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 March through June. There is a summer break during July and August and then the group continues in September until mid November. 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. Every member of the group has a voice during the critique process and can share thoughts and ideas. 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

We meet at my studio during the winter and early spring and then move to painting plein air at various local spots during warmer weather. We paint outside when the temps are steady in the 60’s. 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 10 members.

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: $30 for each session and paid monthly. Limited to 10 members

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

There are currently 1 spot available in the group. Click on the button below to join.

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