Plein Air Painting Workshop with Lisbeth Firmin
En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and has come to refer to the style and practice of painting outdoors. Plein air artists capture the spirit of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their work. In this two-day workshop, students will be working in color to paint the beautiful environs around the WKC. Lisbeth Firmin, known for her urban landscapes, will be leading the class and demonstrating before each session. Her approach is no drawing, just starting right in with big brushes and large areas of color.
Students can bring any medium to work in including oils, pastels, gouache or watercolor. (full supply list below) Everyone should be able to produce two paintings a day.
At the end of each session local and accomplished artist Richard Kathmann will join the workshop and give critique of each painting.
Pre-registration is required. Limited to 10 participants.
Rain dates: 9/10-9/11
Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist known for her urban landscapes. For over four decades, her work has been in hundreds of solo and group shows across the country and internationally. She has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship (2007), Pollock-Krasner Grant (1999), full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Residency, the Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Arts Colony. Her paintings and prints are in several public collections including the New-York Historical Society, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, University of Texas, Cape Cod Museum, and Hofstra University. Firmin moved to the Catskills from New York City in 2000.
MATERIALS TO BRING:
• Paints: Oil or Acrylic (please note that any water-based medium is also fine, ie gouache/watercolor)
• Painting Surface: several Masonite (untempered if possible) or wood panels, canvas boards or stretched canvases (gessoed)
⁃ Bring several supports of choice, you might be producing multiple studies & paintings each day
• Supplies: palette knife and portable palette, medium, turpentine, brushes (be sure to bring BIG brushes) & rags.
• A portable easel or a drawing board w/portable chair (we have chairs you can use too!)
• For water-based medium, watercolor blocks are good, water & cans, brushes, (again bring big ones).
• Wear old clothes and bring a hat w/a brim.
*Bring your own picnic lunch.