Assignment: Use only 4 hues or colors to paint a picture. White can also be used.
- Use 3 primary colors such as Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow. Add Raw Sienna or Burnt Umber.
- Make a color chart to see the range of color you can achieve with this limited palette.
Color charts made by mixing 2 hues at a time. Start with 1 Ultra Blue to 4 Cad Red, 1 Ultra to 3 Cad, 1 Ultra to 2 Cad, 1 Ultra to 1 Cad, 2 Ultra to 1 Cad, 3 Ultra to 1 Cad, 4 Ultra to 1 Cad, so on and so forth.
Add white 4 or 5 times.
Write your formula down next to or below your color swatch.
Hudson River School Elements
Assignment: Incorporate at least 1 aspect of the Hudson River School of Painters into your artwork.
You may consider the following aspects:
- Composition of subject – study the lines of the mountains, trees, etc.
- Relationship of sky to land. Ask, “where is the horizon placed?” Will you place the horizon 1/4 or 1/3 up on the canvas?
- What kind of clouds are used? What is the shape, movement, perspective, color?
- Use the American wilderness as the subject of the painting.
- What is the distance from the subject? How far away is the perspective of the artist? How far is the closest object?
- Include details of nature.
- Create a vast and sweeping panorama of subject.
For other ideas and to learn about this school of painters, just do a google search and input “Hudson River School of Painters”. if the internet doesn’t work for you the good ol’ library will. Please be prepared to share what you learn at our meeting (about 2-3 minutes worth). Make sure and bring your artwork whether finished or in progress. It really inspires and motivates the rest of us to see others creating.
Paint a miniature painting, under 6 x 6 in.
The fall panel incorporates some aspects of adult life: work, service, disappointment, failings, hope, commitment. The briefcase, hammer and other tools are symbols of different types of work.
Study and Model from a Painting
- Select a worthy painting by a known artist that includes figures.
- Study the composition of the painting: lines (thickness, direction, etc), values (lights and darks), shapes, position of figures.
- Draw a basic sketch of the painting to determine what you will incorporate into your own painting.
- Use the basic composition to create a new painting or drawing of your own with some of the same lines, values, and position/number of figures.
You may want to change the setting of the painting to a more contemporary scene and include figures and faces of people you know.
Below are some sample paintings with simple line drawings. Feel free to use any of these if they are of interest.