Painting Nature in Field and Studio with Barry Van Dusen
This workshop builds on the skills we covered in Barry's previous workshop at Broadmoor: “Getting Started with Nature Drawing”. His recent multi-year residency with Mass Audubon will serve as a model to discuss his field and studio approaches to nature art. We’ll discuss the use of FIELD OPTICS, demonstrating how binoculars and telescopes can be used to make challenging subjects like birds more accessible. Barry will show how the regular use of a FIELD SKETCHBOOK can lead to a deeper understanding of the natural world while at the same time developing your artistic and expressive potential, and we’ll see how our field studies can be used to create larger and more complex pictures back in the studio. We’ll briefly review drawing approaches, but will concentrate mainly on watercolor painting. We’ll cover everything from materials, basic skills and useful tips to advanced painting concepts like edge manipulation and key. We’ll discuss how to observe and record values, and we’ll make a color mixing chart that can be used for future reference. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. It is recommended, but not required that you attended the workshop "Getting Started with Nature Drawing". This program is geared to intermediate students having some previous experience with drawing and watercolor painting. Barry W. Van Dusen is an internationally recognized wildlife artist. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Barry is a full member of London's Society of Wildlife Artists. His work has been exhibited regularly in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition, as well as in many galleries in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Artists for Nature Foundation, Barry has traveled to Spain, Ireland, England, Israel, India and Peru, working alongside other wildlife artists to raise money for conservation of threatened habitats.
Broadmoor Education Coordinator