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Painting the Light – Landscape in Dramatic Lighting (Online)

October 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Hamburger – Saturday, October 17th, 2pm-5pm (EST time zone)


During this virtual one-day intensive workshop, students will learn to capture light in their landscape paintings. Students will work from their own photographs of the landscape in dramatic lighting situations (sunsets, sunrises, or that magic hour) to create their own tonalist interpretations. The workshop will include a discussion of examples of masterworks from throughout art history, guided demonstrations, student working periods, and critiques. There will be time throughout to ask plenty of questions. We will cover composition, underpainting, color, and value to create rich, high-contrast paintings that evoke an emotional response to place. Some painting experience is helpful. Oil or acrylic paints are welcome, but demonstrations will be in acrylics.

  • Reference Photos – Images that you have personally taken are preferred. Sunsets/sunrises, where things in the foreground are silhouetted are great. Think high contrast. The more the better, preferably printed. The photos do not need to be of high quality.
  • Paints – I recommend Golden Acrylics or Gamblin Oils, but up to you. 37ml or larger. Below are suggested colors, but many variations can work.
    • black
    • titanium white
    • raw umber
    • burnt umber
    • yellow ochre
    • cad yellow light
    • cad red medium
    • ultramarine blue
    • prussian blue
  • Surface – Around 11x14in. Up to you whether to use a stretched canvas or panel. I recommend DaVinci Pro Medium Textured Gesso Panels 7/8th”
  • Brushes –  #2, 4, 8 and 12 Bright (and any others you may like)
  • Medium Palette Knife
  • Jar for water or solvent
  • Palette – at least 11x14in – a disposable pad will work too
  • Sketchbook or Drawing Paper
  • Pencil
About the instructor: Ben Hamburger is a painter, community artist, and educator currently based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Hamburger holds a BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and an MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Working within the convergence of visual art and social engagement, Hamburger has facilitated workshops and produced exhibitions in partnership with cultural institutions, schools, NGO’s and non-profit organizations around the world. Hamburger’s work has been exhibited internationally and is part of the City of New Orleans permanent collection.

This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!


October 17, 2020
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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(919) 929-2787
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