Landscape Painting in the Studio

Landscape Painting in the Studio (8 Weeks)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Price: LAC Members $365.00 / Non-Members $375.00

Class Description

Create landscape paintings using photographs and your imagination. You will learn the best way to gather reference photos and how to modify your painting for success. Composition, value, and color principles will all be discussed as you bring together an effective landscape. We will also consider how light reveals form and how to accentuate that. This class will give you an understanding of the benefits and challenges of photo reference. Suitable for oils or acrylics. Prerequisite: First-Time Painting, Beginning Acrylic Painting, Beginning Oil Painting or prior experience
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Student Information


Materials will be discussed in the first class meeting. A lot of these things are matters of personal choice, of course. I would encourage experimenting with different brushes, supports, etc.

Oil or acrylic paints

We can work with what paint colors you may already have, and can discuss what else you might want/need in the first class. If you don’t own any at all, the below will do nicely:

The Double, or Split Primary Palette (plus titanium white): Warm Red – Cadmium Red Light

Cool Red – (permanent) Alizarin Crimson, or Quinacridone Red Warm Yellow – Cad Yellow Medium or Indian Yellow

Cool Yellow – Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Lemon, or Hansa Yellow Light Warm Blue – Ultramarine Blue

Cool Blue – Phthalo Blue

(Optional are some earth colors like Yellow Ochre or Burnt Sienna)

Assorted brushes 

An assortment of flats, filberts and rounds, in a variety of sizes (An aphorism is that it makes more sense to spend $ on good paint than on good brushes) 

Palette knife for mixing 

Turpenoid (if using oil paints) 

Medium (Medium is what you can add to your paint while you work with it. Strictly optional –many painters don’t use medium at all.) Oil painters might like Liquin or Gamblin Galkyd Acrylic painters: retardant (to slow drying time) or gloss or matte medium 

Supports to paint on:

Panels or stretched canvas - not too big or small 9x12, 11 x 14, 12x16 and up to 14x18 Multi-packs of canvas panels are cheaply available at Blick or Michaels 

Canvas paper pads are a cheap option, but are not very durable. They can buckle, etc. I am not a huge fan. 

Palette paper for mixing colors 

White palette paper comes in a pad. I like Grey Matters paper by Jack Richeson, you can also get a roll of freezer paper from a grocery store (cheapest option). Blue painter’s tape for securing (from hardware store) 

Paper for sketching 

Toned paper is valuable for quick value sketches something like a Strathmore Toned Tan or Grey sketchbook along with a dark & light pencil for quickly indicating values 

Photo reference 

Landscape photographs to work from. Have something for each class. (I do have a store of my own if you ever forget) It is HIGHLY recommended that you paint from: 

- Photos you shot yourself - Printed photos rather than working from a device (phone or ipad) Try to avoid working from the hyped, over-saturated and heavily manipulated photos you come across online.