Mastering perspective puts an artist at an advantage, regardless of what subject matter you choose to paint. A command of one, two, and three-point perspective guarantees that you are in control of your drawings and paintings. An understanding of atmospheric perspective allows you to create paintings with depth and a true sense of space. Understanding how color can enhance perspective is necessary in order to make forms recede and come forward. Without a good background in perspective, paintings often look amateurish and tentative.
I am offering a course at the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit called “One, Two, Three…Perspective!” It’s a great way to build an understanding of perspective from a painter’s point of view. In the class, we don’t use tools like t-squares or rulers to make rigid lines, the focus is on understanding the gesture involved in creating accurate, dynamic drawings of landscapes, architecture, small objects in the still life and the figure. Each week, we solve a different problem using perspective. The course is well suited to all levels, and is offered from 9:30 to noon for 10 weeks on Thursday mornings. For those of you who are on a waiting list for my watercolor class, why not consider taking this course first? It’s a great way to build the drawing skills you need to work confidently with watercolor. Then, you can register for my watercolor class in the winter and start out with the drawing skills that are needed to work effectively with watercolor.
To register, call the Visual Arts Center at 908-273-9121 or to view my entire course offering, click here.