Ok, so this is our only art class this week, and it fell on a day where I am out at a meeting for the day. To make things all the more complicated half of you missed the last class when we got the latest painting started. I had really hoped to be with you each day we worked our way through these pieces, but we have to play the cards we are dealt, so to speak.
First of all, each student who was here will pair with a student who was not. You are to mentor your peer through the stages that they missed. this will take a little time, but you can get them started and then just keep tabs on them as the rest of the class progresses. The steps, if you recall are as follows;
1. Toning the canvas. Whether you tone it with what you expect will be a predominant color of the finished piece, or something that sets the tone pardon the pun) of the painting in terms of warmer or cooloer scenes is up to you. Confused? Ask your mentor.
2. Underpainting. Block in the basic shapes in the basic colors with a watered down, thinner version of the colors you expect to use. This allows you to judge size and placement as well as approximate color choice before you get to far in.
3. Then we’ll get in to some thicker paint, building up a little form, base this on the source images you have chosen, I don’t want to see unrealistic shapes on the canvas when you have realistic references. Also, focus on objects in the background first and move your way forward as you go
4. The mentors are still on step three (and have a little ways to go) but when they are done that it’s time to add detail and push the range of value further than it is right now.
5. Develop a sense of light and shadow throughout the piece – this may not happen till next class
Also, it has not gone unnoticed that only one of you did the homework online that was due yesterday. Get it done tonight. No excuses.