22FALL Plein Air/Landscape Painting THR 9:00AM (09/15-12/15)

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Instructor: John Killeen / 13 Weeks / Sept 15 - Dec 15 (No class Nov 24) / Thursday / 9:00AM-12:00PM
Class Size: 5-15

This class works outdoors at a pre-selected site with the intent to design and execute a finished painting "en plein air".

This class will take place outdoors in New Orleans at locations to be determined.

With the light moving and changing so quickly, how can I paint a single leaf, let alone an entire tree? How can I realistically paint that cloud when it keeps moving so fast?

Welcome to the exciting and challenging world of outdoor painting!

This class will focus on developing a comprehensive approach towards landscape painting. Some of the fundamental concepts covered will be:

  • what to bring into the field (and what not to)
  • how to set up your palette
  • Understanding the fleeting nature of outdoor light
  • simplification of massing
  • value divisions within the landscape
  • the basics of mixing color
  • finding compositions within nature 

Class will be organized around painting exercises designed to enhance students' understanding of the above concepts. Each week we will also do a close reading of one landscape painting from a Master Artist. Students will be encouraged to think critically about these paintings as a source of inspiration and guidance within their own practice.

This class meets offsite. 

Prerequisite: Beginning Oil Painting or equivalent


(The following is a suggested list of supplies. If you already have your oil painting kit and a landscape easel, bring these to your first class and John will advise you on any further supplies you may need.)

  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Titanium White (large)
  • Landscape easel
  • turpentine
  • paper towels or rags
  • A couple of small canvases or panels in different shapes (9x12, 12x16, or 14x18 etc.)
  • Flat brushes #4 and #8
Additional Details
Killeen, John
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Registration Date:
August 29, 2022