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Course Description

Learn techniques for infusing your canvases with a persuasive sense of depth and compelling effect of luminosity. Elizabeth will demonstrate how washing and wiping transparent pigments can create a vibrant underpainting for exploring color, value, and light as students discover ways to build dimension through the subtle yet powerful visual interplay of transparent and opaque paint. Students may choose their own subject, including landscape, still life, or portrait, as well as paint representationally or abstractly. As you work in layers in each class, you will also be encouraged to create small studies for experimentation throughout the weeks of this class. A knowledge of drawing and color mixing will be needed to be successful in this intermediate level class.

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All materials are included. Students are welcome to bring their own supplies and photo references.

Color, Value, and Translucency 18+

Elizabeth Congdon

Elizabeth Congdon is an oil painter best known for her floral still lifes and plein-air landscapes. She received her BA in Art at University of California at Santa Cruz, and her MFA with honors in Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design. She grew up in New York City, and later moved to Jamestown, RI, where she co-founded the Jamestown Arts Center. She has been a member of the AAN since 1998, and now is the Director of Adult Programming. She is represented on Nantucket by Robert Foster Fine Art.
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