Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters
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Do You Want to Know the Secrets of The Hudson River School Masters?
For over 100 years artists have tried to master the look and feel of the Hudson River School Painters. These paintings created by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and others had a special sense of air, dramatic light, distance, and a luminous quality — something others have tried unsuccessfully to copy.
Artist Erik Koeppel has spent over a decade studying these masters, researching their writings and notes, and discovering how they captured the feel of nature in their paintings. Each summer, Koeppel teaches a small group of painters at the Hudson River Fellowship to teach these timeless techniques. Students apply from all over the world to be selected to attend. Now you can learn these techniques from this young master.
That’s because now, for the first time, Erik Koeppel shares these lost techniques with you. This video starts with a demonstration and discussion on sketching your composition, understanding what is important to leave in and take out. We then go on location to do an outdoor “plein air” oil sketch to capture the essence of the scene. Because trees are so difficult to paint and understand, there is a separate tree study done at sunset.
We then take you into the studio for hours of enjoyment; you’ll learn the glazing techniques of the Hudson River School Masters, plus we’ll take all the elements and create a more in-depth studio painting, walking you through every step. Erik is an excellent instructor.
Then Fine Art Connoisseur publisher B. Eric Rhoads conducts an in-depth interview with Koeppel so you can understand the thinking behind his artwork and technique. We also show you an exhibition of some of the artist’s best paintings.
Even if you don’t aspire to paint like the Hudson River School painters, the principles of these lost techniques can be applied to other painting styles, including impressionism. You’ll learn volumes about how to paint in this video.
Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters 2
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We all seek to become better painters, but is that enough?
Just imagine how it would feel to take a giant leap several levels above where you are now and master the techniques that only a few artists in the world today know about that would far exceed just becoming a better painter, wouldn’t it?
And now, you have a chance to take that giant leap and see exactly what you need to do to make it happen!
But before we leap forward, we must take a step back in time to the mid-19th century, when a movement in American art mirroring Romanticism was channeled into breathtaking landscape paintings. These paintings centered on depictions of the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding areas of the Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains.
This artwork reflected three themes of the time: discovery, exploration, and settlement — in classic American landscapes where nature and humans existed as one. These paintings were expertly detailed and awe-inspiring in a time of waning ruggedness and natural beauty.
After finding autumn in upstate New York to be brilliant and inspirational, Thomas Cole founded the Hudson River School, where painters such as Frederic Church, Sanford Gifford, and Asher B. Durand would take their inspiration from European painters to capture America’s natural beauty.
Over time, the unique methods these artists employed were mostly forgotten and not passed on to younger generations of artists.
and now, as we come back to the present time, there are still very few artists who know about or use the secrets of the Hudson River School masters in their own artwork.
One of today’s top artists, however, has made it his life’s mission to seek out, study, practice, incorporate, and teach the once-lost methods of these great painters.
Paint Like a Hudson River School Master
Streamline Art Video is proud to partner with master artist Erik Koeppel in presenting the Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters series. Three years in the making, the second in this series will take you on an even deeper journey into how these painters captured the landscape in a way that no other painters have since — the realistic details of the terrain, movement of the water, reflections, and how the land and sky meet and interact.
Erik is a gifted painter and instructor who is passionate about teaching the Hudson River School techniques. He paints quickly, yet explains every detail as he goes along so you won’t miss any of the details.
By practicing and then mastering these incredible techniques, you will become one of the few artists who have this knowledge and skill, setting your paintings apart from all others. Whether you paint as a hobby to relax or you’re a successful artist making a great living selling your artwork, you will benefit from incorporating what you will discover from Erik Koeppel in this video.
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