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Paint The Beautiful Grace Of The Vermont Birch Trees With Douglas David

June 18, 2021 @ 10:00am-June 19, 2021 @ 4:00pm

$230 – $290

Instructor: Douglas David
Dates: Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: SVAC Member: $230; Non-Member: $290
Ages 14+
Join Douglas David for an oil painting class suitable for students at any level. Class will be based on the foundational principles of oil painting with regard to landscape. Painting out-of-doors–en plein-air–will be the focus of study.

Discussions and lectures will take on principles such as composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, developing atmospheric distance and knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas will overview his palette and concepts. Students will learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/set up to prepare to paint out-of-doors. Students will work on studies and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere and geographical elements in a quick, concise way based on the covered principles.

Class will be held entirely out of doors to stay safe – with an overview/lecture on site as we discuss composition and other principles that are key to creating some strong paintings. On the second day we will work on various compositions and times of day to get a series of Vermont Birch Tree Paintings.

Depending on the skill level of each student, students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Douglas will be able to assist students with mixing and will review individual students a few times during each session or set up. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger more finished paintings, depending on skill level. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’s teaching. Douglas will provide photos to paint from and we will have a studio to return to in case of weather related issues. Brown bag lunch is the best way to keep the momentum and flow going.

Class supply list:
(these are not absolute, just my way of getting to a good result)
French easel, or easel you like to use
mineral spirits
Mandatory: oils- Utrecht (or your favorite brand) Cad. Red Light, Aliz Crim., Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Ultram. Blue, Ultram. Violet, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Green, Green Earth Hue, Sap Green, Prussian Green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Unbleached Titanium, “Permalba” White
Optional: oils- Greenish Umber Mixture, Sap Green Cad. Orange, Cad. Red Medium, Cad. Yellow Light, Ivory Black, “Holbein” Ivory White, Jauane
Brilliant No 1,2,3 and or 4.
Paper Towels
Backpack (or some way to carry paint and supplies)
disposable palette pad
palette knife
brushes- filberts- #2,4,6
optional 8 or 10 rounds- in above sizes if you prefer round over filberts and rounds- in really small like #0,1,2 for a little detail
a few throw away bristle brushes from hardware store in 1″ and 2-2.5″ sizes
a 1-2″ foam brush from hardware store
Canvases- Quantity 3-4 5″x7″ for studies, 3-4 8″x10″ for studies, 2-4 10″x20″ or 12″x16″ or 16″x20″ (or whatever size desired for larger painting)
Rubber gloves

And anything else student needs to help them paint well and feel comfortable. Please prime all canvas with a thin coat of thinned down Cad Red light and white to make a pink or light red tone on canvas (acrylic is fine to tone canvas). Douglas has a “suitcase of supplies” he brings along, it includes some recommended books, and some supplies in case a few students need a few items that are forgotten.

Douglas also will offer a “BASIC PAINT KIT” (while supplies last) which includes all the basic oils, brushes, palette knife, palette and canvas panels and medium for those who do not want to buy these supplies individually. You would need to bring some paper towels and rubber gloves. $150. Please reserve kits when making class registration.

Limited scholarships are available. To register by phone or email, please contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-367-1306.


June 18, 2021 @ 10:00am
June 19, 2021 @ 4:00pm
$230 – $290
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