A student perspective of Julian Merrow-Smith doing a plein air painting demonstration
One of Julian's recent students, Timothy Joseph Allen, has now posted on YouTube a 20 minute video on YouTube of a painting demonstration done during Julian's last painting workshop of 2015 at La Madelene (October 10th to the 17th).
Videos are a really great way of seeing what's on offer when a painter is also a tutor and offers painting workshops. This one is a snapshot of what you might experience in a plein air workshop with Julian - you're getting the student perspective!
It's also very clear to me from this video 'that Julian is a communicative tutor who provides his students with a constant commentary on what he's doing during a demo - plus he explains the reasons behind the points he think are important.
The video appears to have been shot on mobile phone as it's tall and thin - however that means you get an excellent view of the palette on the pochade box and what he's mixing as well as the painting.
On the left is a still of the view he is painting.
Do remember to click the HD (bottom right) to get the best picture
Postcard from Provence - Painting Workshops
This is the page on Julian's blog which provides more information about the painting workshops .
The dates for 2016 are already published (see the left hand column):
- May 15th-22nd
- July 20th-28th
- Oct 2nd-9th
|Postcard from Provence|
Painting Workshops - the website page
This is how Tim summed it up in his blog post Painting En Plein Air with Julian Merrow-Smith
I had the great pleasure to take part in Julian Merrow-Smith’s last plein air workshop of 2015 in Provence, France, from October 10th to the 17th.Now that's what I call a satisfied customer!
The company was gracious, the lodgings impeccable, the cuisine exquisite and the landscapes a feast for the eyes: nothing more could have been better for what was, in essence, six days of plein air boot camp.
Julian’s method of teaching was direct and to the point; every morning and afternoon he did a demo. It was a very no nonsense approach of picking a good spot, getting comfortable, setting up the paints and then getting to work. His technical instruction was an excellent distillation of his experience, and was most helpful in dealing with very complex and fluid challenges like composition and color mixing.
Painting Workshops: two questions for students and tutors
- If you are a student, do you like to see videos like these BEFORE you book a painting workshop?
- If you are a tutor, do you provide videos of what you do - from the student perspective - on your website?