Capturing the Moment in Light and Color…How to Create Harmonious Paintings!
A favorite definition of Ann’s: Impressionism: “A style or movement in painting characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color. Seeking to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.”
A workshop designed for students wishing to loosen their style, capture light, color and the emotional moment in their paintings. it will emphasize concept, composition, value, color and edges, and a step by step approach to building a painting, beginning with the when, where and why of plein air painting.
Starting with a focal point and large mass simplification as a way to design a painting, Ann will next focus on seeing the color and temperature of light as it affects the scene, then mixing the right color and value to convey that. The third step is the importance of edges to move the viewer visually through a painting. In Step four she’ll teach paint application and brushwork. Lastly, she will cover pulling all these elements together as it pertains to making an emotional statement about your subject.
This workshop will involve exercises, lectures, historical and modern references, demos, and many discussions around what each student hopes to achieve and how to get there. Both the beginning and the more advanced painter will benefit from Ann’s understanding of how to use light, color, edges and brushwork to create the paintings that speaks to them and to their viewers.
Ann Larsen’s approach to the landscape is to simplify, making a bold statement with brushstrokes and color that convey how she feels about the subject. She will help you sort out what to include and how to speak it in your visual voice.Ann will teach you to understand how color can trick the eye into thinking values are correct and how to recognize and correct those values. She’ll emphasize the use of color temperature to create harmony in your paintings, advocating the importance of good drawing skills. . Each morning Ann will do a demonstration that covers the concepts for that day. Ask your questions! Ann will address them as well as discuss and review work by historically recognized artists to help inspire and energize you for the day ahead. Each afternoon will end with a critique of the day’s paintings, enjoying a lively exchanges of ideas and knowledge about painting, art history and life in general! The week will exercise your brain and your brush.
Ann Larsen was born in Louisville, Kentucky and began traveling and living throughout the United States at the age of 18. Having studied at Indiana University, the Rhode Island School of Design and finally receiving a Bachelor of Art degree while living in Oklahoma, her family relocated to Denver where for the next 5 years she painted across the west from Colorado to California. Her love of landscape continued for the next 20 years while living in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Although, living in a beautiful part of the country where plein air painting is a challenge almost any time of year, Ann also spends time painting on the coast of Maine and Massachusetts. One of her most memorable trips was a week of painting on iconic Monhegan Island, Maine. She states that, “being able to walk in the footsteps of some of the country’s greatest painters was incredibly inspiring.” Northlight Gallery in Kennebunkport, ME states, “Ann’s work exhibits the careful, thoughtful hand of an artist deeply committed to both her medium and her environment. Ann is able to suggest the power, grace and mood of her subject as she captures the essence of New England in her landscapes and seascapes.”
Visit Larsen’s website to view more work, www.annlarsen.com
University of Central Oklahoma – BA Painting
Rhode Island School of Design, Indiana University, Denver Art Students League
Workshops: Skip Whitcomb, Randall Sexton, Kim English, Frank Serrano
Plein air events: Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim; Sedona Plein Air Festival; Wayne Plein Air; Cape Ann Plein Air; and Finger Lakes Plein Air( 2nd Place award.)
Memberships: Signature Member of Oil Painters of American; Signature Member of American Impressionist Society; and an Out of State Artist Member of the California Art Club.
Larsen has been in over 90 exhibitions and museum shows in which her awards include two Awards of Excellence from OPA Eastern Regional Exhibitions; Silver Medal as a Master Signature, American Women Artists National Exhibition and Best Landscape, American Women Artists; Dickenson Signature Member Award, American Impressionist Society National Exhibition 2021.
Exhibitions (selected- group)
Studios on the Park, Impressions of the Middle Kingdom, May/June 2021
Oil Painters of America, 30th, 2021 National, Escondido Museum, Escondido, CA Be
Oil Painters of American, Eastern Regional, Beverly McNeil Gallery, AL 2019
Virtuosos of OPA, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, FL 2018
83RD Annual National Exhibit of the Cooperstown Art Association 2018
Artists for the New Century, Invitational by Editors of Art of the West, Southwest
Art, & Plein Air magazines, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
Oil Painters of America, 27th Annual National, Steamboat Springs, CO 2018
Oil Painters of American, 26th Annual National, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati 2017
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati 2016
Oil Painters of America, 25th Annual National Exhibition, Southwest Gallery 2016 Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD 2014
Oil Painters of America, Salon Show, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petosky, MI 2013
Oil Painters of America, Spring and Fall OnLine Showcase 2014
American Impressionist Society National 2020, 18’, 17’,16,’15,’13,’12,’11
America Impressionist Society Small Works Show, 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016
American Women Artists Master Signature & Signature Members & National Juried Exhibition, 2019-2005
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, National Exhibition, Grand Teton National Park, 2016- 2011
Laumeister Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts, VT 2017, 2015, 2010
Paso Robles, CA, Signature Invitational 2015, 2014
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, “Best of Plein Air” Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA 2013
Randy Higbee Gallery 6×6 Show, Costa Mesa, CA 2012, 2011
Outdoor Painters Society, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX 2017, ’16,’15,’14, ’13, ’12
Celebration of Art, Plein Air on the Rim, Kolb Gallery, Grand Canyon 2010
Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona, AZ, 2011, 2010
Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX 2010
Nomades del Arte, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX 2010, 2009
Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Winter Miniature Show 2010
Bennington Center for the Arts, VT, “Visions of America”, AAWA Invite. . 2007
Bennington Center for the Arts, VT, “Small Works” Exhibition 2008, 2007 Bennington Center for the Arts, VT, “Impressions of New England” 2012, ’09-’07
Some General Class Information:
We will make sure you know our 2022 Covid protocols well ahead; please be assured that we will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you! Compliance with our protocols is required. We’ll decide on carpooling depending on necessary 2022 Covid protocols.
Do bring layers for 3 seasons and rain gear…Maine weather changes in a blink and we really never know with any certainty from day to day! We’re fairly informal most everywhere tho, depending on where you eat out…many times, students just clean up in the studio, then head straight to a restaurant…
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 run M-F usually 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 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!
We no longer provide bottled water: make sure you have at least one refillable water bottle! Tap water is fine to drink…
Our Studios are large, with good light, one with waterviews; you’ll have table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class.
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 usually carpool (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 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!
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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!