Instructor: Charles Basham
August 14 - 18
1pm - 4pm
5 sessions

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The purpose of this class is multifold: to paint from the landscape as a means of investigating exterior space, color and light; to incorporate into these paintings your comprehensive understanding of art historical styles; and to develop a contemporaneous manner in utilizing the landscape motif within your own work. In the first case, you should develop an understanding and appreciation of space, light, color and tone by painting the landscape from life and becoming fluent in recording natural phenomena through observation. Secondly, by looking at paintings and reading about them, you can utilize ideas behind them that can inform your own work

The structure of the class will be that we will go out to different spots to paint for the first three days with the purpose to complete individual paintings on each of the days. The last two days will be devoted to a single painting from the same spot in order to have more time for a more fully realized work. Each day will start with a demonstration and usually end with a short critique in order to get the necessary feedback and to establish a better student/instructor understanding.


Charles Basham received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Kent State University in his native state of Ohio, where he still resides on the family farm where he grew up. He has been making art for over forty years, and, as a result, has enjoyed much acclaim for his visually stimulating and emotionally charged landscapes.

Throughout his career, Basham has become more and more attuned to the subtle changes in weather and atmosphere. In his pastels and oil paintings, the energy and impact of light is realized in harmonized color whose saturation and temperature have been pushed and raised beyond previous limits. In doing so, he has captured dramatic and compelling moments of morning and evening light over the farmlands of the Midwest and the marshes and beaches of the low country in South Carolina. Mr. Basham is represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery Charlotte, NC.