A six week workshop in painting landscapes directly from nature is being offered by Peter Barnett, courtesy of the Monson Cultural Council. It is already in progress. The workshop is meeting on six consecutive Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11, beginning on August 23 and continuing through September. The workshop is fully enrolled, and not accepting additional participants.
The first session was held at the House of Art, and consisted of introductions, orientation, and housekeeping, followed by an outdoor demo by Peter. All other sessions will be held at outdoor painting sites, to be scheduled according to weather conditions. participants will have flexibility in the medium they choose, and how much or little supervision they would like.
This is the second year in which this workshop has been offered. The first workshop was hailed as a great success, though with the suggestion that I seek out more local painting venues in coming years. This year we will not range so far afield.
The focus: Seeing and summarizing elements of a natural landscape.
“It is my belief that 90% of the skill needed to paint from nature is in the eye, rather than the hand or the mind. Therefore I work to impart eye training, rather than a set of techniques or shortcuts.” – Peter Barnett