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Painting Peonies in Oil

June 5, 2023 at 10:00 am - June 6, 2023 at 4:00 pm

$275 – $300

Monday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 6
10:00am to 4:00pm each day
Instructor: Douglas David

Class will cover the basic principles of oil painting with regard to painting Peonies. Dynamic compositions with arrangements that are elegant and sophisticated, casual and relaxed while all keeping a bold direction will be the focus for this 2-day workshop. Includes interesting and memorable discussions on composition, massing, building form, light and shadow: and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting). Douglas delivers sound principles of painting that are an incredible foundation for your painting, whether a beginner or seasoned professional.

After the brief morning intro, a very hands-on approach to the class, gets students mixing colors and preparing to paint. Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts that his work entails. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend how this preparation makes the painting process a little simpler and gets a working understanding of the value/ strings of color. Students will work from photos that are provided.

An incredible 2-day hands on painting experience will yield a good number of paintings and a logical thought process in a fun yet focused atmosphere to help you guide your future study. Your paintings can be as complicated or as simple as needed. Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student to start to begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos along with some great stories to help you remember the principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Artists at any stage of their development are welcome. However, the participating artist should have an understanding of and be comfortable with the watercolor medium.

Upon receiving your registration, a materials list, a daily schedule and recommendations for accommodations and restaurants will be sent to you via email.

Cost: $275 for members or $300 for non-members


To learn more: [email protected] or 802-644-5100


June 5, 2023 at 10:00 am
June 6, 2023 at 4:00 pm
$275 – $300
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Bryan Memorial Gallery
(802) 644-5100
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Four-County Zone (Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington Counties)


Bryan Memorial Gallery
180 Main Street
Jeffersonville, VT 05464 United States
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(802) 644-5100
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