Within this painting course we will be exploring a variety of different paints in order to paint the world around us. We will be working with plein air, outside scenes and landscape drawing, as well as working in the classroom. We will focus on honing in on the painting styles and techniques of each individual student. They will express what they see around them, what they view everyday in nature, and also what they see right in front of them. From the small details of a blade of grass that you depict on a much larger scale, to a sweeping landscape, we will be looking at nature and the beauty it withholds. Lots of sketching, drawing, and painting will be taking place. There will also be lots of learning and talking about the different things we can do to keep the nature that we gain so much from, in good condition. We will be doing collages of our ‘perfect’ landscape and then render these in paint. Going outside, being around what we are making artwork of, and from, will really make for a fun, creative, inspiring environment. Each individual student will be able to come up with their own style and method of painting these things around them they see. We will talk about landscape art and the role it has played throughout the centuries, and how it fits into the contemporary art world. We will play around with color and texture, and work on pieces that build up many layers of paint to create a relief painting with physical texture. We will be looking at lots of magazines and books to gain inspiration from, and some writing and storytelling will be incorporated into the art-making process. Overall, this class will be an amazing look into what we are surrounded by. We will be gaining knowledge, respect, and honing in on our artistic ability to depict the things around us.