"Sam Payne has clear insight into art and the process of making art. In his enjoyable classes, one learns easily. A very rewarding experience in art."
Spring 2023 Student
Class Description : Outdoor Painting is a fun loose space where we explore painting and the landscape for 3 hours a week. Every week we meet up at a different location within Monterey County. As everyone is at a different level and using various media, I will provide loose in class and optional hw assignments based on skill set. In each semester I try to include a visit to a contemporary local artist studio, a painting demonstration by an artist or a visit to an exhibition. I would also like to try to have a showing of some sort at least one time a year of work made in the class. If you have a suggestion of an artist or studio you would like to visit or a space where we can have our "pop-up" show let me know.
9:30 - 12:30PM
Pacific Grove Adult School
1025 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Sam's Cell 914-318-4838
Bring appropriate clothing - Weather link below.
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4/12/23: Make a copy of a painting. This is a classic assignment and there are many ways to go about it. I suggest for this rendition that we choose a painting that is in a form that we would like to emulate. Sometimes there are paintings we love but they are not something we would imagine ourselves making! I also suggest taking a moment to pinpoint what it is about the painting you are copying that you would like to learn about. Is it the way the grass is painted? Is it the composition? Is it the color? It is important to break down the learning process into pieces.
For the purpose of this assignment each student should assess for themselves a definition of copy. This can be a loose rendition of the model or it can be a monochromatic version of the model. You could think about it as an improvisation on a melody. It should be a healthy dose of fun and pushing your boundaries.
3/22/23: Try a smaller piece ( a study) or larger piece if feeling brave where every mark is the same size.
This project is in response to the issue of drawing verse painting.
If the student is wishing to make something that speaks paint this exercise is very helpful.
There is a propensity to fall back on drawing sometimes to distinguish forms and space especially in the complications of the landscape and with a medium such as water color where the preliminary is often sketched and the follow up with paint ends up far too often being a scenario of filling in.
The type of mark you choose to repeat can be a simple 1/2 inch drag of the brush or it can be a shape like a half circle.
Keep patient and slowly build the painting with these moves. This is similar to pointalism painting and artists such as Seurat. But the marks should be larger than these examples so as not to lose steam.
Schedule : Subject to change -
Next Class: 9/27/23
Location: PGAS Meet in Art Room
Next Class: 10/4/23
Location: Toro Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Highway 68, Salinas, CA 93908
See map of park here: After entry kiosk pull right at second parking lot and we will meet there! Map calls it Lot 5 Sycamore Picnic area. Call me if any questions:)
George Washington Park
Meet on Sinex St Corner of 700 Alder Ave.
Pacific Grove 93950
210 Oliver St.
Montery CA 93940
Please take note of specific directions that will be sent by email as the turn off can be missed off of Laureles Grade.
750 W. Carmel Valley Rd. 93923
No Class, PGAS Closed.
8/16/23: Larkin House, 464 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940
8/23/23: Visiting Artist : Walk through of exhibition with artist in gallery show. Seaside/Sand City.
Red Woods. Santa Lucia Preserve.
Meet at gate as group at 9:45 and we will drive together. We will have drive-in access so that we will not have to walk far from vehicles. .
141 Caledonia Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Meet Near Basketball Court.
Be there or be square :)
9/13/23 LAST CLASS
(Last Class - Register For FALL Session on 9/13/23 - First Class of FALL on 9/27/23 :