What To Expect
Edgar Degas - March 1877
“I assure you no art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of my study of the great masters. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”
All ‘Wandering Around Outdoors’ Workshops including the ‘Masters Program’ and ‘Art Light’ Field Workshops - have been designed to be concise and easy-to-follow programs that describe and illustrate in detail the principles, devices, formula and secrets used for centuries by many of the world’s renowned masters of both painted and photographic landscapes. The workshops also highlight how to make the best use of your camera and today’s digital photographic technologies to create your own personal art … just as the Masters did.
Each workshop is unique. The light, the character and the beauty of the landscape along with the dynamics of the atmospheric conditions influence where, when and what we work on. Unique to the workshops is the overall curriculum that compiles and codifies decades of research and writing by Tom and Van on the essence of Landscape Art and the always illuminating and helpful daily review of student work that will inspire and challenge your artistic vision.
By answering the questions “What am I thinking about when I look through the viewfinder?” and “What am I making a picture of?” photographers of all levels are guided to a more serious consideration of all aspects of their photographic effort. The arrangement of the elements of a scene into a composition that expresses the artist’s emotions, thoughts and vision is demonstrated graphically during the workshops.
Shoulder to Shoulder – instructors and students
We are often asked just how helpful are WAO instructors? How “close by” are they? Our philosophy is that because it is your tuition that got you here and your time that you are investing we try to always be “shoulder to shoulder” with our students. Our small and intimate groups guarantee that you will get what you need to advance your knowledge and ability. The right to watch us practice our trade and to hang out with us in an inspiring location is not our idea of you getting your “money’s worth”.
WAO workshops always (ALWAYS) place the student foremost in the instructor's mind, motives and actions. We try to always be available for technical or artistic consultation and direction. We never engage in making our own photographs during a workshop unless:
1) We are shooting to create an example of an artistic teaching point or technical feature that we are demonstrating or explaining at the moment or will show during our daily “review”.
2) We occasionally might make a few student / workshop pictures intended for promotional or marketing use. Other than that a “miraculous” pictorial manifestation would have to magically appear for us to pick up our own camera for personal use during a workshop.
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