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Course Description

Learn to capture Nantucket’s dramatic skies over ocean waves with Douglas David. Students will create several seascapes concentrating on various atmospheres, palettes, and the moods of sunrise and sunset. After a brief morning intro and adequate time to mix and set up the palette, Douglas will demonstrate a seascape as students follow along to learn Douglas’s basic principles of painting seascapes with oil, in regard to basic composition, massing, building form, light and shadow, expressing atmospheric distance, and knowing when a canvas is finished. Through lecture, discussion, and personal instruction, Douglas will help students develop their own visual voice at their individual skill level and workshop goals. All levels welcome

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.


The AAN Studio is equipped with glass top sliding carts that make perfect glass palettes. However, you will want to bring a large plastic bin or tray with palette paper and a lid. Because the studio is used for evening classes and storage room is at a minimum, students are asked to transport their supplies to and from the studio each day. We also supply vegetable oil, dawn soap, and Gamsol for clean up.

Suggested Supply List:
Medium: Gambline “Galkyd,” and “Gamsol”
Oil Paint :
Permalba Mixing White - large tube
Suggested brand: Utrecht (order from Dick Blick)
Cad. Red Light
Alizarin Crimson
Phthalo Blue
Phthalo Green
Ultramarine Blue
Ultramarine Violet
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Green
Green Earth Hue
Sap Green
Prussian Green
Yellow Ochre
Ivory Black
OPTIONAL Oils - Greenish Umber Mixture, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant No 2. Holbein Ivory White, Cad Medium and Cad Red Dark
disposable palette pad, palette knife
Filberts, Flats, and/or Rounds: #2,4,6 maybe 8 or 10 Rounds: #0,1, or 2 for detail and signing Hardware bristle brushes: 1" and 2-2.5" sizes

2 to 3 Small (5"x7" 8"x10")
1-2 Medium (10"x20" or 12"x16") 1 Large (16"x20" or 15"x30") Prepare Canvases Prior to class:
Prime all canvases prior to class so that they are dry with a thin coat Utrecht Acrylic Cad Red Light and White to make an even pink or light coral color on canvases’ surface.

Dynamic Skies and Seascapes in Oil

Douglas David

Douglas David received his BFA in Visual Communication from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art. For over 10 years, his position as graphic designer, art and creative director for Simon brought many regional and national awards in retail and real estate development before opening his own successful commercial art studio. As his painting career evolved, he continued his studies in painting with iconic teachers including Frank Mason of the Art Students League New York, John P Osborne of Ridgewood Art Institute and successful painter, John C. Traynor. Through the years, Douglas has received numerous awards, honors and grants, crossing the country to exhibit and teach. He is a member of many art associations including the Southern Vermont Art Center, Hoosier Salon, Naples Art Association and the prestigious Salmagundi Club.
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