Plein Air Painting Noir: Workshop #1

Italianate Garden

November 14, 2018

VENUE: Italianate Garden


RELATED EXHIBITION: Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light

Plein Air Painting Noir
Image by Charles Rollo Peters

About the instructor, Chris Sicat:

Chris Sícat graduated from Otis/Parsons School of Design (B.F.A.) and the New York Academy of Arts (M.F.A. cum laude). His work in representational paintings were developed by extensive observation strategy with a strong conceptual narrative. His large figurative paintings employ both traditional and contemporary techniques. Sicat has exhibited his works at the de Saisset Museum, Palo Alto Art Center, Southern Exposure and Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. He is represented by K. Imperial Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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How do we translate the subtle colors of night into paintings? How do we capture the intensity of Munro’s light sculptures on paper? How does narrative come to play in a two-dimensional form?

In this series of painting workshops, students will learn to capture the abstract effects of night light into mixed media compositions. Each workshop will begin with a basic introduction to the materials and techniques of plein air nocturne painting before heading out to pick a spot to create from. Artist Chris Sicat will guide students not only in technique, but also in how to interpret and construct a visual narrative in order to tell a new story within the painting. All materials included.

Workshop # 1: Italianate Garden

Bacchus’ Spring and The Gathering of the Clans will provide two very different pieces to work from in Montalvo’s beautiful Italianate Garden. One provides the challenge of painting lit up figures and illuminated glass, while the other is resplendent with bright colors to engage artists in an abstract exploration of color. This workshop focuses on the techniques of contrasting values and saturation of colors.

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