Each day begins with a demonstration or illustration. Dawson provides a continuous monologue explaining his thoughts throughout the painting process. In the course of the workshop Dawson will demonstrate two different approaches to painting as well as how to construct black and white and color thumbnails. After each demonstration, students are given the remaining time to try their hand at the skills illustrated. Dawson goes from student to student giving individual instruction, based upon need.
Topics covered in the landscape workshop include:
Two activities that you can practice that will accelerate your mastery of painting.
3 types of designs that characterize compelling paintings.
The principles that are used to create the illusion of depth in a landscape.
A systematic approach to plein air painting.
The advantages of and short comings of plein air and studio landscape.
The principle of the common color.
The underlying concept of color harmony.
How to solve color problems as you paint.
Different approaches to under-painting
Day 1: In the morning I give a landscape demonstration. I illustrate creating and using black and white thumbnail studies. I talk about separating landscapes into planes. I describe the 7 principles used to create the illusion of depth in a painting, and illustrate the use of an under-painting. In the afternoon, students work on their own painting, starting with thumbnail sketches. The day ends with a critique of the work done.
Day 2: In the morning, I demonstrate several different ways to under-paint with color. I describe the underlying principles of color harmony. I talk about how to overcome the problem of green in landscapes and how to solve color problems as the painting progresses. I cover the 3 principle types of compositions. Students spend the rest of the day working on their own paintings. The day ends with summary of topics covered as well as a critique of work done.
Day 3: I review the 3 principle types of design and color harmony. The class spends the morning and afternoon working on their own paintings. The day ends with a critique of work done.
Day 4: Continue practicing the skills that were taught.
No two workshops are exactly alike. The topics above may be covered in a different sequence than described. Here is a summary of the skills and ideas that are covered.
Doug was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1944 raised in Illinois and Minnesota. He attended Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Doug is a member and has received awards from the Pastel Society of America, the International Association of Pastel Artists, American Watercolor Society and Knickerbocker Artists. He was a founding board member for the Art Students League of Denver. Dawson has taught for Colorado Institute of Art and Colorado Christian University. He currently teaches a Plein Air painting class and a studio class for the Art Students League of Denver. Dawson teaches painting workshops around the United States. Doug is recognized as a "Master of Pastel" by the Pastel Society of America. He wrote a book titled "Capturing Light and Color with Pastel" and is included in many instructional books on pastel painting. He is a Member of the Masters Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Doug was the Pastel Society of America 2008 Hall of Fame Honoree.
This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)
Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday & Friday 9/5-9/8
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
Depart - check-out time is 10:00
Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Tuesday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)
Friday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.
Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.