We will be offering online group critique sessions in lieu of plein air classes for the duration of the CDC pandemic advisory. Students are encouraged to work on their own or in small groups, and take advantage of the critique sessions. Please click on the details link for additional information.
There will be no ongoing plein air sessions at this time.
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am offering online group critiques to existing and new students, as a substitute for regular plein air classes. The critiques will be implemented using a variety of resources, including Zoom video conferencing sessions, and a section of the Student Website dedicated to providing materials to critique participants only.
During the period of the pandemic students are encouraged to paint on their own or in small groups. The latter should observe social distancing, as recommended by the CDC, i.e. retain a 6-8 foot buffer zone between each other, and all participants should wear masks that cover the nose and mouth. Work-in-progress photos will be submitted to me via a dropbox or email, and I’ll post-process those and format them into an online portfolio for the purpose of facilitating the critique. The group critique will be scheduled to maximize participation, including having alternate times for those that cannot attend a given session.
A link to the Zoom session will be sent to participants, who will have to download and install the Zoom app. This is a relatively painless process, but does require setting some permissions on your computer. Instructions will be provided for this.
Pricing for group critique sessions:
Online Group Critiques will be by donation during the time that the coronavirus stay at home advisory is applicable.
I also have more intensive individual online critiques available. I've conducted these successfully with students that live on the other side of the country. These are still available, and have their own pricing.
Online Group Critiques
During the time that the coronavirus stay at home advisory is in effect, payment for Online Group Critique sessions will be by voluntary donation. If you want to participate, please email a request to William Elston.
Online Private Critiques
Online Private Critiques
Students occasionally need a “third eye,” someone that can tell them how their artwork “reads” to someone other than themselves. A critique can provide critical analysis of a painting’s composition, color, brushwork and narrative. Ongoing critiques can help the student develop the critical faculties essential to producing expressive and well executed art.
Online Private Critiques are available via a private, secured webpage.
Students of drawing and painting, and even professional artists, occasionally need a “third eye,” someone that can tell them how their artwork “reads” to an audience. It is a real advantage if that “third eye” belongs to a professionally trained artist, a draughtsman or painter, in their own right. A critique can provide critical analysis of a painting’s composition, color, brushwork and narrative. Ongoing critiques can help the student develop the critical faculties essential to producing expressive and well executed art.
This service has been developed to provide critique on a per session/painting basis, with discounts for packages of multiple sessions.. It utilizes image annotation software in order to provide a comprehensive critique of a specific painting. The critique covers positive aspects of the painting, and highlights problem areas that the student may not be aware of.
Online Private Critiques are implemented on a private website, accessible only by the artist and the student. The process begins with the student signing up for the service, at which time they will be sent a username/password for the private website. They can then upload an image or images, depending on the number of sessions, using the page’s dropbox. Once the artist has reviewed the image, an annotated version will be made available on the website.
Refund Policy for Online Critique Services: Refunds are available only in the event that the instructor is unavailable or unable to fulfill the Online Critique commitment.
Plein Air Classes
Plein Air Classes
All Plein Air Classes are canceled until further notice, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Once it becomes possible to have classes, then they will resume according to the usual schedule.