Instructor: Frank Costantino
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Date & Time: May 30 & 31 (Sat & Sun) from 9am - 4pm each day.
Participant's abilities should include basic drawing, a comfortable level of watercolor experience and some plein-air painting experience on easels. With an expected diversity of skills, capabilities may vary widely, but instruction will be tailored to each individual's level.
On the scenic ground of Slater Park and in the facilities of RIWS, Frank will be offering an exciting plein-air watercolor workshop. This intensive and comprehensive workshop will expose students to the freshness and spontaneity of using the watercolor media on site, and painting the wonderful scenes in the Park or adjacent areas. With daily demonstrations and theory, the instructor will explain the visual choices for subject and site selection, arranging composition, color palette choices, various methods of color mixing, end expressive brush techniques - while capturing their own vision of their subjects.
With individual review sessions, and private demos during the painting day, each participant will learn ways to simplify subjects, while learning to see and achieve the dynamics of light, contrast, value, movement, space, texture, etc, which make paintings come alive.
Experimentation will also be encouraged, to bring a heightened awareness of the many approaches for painting en plein-air. Relaxed group reviews will occur at the end of the day with ample opportunities for unstructured painting and time after class during longer daylight hours.
Expectations are for a supportive environment from which the collective energies and interests will allow everyone to learn much more than otherwise struggling to discover alone. Expectations are also for enjoying the unique environment and inspiration of the Park, and having fun while learning.
Frank Costantino has conducted numerous workshops for students all over the US, and is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, North East Watercolor Society and the Salmagundi Club in NY. He is also co-founder of the Plein Air Vermont Competition (PAVT) a nationwide artist' event.