Drawing is an essential foundational skill for landscape painters which is all too often ignored or given short shift. Solid drawing skills give you the ability to edit the raw material that Nature provides into a work of art, freeing the artist from dependency on photography or merely copying Nature. Drawing skills are the first step toward being able to work successfully from memory and imagination and to effectively compose.
Working from Nature and direct observation is the time honored way to learn how to paint landscapes. Unfortunately, many aspiring landscape painters miss the essential first step: learning to draw and sketch in the field. If you are unable to draw the landscape you will have a much more difficult time learning to paint it convincingly. Most classes and workshops jump into plein air painting without giving students any tools to make a success of their efforts. This course is designed to give you the tools to draw and sketch in the field with confidence, both improving your plein air paintings and leading to better, finished work in the studio.
In this class, drawing materials and techniques will be fully explored and explained in video demonstrations. Principles of perspective, creating three dimensional form, identifying proper value relationships in the landscape, and drawing techniques for specific parts of the landscape will all be covered. This class will give the student the ability to draw the landscape with confidence and to use drawing as an effective means of gathering reference material for paintings.