Winstead, Leo – Impressionistic Color


Impressionistic Color workshop with Leo Winstead 

Class Description
Ever marvel at the scintillating colors in a George Seurat or Paul Signac painting and wonder: “How did they come up with that?” In this workshop, take a journey back to the mid-1800s and explore the later art of Eugene Delacroix whose discovery and application of the technique “Flochetage*” paved the way for many of the advancements in painting in the last half of the 19th century. See how Impressionists and PostImpressionists like Edward Monet and Vincent Van Gogh built on the revolutionary work of Delacroix to create the first ‘modern’ works of art! Using pencil and oil pastel, students will work from a detail of an existing work rendering a sample using the distinct layered hatch work of Delacroix to create a fresh interpretation of a well-known work of art. Topics covered will include: flochetage, hatching, stippling, complementary and analogous color, and conventional coloring using halftones. 

Suggested reference books for the class:

  • “Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art” – Patrick Noon (2015)
  •  “Techniques of the Impressionists” – Anthea Callen (1993)

Materials – each student will need the following:

  • 1 Graphite pencil (H or HB)
  • Plastic or Kneaded Eraser
  • scratch paper to practice hatching
  • 9” x 12” or 12” x 16” sheet of Canson Mi-tientes
  • drawing board/support large enough to hold drawing paper (available for use at MCFTA)
  • (final rendering on 9” x 12” Canson Mi-tientes (or a similar woven/textured paper).
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February 23, 2015