John MacDonald has made a lifelong study of the landscape: its many moods, colors and tones, and varied forms. This class takes participants through the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working tonality and color and to finishing with sensitively chosen details. Following a traditional 19th century painting process focusing on the landscape, participants will hone their observational skills while coming to a clearer understanding of how a successful painting is structured. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing--looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships--and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. You will work with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Through daily demonstrations and individual critiques and instruction, participants are encouraged to assimilate what is learned in class with their existing techniques and artistic vision. The class will work both in the studio using photographs as reference, and weather permitting, en plein air.
John MacDonald has been painting for over thirty years. He earned his BFA from Washington University of St. Louis and Masters in painting/drawing from Purdue University. He has studied printmaking in Avignon, France and painting at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. He has taught painting workshops through the Clark Museum of Williamstown, Massachusetts as well as painting classes at Williams College. He has been a member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, the Society of Illustrators, and is represented by the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown.
John attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.
For nearly thrity years, John has worked as both a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.
He is certified through the Creativity Coaching Association as a creativity coach, working with individual clients and giving workshops and presentations.
Professional memberships have included the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, and the Graphic Artists Guild.