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David Sharpe - Painting The Emotional Landscape

Oil and Acrylic Painting Workshop + Demo

David Sharpe - Painting The Emotional Landscape

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3-day indoor/outdoor Workshop + Demo

  • Friday June 22, 6-8pm (Demo)
  • Friday June 22, 9:30am-3:30pm (Studio)
  • Saturday June 23, 10am-4pm (Plein Air)
  • Sunday June 24, 10am-4pm (Plein Air)

$329 Friday Night Demo Included

David's workshops are for painters who want to paint more simply with an emphasis on strong compositional design. You will learn how to get more mood and atmosphere into your work and give it a 'sense of place'.

All levels are welcome but unfortunately David's workshops aren't for novices who have never painted before. While he works in Oil and Acrylic, all media is welcome, however, all demos will be in oil or acrylic.

Day 1 - Indoor Studio Session

Begin with a slide presentation of artworks that show the components of strong emotional painting. This will be followed by equipment, David’s limited palette, colour mixes and composition rules.

Using a photograph, David will demonstrate how light works in the landscape, painting values in black and white and then in colour. Students will then do the same with one-on-one instruction.

David's evening demo will be a painting in colour from a photograph that demonstrated the day's lessons.

Day 2 - Outdoor Plein Air Session - Bragg Creek

Morning will be a demo that goes over the previous day's lessons and with the additional lesson of: How to see simply and design your picture to get the 'essence' of the scene. Afternoon will be student painting with one-on-one instruction.

As an added bonus, David will show you how he uses his iPad with an Apple Pencil to easily make changes and decisions 'on the fly' that will help you create stronger more engaging paintings faster.

Day 3 - Outdoor Plein Air Session - Cochrane (Glenbow Ranch)

Morning will be a demo by David going over all the points learned in the previous two days. Afternoon will be student painting with one-on-one instruction.

David will contact each student before the workshop (by email) to determine what you need help with, so that he can tailor YOUR instruction more closely to your needs.

Art Instructor Bio - David Sharpe

I'm influenced by the American, British and Russian Impressionist Painters, with a special affinity for the American Tonalists of the 20th Century.

Seeing nature’s colours more subtlety than intensely, I say this this about my work:

“There’s no big complicated ‘idea’ behind it. It’s just all about the light. Seeing it, feeling it and trying to capture it as I see it around me. Compositions with a simple strong design that capture a ‘sense of place’ also attract me. If my work strikes the same visual and emotional chord in a viewer that it did in me when I painted it, if it can make that viewer see and appreciate a small corner of this fragile planet that they maybe hadn’t noticed before, then I’ve succeeded as a painter.”

An Honours graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, I've taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. I've lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where I sat on the College’s Advisory Board. I've also taught Plein Air Painting for Beginners and Drawing for the Landscape through Gallery Stratford. My work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is actively collected in Canada and the USA.

I'm also a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS).

I live and work in the beautiful town of Stratford, in SW Ontario about 2 hours west of Toronto and also from a studio in the Alberta foothills near the ranching town of Cochrane Alberta. My work is represented by Village Studios in Stratford(Ontario)Circle Arts in Tobermory(Ontario) and Elevation Gallery (Canmore) Alberta. My new abstracted work is represented by Shane Norrie Contemporary Gallery in Stratford, Ontario Canada.

In 2017 I taught a workshop at the renowned Franciscan Life Process Centre Art School in Lowell Michigan to a great group of talented and enthusiastic 'kids'!

Student Reviews

"What a pleasure to be a part of David Sharpe’s Painting the Emotional Landscape Workshop at the Franciscan Life Process Center in the beautiful countryside in Lowell, Michigan close to Grand Rapids.David has an accomplished career in illustration and paints ethereal landscapes as well as expressive abstracts. David takes great care to understand where YOU are as a painter and what knowledge he can share with you to make the workshop experience more meaningful.A highlight of the three day workshop was learning how David incorporates the use of an Apple IPad, pen and the inexpensive drawing program ProCreate in his painting process. All artists know how important composition and tonal values are to a successful painting, so why not embrace technology to save time and materials in the creative process. This new way of seeing is very empowering. Thanks for the inspiration David!"

 Karen F. Rose/Pointe Vedra Beach, Fla

“I recently attended a David Sharpe workshop and LOVED it! David is a warm, approachable teacher with a great sense of humor and a WEALTH of design knowledge. I liked how he personalized the workshop for each individual artist by “knowing” a little bit about each of us beforehand and what we were looking to learn. The slide presentation was a great tool to start your brain thinking “design”, and his very simple question to ask yourself before you start painting was a lightbulb moment for me in how to progress to a deeper approach to my painting. As a full-time, experienced artist, I gained some important tools to use and would highly recommend David’s teachings – would have only liked better a longer workshop in order to fully immerse and see him paint more, more more!”

Trish Morgan/Charlevoix, Michigan

"For the past few years I’ve renewed my painting with acrylics, with modest success. David’s work inspired me to attend his workshop in Michigan. My two main goals to take away from his workshop were a better understanding of the power of light, and the role of value.  His command of relevant art history and asking yourself, "why am I painting this". His teaching of light and value, totally met my goals. With ample class time and field experience, David demonstrated how ‘the imagination can be more emotive than the eye'. Despite my hectic schedule, I’ve been super motivated since the workshop. Thanks, David!"

Martin C Gray/Guelph. Ontario Canada

This from Kathleen Bechtel, The Life Center's Art Director and workshop organizer:

"We recently had David Sharpe come and give a workshop at the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, MI.  I could see, right from the start, that David was determined that no one would leave his workshop without solid fundamental training in plein air painting, and interpreting the landscape.  He gently worked one on one with every single student in the workshop.  When we were out on site he demonstrated from start to finish a beautiful painting, teaching that a thumb nail value drawing that he clipped to his easel would help all of them as a guide -  to in the end of the painting the beautiful elegant strokes that are signature in his beautiful paintings.  As they left there were thank you's for bringing him in, and genuine pleasure in being his student - smiles everywhere.  We've already booked him for 2019 and are happy to add him to our strong lineup of excellent teachers. 

Kathy Bechtel, Art Director, Franciscan Life Process Center-www.lifeprocesscenter.org"

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