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Intermediate/Advanced Landscape Composition & Design

$250.00

5 weeks
Wednesday evenings, September 12-October 10
6-9 pm
Instructor:  Dave Salerno

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5 weeks
Wednesday evenings, September 12-October 10
6-9 pm
Instructor:  Dave Salerno
some experience with oil painting recommended

Have you been disappointed with the results of your landscape painting efforts, even though you can draw and apply paint?  Even though you know the fundamentals of landscape composition, do you feel there is something missing?  If so, you are probably struggling with design and composition issues.

This 5 -week class will cover design and composition issues related to key elements in landscape paintings.  The goal is to improve each student’s ability to identify and improve advanced design and composition problems, using lectures, examples, demonstrations, compositional pencil and ink sketches, and compositional monochrome paintings which can then be completed with color.  Optional homework will be to complete the monochrome paintings using color in any medium, with in-class review of these paintings.

The first session will be devoted to trees, a major element in most landscape paintings.  Subsequent sessions will cover skies and clouds, water, mountains, rocks, grass, buildings and figures.  These elements will be discussed with examples and demonstrations.  Participants will work from photos, with the intent to improve the design qualities of the individual elements.

In class, participants will work with their own landscape photos from which they will make sketches, monochrome washes, and start full-color oil paintings based on their sketches.  The focus will be on improving specific design elements in the photo.

Homework – Yikes!  Participants are encouraged to finish their paintings in color at home and bring them to the next class.    We will discuss these paintings at the start of each class, focusing on design and composition.

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About the instructor:
David Michael Salerno is a representational oil painter with interest in landscape (including plein air), still-life, figurative and portrait painting.  Noticing his interest in drawing as a young boy, his artist mother bought him an instructional drawing set.  David painted throughout his life, even during his years as a practicing cardiologist.  In Minneapolis, he attended the Atelier Lack, where he obtained a foundation in classical drawing and painting.  Upon retiring from his medical career, David has focused on his passion for painting.

David has a keen interest in the technology of oil painting.  He takes pride in utilizing proven techniques and products to ensure strong and stable paint layers that result in a quality archival painting.

He is a member of several national oil painting organizations, including the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Portrait Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS).  He has achieved the designation of Signature Artist in NOAPS.