Oil and Acrylic Painting Landscapes from Photos – Online Class

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For more than a century, painters have used photography to assist them in painting the landscape. In this 6-week class, students will use photographs as reference material in creating a landscape painting(s). Emphasis will be places on interpreting and enhancing the image while creating vibrant, lively effects.

This class is designed for students who have some painting experience. Students may work in either oils or acrylics.

Each online class will start with a  30-45 minute lecture and demonstration of some principle or technique of drawing and painting. Topics of discussion will include how to start a painting, color theory, perspective, and how to use various materials.

After the demonstration students will work independently on their projects. Painting projects may be from any reference materials—photos or pictures of existing paintings. The class will emphasize landscape painting, but students can depict other subjects as well. During the painting portion of the online lesson, the teacher will offer critiques and suggestions to individual students.

Prior to or during class, students are encouraged to share by e-mail a photo of their work in progress with the teacher so that this can be used during the feedback portion.  This is optional. If a student does not want to share their work in progress for teacher feedback, they can still see their classmates’ work. During class, the instructor will share their screen as needed to facilitate discussion. Students are welcome to continue working on their projects while others are being critiqued.

All virtual classes are based in Zoom. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download Zoom on their computer, phone or tablet. Access to the Zoom classroom will be made available after registration.


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