east bay landscape

Plein Air at the Blake Garden

Topics
Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder.

How to Get To The Blake Garden at 70 Rincon Rd, Kensington, CA and Avoid the Very Steep Streets Leading Directly To It:

From Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, SF and San Leandro:
Take 80 and get off on Buchanan, which turns into Marin. Cross San Pablo Ave and continue going up until you hit The Fountain at The Circle. Go around and enter Arlington Blvd. Once you pass Kenyon Ave, watch for the Kensington Public Library to your right. Make a left on Rincon and go all the way, almost to the end where you will see a wall with the very discrete garden’s entrance.

 

From Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole El Sobrante:
Get to San Pablo Ave at Barrett. Go up Barrett and make a right on Arlington Blvd. Once you pass Moeser Ln, watch for the Kensington Public Library to your left. Make an extreme left on Rincon and go all the way, almost to the end where you will see a wall with the very discrete garden’s entrance. Find your way to the reflecting pool, where we will spend the first hour. If you want, arrive early to scout painting spots.

Oil Painting Bootcamp

Photo of two students using oil paints

Learn to achieve the effects you want.

In this one-day workshop, we’ll review the basics of oil painting, including materials and techniques, with an emphasis on safer practices. We’ll learn how to begin a multi-session oil painting, how to pick good pigments for our palette, when to use oil and when to use turps as we paint simple still lives.

Summary: Students of all levels will be able to work with the materials they already have and sample some new ones. Instead of lectures, a series of short exercises coupled with individual feedback will help you become acquainted with this traditional medium without having to resort to the use of turpentine or gamsol.

Format: The first half of this class is devoted to the exploration of various brushes and pigments by painting very small paintings. The second half introduces the student to thinking in layers, to limited palettes, and to the differences between an alla prima and a multi-session painting.

Cancellations:
Registration fees can only be refunded in full if canceled up to three days (72 hrs) before class. With less than 72 hrs but more than 24 hrs notice, you receive 75% of your registration. If you give less than 24 hrs notice and do not attend the first class, you’ll receive 50% of the registration fee. No refund will be given to students who attend the first class but decide not to continue.