July 28, 2020 – July 30, 2020
by Professional Artist, George Van Hook
Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors, for a four-day plein air workshop. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic). Suggests medium to advanced, but all levels welcome.
We will begin each day with a demo by the artist. At that time, he will discuss composition, laying out the pallet, proper use of materials and all other aspects of plein air painting. We will then break up into groups and paint individually.
He will then provide individual instruction helping solve the issues for each artist. After lunch, he will do a quick demo to refresh the ideas presented at the start. Painters will start a second painting for the afternoon with additional individual instruction.
After 4 pm we can simply paint as a group. George has found this to be the most congenial and beneficial experience of the day. Evenings can be spent enjoying each others company in conversation about their experiences of the day.
George Van Hook was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. He began painting very early and was able to participate in the vibrant artistic culture of the region.Â The family owned a farm in Bucks County, home of the Pennsylvania impressionists, and he became heavily influenced by their fine academic training coupled with a love of the prosaic landscape. Another early local influence was the Brandywine Traditional, the illustrative work of Howard Pyle and the generations of Wyeths. This was further enhanced by a close association with coastal Maine. George has spent many summers painting in the midcoast area of Rockland and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson.
Van Hook’s love of the European tradition also began early. He spent two summers during high school filmmaking throughout France and England. This allowed him to visit many of the great museums, and further increased his commitment to become a professional artist. Following college, he left for Paris and spent nearly a year copying at the Louvre and travelling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings “en plein air”. He returned to California, where he continued painting the landscape and figure out of doors. After marriage and the start of a family, George returned to the East Coast, eventually settling in Cambridge, NY, a beautiful nineteenth century village in the Hudson Valley. His wife is a Mycological Consultant for Ecovative. Their three daughters were often models for his paintings when younger, and are now grown and successfully independent. More About George Van Hook
Materials and Supplies List
The workshop will focus on the fundamentals of both oil and watercolor painting, but the emphasis will be painting the landscape in oil en plein air. This class will cover both oil and watercolor, and pastel if anyone wants. However, I intend to focus primarily on oil painting. _GVH
Please bring any and all materials that you currently use and are comfortable with.
I DO recommend the following:
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Light
I use a lot of paint, and buy these in the large tubes. Please bring a good quality/quantity of paint.
I use Winsor Newton and Gamblin ,but use your judgment.
I use Gamsol with some Liquin as a medium.-GVH
Bring plenty of Brushes.
Flats, # 2,4,6,8,10&12, natural bristle, and any filberts or rounds that you usually use. For watercolor, a wide selection of sable brushes, both flat and round.
Please bring a large number of smaller panels, 8-10″,9-12″,11-14″,12-16″. Any of these sizes that you are comfortable with.
Watercolor: several sheets or blocks of 140-lb cold pressed paper, of a good quality.
We’ll all be doing 2-4 paintings a day, so please be ready to work quickly on a variety of surfaces. Panels are better for this work than stretched canvas, and cheaper too!
A good, sturdy easel that allows you to work outside and sets up easily, painting medium, thinner, rags, paper towels, trash bag, etc. Basically anything else that you want and are comfortable with. Many artists like to use an umbrella. Don’t forget your hat, eye protection, sun screen, and water! I recommend this highly!
Be sure to mention this workshop to receive special lodging rates and extras as a workshop participant.