Wednesday, August 26, 2020

SUNDAY: High on Color!

Sunday - that’s right, Sunday, … not our usual day.

Can’t get enough color?  Then you probably already love the Fauves, the incredible art movement that replaced Impressionism with a burst of colors that left the artworld speechless.  Our topic for this Sunday’s Virtual Sketch is the Fauves.  This day of virtual sketching was suggested and will be hosted by Patricia Chow.

We will visit the Mediterranean seaside town of Collioure, France.  Collioure is known as the birthplace of Fauvism, an art movement focused on color and individual expression.  Fauvist painters like Henri Matisse and Andre Derain traveled around together, sketchbooks in hand, searching for places to paint - just like urban sketchers did (prior to the pandemic).  But, have no fear, we will join them from the comfort of home by exploring virtually


In the morning we'll sketch the town of Collioure - including the tiny medieval alleyways of the Old Town, the 800-year-old Château Royal, the famous lighthouse - now the bell tower of the church of Notre-Dame des Anges, the beachside promenade of the Boramar district, or even the grave of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado in the Collioure cemetery.


In the afternoon, we'll venture into the hinterlands and sketch the vineyards and natural landscapes that inspired Matisse and Derain to push past the color boundaries of the Impressionists and experiment with the expressive use of bright, contrasting colors.  

Since we will be working virtually you are free to use any source material you like.  However Patricia has prepared a short list of useful links:

Collioure Tourism Website:


Google Earth Street View,+France/@42.5271295,3.085509,3a,75y,285.56h,106.23t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipOlrh8AuKNWolqFasD2hkJYoutHtpwtq1IiwjH1!2e10!3e11!!7i8704!8i4352!4m15!1m7!3m6!1s0x12b07f95291fde8d:0x91f56d4265317420!2sCollioure,+France!3b1!8m2!3d42.526752!4d3.084631!3m6!1s0x12b07f95291fde8d:0x91f56d4265317420!8m2!3d42.526752!4d3.084631!14m1!1BCgIgARICCAI?hl=en


You need to register to attend this event.   Registration is open now and closes on Friday at noon.  If you register you will receive dial-in instructions in an email on Friday..  The event starts at 10 AM on SUNDAY, ... (not our usual day - please note.)

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