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David Ryan


Contemporary painting

Class Full, Waitlist Applies

An Intuitive Approach To Painting


Each day participants will deal with different, exciting and hands-on techniques of painting.

This workshop explains the act of seeing by looking at the principles behind our vision that are critical to our ability to paint and create our own unique observations of the world we live in.

Improvisational Techniques – Intuition and Observation

In these classes we look to develop the experience of the everyday as visually extraordinary

and how to translate this into a clearly defined artwork.

This includes the exploration of improvisational techniques, direct observation, the handling of materials and the process necessary to complete a painting.

This helps to cultivate visual clarity, spatial awareness, movement, direction and tonal space through improvisation and traditional compositional dynamics.

How to make sense of colour.

Discover the techniques of painting using the secrets and magic of colour relationships including Saturation and Tonal Value. Mixing colours in perfect Pitch, Colour Relationships. Colour Mapping, Colour Transitions and Colour Glazing.

The morning is devoted to a series of color explorations which will address the above expressive aspects of color. The afternoon is reserved for independent work to gain greater insight into how to use color more effectively in your work.

Contemporary Landscape Painting from Plein Air to the Studio

This aims to sharpen those skills necessary to respond to the changing conditions of structure, light and color found out-of-doors where participants make direct ‘plein air’, one-sitting paintings in the morning and in the afternoon work in the studio to develop a more individual and sustained work exploring new and traditional directions and techniques.

The Workshop.

The mornings will be devoted to explorations and guided studio activities, which will address the above aspects of painting.

This includes critiques, analysis, slide show and discussion.

The afternoon is reserved for more independent work to gain greater insight into how to use the techniques practiced in the morning more effectively in your work.

Includes individual critique and group discussion in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Illustrated notes supplied.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels are welcome.

Medium: Acrylic, Oil or Watercolor

Tutor. David Ryan  MA. BFA. Grad.Dip.Edu.

David is a traditionally trained full time professional artist with undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Central School of Art, the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne. Masters at RMIT University, Melbourne.

A former senior lecturer in art at RMIT University, Melbourne. With over two decades of teaching experience and over 22 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and Nelson including 4 at Whitespace Gallery, Auckland, 10 at the Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson and; and over 33 curated group exhibitions including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the University Art Museum Brisbane, Port Jackson Press, Melbourne. Whitespace Gallery, Auckland. Auckland Art Fair. Atelierhaus, Gissen, Germany.

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