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Realism: Landscape



Bowling Green’s Laurin Notheisen and Dal Macon of Whitley County, two painters of realistic landscapes, discuss the various methods, themes, and techniques they use to produce their work. Macon begins the segment, working on a scene from his home. Then, while working on an under-painting—one of the initial stages of her work—Notheisen shows how she uses photographs to guide the first steps of a painting. After that, Macon literally walks viewers through his process of painting by hiking into the woods, setting up his easel, and searching for scenes of vivid light and color. He says that he looks at the landscape as a “kind of home.”

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about artists’ methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., observing and painting a realistic landscape).
  • Show in conjunction with other painter profile segments from Spectrum of Art or Through Artists’ Eyes, especially painters who use techniques and styles different from realism. Compare and contrast the techniques and methods different artists use in their approach to the same medium.
  • Use the segment as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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