- February 15, 2018 - March 22, 2018
Let’s take a break from winter and go to the beach! Imagine listening to the wave crash against the shore as you bask in the warm sunshine.
Imagine the feeling of warm salty air against your skin as you explore the beach for unexpected treasures.
Imagine watching a pelican gliding on the air currents before diving for his breakfast.
Ready to go?! Let’s get started!
We’ll be visiting the following in our four assignments:
- Boardwalks And Pathways To The Beach
- Beach Treasures (Birds, Crabs, Sand Dollars, Sea Stars, Turtles)
- Colorful Structures
- What A View! Waves, Water and More
We will learn about creating movement in our pages as things are seldom still at the beach. We’ll be using complementary colors to create a zing to our pages, and we will explore different ways to give our pages a finished look, creating suggested texture, when to leave details out and when to add them, and what we can do to add unity and harmony to our sketchbook pages when we’re traveling and moving fast!
Video demos are provided for all of the assignments. All techniques are shown so that you can “see” when and where they’re used. You have total flexibility as to when you watch the videos once they are posted. The demos are available for the duration of the class and you can watch them as many times as you like. Some “travelers” find it helpful to paint along with the video, pausing it as needed to learn the techniques Laure is demonstrating. Others watch the video and then apply the techniques to a photo reference of their choosing.
Individual and gentle feedback is given by Laure for each piece of work posted to the private class blog. All feedback is provided in a secure environment along with encouragement from the other class “travelers.” Everyone will have email access for any questions or challenges that come up during the “visit” to the Beach.
The recommended art supply list can be found here.
Students enrolling in this class should have the following:
- Basic drawing skills including an understanding of shapes, shading, values and perspective
- Basic painting skills including an understanding of washes, values, shaping and shapes (While it is not necessary for you to use watercolor, all demos and techniques will focus on using watercolor as the main sketching medium)
- Computer (User) Skills
- Use of email (to receive assignment details)
- Participation in a blog environment (how to post images, make comments)
Computer Technology Requirements
- Computer with high-speed internet connection**
- Email (to receive assignments)
- Scanner or digital camera (for posting images)
- Computer for posting to the private class blog**
**Please note: While you can access the assignments, private class blog and video demos from a tablet (iPad®), you will still need a computer to post your assignments to the class blog. It is rarely possible to do so with an iPad.
Format And Options
There are four assignments with video demos and pdf handouts provided so that you can see the techniques used. An assignment will be posted each week from February 15th through March 8th.
The Interactive Class ONLY is for those artists who are looking to receive feedback from Laure via a private class blog and encouragement from the other travelers. This class format also works well for those artists who enjoy a high level of interaction with other travelers and feedback from the instructor, and those who tend to procrastinate because it is deadline driven. The class has a cushion of two extra weeks should you fall behind or have other obligations during the class.
The Self-Study Class ONLY is a great learning style is for those artists who have a demanding schedule, for those not interested in participating in the private blog environment, or receiving feedback from Laure. It is also an excellent format for those artists who work slowly and have no desire to work faster or to work on location.
The artist will have access to the materials for one year from the date of class start* (February 15, 2018). All handouts can be downloaded. Videos can be watched as many times as the artist wants, but are not downloadable.
*If the artist signs up for the class after February 15th and before March 8th, the class materials will come online in a weekly format. If the artist signs up for the class after March 8th, all materials will be available upon enrolling.
The Interactive and Self-Study Class Bundle combines the Interactive Class with the Independent Learning format so that you can participate in the blog environment as well as hang on to the materials for a year!
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