Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31st

We will meet today at the LA Arboretum.
See you there at 9:45.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Re: Friday's Class

Please visit the blog at 8:00 am tomorrow (Friday) for confirmation of tomorrow's location due to possible rain.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monday Holiday

Just as a reminder, we will not be meeting Monday January 20th.  Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday.  Since we will not be meeting this week, please do 2 master copies of Frank Serrano in either gouache or acrylic.  See you Monday the 27th at the LA Arboretum (LA Arboretum.  Arcadia 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007  •  626-821-3222 Please be there by 9:45 to obtain your membership cards.

See you then!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome Class Spring 2014

Art Center College of Design / CLASS SYLLABUS

Digital Landscape Painting

Instructor - Michael Humphries

Course Description
            Creating "plein-air" paintings using traditional mediums in combination
            with Photoshop techniques.
Course Objective
            Painting at various locations, students will learn the principles of
            landscape painting. This will include traditional methods in gouache
            and/or acrylic, on location, as well as Photoshop enhancement techniques
            in the classroom.
Course Requirements
            You must complete at least 4 digital paintings for the course with a
            a VALUE STUDY for each painting (a total of 8 paintings).  Make a CD
with all of your paintings.  Label CD with your name, course title, term, student I.D. #, date, and instructor.
• All files MUST  be a jpeg format, 300 dpi. (no smaller than 7” X 12”) No other formats will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS                                                                                              

            • Present CD to instructor


A value study (tonal) is the first step in the painting process.  Determine what shapes are dark over light or light over dark.  The value study can be smaller than the final art; usually ½ the size.  Paintings fail or succeed most often because of how accurate the values are in the painting rather than poor color choices. The viewer "reads" a painting through it's values and a composition relies on how light and dark values are arranged. The beginner painter often sees a color's hue and  chroma instead of its value.
The best way to understanding color and develop your color sensitivity
is to work with it!

Roll will be taken at the end of each session (classroom and on location).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
             It is your responsibility to report your attendance to the teacher’s assistant at each session.
            Grade is based on attendance, participation and completion
         of  assignments. (2 unexcused absences will result in failure)
         *Please Note:  Because locations can change due to weather
 be sure to check  the class blog :
prior to each class meeting.

• Introduction
(course requirements and supplies needed)
        Location Painting - demo/ emphasis on shape and composition
                L.A. Arboretum, Arcadia,  (yearly pass $35.00, includes admission to Descanso Gardens)

Location Painting -  demo/ creating atmosphere 

Location painting - demo/ creating a focal point 

Computer Lab - Photoshop enhancement

Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge
1418 Descanso Drive,La CaƱada Flintridge, CA 91011
Location Painting - demo

Location painting / demo

Location Painting – demo

                          Computer lab - Photoshop enhancement 

Location Painting - location to be determined

 WEEK 11
  Location Painting - demo 

Location Painting - demo

 WEEK 13 
                        Computer Lab - Photoshop enhancement of final 4

 WEEK 14
                        Computer Lab - overall review and critique of paintings

Painting Supplies Needed
GOUACHE (Windsor Newton)
permanent white, lamp black, spectrum red, burnt umber, spectrum yellow, sky blue, permanent green, marigold yellow  yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, olive green, ultramarine blue, spectrum violet, linden green, paynes gray

 ACRYLIC (2oz. jars, Liquitex)
ivory black, titanium white, cadmium red light, burnt umber,                                       
yellow light hansa, cerulean blue, paynes grey, yellow ochre,
christmas green, olive green, ultramarine blue, violet, alizarin crimson hue                       
BRUSHES   (student store)
• Snap 1" wash  /  Snap 1/2 " angle shader / Snap #10 and #6 round
covered palette/ Sta Wet  (large size)

easel, or portable painting surface

• backpack

• folding stool    **** please NO folding poolside chairs
camera - you must document your painting location for future reference in the classroom

snacks, sunglasses, sunblock, hat etc.  Always check weather conditions and dress appropriately.

* There is a cost associated with this class.  We frequently visit Descanso Gardens and the LA Arboretum which require an entrance fee of $5.00 for students with  an I.D., however, you may purchase a yearly pass that includes entrance to both venues for $35.

 Artists to look at:

• Frank Serrano

• Scott L. Christensen

• Dennis Doheny

• Richard Schmid