In the Studio. and outside painting in and around the diverse sites n Rockland, you’ll learn to create powerful, thoughtful paintings. But, this will be way more than a “how to paint stuff to look like stuff” class! Larry likes to teach the “other part: what are you after, what do you bring, what is your voice, how do you stand out in a crowd by being yourself!” He will challenge your whole approach to creativity!
If your goal is to create more realistic paintings, you are most welcome to go for it; Larry is a master landscape painter and you’ll be in good hands…but if you want to push the edges, and the centers and the all-arounds, he’s prepared to take you on that journey of discovery!
The class is about creating with purposeful intent, deep thinking, about developing and perfecting an idea, refining your strengths and working to eliminate or at least reduce your weaknesses. There will be a lot of exercises, some from Fishing for Elephants, his new book, but some not, since he is always thinking about new ways to teach creativity in a class. It’s also about having Larry’s expert, thoughtful and energetic, out of the box and humorous guidance all the way. He’ll wake you up to New!
Everyone comes to class with a different set of challenges and skills. Larry will build on that, teaching you to how to identify and perfect the basics of a good painting: color, value, drawing, shape, form, edge, hierarchy, handling of the medium, brushwork, surface & narrative. He’ll take you beyond the literal, to extract the abstract.
Larry will focus the first half of the class on discovery and methods of execution, then move on to further refinement with purpose, concept and a system designed to get you there more quickly, wherever “there” might be and what ever your style, whether abstract is your goal or you’re reaching for realism.
You’ll start with a series of sketches, moving on to new ways to block your ideas. Larry brings tons of information and humor; you’ll laugh a lot while your mind is being blown and you’ll leave with a brain full of ideas you’d never thought of! This bear from his Intrusion series, while not a landscape abstraction, is a great example of thinking outside the box.
A great hint from Larry: If you’re not up to speed, do get some drawing and painting experience under your belt in the months before you come; it will really help you! Since you have time between now and the class, practice drawing a lot but play with color separately. You’ll learn both faster and be on your game when you get here! (Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain…original edition if you can find it…is a confidence and skill boosting primer on being able to draw what you see…hugely helpful!)
Larry Moore is an accomplished artist and instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge and creative problem-solving tools to the classroom gleaned from his 35 years as a nationally recognized illustrator (Gold Medalist, Society of Illustrators, New York), and his 20 years as an instructor: (Illustration, Critical Thinking, The Visual Language, Color Theory, Finding Your Voice, Abstraction from Nature, Plein air classes galore and a variety of studio-based classes). He has worked extensively in every medium: watercolor, gouache, acrylics, pastel and his personal favorite, oil so he can help you no matter what you bring. Larry has spent 35 years as a Plein air painter and published articles in American Artist Workshop magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, Pastel Magazine and Create Magazine. He has honed his communication skills to express solutions in an understandable and digestible way so that you go home with tools to create on your own and be your own best critic. Larry has developed practical color systems, methods and thought processes to speed up the creative process and skirt the mental speed bumps we all have. He will demo in oil but can help you with whatever medium you choose to bring to the class. Larry has just published a new book and a print version workbook: check them out!
“Fishing for Elephants explains the creative processes of art and life with a conversational, humorous, and informative voice. While it is geared towards artists, it is not a how to paint something to look like something book. It’s a how to think for yourself, move forward, get out of your comfort zone, get out of your own way, define your voice, refine your voice, focus on those characteristics of creating that are authentic to you and try new directions kind of book for all levels. Designed to help you discover new artistic directions and open the neural pathways to creative problem-solving, Fishing for Elephants is presented in two halves. The first contains everything you need to know about the process of creativity; what keeps you from it, what it is, how to use it and how to get unstuck. It’s flipping all your light switches on kind of stuff. The truth is anyone can be more creative with just a few easy steps. The second half, VoiceFinding, is the first half put into action for artists who want to get to their core authentic self, or just want to push out a little. There are more than 150 examples and unconventional exercises designed to break this process into bite-sized chunks so your genius skill-set will expand exponentially. It’s year-long class in a workbook format, with areas to answer creative challenges, set goals, write artist’s statements, sketch out ideas, apply processes like free association, mind maps, reportage, mixed-media, and continuous line drawing in new and thought-challenging ways.”
For Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077LY3GVZ
Some General Class Information:
We will make sure you know our 2021 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 2021 Covid protocols.
- 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!
- 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 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 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!