Exploring the Brilliant Light of Luminism
Patrick Howe, Instructor
Dates July 12-15, 2018 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $0
skill level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced
Luminism is a painting style that began in 1850 and included American painters, such as John Frederick Kensett, as well as great British painters such as J. M. W. Turner. A Luminist landscape painting portrays a soft, gauzy light over an entire scene, while at other times an explosion of brilliant light. Some have even said that Luminism carries the fragrance of the spiritual dimension. In Luminism the atmospheric light of a scene is as much the subject matter of the painting as the landscape itself. In this workshop you will learn how to create a luminist color palette and how to organize your compositional structure to maximize the atmospheric effects of light. In a friendly and nonjudgemental classroom environment there will be a balance of structured lessons with a flexibility that accommodates the natural pace and expression of each student. There will be demonstrations, long and short painting exercises and a brief historical summary of Luminism. Although Luminism originated with landscape painting, you will also learn how it can be applied to still life and urban subjects. By the end of this workshop you will be given all the knowledge you need to paint in the Luminous style.