An Intimate Painting & Critique Group

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The Art Circle

The Art Circle is an opportunity for shared exploration of new ideas with other artists who have a passion for painting, followed by a group critique. Without a doubt, getting professional feedback in a group critique format is an important part of personal growth.

The Art Circle meets on Wednesday mornings from February through June. Everyone paints independent of a demo or instruction for three hours and then we will spend one hour looking at paintings and I will critique each piece. Paintings will go up on an easel one at a time, so that they get the proper attention they deserve. I will give effective critiques that are organized, structured and to the point. We will look at the five most important elements of painting. They are Design, Values, Color, Edges and Brushwork. Constructive criticism is an invaluable part of learning from your mistakes and getting rid of bad painting habits.

My critiques are meant to be a truthful assessment of what the artist did right, what is not working in the painting, and of course, I will provide ideas of how to make improvements. The weekly camaraderie between artists is such an important element to this group and a great opportunity to develop the habit of painting on a regular basis.

We all need critical confrontation of the fullest and most extreme kind that we can get. You can unnecessarily limit yourself by choosing your criticism.
— Wayne Thiebaud

The Elements and Principals of Art

The elements and principals of art are an integral part to all forms of art. They are essentially the language of all art. The elements and principles of art are the reason that an abstract painter and a realist or impressionist painter can have a dialogue about each others work, or any artists work for that matter. While their individual styles may be different, each painter speaks the same language when it comes to picture making. The elements of art are color, form, line, shape, space, texture and value. The principles of art are balance, harmony, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, proportion, repetition, rhythm, unity and variety. The principles of art represent how the artist uses the elements of art to create an effect and to convey the artist’s intent. All together, they are a mouthful to repeat and the terms can become confusing to any artist without a good grasp of what they mean. Essentially what they all add up to is a strong design. In my critiques I will touch on these elements and principles in a way that will not only make sense of them, but to make them fun. The five main points that make up a good painting are design, values, color, edges and brushwork. These five main points will be the emphasis of my critiques.

Don’t ask for a criticism until you are sure you can’t give it yourself. Then you will be in a fine state to receive it.
— Robert Henri


Registration Info

The Art Circle begins in 2019 on Wednesday February 20th. The First six week session will be each Wednesday morning from Feb 20 through March 27. April 3rd will be reserved as a make-up for a snow day. We will meet at my studio for these winter sessions and gradually move to painting plein air at various local spots during warmer weather. My studio address is 1 Front Street, Rollinsford NH. I am in studio #467 at the Salmon Falls Mills. I have adjusted the cost of these sessions to reflect the fact that I am not offering instruction during the three hours of independent painting time. This will be a small intimate painting group limited to just 8 people and is sure to fill.

Location: 1 Front Street, Rollinsford, NH, Salmon Falls Mills Studio # 467

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 Independent painting and 12:00-1:00 Group critique

Cost: $180  Limited to 8. To register send a check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, 80 Olde Mill Rd. Apt 10, Somersworth, NH 03878

To immediately be added as a participant in The Art Circle, click the button below to join and your name will be added to the list. If the group is full, your name will be put on a waiting list for the next available spot.

It is a well-known fact that we see the faults in other’s works more readily than we do in our own.
— Pablo Picasso