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Landscape Study

The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts is pleased to present an offering of landscape workshops. The study of landscape should be included in the student and artist training as it is an important element in the development of a well-trained and diverse artist.

Landscape oil painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

Pre-requisite: Outdoor Landscape Painting Course

Two days will be offered for continuing study in landscape painting. The first morning will be a short review of information that was presented in Bridget's 3-day Outdoor Landscape workshop and review of student's goals. Second morning: short discussion of composition. The majority of class time will be devoted to time for students to paint with instructor assistance. At the end of each day will be group wrap-up and review. Limit 10 students.

Length: 2 days
Tuition: $175

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
10:30am–5:00pm Bridget Ertelt

Outdoor figure painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

There's not much better than the combination of figure painting and the great outdoors! Students will spend the weekend painting the figure outdoors in natural light. The goal will be to learn how to achieve a believable light effect (sunny day vs. overcast light) using the figure as our subject. We will be doing exercises to capture gesture and large value/color proportions. The class will start with short poses and progressively lengthen the poses throughout the weekend. We will study how the color we see in a person's skin tone is directly related to the surrounding environment and type of light. We will talk about considering the perspective you are viewing the figure from, and why this is important when creating a scene. Studying the figure outside is a great way to increase your understanding of how light falls on all forms outdoors. This class will be taught in oils. Students of all skill levels are welcome! Some previous drawing experience may be helpful as drawing will be discussed but will not be the focus of this workshop. Limit 12 students.

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $350 (includes model fees)

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
Fri. 11:00am–5:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 10:00am–5:00pm Bridget Ertelt

Landscape oil painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

Bridget is excited to offer this workshop again. The focus will be to discuss painting the landscape outdoors on location. Get ready for a lot of information and learning. Day 1 is all about value. We will study the value structure of the landscape and simplify values to create strong starts. Day 2 will focus on color. We will discuss seeing color as value and organizing color temperatures to achieve various light effects. Day 3 we will continue practicing the information from the first two days as well as discuss other topics relevant to landscape painting such as atmospheric perspective, gradation, and special lighting situations such as sunsets. Class will be taught in oils and tailored to all skill levels. Limit 10 students.

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $300

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
Fri. 11:00am–5:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 10:00am–5:00pm Bridget Ertelt

Watercolor painting of floral landscape
Arneson Acres Park by CeCeile Hartleib

With CeCeile Hartleib

This workshop is open to all levels. On day one, CeCeile will do a short demo in stressing values, shapes and simplification of the landscape. Each day there will be a short demo and then you will complete a painting. On the first day we will meet at Lake Harriet just across from the Rose Garden. Directions and supply list will be sent upon registration.

Outdoor watercolor supply list

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $300

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:30am–12:30pm CeCeile Hartleib

Watercolor painting of cabinet with various objects
Grandmother's Cabinet by CeCeile Hartleib

With CeCeile Hartleib

This class may be taught indoors at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts or partially on Zoom depending on COVID restrictions.

You will be taught color mixing using a limited palette. We will stress the importance of correct values and shapes and the layering of colors to make a finished cohesive painting. Short demos and working along with the instructor will be part of the routine. One morning will be spent outdoors at a park to paint from nature. All levels are welcome.

Indoor watercolor supply list

Length: 5 days
Tuition: $300

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
9:30am–12:30pm CeCeile Hartleib

Outdoor still-life painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

When we hear people talk about plein-air painting we often think of landscapes. However, painting the outdoor still life is an excellent way to study light and color. Students can learn a lot from this type of study, as it is easier to see how light and color shifts occur on simple objects than in the more complicated forms in the landscape. Each day exercises will be presented to help students achieve strong starts. Class focus will be on color, but light effect, value, and drawing will also be discussed. Students will begin the first few sessions by painting very simple still-life set-ups that will become more elaborate as the workshop progresses. Class will be taught in oils and tailored to all skill levels. Limit 12 students.

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $300

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
Fri. 11:00am–5:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 10:00am–5:00pm Bridget Ertelt

Landscape painting
Ancient Conversation by Mary Pettis

With Mary Pettis

John F. Carlson, in his groundbreaking 1929 book, Elementary Principles of Landscape Painting, urges us to study the expressive properties of line, mass, and color. He states that it is a delusion to think that if a painter can merely “copy nature” well enough, he is creating a work of art, that he has to merely get a certain “likeness” of the things before him. He states that, rather, a painter must see through his motif, into its significance, and then choose his means accordingly. But how does one do that?

This workshop is designed to answer that question. We will plant the seeds of creative expression; we will impart a solid means to analyze and consider the quality of interest that a motif holds for us: the IDEA!

We will learn how to single out that transmittable, personal impression of some ONE QUALITY in the quantity before us, and get closer in our quest to understand and create true works of art! Each day of the 3-day workshop begins with a lecture and/or demo. Afternoons we paint outdoors.

All levels welcome.

Full lecture and workshop
Length: 3 days
Tuition: $500
Limit: 17 students

Register for full lecture and workshop

First morning lecture only
Length: 1 day
Tuition: $75
Limit: 40 students

Register for first morning lecture only

Date Time Description Instructor
9:00am–5:00pm Full lecture & workshop Mary Pettis
9:00am–1:00pm First morning lecture only Mary Pettis