The Art of Seeing
(Apr. 2023)

April 3, 10, 17 & 24, Monday Nights.

Observation is a skill at the core of representational art. The longer we focus on something, the more we notice and begin to understand. This class will focus on four different stages of the artistic process: drawing & measurement, light & shadows, values & color, and transitions & details.

Develop landscapes that glow with bold contrast and luminous color. Create an illusion of foliage using visual textures and negative space. Develop an understanding of how to use atmospheric perspective, edges, and temperature to create depth. Explore how to use design choices within your composition to create a visual path or emphasis. Learn a variety of tips you can use to create beautiful landscapes in the medium of your choice!

Meets: (3) Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: April 3, 10, 17 & 24
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Lecture & demonstration, studio practice with individual feedback or one-on-one instruction.
Level: Beginners with prior experience to intermediate or advanced are welcome!

Medium: Oil paint, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, or graphite
Technique: Accurate observation, drawing, or painting from life.
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class. Note that painters must use drop cloths over tabletops. Oil painters are specifically required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits & dispose of their oily rags in a flammable waste can.

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