(Workshop) Painting Trees & Snow:Beginner Landscape Painting via Zoom, Feb 24-March 10

  • Date: Feb 24-March 10
  • Time: 6pm-8:30pm
  • Age: Adults & high school aged students
  • Price: $165
  • Artist: Melanie Barash Levitt

In this three session beginner painting workshop, the focus of the class will be painting winter trees and snow in an impressionistic style building up the painting in layers. This class will take place over Zoom and be recorded should you miss a class or want to do it on your own.

We will start by sketching and investigating the shapes of different trees and how light creates the form. We will pay attention to the direction of the limbs, sky holes and the tree’s proportions to bring it to life and give it personality. Students will first work in just one neutral color, focusing on dark to light. There will then be instruction in mixing colors and how to sketch in paint using complimentary colors and building up layers. Students can work in oils or acrylics (the instructor will be using oils) with a limited palette of color and supplies that can be purchased at Michaels or online. Class size is limited to  12 students to allow for of individual attention. (This class is also open to high school students) There will be plenty of time to ask questions and feedback will be given along the way.

Wednesdays, Feb 24-March 10 (3 classes) 6:00-8:30pm  $165 (classes will be live but also recorded and students will get the recording emailed to them each week)

SUPPLY LIST: (all supplies can be purchased at Michaels or Dick Blick online)

-Brushes: I use mostly Brights or flats, both bristle and softer synthetics Sizes  2,4,6,8, 10
(use what you have)

-Palette Knife with bent neck and pointed tip

-Gamasol (oderless mineral spirits for oils only)

-Brush washer or cup

-Liquin Original Medium (optional medium to mix into oils)

-Retarder for Acrylics (to slow down drying time)

-Acrylic Wet palette (acrylics only-optional)

-Paper towels or rags

-Palette (disposable paper or wood- you can also use waxed paper)

-Roll of Masking tape

-Ruler

-Canvases: One large canvas that you will tape up into four sections for practice. I would recommend around a  size 16×20” then approx two other canvases sized 8×10, 9×12, or 11×14.

-Easel or work flat on a table

-Sketchbook (or some sheets of paper to sketch)

-Soft drawing pencils or charcoal pencils

Oil Paint Colors: (I use Gamblin-works well with palette knife painting  and brush. Can purchase at Michaels)

If using acrylics, I recommend heavy body acrylic paints, not cheap acrylics.

Limited Palette of Primary Colors for both oil or acrylic:

(you can mix a complete range with these colors)

-Titanium white

-Ultramarine blue

-Cadmium yellow Light or Lemon Yellow

-Cadmium Red  or Cadmium Red Light

Additional Optional Colors (you can use a warm and cool of each color and add these if you want to above list)

-Prussian Blue, Phalo Blue, or any other blue

–Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Red/Violet

-Cadmium Orange

-Cadmium Yellow Medium

-Phthalo or Viridian Green

-(optional) Transparent Red Oxide or Transparent Earth Orange

-Yellow Ochre

Cancellation Policy. We ask that you to give us two week notice if you need to cancel for a full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee. Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space. We are sorry, but we cannot give refunds or issue credits for ‘no shows’. Class will be recorded.

Cancellation Policy. We ask that you to give us two week notice if you need to cancel for a full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee. Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space. We are sorry, but we cannot give refunds or issue credits for ‘no shows’. Class will be recorded should you miss one or want to do it on your own.