Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sketching with Live Models Outdoors

Sometimes you just have to take your art outdoors! 
Artists have worked on location for centuries and painting outdoors "plein air painting" is a time honored tradition.
Art is not just about creating art-it is about experiencing it. And nothing will do that better than for an artist to sit outside and sketch or paint a subject. In our line of work, Stephen Filarsky especially, works in oils at his easel. It is not unusual for minute particles of his surroundings to lodge in his wet oil painting yet often he leaves them in the painting. Why? They are part of the experience. Part of the red clay from Georgia or sand from the beach or grass from Kentucky. You won't see them, but nonetheless they are part of his experience, his day and that painting!  

So we took that a step further recently and drove to Grammercy Christian School in Newport, NC where we held two workshops for the students using live models! It is Also something we will be doing in our summer art camps with the kids!

Summer camps here: 
http://www.artstudentacademy.com/Summer-Program.html