Capturing the Light Workshop: Plein Air Painting with Thomas Bradshaw, October 20-22

Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw

Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22, 9am-5pm

Tuition: Jax Member $285 / Non Member $325

Material Fee: $0 - Bring your own materials, a supply list will be provided

Class Description: 

Suited for outdoor painters, from intermediate to experienced, this workshop will allow you to explore the essentials of a limited pallet and why it is key for successful painting.

Enjoy three full days with Thomas Bradshaw, award-winning oil painter, for an intensive workshop of painting landscapes on location in beautiful Floyd, VA. He will demonstrate his technique and explain in detail how to catch the ever-changing light conditions outdoors and how to eliminate the everyday problems of mixing from a limited pallet.

The specific areas of focus are:

  • The value of choosing your scene and understanding the key elements of your composition.
  • The improvement of deliberate brush strokes.
  • Capturing light movement and speed.
  • Discovering the five key essentials to successful paintings.

Before attending the workshop:

  • Make sure know your equipment and how to use it.
  • Bring at least six, 6 x 8 panels for 30 minute studies and three, 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 panels for larger studies.  Do not bring canvases.

A complete materials list will be provided by the Center after registration.

Minimum Age: Responsible Young Adult

Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 12

About the Instructor: Thomas Bradshaw has been painting his impressionistic paintings since 2002. He comes from a dedicated family of creative artists and doctors who always pushed him to follow his own personal journey into fine art.

Thomas is a nationally collected artist with many awards over the years. He has gained success through various juried shows like Plein Air Easton and Winter Park Plein Air, along with other juried shows along the east coast. Thomas’ style is often described in various ways; sometimes a painting will lean toward Impressionistic Realism while other times it leans more abstract.

“Each subject is its own director,” he points out. “Always approaching each scene with an open mind allows the subject to say what it wanted to say.” That is very important to Thomas. “It is a very versatile yet challenging mode of expression through light and shadow. Through this way I am able to imply detail without overstating it. Using my own style of brushwork and palette knife together to create a textured impression and paint quality that entices a closer look.”

Thomas currently teaches Plein Air workshops and indoor classes through For Arts Sake Gallery in Richmond VA. When he is not teaching Thomas travels as much as he can to keep the juices flowing. See you along the trail sometime!

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