A month with Alex Tolstoy. Four art classes in November '22

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Join watercolour artist Alex Tolstoy for this four part art series, filmed live from Virginia.


There are four, 1hr art tutorial videos, covering a number of complimentary subjects and techniques. ** Scroll down for further class details **

 
PART I: Still Life

Aired 3 Nov '22 - Watch the video

SUMMARY

These simple still lifes are based on subjects that one can find around the house -- or could at some time (the clothespins are now replaced by a dryer -- oh well).


We will use as models just objects easily obtained -- and offering a certain loveliness in their easy-to-paint, clean lines. Everything is fair game: paperclips, spoons, pots and pans, whatever.


This demo will show that anything can be turned into a "work of art". The only limit to choice is your imagination. Watch the video at the top of the page.

 

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MATERIALS
  • Household objects (paper clip, clothes pins etc)

  • WC paper (Arches, 140 lb, rough press)

  • Brushes (mop, 8 & 10 point rounds, rigger)

  • Paint (indigo blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, sepia,...)

  • Ink (sepia) + fountain pen

  • Charcoal pencil

  • Paper towels & Q-tips

 
PART II: Negative Painting

Aired 10 Nov '22 - Watch the video

Class paintings:

SUMMARY

White animals can be painted with impact using negative painting i.e. by painting the edges and surroundings MORE than the subject itself.


This webinar will demonstrate the painting of a white bird (egret) but the principles apply to white cats, white dogs (poodles, bichon frise), white hedgehogs,...and more.


Negative painting used here will delineate the subject (here we show an animal) allowing for the background to highlight the actual focus of the painting.

 

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MATERIALS
  • WC paper (Arches, 140 lb, rough press)

  • brushes (mop, 8 & 10 point rounds, rigger)

  • paint (indigo blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, sepia,...)

  • ink (sepia) + fountain pen

  • charcoal pencil

  • paper towels & Q-tips

  • white gouache

 
PART III: Colour Yellow

Aired 17 Nov '22 - Watch the video

SUMMARY

Yellow can be such a vibrant, cheerful colour, and as we head into winter yellow flowers will remind us that Spring is coming -- eventually.


Flowers in the painting will include: sunflowers, forsythia, and daffodils. Each is straightforward to paint, and we will combine them into a more complex piece: a sprig composed of them all.


In this webinar we will see how easy it is to capture such flowers individually as well as in combination.

 

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MATERIALS
  • WC paper (Arches, 140 lb, rough press)

  • brushes (mop, 8 & 10 point rounds, rigger)

  • paint (bright yellow, quinacridone gold, red, indigo blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, sepia, raw umber,...)

  • ink (sepia) + fountain pen

  • charcoal pencil

  • paper towels & Q-tips

  • white gouache

 
PART IV: Special Cards

Aired 24 Nov '22 - Watch the video

SUMMARY

Special cards are for special people. This webinar will show how to make one-of-a-kind, original art cards -- painlessly.


You do need to purchase the Photo Frame cards -- but -- once you have them it is easy to make an original card for any occasion -- Easter. Birthdays. Christmas. And you will have the opportunity to use bits of paintings you thought you would just toss. Plus the "framing" makes the card look like a small painting. But there are some tricks to the process!

 

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MATERIALS
  • Photo Frame cards (white, blanks from Strathmore)

  • acetate sheet

  • marker pencil for the acetate

  • ruler

  • scissors

  • old paintings to be cut up -- or -- you can paint new, small things just for the cards.

 

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