Back To Basics - Great Starts Make Great Finishes Possible
Jan
12
to Jan 13

Back To Basics - Great Starts Make Great Finishes Possible

“It is so hard and long before a student comes to a realization that these [first] few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting.”

— Charles Hawthorne

“An artist’s job is to surprise himself. Use all means possible.”

— Robert Henri

This workshop will cover all the bases from start to finish with an emphasis on ways to assure the best idea possible based on your subject at hand. On day one we will explore many ideas and compositions from our photo references, followed by a small study of your best idea. On day two you will work on a larger canvas to reinforce and build upon your study. At the start of each day, I will demonstrate the ideas that you will be asked to incorporate in your work. Think of this workshop as a means of letting yourself explore, discover and make personal breakthroughs. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced painter, this workshop is for you. (Read more)

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

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $275  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a check for the full amount to:

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

Supply List - CLICK HERE


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Plein Air Painting In Naples Florida
Jan
21
to Jan 23

Plein Air Painting In Naples Florida

The format will be similar to our basic 3 day workshop schedule. Click Here.

Learn invaluable tools and how to tackle Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions.They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this three-day workshop, let us take the mystery out of this painterly approach. Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the three days, we will strive for this. 

On day one, we will employ the use of just value and shapes. Think of this process like learning to juggle. First we learn by juggling with only two balls, Value and Shapes. I will demo in 5 values with large premixed piles of Burnt Umber and White. There will be enough piles of premixed paint left over for everyone to use for the day.

Each student will then work on their own painting and be asked to use up all the paint they are given. Good brushwork happens when oil paint is 'built up' on top of oil paint and this lesson will help you fully understand the importance of good brushwork and how to apply paint convincingly. Sunlight is represented best by thick impasto passages and these passages help the viewer to literally feel the sunlight.

On day two and three, we will use color, and with my help, each student will first mix up a few large piles of basic color and value shapes that pertain to their individual painting. Then you will employ the same method of painting from day one.

We will paint in the Naples Botanical Garden on Day Three. This is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise. Pam and I will both demo simultaneously on this day. Our ‘Dueling Demo’ is a great way to see similar methods being employed, but with slightly different approaches toward individual style.
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Read 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters' by Charles Movalli in its entirety CLICK HERE.

Read some thoughts about Alla Prima painting CLICK HERE.

Read ‘Color Painting Notes’ CLICK HERE

 

Location: Naples Florida

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $400  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the amount of $200 to:

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

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

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The Color of Snow - Weekend Workshop in the White Mountains, NH
Mar
2
to Mar 3

The Color of Snow - Weekend Workshop in the White Mountains, NH

Learn to paint the beauty of a winter landscape in the comfort of a warm studio in the heart of the White Mountains. Learn the general guidelines for painting snow scenes that include choosing the right palette for the task, understanding how to capture the high key effect of bright sunlight and how reflected light gets bounced around a snow covered landscape. 

David will begin each day with a one hour demonstration and discussion of his working methods in an orderly step by step process of simplifying shapes, color and value to achieve a successful painting infused with color and light. Students will work from their own photos or choose a photo from our vast library of 8x10 winter landscape references. David will offer individual help to each student towards a successful painting each day.

Location: Jackson Art Studio & Gallery. Jackson, NH 03846

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 each day 

Cost: $275  Class size is limited to 10 students. To register please go to www.jacksonart nh.com Contact: Melanie Levitt 603-387-3463

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Concepts & Truths-A Plein Air Approach to Studio Painting
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Concepts & Truths-A Plein Air Approach to Studio Painting

  • West Hartford Art League (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a landscape painter today, you have the advantage of being able to gather a lot of reference photos quickly and easily with a digital camera. It makes all the sense in the world to get all the visual cues you can to help jog the memory back in the studio for help with finishing touches or to work up studio paintings. As useful as photos can be, the truth is that a camera is not able to capture what your eyes are capable of seeing and your heart is capable of feeling. Merely copying a photo will never result in a real sense of depth, and colors and values will be untrue to what nature gives us.

As a painter, who has been immersed in the national plein air scene for more than twenty years, I have formulated concepts and truths about how I can achieve a feeling of light, atmosphere and emotion in paintings that I work up in the studio. I will share these concepts with you in this two day workshop. Through demos, handouts and a lot of discussion, both as a group and individually, you will learn how to interpret photos and make changes based on the truths found in nature and how to fill your paintings with a real sense of light and atmosphere. Composition, color, values, line and edges will all be discussed. I want to help you to not only interpret photos correctly but how to make marks that are expressive and uniquely your own. You can work from your own photo choices or look through my library of hundreds of photo references. 
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Location: West Hartford Art League

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 Saturday
10:00 - 3:00 Sunday

Cost: Members $275 Non Members $295  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register please contact the West Hartford Art League 860-231-8019 or www.westhartfordart.org

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

Read ‘Our Color Palette’ - CLICK HERE

 

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Speed Painting!
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Speed Painting!

In this indoor studio workshop we will be painting a series of rapid still-life sketches to increase your speed while honing visual memory skills. 

This workshop is always well received and participants leave with a renewed sense of self confidence. During the two day workshop you will be painting a series of quick 8x10 sketches and will be given a time limit of 40 minutes for each painting. David will lecture and demonstrate the quick sketch method of making use of negative space, massing in the largest shape relationships in the simplest value plan possible and how to say more with less. As each new sketch is underway, you will be given visual cues and instruction to help you achieve the desired results. Regardless of your skill level, you will learn how to be more spontaneous with your decision making and learn to say more with less. There is a lot of powerful and positive energy that flows through the room during this weekend event! 

Location: David Lussier Studio/Gallery, 1 Front St. Suite 467,  Rollingsford NH, 03869

Cost: $275. Class size is limited to 8 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

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

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Sketching The Marginal Way - Ogunquit Maine
Jun
12
to Jun 14

Sketching The Marginal Way - Ogunquit Maine

"With its ocean views, plentiful benches, and nearby downtown Ogunquit, the Marginal Way in Maine is one of New England's most beloved scenic coastal walks"
-New England Today, May 2018

"No Pattern, no painting"
-Emile Gruppe

"Once you have the dark and light pattern down, you have your picture"
-Charles Movalli

Immerse yourself for three full days of sketching the picturesque and breathtaking views all along The Marginal Way. Learn the unique skills of Alla Prima sketching in the medium of your choice. Learn to compose your best composition quickly and how to rapidly transpose your idea onto canvas. Learn to see and evaluate your subject as interlocking shapes of light, middle and dark values instead of seeing them as the objects they represent. We will strive to save the 'suggestion' of detail until the very end. By taking this more abstract approach to painting, we simplify our subject into broad patterns that has us getting to a finished quality in a short time. By simplifying, we actually say more then if we tried to put every little detail into the painting.

Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the indigenous Abenaki language and perfectly sums up this area of southern Maine. The Marginal Way is a one mile long footpath that is a remarkable tribute to nature. The path hugs the rocky edge of the Atlantic and meanders through bayberry, honeysuckle and bitersweet, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses and offers vista after vista of seaside grandeur. There is no shortage of inspiration here for the artist.. The painter, Charles Woodbury ran a summer school here for 36 years, often times finding inspiration along this strip of rocky coastline.
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Location: Ogunquit Maine

Time: 9-4PM

Cost: $400 Class size is limited to 15 students. To register send a deposit check for $200 to:  

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

Parking is near the entrance to Marginal way on Shore Rd. Plan on $15 cash each day

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Monhegan Island Maine- 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!!! (FULL) Wait List Only
Jul
29
to Jul 31

Monhegan Island Maine- 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!!! (FULL) Wait List Only

20th Anniversary Special - Two FREE BONUS Days added plus a drawing for an original David Lussier oil painting of Monhegan Island. (FULL) Wait List Only

This will be our 20th year teaching this annual workshop. To make it a special occasion and as a way to say thank you to everyone who has attended, or thought about attending this or any of our other workshops, we're offering two more free days for those wanting to make this a five day workshop. The two extra days will be full days of painting anywhere on the island, followed by invaluable and fun critique sessions at 4:30 PM. After Friday's critique, we will hold a drawing for one of David's 9x12 original Monhegan paintings. On Wednesday, we are bringing back Dueling Demos. Pam and David race against time and each other, painting the same scene. 

Five Day Schedule

We will begin the workshop week on Sunday July 28th with our traditional meet and greet gathering at 7:30 PM. At 7:45 we can drink a glass of wine and toast the Monhegan sunset as its happening. Monhegan Island is known for spectacular sunsets.

SUNDAY
7:30 - 8:30PM Meet and Greet

MONDAY
8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture and demo
10:30 - 1:00 Paint on Location
1:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00 Paint on location

TUESDAY
8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 10:30 Lecture and demo
10:30 - 1:00 Paint on Location
1:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00 Paint on location
7:00 - 8:30 Group dinner at the Island Inn

WEDNESDAY
8:45 - 9:00 Arrive at painting location
9:00 - 11:30 Dueling Demos (David & Pam) 
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch Break
12:15 - 3:15  Paint on location
3:30 - 4:30   Critique

THURSDAY
Painting on location anywhere on the island. You choose your own starting time based on your desired schedule. The group critique is from 4:30 - 5:30. Wine and cheese will be served.

FRIDAY
Paint on location anywhere on the island.  You choose your own starting time based on your desired schedule. The group critique is from 4:30 - 5:30. Wine and cheese will be served. The drawing for an original 9x12 David Lussier painting of Monhegan Island follows the critique!

About The Workshop

Learn to paint Alla Prima with total confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions. They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this three-day workshop, let us take the mystery out of this painterly approach. Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the course of the three days, we will strive for this. 

On day one, we will employ the use of just value and shapes. No color allowed! Think of this process like learning to juggle. First we are taught to juggle with only two balls, Value and Shapes. I will demo in 5 values with large premixed piles of Burnt Umber and White. There will be enough piles of premixed paint leftover for each participant to use for the day. Each student will then work on their own painting and be asked to use up all the paint they are given. Good brushwork happens when oil paint is 'built up' on top of oil paint. This lesson will help drive that point home. On day two, I will demo using color. I will emphasize and explore warm and cool colors and how to use them effectively. With my help, each student will first mix up a few large piles of basic colors that represent the main value shapes, for their individual painting. Then we will employ the same method of painting from day one. The Wednesday demo will be our Dueling Demo, where Pam and I race against time and paint the same scene. The dueling demo provides invaluable insight into separate approaches toward the same subject matter. You will be encouraged to tackle up to three paintings each day using the methods you've been taught. Day three will end with a group critique.

For those staying on for the two day bonus, you will paint each day at locations of your own choosing, followed by a critique at 4:30 on both days.

About Monhegan

Monhegan Island is a tiny island about 12 miles off the coast of Maine and reachable by ferry. As soon as you step off the boat, you'll begin to feel Monhegan's special charm. The painting subjects on this quaint artist's paradise have barely changed in over one hundred years and everywhere you look is another painting waiting to be captured on your canvas. Robert Henri ventured out to Monhegan and was so enamored by its subject matter that he painted 25 small oil sketches in a four day period. Everything about Monhegan Island is special and the experience will stay with you for the rest of your life. 
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The link to our supply list below is only a suggested list. If you have a palette of colors, a medium and a supply of brushes that is working for you, then by all means, you are welcome to bring what you like. I do highly recommend a warm and cool tube each of Red, Yellow and Blue. 
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Location: Monhegan Island Maine

Cost: $400  Class  size is limited to 15 students. To register send a deposit check for $200 to:

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

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 Monday - Wednesday / A critique lasting one hour begins at 4:30 on Thursday and Friday.

The first link below will take you to the Monhegan Welcome website. The website offers information about planning your trip to Monhegan, along with all accommodation choices, and boat information to get you there from the mainland and a myriad of other things about Monhegan. The other links, 'Robert Henri And His Circle' and 'Monhegan-An Artist's Island' are enjoyable articles that will acquaint you with Monhegan's history and the remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', written by Charles Movalli, is an invaluable article about the act of painting.

Monhegan Welcome Website

Robert Henri And His Circle

In Praise Of Painterly Painters

Monhegan - An Artist's Island

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Ocean City Plein Air
Aug
12
to Aug 14

Ocean City Plein Air

  • Art League Of Ocean City (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mastering The Concepts of Alla Prima Painting

Learn invaluable tools and how to tackle Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions.They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this two-day workshop, let us take the mystery out of this painterly approach. Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the weekend, we will strive for this. 

On day one, we will employ the use of just value and shapes. No color allowed! Think of this process like learning to juggle. First we learn to juggle with only two balls, Value and Shapes. I will demo in 5 values with large premixed piles of Burnt Umber and White. There will be enough piles of premixed paint leftover for each participant to use for the day. Each student will then work on their own painting and be asked to use up all the paint that they are given. Good brushwork happens when oil paint is 'built up' on top of oil paint. This lesson will help drive that point home. On day two and three, we will use color, and with my help, each student will first mix up a few large piles of basic color and value shapes, that pertain to their individual painting. Then we will employ the same method of painting from day one. 
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To read 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters' by Charles Movalli in its entirety CLICK HERE

To read ‘Color Palette Notes’ CLICK HERE

This class is appropriate for beginner through advanced levels. 

Location: Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th Street, Ocean City Maryland 21842

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: Contact the Art League of Ocean City at 410-524-9433  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register please contact the Art League of Ocean City www.ArtLeagueofOceanCity.org

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Making Your Mark - Interpreting Photo References
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Making Your Mark - Interpreting Photo References

As a landscape painter today, you have the advantage of being able to gather a lot of reference photos quickly and easily with a digital camera. It makes all the sense in the world to get all the visual cues you can to help jog the memory back in the studio for help with finishing touches or to work up studio paintings. As useful as photos the truth is that a camera is not able to capture what your eyes are capable of seeing and your heart is capable of feeling. Merely copying a photo will never result in a real sense of depth, and colors and values will be untrue to what nature gives us.

In this two day workshop, through demos, handouts and a lot of discussion, both as a group and individually, you will learn how to interpret photos and make changes based on the truth found in nature and how to fill your paintings with a real sense of light and atmosphere. Composition, color, values, line and edges will all be discussed. I want to help you to not only interpret photos correctly but how to make marks that are expressive and uniquely your own. You can work from your own photo choices or look through my library of hundreds of photo references. 
(Read more)

Location: David Lussier Studio, 1 Front St. Suite 467, Rollinsford NH

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $240  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

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

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

Read ‘Our Color Palette’ - CLICK HERE

 

 

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West Hartford CT - Mastering The Concept of Alla Prima Painting. (FULL)
Nov
3
to Nov 4

West Hartford CT - Mastering The Concept of Alla Prima Painting. (FULL)

  • West Hartford Art Leaugue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn invaluable tools and how to tackle Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions.They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this two-day workshop, let us take the mystery out of this painterly approach. Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the weekend, we will strive for this. 

On day one, we will employ the use of just value and shapes. No color allowed! Think of this process like learning to juggle. First we learn to juggle with only two balls, Value and Shapes. I will demo in 5 values with large premixed piles of Burnt Umber and White. There will be enough piles of premixed paint leftover for each participant to use for the day. Each student will then work on their own painting and be asked to use up all the paint that they are given. Good brushwork happens when oil paint is 'built up' on top of oil paint. This lesson will help drive that point home. On day two, we will use color, and with my help, each student will first mix up a few large piles of basic color and value shapes, that pertain to their individual painting. Then we will employ the same method of painting from day one. Look! Your'e juggling!

To read 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters' by Charles Movalli in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

This class is appropriate for beginner through advanced levels. 

Location: West Hartford Art League

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: Members $275 Non Members $295  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register please contact the West Hartford Art League 860-231-8019 or www.westhartfordart.org

Suggested Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Plein Air Painting Tuesdays - 6 Week Session!
Sep
11
to Oct 16

Plein Air Painting Tuesdays - 6 Week Session!

Learn the unique skills of outdoor, "Plein air" painting each Tuesday morning, in the picturesque coastal town of Ogunquit, Maine and nearby inlets and coves. Ogunquit is home to one of America's original art colonies and a renowned plein air painting summer school founded by influential Perkins Cove artist and teacher, Charles H. Woodbury in 1898.  We will discuss Woodbury's teaching philosophy as it relates to "The art of seeing", perceptual drawing, seeing and painting.  Through demonstration, discussion, critiques and side-by-side painting in the field, we will explore what it means to see the world through the eyes of an artist.  Join me this summer as part of the Ogunquit Summer School of Art, as we carry on this great tradition, painting in the shadows of Homer, Hopper, Henri and Woodbury.  

Location: Ogunquit Maine

Time: 9:00 - 1:00 each day

Cost: $240  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

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

PLEASE NOTE: Drop ins are welcome:  ($50 day) (If space available)
Equipment rental : ($50 day) includes outdoor easel, pallet, paint, mediums, brushes and 1 (8x10") canvas. 

Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Mastering Alla Prima Painting Plein Air
Jul
14
to Jul 15

Mastering Alla Prima Painting Plein Air

  • David Lussier Studio, Salmon Falls Mills (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I will be supplying all the paint and painting panels needed for this two day workshop.

Learn invaluable tools and how to tackle Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions. They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this two-day plein air workshop, we will paint along the coastline of southern Maine. Let us take the mystery out of this method of plein air painting . Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the weekend, we will strive for this. 

On day one, I will show you how to simplify the painting process by using only three colors and white. This triad of colors is not your typical palette of red, yellow and blue, but one that I've utilized in the field with great success. On day two I will introduce you to another triad of three colors that is very effective at capturing bright sunlight. Over the course of the weekend, using the paint and panels that I supply you with, we will explore Alla Prima techniques in depth with regards to paint handling, color and value choices and how to specifically utilize both brushes and a palette knife to infuse our paintings with an immediacy and vibrancy that catches the viewers eye and holds their attention. 

To read 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters' by Charles Movalli in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

For some thoughts about Alla Prima painting, CLICK HERE.

This class is appropriate for intermediate through advanced levels. 

Location: The Southern Maine Coastline. Inclement weather location: 1 Front Street, Salmon Falls Mills, Suite 467 Upper Mill, Rollinsford, NH

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $300  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a check for the full amount to:

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

Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Mastering Alla Prima Painting Plein Air - Part 2: Mastering The Concept of Alla Prima Painting
May
19
to May 20

Mastering Alla Prima Painting Plein Air - Part 2: Mastering The Concept of Alla Prima Painting

  • Salmon Fall Studios, Suite 467 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will spend our time painting in the New Hampshire/Maine seacoast area. In part one of Mastering Alla Prima Painting we worked in the studio. For part two we will be exploring the alla prima method outdoors plein air. Everyone is welcome. There is no need to have participated in the studio workshop in order to benefit from this plein air workshop.

Learn invaluable tools and how to tackle Alla Prima painting with confidence. The term Alla Prima means 'At One Go'. In his remarkable treatise 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters', the late artist, author and teacher, Charles Movalli wrote; painterly painters are surrounded by seeming contradictions. They finish by not finishing, include by leaving out, paint more by painting less. Their means are easy to see, the results, immediately felt. But how such seemingly insufficient means lead to these results is a mystery. 

In this two-day plein air workshop, let us take the mystery out of this painterly approach. Economy of stroke is within every painters grasp if they are willing to approach the painting process with a 'Less Is More' mind set. More than half the battle is a willingness to load the brush with enough paint and make each stroke count for something. Over the weekend, we will strive for this. 

On day one, I will be supplying you with a 16x20 inch panel ready to go. Each panel will be taped off in sections to give you four 8x10 inch painting surfaces. Using the same scene, I will demonstrate 3 separate ways to approach blocking in a painting quickly. These are tried and true methods I incorporate when I am painting in plein air competitions and quick draw events. I want to be able to get to the real painting of my subject before the light changes. I will explain why one of the three block-in approaches works best for my subject and light source and then quickly paint an Alla Prima Sketch on the fourth section of my 16x20 inch panel. Each student will then work on their own painting and be asked to use their 16x20 panel in the same way. On day two we will explore Alla Prima techniques in more depth with regards to paint handling, color and value choices and specific brushwork that can be employed to help capture light and atmospheric effects in our painting. Students should come prepared with the mind set of painting 2 or 3 paintings on day two. 9x12 and 11x14 inch panels are ideal for this. 

To read 'In Praise Of Painterly Painters' by Charles Movalli in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

For some thoughts about Alla Prima painting, CLICK HERE.

This class is appropriate for intermediate through advanced levels. 

Location: Southern Maine-New Hampshire Seacoast. Inclement weather location: 1 Front Street, Salmon Falls Mills, Suite 467 Upper Mill, Rollinsford, NH

Time: 9:00 - 4:00 each day

Cost: $275  Class  size is limited to 12 students. To register send a check for the full amount to:

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

Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Making Plein Air Painting Simple - Ocean City Maryland
Mar
19
to Mar 21

Making Plein Air Painting Simple - Ocean City Maryland

This 3-day workshop is through The Art League Of Ocean City, Center For The Arts.

Learn to quickly evaluate the subject before you and break it down to simple shapes to form the composition. Then, express how the light affects your subject using value and color.

The format will be similar to our basic 3 day workshop schedule. Click Here.

We will cover the painting process from start to finish. Getting a solid start doesn't necessarily mean a solid finish unless the painter fully understands what makes a painting look finished.

Saying more with less allows us to concentrate on what's important to the painting but we do need to avoid the common pitfall of not adding enough 'sense' of detail and eye candy to keep the viewer interested. The great artist and author, Charles Movalli used to say, that as painters, we are actually in the entertainment business. He would say that it's every painter’s job to entertain the viewer throughout the painting. Expressive brushwork and making marks that count are tantamount to this process.

This class is appropriate for beginner through advanced levels.

 

Location: Art League Of Ocean City, 502 94th Street (Bayside), Ocean City, Maryland

Time: 9:30 - 3:30 each day

Cost: $265 Members, $330 Non Members

For more info and to register for this workshop CLICK HERE

Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Ogunquit Maine
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Ogunquit Maine

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Ogunquit literally means 'beautiful place by the sea' and is home to one of the oldest artist colonies in New England. Today it is still commonplace to see artists and fisherman working along Perkins Cove.

This 3-day plein air workshop is being held at the Ogunquit Summer School Of Art. We are looking forward to teaching and painting again in this beautiful location and I hope you will join us. Todd Bonita who runs the summer school is a very gracious and attentive workshop host. We are thrilled to announce that this workshop will now run annually. We strive to teach the building blocks of landscape painting while nurturing each person’s individual style and personality. Every good landscape painting is rooted in sound painting principles and the truth that we find in nature. In order for a painting to be of personal expression, the artist must infuse it with his or her own imagination, personality and inventiveness. We work with each student toward this goal. Students will learn to work with complementary color palettes to simplify the process and achieve harmony.

Location: Ogunquit Summer Art School, 102 Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine 03907

Cost: $400  Class size is limited to 12 students. This workshop is starting to fill. To register contact Todd Bonita at 603-819-9100 or email Todd

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Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #6 Composition
Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #6 Composition

No amount of good brushwork and great color will turn a painting into a success if it doesn't first have a solid composition. Great paintings are the result of good subject matter and the painters ability to rearrange the shapes in a balanced and pleasing way on the canvas.  In this workshop we will explore the work of some of the greats to see how they achieved the best composition from their subject. 

We are going to work with our full color harmony palette. This is suitable for those students who haven' t worked with us before as an introduction to our palette and for those students who have been working with us for the last few years. David will be demonstrating using the palette for direct painting, using the complementary and triad knowledge to make harmonious color decisions. Students will work from their own photos or choose a photo from our library of winter landscape references.

Location: David Lussier Gallery, 156 River Rd. Suite 2302, Willington CT 

Cost: $150  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, P O Box 487, Woodstock CT 06281

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Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #4 Brushwork
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #4 Brushwork

In this workshop we will delve into how to be more effective with the marks we make on our canvas. Come learn how to make each brushstroke count and have a purpose in your painting. We will look at the work of Emile Gruppe, one of Cape Ann's most successful, prolific and painterly painters.

We are going to work with our full color harmony palette. This is suitable for those students who haven' t worked with us before as an introduction to our palette and for those students who have been working with us for the last few years. David will be demonstrating using the palette for direct painting, using the complementary and triad knowledge to make harmonious color decisions. Students will be encouraged to work on a few painting exercises pertaining to brushwork before working on their own painting. Students can work from a photo reference of their own or choose one from our photo library of landscape references.

Location: David Lussier Gallery, 156 River Rd. Suite 2302, Willington CT 

Cost: $150  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, P O Box 487, Woodstock CT 06281

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Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #2 The Winter Nocturne
Jan
23
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #2 The Winter Nocturne

In the winter and early spring of 2014, David painted thirty nocturnes as an exploration into the subject. Most of the paintings were of the snow covered landscape and were painted at various times between early evening and twilight. There are certain key elements to know and understand how to convey in order to capture the feeling of a winter nocturne painting. Come learn and explore as David shares what he learned from his painting experience. 

We are going to work with our full color harmony palette. This is suitable for those students who haven' t worked with us before as an introduction to our palette and for those students who have been working with us for the last few years. David will be demonstrating using the palette for direct painting, using the complementary and triad knowledge to make harmonious color decisions. He will be demonstrating an analogous color palette painted directly. Students will then work from a photo reference of their own or choose one from our library of landscape photo references.

Location: David Lussier Gallery, 156 River Rd. Suite 2302, Willington CT 

Cost: $150  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, P O Box 487, Woodstock CT 06281

Supply List - CLICK HERE

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Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #1 The Color Harmony Palette
Jan
16
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday One Day Workshop Series: #1 The Color Harmony Palette

We are going to work with our full color harmony palette. This is suitable for those students who haven' t worked with us before as an introduction to our palette and for those students who have been working with us for the last few years. David will be demonstrating using the palette for direct painting, using the complementary and triad knowledge to make harmonious color decisions. He will be demonstrating a analogous color palette painted directly. Students will then work from a photo reference of their own or choose one from our photo library of landscape reference material.

Location: David Lussier Gallery, 156 River Rd. Suite 2302, Willington CT 

Cost: $150  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register send a deposit check for the full amount to:

David Lussier, P O Box 487, Woodstock CT 06281

Supply List - CLICK HERE

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