classes/workshops

 2-day Plein Air Painting Workshops this summer!

July 15-16, 2017  9am-3pm  -- Sunset Cliffs/Point Loma Limited to 8 students       $250  Click here to register.

Aug 5-6, 2017  9am-3pm  -- North County/Carlsbad Limited to 8 students     $250   Click here to register.

Plein air painting is challenging -- and very rewarding. Dealing with what nature throws at you -- the always-changing light and shadows, wind, hot sun, inquisitive passers-by, bugs -- you name it, at some point you'll experience them all.

But the rewards of being outdoors, maybe painting with a friend, and coming away with a really good painting, can be invigorating, even life-changing. You've gone head-to-head with Mother Nature and tasted success.

If you've ever tried to surf, with the ocean underneath, waves fighting you, the sun's glare, and trying to balance on a board moving in every direction...aaargh! But when you get to "walk on water", it's like nothing else I know. It's no wonder the Hawaiians call it the "Sport of Kings." Without the skills you'll flounder and probably fail.

In a lot of ways, learning to paint outdoors requires that you hone the skills of painting, mixing color, seeing values, cropping the scene in front of you -- so you paint what is important, and leave out what isn't. These are the things that you learn as you stand in front of your easel and make smart or indecisive choices as you paint a scene. You must be focused, confident and purposeful if you seek to master painting as the world around you changes. After 2 hours it's probably gone -- that scene that captivated you earlier.  Welcome to the world of plein air.

I've had the pleasure of learning from West Coast painters like Ken Auster, John Cosby, Ray Roberts, Sebastian Capella, in their workshops. The knowledge they shared is a part of what I teach. And part of what I know is that there is a reason for the colors we paint, for the ocean, the sky, the mountains, the desert. The sea reflects the sky above it, it is a mirror. Reflections are explainable. The sky isn't just blue, it's red, yellow, orange, green, blue and purple. If you don't believe me, have you ever seen a rainbow? Ever seen a sunset? The sky is refracted light. Rainbows are the sun reflecting on the water (rain) in the atmosphere a certain way. The rainbow is reflecting the sunlight.)

Learning about painting convincingly, we teach what is called "atmospheric perspective" and how to achieve it with paint on a canvas. It applies to landscapes as well as still life and figurative painting. If it sounds complex, it's really not. A good teacher can help you understand almost anything. My passion is painting, and teaching. Painting outdoors makes you a better painter.

Come learn why. Click here to register.   _____________________________________________________________________

11. THE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS TO BETTER PAINTING-JEFF YEOMANS

We’ll explore the five principles that are the path to continuing to improve the quality of your paintings. I will explain the hows and whys of working loose and keeping it fresh! Other topics will include how to use computer software to improve reference photos to paint from, and new possibilities for subject matter.

By taking small risks and simplifying complex problems, you will better understand the most effective way to focus your efforts. The instructor’s emphasis is a thoughtful, considered approach to demystifying the complexities of painting. It should be challenging, but fun! Learn to enjoy the process of painting. It will enable you to find your artistic “voice”.
Beginning students will learn basic studio techniques to consistently improve their painting skills. Returning students will explore more challenging subject matter, and advanced levels of each of the 5 essential components of painting.
Thursdays, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM      (8 weeks)
Limited to 12 students, $260/280 + $15 mat. fee

LA JOLLA STUDIO

1008 WALL STREET, LA JOLLA, CA 92037

http://www.ljathenaeum.org/event/ _________________________________________________________________________

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65. THE 5 KEY ELEMENTS TO BETTER PAINTING- JEFF YEOMANS

We’ll explore the five principles that are the path to continuing to improve the quality of your paintings. I will explain the hows and whys of working loose and keeping it fresh! Other topics will include how to use computer software to improve reference photos to paint from, and new possibilities for subject matter.

By taking small risks and simplifying complex problems, you will better understand the most effective way to focus your efforts. The instructor’s emphasis is a thoughtful, considered approach to demystifying the complexities of painting. It should be challenging, but fun! Learn to enjoy the process of painting. It will enable you find your artistic “voice”.

Beginning students will learn basic studio techniques to consistently improve their painting skills. Returning students will explore more challenging subject matter, and advanced levels of each of the 5 essential components of painting.

Tuesdays, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM (3 hours)    (8 weeks)
Limited to 12 students, $260/280 + $15 mat. Fee

ATHENAEUM ART CENTER, STUDIO AT BREAD & SALT

1955 JULIAN AVENUE, SAN DIEGO 92113

http://www.ljathenaeum.org/event/ _________________________________________________________________________   4up student work Pictured above: Paintings done by my students. But don't take my word for it…another student's comments: "A note to let you know that I've just loved your class.  I've appreciated your work for a really long time- and it's been my good fortune to learn how you think and go about your paintings. I've learned so much - and look forward to painting the cliff and finishing the dark beach scene.  I was super intimidated to start- not having painted in 25 years. I've signed up for your next 8 weeks - and hope the other students do too.  It's fun and informative to watch others grow as well. So thank you so very much/for your generous sharing of all that you've learned and your beautiful photography.  I was an art teacher for many years....so I have a appreciation for a really good one." -D. Carnick, San Diego For more info or to register, click here.