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“The Architecture of Light” Thomas W. Schaller


​Workshop outline:
Daily – indoors or out – Thomas W Schaller will complete a demonstration painting first thing in the morning to illustrate the topics to be covered that day.
1. By site observation, or by using photographic samples and examples from his own sketch book , he will demonstrate the importance of identifying valid compositional subject matter and how to interpret that into a strong painting. And then, by executing quick, impressionistic initial abstract value sketches, he will demonstrate how these are used as the basis for the completion of a strong and satisfying watercolor.
We will cover the basics of composition, perspective composition, fundamentals of drawing, and color theory as the root of a successful final painting
2. Participants will be urged to complete simple black and white pencil sketches of proposed subjects from site or from photographs and to discuss how abstract compositions of the three basic values – black/white/ grey – can be arranged to form the basis of a final painting.
3. Using these completed compositional/value sketches as “roadmaps”, we will quickly sketch our compositions on watercolor paper 4. Along with Thomas W Schaller, participants will be guided through the simple steps of using these completed value sketches to set up and quickly complete successful final watercolor sketches.
5. Daily, after the initial demo, we will explore exercises that highlight the depiction of skies, water, architecture, landscapes, figures, and atmospheric conditions. Each day, exercises will become more comprehensive. On the final day, participants will be asked to develop their own compositions that incorporate all the elements covered in previous days.
6. On the afternoon of the final day, we will have an informal “exhibit” of the work done by participants and Thomas W Schaller will lead an informal critique and question/ answer session about what we have learned in the previous days.



Watercolour Painting