  • The class will gather ideas and information in the form of studies and sketches. 
  • Selection and composition
  • The palette
  • Types of compositions

July 8th at 4:00 PM we will meet at the Foundation parking lot.

I will give a brief demonstration of the materials that I use for plein air painting. This will give us a chance to discuss the goals and objective of the workshop.

Workshop participants will select a vantage point near the Foundation to begin painting. I will visit each of you and offer critiques. 4pm until the set sets will enable us to paint during the “golden hour”. 

Example: A goal of painting the setting sun will give us time to plan a composition. Some of the objectives will be to understand Value as a compositional element along with use of Color, Balance etc.

July 9th at 1:00 PM Meet in the Foundation

A group critique in the Foundation.  Bring a lunch!

We will discuss the work we did the previous day.

Second day objective will be to help individuals develop a strategy to achieve their personal goals in plein air painting. I will be available throughout the day.

You could set up on the beach or another nearby location on the Island.

Materials

This is an artist workshop. I will be demonstrating in oil on boards but am experienced in most media. You are free to select which media to use. You are expected to bring materials to work with. There are no local art stores to purchase materials.

Shade is important! Be prepared with Umbrellas or shade canopies. 

Water! Stay hydrated

Painting Supplies:

Easel to hold your work

Canvas, panel, or paper taped down on a board

Sizes – 9×12, 11×14, no larger than 12×16

Sketch Book if you plan to draw

Pencils, Erasers

Paint brushes

Water to clean and thin acrylics or watercolor

Mineral Spirits if working with oil

Paint – acrylic, oil or watercolor 

You will only need 3 colors plus white:

Alizarin Crimson, Light yellow (Cadmium Yellow pale), Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White

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