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Design! Essence! Design! KEN DEWAARD

Best in Show : Cape Ann Plein Air 2019

When Colin Page and Lori Putnam both say “You Have to invite Ken Dewaard,” you act!!  Ken DeWaard has turned out to be one of the best instructors we’ve had here…and we have great instructors! He is thorough, full of information, lavish in his attention to students…one of those who is as true a teacher as he is a fine painter! Ken says: “There is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, submersed in its ever changing color and harmonies.”
The Challenge of painting outside is in selection, in holding to the  principles that let you get your response to what you see onto your canvas. Utilizing and building on what nature gives you but not being a slave to it, chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more. No matter what you are looking at, it is all about the design and interpretation.

Ken has two principles that ground his work and teaching: Essence: the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, without regard for peripheral details. To see fundamentally. Design: an arrangement of lines or shapes created to form a pattern. To do or plan something with a specific purpose or intention in mind. These principles guide his work and his instruction and will powerfully inform everything you do from now on! He’ll teach you how to bring them to your paintings with impact, and success, regardless of what you choose to paint or what medium you prefer…                                                                           

In this class, you’ll be working to simplify shapes, pushing to explore use of temperatures and color, controlling values and  edges to make your paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Composition and design underlie all of this: drawing is the foundation. (If you doubt your drawing skills, do the exercises in Betty Edwards’ Drawing from the Right Side of The Brain Workbook…the best! You’ll improve how you see, eye/hand coordination, and confidence!)

 

 

 

 

Altho Ken will demo the first day in oils, you are welcome to work in whatever medium you’d like: oil, watercolor, pastel, or acrylic. You’ll be painting outside as much as the weather allows and in a variety of local scenic venues. Individualized critique at your easel daily, will be the basis for instruction.

In his words: “My personal objective during this workshop is to make sure that each and every student experiences advancement.”  Ken Dewaard


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After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving’s recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he studied with Scott Burdick and Dan Gerhartz. Here Ken developed his direct and pure approach and  bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life.  Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Nicolai Fechin, and the Russian Impressionists, Ken paints subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings come from the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, and the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature. an instructor for many years, he has also won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions, including the coveted Artist Choice and Best of Show awards.  After 14 years in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, Ken and his family have moved to Mid Coast Maine, an absolutely gorgeous area, full of inspiration…so much to paint!

Some General Class Information:

    • We‘ll process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

    • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info after you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all! It has the answers to most of your questions!

    • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy when you get to class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask about details!

    • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes usually run M-F between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…always an average of 6 hours/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.

    • We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along. If we have an alternate plan, we’ll let you know!

    • We always have a 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM and deliver to your location…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!

    • Our Studios are large, with good light and waterviews; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It is possible to stay and paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

    • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning! Make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!

    • There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.

    • We carpool at least 3 to a car (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

    • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

    • Downtown in both locations has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!

    • For Lodging (scroll down for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

    • If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home. Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!