Learning Good Values for Painters (Oils & Acrylics) with Chris Witkowski, November 3 & 4

Learning Good Values for Painters (Oils & Acrylics) with Chris Witkowski, November 3 & 4




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  • OCTOBER 17: Registration deadline

If you are working in a representational style as an artist, there is probably no more essential concept to learn than that of using correct values. Accurate drawing, composition and application of color are all very important but a full range of values from dark to light in an artwork is what will elevate it and make it work. In this 2 day workshop you will learn to tackle this often illusive but necessary ingredient using dry media...pencil, charcoal or pastel. Much as a dish simply needs salt to complete it, getting your values right has the same effect on your art. Yet it is often hard to actually see relative darkness and lightness when you are also looking at color. For example, red is bright, and therefore you may think it is “light” in value, but if you see it in a black and white photo it will appear dark.

Throughout the two days, Chris will fully explain and answer any questions you have about the mystery of values. She will share examples of artwork exhibiting accurate and inaccurate use of values. You will learn tricks to help limit the seeming infinite range of “grays” between black and white. Working from provided still life and reference material, you will practice seeing and accurately recording the salt and pepper of making art.

There will be lots of smudgy work so wear clothes you don’t care about.

Required Materials:

  • 9 x 12 minimum sketchpad

  • Pencils: HB, 3B, 6B

Materials fee of $15 made payable to the instructor on the first day of class.


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