Monday, December 16, 2013

Plein Air Painting Workshops with Barry John Raybould

Workshop Locations and Dates:

An exciting 10 day Plein Air Workshop in a traditional Chinese village

Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Date of Workshop: April 2017 dates to be decided, 10 days
Location: Fujian Province of China

Dates: exact dates to be determined but will in be the latter half of April 2017
Length of workshop: 10 days + 2 day Xiamen extension
Location: in a traditional Chinese mountain village in Fujian Province, about 2-3 hours drive from Xiamen
Cost: Tuition, accommodation, and food in the Art Center (10 nights) US$3200

The workshop will be held in a traditional mountain village in the Fujian Province of China. The village is characterized by its traditional architecture of circular multi story dwellings made of mud. This special architecture is characteristic only to this part of China.  The village has a lovely river running through it, and is surrounded by mountain scenery. The workshop will be held in an Art Center with comfortable guest rooms with private bathrooms. The Art Center is used by universities from all over China to run plein air workshops, including the top Art Academy in China, CAFA.

Each day we will go out painting doing lots of studies and plein air painting, and then return to the studio to discuss the day’s work and do individual critiques. The goal will be to identify where you need the most help, and if necessary select assignments that will help take your work to the next level.

Optionally you can come two days earlier and we will take a sketching trip (graphite and paper) around Xiamen, one of the early one of five "treaty ports" established by the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842, then called “Amoy”. We will visit Gulangyu island (only 10 minutes offshore) which was designated an international foreign settlement in 1903 and became a secure haven for Europeans, Japanese and wealthy overseas Chinese who built lavish mansions, consulates and churches there. We will also visit the botanical gardens in Xiamen, and prepare for the week’s plein air painting expedition. There will be no tuition fee for this visit.

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Workshops exclusive to Virtual Art Academy members with at least three months of membership. 

Please enquire if interested.


Manushalini Nandwani said...

Barry John's workshop has been one of the most memorable events I have attended. The guidance is clear & friendly and the targets I have set for myself seem more attainable as I was given a clear road map on how to take my art to the next level. I had joined as a beginner. The teaching is well researched and there is no ambiguity in what you are taught. I would recommend this workshop to all. Thanks Barry for a memorable experience!

georgie rey said...

It was a real adventure making my way to Tuscany to work with Barry in the mountains and one that I would highly recommend. The setting is wonderful, quiet, authentic, rustic and the B and B extremely friendly and comfortable. We worked as a group doing individual research at the local horse show, sketching and watching for a project which we put together during the following days with Barry's help in his studio. We had an informal critique at the end of every day where we all participated which I found very useful. I learnt more that I anticipated, as always with Barry, not only from his comments but from just being there. I had the chance to view Barry's paintings in his gallery which taught me an awful lot, there I really saw how the thin shadows of a painting must be colourful and the thick whites must be very thick. All in all a wonderful experience which I will definitely do again!

Sandhya's Daily Paintings said...

This September I participated in Barry's Tuscany Workshop for the third time. Every time I have come away with clear indicators on progress in my work and the direction of work for the next few years. Not one minute of work done with Barry has ever gone waste. The notans and block studies, compositions and colour mapping, quick studies of Tuscan cityscapes and landscapes, sea at Savrana and horses in Comano, are all part of the material I use regularly as references while working in my studio or en plein air. Barry's course and workshops have helped me grow from an amateur to a full-time self-employed artist. Once you have been to Pianello you'll want to keep going back. Thank you Barry for sharing your studio and your knowledge so generously.

Vicki Norman said...

I attended Barry's workshop in Pianello this September for the second time. The experience provides an invaluable opportunity to practice many of the skills gained through his course in a practical, plein air context. Colour studies of Tuscan townscapes, sketches of moving figures in crowds and notan exercises in the gardens at Pianello all serve to consolidate knowledge acquired through home study. With regular daily critique and review it is possible to develop a clear, personal study plan for the year ahead. Barry's advice is tailored to suit each individual student, he takes the time to research answers to questions and often provides extra information and examples to help explain more advanced concepts.
The 'planning of a large scale painting' project undertaken in his advanced workshop offers a great opportunity for group learning. Sharing a variety of approaches to the same subject provides a rich source of ideas and demonstrates how to apply skills to different situations.
The experience of working in Barry's studio, surrounded by his paintings is worth the trip to Iatly in itself. To watch him making a painting is a masterclass not to be missed. To share the workshop with wonderful people from all over the world, in such a beautiful Tuscan setting is truly fantastic.

Denise Maxwell said...

I took Barry's plein air workshop this last Spring and can't express how thrilled I was to be in Tuscany painting and learning from Barry in person. Reviewing the basics and watching his working practices was invaluable. I was also impressed by his generosity and dedication to giving each of us a full learning experience.
One of the many highlights of my trip to Tuscany was being on top of the mountain back of Barry's home and studio watching and painting beside him at sunset. The place and beautiful views were inspiration enough but to watch Barry painting his little gems on location was a remarkable experience that I will never forget.
I can see why others keep making the journey back to study with him an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.