Calvin Liang: Landscape Workshop (August 2024)

Levels: All Levels

Offered: Two Day Workshop: Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th, 9:00am-4:00pm

Instructor: Calvin Liang

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, Out Door Location to be Announced

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Class will be open for registration on June 25th at 10:00am!

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Calvin Liang will be teaching a two day workshop with one day of outdoor painting, and one day will be spent working on a single studio painting based on photos you take on location. Calvin will begin with a demonstration then he will spend time with each student throughout the rest of the day. It is recommended to bring a laptop or tablet for the studio days. Alternatively, you may have color prints of your reference photos printed locally.

Plein air painting is a foundational part of training the eye to better understand the concepts of composition, design, and color harmony. The lessons will include:

  • How to plan a composition that will be effective for the artist’s intentions and preferences;
  • How to better see and use warm and cool color in landscape;
  • How to command hardness and softness of the edges to create space in a painting;
  • How to simplify the subject matter through the use of basic design, value, color and drawing skills;
  • How to consider the reasons for different paint surface textures, and brushstroke direction over the forms; and
  • How to get the best possible results in a short time.

Meet the Instructor:

Calvin Liang was born in Canton, China. He began painting in high school and completed his art education at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, recognized as one of China’s most prestigious and competitive art academies. In China, his skills as a fine artist were applied to the theatrical industry where he designed and created sets for operas and musical dramas for the Canton Opera Institute. Liang moved to the United States in 1987 and continued his profession asa full-time artist. He had a long and successful career creating visual art for the entertainment industry in animation, which included the Walt Disney Studios and Nickelodeon Studio where he worked for the Little Mermaid and Spongebob Squarepants. However he decided to quit working for the studios to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Since leaving his animation career in early 2002, Liang has definitely been noticed.

His accomplishments include winning several top awards in important exhibitions including the Irvine Museum Award in the California Art Club 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition 2021, The Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational in 2016, The Bronze Medal in the 25th National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America in 2016, Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape in California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition 2015, Juror’s Best Show-28th Annual C.M. Russell 2006, “Art-Talk Award of Excellence” Oil Painters of America Juried Exhibition 2005, “People’s Choice Award” 6th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Event in Bowers Museum 2002, “Best of the Show” American Impressionist Society’s 4th Annual Juried Exhibition 2002. Thus assuring his position as one of the nation’s leading artist. National art magazines also took notice. In 2004, Liang’s work graced the cover of Art of the West’s special 16th Anniversary Edition; and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 three years he had a full feature article in American Art Collector Magazine. Also he received a full feature article in Southwest Magazine in 2005, American Artist Magazine in 2005, American Artist Workshop Magazine in 2007, and American Artist Magazine in 2010. Again, he had a full feature article in Art of the West Magazine in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was selected into the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, which was at the Autry National Center in Lost Angeles.

Calvin Liang is a Master Member of Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society, and a Signature Member of California Art Club and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Class will be open for registration on June 15th at 10:00am!


Additional Instructions: The first class will be meeting at location. Emails will be sent out a week in advance, so stay tuned!

Fee: $300 Join Now

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