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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I am dedicating this letter to a nutty old Frenchman because Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) (not Henri — Le Douanier — Rousseau, the primitive painter) was one of the most valuable creative thinkers of all time. This unsettled and often irrational writer had a direct effect on the sentiments that we express today — sentiments that many artists stated in those letters.

In 1749 Rousseau entered a competition and won first prize for his answer to the question: Has the progress of the sciences and arts contributed to the corruption or improvement of human conduct?...Read On

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  • Aug 2, 2017 to Aug 5, 2017 - Gibsons School of the Arts – Expressive Watercolour with BRENT LAYCOCK

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    Styles of watercolour techniques including expressive brushwork, colour and dynamic colour will be discussed as well as solutions for what to do when things go wrong.  Suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate students.

     

    Fee $440.00  for more info visit our website at http://gibsonsartschool.net/

     

     

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    Questions — contact Paula at priley921@sbcglobal.net or call her at (925) 330-3060.  For more information click here. Visit Paula’s website https://paulariley.com/

     

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    This is a self-supplied retreat. You need some familiarity with canoeing/camping to do this. We provide the canoes, instruction and beautiful scenery. A very small group, individual instruction.
     
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    Explanation of what goes into the making of a good painting including subject, composition, colour etc.  Basic concepts of oil painting will also be taught along with an understanding of colour.  Suitable for beginner students with basic skills to intermediate.

     

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