Drawing Perspective Applied to Plein Air Workshop
Instructor: Fr. James Zotalis
Location: BAGA, 422 East Front Ave, Bismarck, ND
When: June 10, 6:00 to 8:00PM at BAGA & June11, Saturday-9:30AM-12:00 Noon Painting On Location
The primary focus of this workshop is to teach basic perspective and how to apply it to your plein air painting experience.
Friday evening the students in a classroom setting will receive a presentation on the early history of the development of the concept of perspective. Students will spend the bulk of the evening drawing pictures using basic perspective techniques.
Saturday the students will do a plein air (outdoor) painting in the medium of their choice. The paint out will take place in a nearby downtown location that requires the use of the perspective techniques presented in the Friday class. Fr Zotalis will simultaneously demo a painting for students to observe.
The workshop is open to all levels of experience. Class size is limited to 12 students. Deadline for registration is June 3rd, 2016
Supplies: Drawing supplies: Pen or pencil. Drawing pad. Foot long ruler. Painting supplies: Easel, canvas/panel, paints/pastels, medium, paper towels, brushes.
Workshop is sponsored by the“Prairie Plein Air Artist’s” club and BAGA.
Register with BAGA 223-5986 or online at http://www.bismarck-art.org/index.cfm?page=classes
About the instructor: Fr James Zotalis is currently the rector of St George's Episcopal Church. He holds a Masters Degree of Divinity from Nashotah House (1987). Zotalis earned a BS in Art Education from Mankato State University(1973) and Master's Degree in painting from Mankato State University (1978). He taught art in Hastings MN and was a professor of art at Fergus Falls Community College from 1989 to 2001.
A regional artist, Fr Zotalis uses the Regionalist artists of the 1930s as his examples. Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Curry and Edward Hopper are his mentors in Regionalism. Zotalis feels committed to using his world in a ten mile radius of his home to find his subject matter.
Fr Zotalis uses pen and ink and watercolor as his art medium. His subject matter is collected by using his own photographs or drawing on location. He prefers to paint and draw landscapes, architecture and people, capturing sunlight and shadows in the manner of Edward Hopper. He prefers simple compositions that are clean and crisp with one or two point perspective to create a three dimensional depth on a two dimensional surface.
Fr Zotalis has been an active freelance artist including creating commercial art commissions. He has done many one-man shows and juried shows in Hastings, MN, Faribault, MN, Red Wing, MN and participated in shows at the BAGA.