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Master Artist-Instructor: Douglas David

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February 17, 2025 @ 9:30 am - February 18, 2025 @ 3:30 pm

Monday & Tuesday, February 17 & 18, 2025 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
2-day workshop fee: $423 / $345 annual donors

The class will cover the basic principles of oil painting regarding classic seascapes. Learn how to build the wave, capture the motion of the sea, and better understand the colors in the water. After the basics are covered, we will start by painting a wave and several seascapes in various atmospheric conditions throughout the 2-day workshop. For those who have studied with Douglas before, this overview of principles is always a good review, and no matter what the subject, these principles are key, and new discussions and tips are added each season. Each day’s demo will include simple discussions on composition, massing, building form, light, and shadow, near and far, capturing and developing atmospheric distance, and depending on your own style, knowing when a work is finished (learning how to not overwork your painting).

Students will work in their own style/technique so that the finished work is their own. Douglas will overview his palette and concepts his work entails. Students will mix paints and learn to mix basic strings of color to help comprehend the preparation/ set up to prepare to paint in the studio. Students will work on small canvases, and the emphasis will be on capturing the time of day, atmosphere, the break of the wave and the various atmospheric conditions. Depending on the skill level of each student, students can grow and develop at a rate that is to their comfort.

Demos and individual discussions/instruction will help each student begin to reach the preliminary goals they are striving to meet. Plan to produce several studies and at least one or two larger paintings. Douglas will provide photos to paint from. Plan to bring notebook/sketchbook and enjoy some demos, along with some great stories to help you remember these principles that are the foundation of Douglas’ teaching.

Students have access to refrigeration if they bring lunch.

The class will meet at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.

Call the box office to register: 239-395-0900.
Registration Deadline: 02/10/25

BIG ARTS Master Artist Cancellation Policy:

We offer a variety of workshops taught by nationally and internationally recognized master artists. Due to the contractual agreements with these artists. $75 of the workshop fee is non-refundable and non-transferable upon registration.

Cancellations made more than one week (7-days) prior to the start of class will receive an 80% refund, less the $75 non-refundable fee.


Your funds may be applied to any other workshop of your choice during the current season, less the $75 non-refundable fee.

All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable for cancellations made less than one-week (7-days) prior to the start of the class.


February 17, 2025 @ 9:30 am
February 18, 2025 @ 3:30 pm
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