This class will focus on painting in nearby gardens, town, and farm-like settings. Students will learn to capture local color, light, and shadow using spontaneous painting techniques. The first session will meet in front of the Johnson Education Center of the Delaware Raritan Greenway on Preservation Place off of Rosedale Road, where the instructor will review materials and directions to the chosen locations for future sessions. If the weather is inclement, the class will meet at the Arts Council (the instructor will message everyone the morning of in case of inclement weather).
Skip: Saturday May 23
The instructor recommends purchasing supplies from Jerry’s Artarama in Lawrenceville as the staff is knowledgeable and can recommend alternates if needed.
Portable easel: There are lots of options for easels, from a traditional French box easel to a lightweight pochade or painting box. Instructor recommends a painting box and a tripod.
Brush Washer - small size with air tight lid.
Odorless Mineral Spirits - Gamsol by Gamblin recommended
Brushes: Hog Bristle Brushes recommended, small round brush for drawing and some mid-size to large filbert and flat brushes. At a minimum get Size 4 Filbert, Size 4 Flat, Size 6 flat, Size 2 round.
Paints: 1 large tube (150 ml) of Titanium white, 1 small tube each (37 ml) of the following colors:
· Cadmium lemon
· Cadmium yellow medium
· Cadmium red medium
· Quinacridone Red
· Windsor Blue-Green Shade
· Ultramarine blue
· Burnt Sienna
Canvas Panels: Canvas panels are lightweight and easy to carry. You will need one panel for each class (5) sized 8x10 to 11x14.
Viewfinder: The instructor recommends the View Catcher because it can be adjusted for different sized panels. You can view it here.
disposable gloves (recommended)
palette knife for mixing paint (teardrop shape)
rags or paper towels (rags are preferable because they do a better job of cleaning your brush while painting. Torn up old t-shirts work well)
About the Instructor: Debbie Pisacreta is an artist specializing in plein air landscapes. She has been painting for over 20 years both in watercolor and in oil. Her goal in painting is to create a visual story that communicates the feeling of a particular time and place. She discovered her love of art in college where she received a B.A. in English with a minor in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey. Since college she has studied drawing and painting extensively, taking classes at the Art Students League of New York and the Arts Council of Princeton as well as workshops by nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited in many of the local juried art shows as well as at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, where she is an active member, and at the Arts Council of Princeton where she was recently part of the “Close to Home” Exhibit in January 2016. Visit her website at www.debbiepisacreta.com