Building Blocks of the Impressionist Landscape via Zoom! – One Element Each Week
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
6 weeks: March 18–April 22 on Zoom
Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 Members, $150 Non-members
All levels in all mediums. Learn in-depth principles, techniques and tips for interpreting and painting the Impressionist landscape. The instructor will email a handout and Zoom link to each enrolled student the day before each class begins. Each week focuses on one element of the landscape: 1) Soaring Skies and Clouds; 2) Waterways and Reflections; 3) Pathways, Rocks and Roads (ground plane); 4) The Language of Trees; 5) Fields, Furrows, Fences and Foregrounds; 6) Putting it All Together. Class begins with a short talk about the content of the handout, and then an instructor’s demonstration. Participants will develop a thorough understanding of the layers of the landscape, atmospheric perspective, how colors, values and edges are used to describe the landscape, and how it all works together to create a beautiful painting. Both plein air and studio painters will see their work reach a higher level. There is optional homework assigned each week which will be reviewed at the start of the next class. Minimum 4, Maximum 20.
Building blocks of the Impressionist Landscape 2021
Diane DuBois Mullaly
OIL AND ACRYLIC
Paint – Use whatever colors you have. Be sure to have a yellow, a true red, Ultramarine Blue and white.
Medium – None needed for oil. Acrylic painters might consider a retarder to slow drying.
Brushes – An assortment, including flats in various larger sizes (6 or 8) and one smaller round.
Painting Knives — Painting knives (aka palette knives) shaped like a trowel, one or a variety.
Palette – Bring whatever you have. Paper is fine. To cover and transport palette with paint on it: Masterson Palette Seal – blue lid for oil, yellow lid (with sponge inside) for acrylic.
Canvas Panels – 8×10 panels, 10 total.
Brush Washer/Tank with a tight cover — Oil painters, Silicoil has a coil in the bottom on which to wipe bristles, or use a glass jar with a lid that seals tight, the size of a spaghetti sauce or mayo jar.
Mineral Spirits – Oil painters, ODORLESS Turpenoid or Gamsol. Do not use solvent with an odor!
Spray bottle – Acrylic painters, to keep your paint from drying too fast.
Paper Towels — Viva brand, several rolls.
How to carry wet paintings — If you want to save money and recycle, use empty pizza boxes to transport your wet paintings. Or buy Guerilla Painter Handy Porter or Art Cocoon, online.
WATERCOLOR OR GOUACHE
Bring the pigments, brushes, panels or papers and other tools you normally use. Also read above list for the colors to bring and whatever else might apply to you.
Bring your pastels, shaders, and other tools you normally use. Bring your preferred paper, drawing board and tape, to secure your paper while you work. Also read above list for what applies to you.
Notebook and pen, camera, plus an open mind. Bring your creative spirit and sense of wonder. There is no pressure! Be ready to relax, get in touch with the impressionist painter inside you, think good thoughts, and have a lot of fun!
- Dick Blick www.dickblick.com
- Jerry’s Artarama www.jerrysartarama.com
- Cheap Joe’s www.cheapjoes.com
- Ray Mar www.raymarart.com (panels and carriers)
- Guerilla Painter www.guerrillapainter.com (Handy Porter, ThumBox, gear)
- Artwork Essentials www.artworkessentials.com (foldable paper towel basket, gear)