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Landscape Painting Studio

Class: Landscape Painting - Studio

Instructor: Mary Jane Ward

Class description:

Strengthen your landscape painting skills in this class with Mary Jane Ward. Students will work at their own pace, and in the medium of their choice. Painting in oils is recommended, and students are also encouraged to draw if preferred. In this class we will focus on improving our landscape painting skills. To do this, we will be working from prints of master paintings, and/or from previous plein air studies.

Master copying is a great exercise to add into your studio practice. Master copying can help you improve in many ways: drawing, color choices, composition, subject matter, paint handling and more.

Working from your own previous plein air studies is an excellent way to learn more about what you are seeing and recording when you are out in nature. You may find that it helps you to be more self-directed, decisive, and observant of specific details when you are outside again, after working from your plein air studies in the studio.

Students may use photos for research and reference, but working primarily from photos is discouraged, as this class is directed more at strengthening the memory and the working knowledge of how other painters have approached different subjects in the landscape.

All levels of experience welcome.

Materials instructor provides:

Instructor provides prints of master landscape paintings for students to work from should they choose. Students are encouraged to bring in prints or copies of their favorite landscape paintings to work from as well as their own previous plein air paintings.

Materials list for students:

Copies of your own favorite landscape paintings

Plein air studies of your own that you would like to use as a reference for a studio painting

Artist tape

Drawing board (16” x 20” or larger, a drawing board is recommended to set up your own panel next to the copy you are working from.)

Supplies for oil painting: 8”x 10” or 9” x 12” canvas, panel, or prepared paper

Brushes - be sure to bring one or two brushes that can be used for detail, as well as some medium sizes and a larger flat brush for filling in large areas.

Oil colors

recommended list: raw umber, burnt umber, ivory black, titanium white, sap green, viridian, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, naples yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna.

Medium - I use oleogel (available from Natural Pigments).

Gamsol or other odorless mineral spirits in a brush cleaner or jar with reliable lid.

Rag and/or paper towels.

Supplies for drawing: paper, pencils, charcoal etc materials of your choice


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