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SVAC At Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home: Two Day Plein Air Workshop With Douglas David

June 21, 2021 @ 9:30am-June 22, 2021 @ 4:00pm

$205.00 – $290.00

9:30 A.M. – 4 P.M.
SVAC Member, also registered for Birch Trees Event Admission: $205.00
SVAC member, not registered for Birch Trees Event Admission: $230.00
Non-member, also registered for Birch Trees Event Admission: $260.00
Non-member, not registered for Birch Trees Event Admission: $290.00
Surprising opportunities abound, this spectacular spring!

Douglas is offering a second workshop on Monday and Tuesday just after Fathers Day–popping up by popular demand. He will teach both at SVAC and at an exciting new venue – historic Hildene. This inaugurates an artistic partnership between these organizations that’s sure to delight painters of the natural landscape.

Class will cover the basic principles of landscape painting in oils. Painting out-of-doors, en plein-air, will be the major focus of study after the basics are covered. Whether a student is just starting out or arrives already a seasoned painter, sound principles are key. Douglas will discuss composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, developing atmospheric distance and–depending on each student’s style–knowing when a work is finished (learning how not to overwork a painting). Douglas will overview his palette and relevant concepts; students will work in their own styles and techniques so that the finished work is their own.

The workshop will begin with mixing basic strings of color together 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 foundational principles.

Day 1: We will meet at SVAC for our overview of classic principles of painting and then set up our palettes. Then we will head to Hildene to paint. The second day we will work on various compositions and times of day to get a series of landscape paintings. Tuition includes admission to the buildings and grounds of Hildene.

Students are able to grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort, depending on each individual’s skill level. Demos, individual discussions and instruction will help each student progress. Douglas will be able to assist each student with mixing and will review individual students’ progress a few times during each session.

Students should 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 the principles that are the foundation of Douglas’s teaching. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will take place indoors at SVAC, and Douglas will provide reference photos.

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 form of a 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 a hardware store in 1″ and 2-2.5″ sizes
a 1-2″ foam brush from hardware store
Size 5″x7″: three or four of these, for studies
8″x10″: three or four of these, for studies
10″x20″ or 12″x16″ or 16″x20″ (or whatever size desired for larger painting): two to four of these
Rubber gloves
And anything else student needs to paint well and feel comfortable.
Please prime all canvases 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.

Instructor Bio:
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves – tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth, meaning and simplicity are similar to everything important to him–his close-knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas considers teaching a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. For more detailed information, visit www. douglasdavid.com.


June 21, 2021 @ 9:30am
June 22, 2021 @ 4:00pm
$205.00 – $290.00
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