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Simplify The Landscape

Thursday 18th & Friday 19th April 2024
Fork & Farm, Stanford

Two-day plein air landscape painting workshop.

For this workshop, we will be focusing on taking the complexity of the landscape and simplifying it into basic shapes. Discover and develop practical techniques for representing the landscape in paint.

Painting outdoors from life can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of information coming at you and the weather and wildlife to contend with. We will start by finding simplified compositions, drawing thumbnails and then value studies in our sketchbooks.

We will practice working quickly, finding the main idea for our compositions, and simplifying the elements of the landscape to create a painting. Working with a limited palette, we will create colour harmony, mood and depth.

18th & 19th April 2024 (Thursday & Friday)
9.30am – 3.30pm
Fork & Farm, Elands Valley Farm, Stanford Hills Road, Stanford

R1,500 includes:
Coffee/tea and lunch
Not included:
Art materials (please see the supplies list for this workshop)

This workshop is an opportunity for all skill levels to immerse yourself in two days of painting on a farm just outside Stanford. Choose to approach the workshop from a focus on learning the basic technical skills and processes, or focus on the experience of being in the landscape “in the moment” to just let go and push your skills to new heights. I will meet workshop participants where they are to help them achieve their goals for the workshop.

What to expect:

We will meet at 9.30am on Thursday morning to introduce ourselves, set-up, go over the basic process for the workshop and address any initial questions.

We’ll also discuss individual goals for the workshop, to set an intention for the work.

For example: one person may want to focus on one composition for the two days, while another might want to make many small studies of different compositions around the farm. Either is a good goal, but it’s helpful to know what you want to achieve before you begin to avoid wasting time or feeling undue pressure during the workshop. It also helps you get the best benefit from the two days. So, have a think about it.

I will go over some fundamentals, and start a demo. We will then familiarize ourselves with the farm by sketching possible compositions in our sketchbooks, and taking reference photographs.

Lunch at Fork & Farm restaurant at 12.00.

For the afternoon session, we will paint from 1pm until 3.30pm, giving enough time to finish a small painting, or make a good start on a larger one.

On Friday morning we will again meet at 9.30am and get straight into painting.

Lunch at 12.00 again, allowing for 2.5 hours painting in the morning, and ending the afternoon painting session at 2.30pm for an hour’s group critique/discussion. The critique will give us the opportunity to revisit personal goals set the previous morning before we started painting, and for us all to discuss what worked and what still needs work in our paintings.

For those who would like to take the conversation further, we’ll meet at Stanford Kitchen for Friday night dinner (for your own account).

Important Information

  • ALL levels of painters are welcome. Don’t be intimidated if you are a beginner or if you’ve never painted outdoors before. I will be demonstrating the fundamentals. Painting outdoors is the most wonderful immersive creative experience, don’t miss out because of a little bit of fear. It’s going to be great!
  • Intermediate and advanced painters are also welcome. We will have a group critique at the end of the workshop where we can all contribute to the conversation and where all skill levels learn from all skill levels.
  • Visit the Simplify the Landscape Materials List page for information on paint choices, brushes, surfaces, mediums and everything you’ll need for the workshop. Please contact me if you have any questions.
  • ALL styles and mediums are welcome, you don’t have to be a landscape painter or representational painter to participate. Immerse yourself in nature for two days and see where it takes you. I have experience and can assist with questions pertaining to the technicalities of oil, acrylic and gouache painting. You are welcome to use other mediums, but I won’t be able to offer medium specific advice.
  • Plein air painting is most enjoyable when you are well equipped for the experience, both in terms of actual equipment, and the way you feel about being outdoors. There will be things that happen that wouldn’t happen if you were painting in a studio, like the wind, and wildlife. Be prepared by bringing everything you need to be comfortable, and an intention to have fun.

Booking & Cancellation info:

  • Price: R1,500, paid on booking. No refunds for cancellations after 10th April 2024.
  • To book, please email or WhatsApp me:
    • hello@tracyalgar.com
    • 084 584 3757
  • For the workshop to take place, a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 people must book.
  • There is always the risk that the weather won’t be perfect on the day. As plein air painters, we can put up with a bit of wind, or more extreme heat and cold weather by being prepared. For this workshop, we will have shelter from rain and some wind in the wedding chapel on the farm, a structure with a roof and no walls.