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Kathryn Stats

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Fine Arts - Visual Arts
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  • Landscape Painting - Critiquing a Work in Process

    Landscape painter Kathryn Stats critiques her almost finished painting, pointing out both changes she has made and a few more changes she will be making. She specifically discusses modifying color value and line in order to lead the viewers' eyes towards the most important parts of the painting.

    Length: 00:01:51
  • Landscape Painting - Plein Air Painting

    Landscape painter Kathryn Stats paints on location, demonstrating a technique known by the French term "plein air" which means painting outdoors. She explains that working out-of-doors allows her to capture the landscape's shapes, patterns and colors while helping her understand how all the elements work together. Working outdoors also helps her capture her impressions of the moment, helping her maintain freshness and spontaneity. Sometimes she completes a painting on location but most often she takes it back to the studio where it is easier to "problem solve" and complete. Working on top of a discarded painting, she sketches in and then paints a scene with trees, explaining that it is often helpful to paint on a background with medium tones instead of starting on a white canvas. For more information visit:

    Length: 00:05:40
  • Landscape Painting - The Role of Color in Developing Aerial Perspective and a Center of Interest

    Landscape painter Kathryn Stats explains that creating an accurate aerial perspective, or the illusion of depth of space, is vital in composing a painting that "reads real" to the viewer. She describes how atmospheric dust catches light resulting in the need for warmer, more gray colors in the distance and how she creates a sense of depth by contrasting these more subtle colors with brighter colors in the foreground. She also explains the role those brighter colors play in developing a center of interest, or a well-defined area, that gives a painting a "reason to exist." She talks about using sharp edges and highlights or placing dark and light areas side-by-side to "pop" or provide interest and emphasis. Examples of her desert scenes, seascapes, snow scenes and agricultural scenes illustrate how these techniques result in paintings with a sense of place and a sense of time that you can "stay in forever."

    Length: 00:02:57
  • Landscape Painting - Transforming Visual Elements Into a Well-Composed Painting

    Landscape painter Kathryn Stats explains how color, design and pattern draw her to the Utah landscape. She describes her process of tearing the landscape apart, identifying the nuts and bolts of the scene and and then reassembling the pieces of the puzzle to make a painting. She identifies large shapes (the sky, the ground and buildings or trees) and dark patterns (including cast shadows) as two necessary components of good design. She then illustrates these concepts by tracing these compositional components in several of her paintings. She also discusses the importance of capturing light whether it is the primary or the secondary focus of the piece.

    Length: 00:03:09



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