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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.

Outdoor figurative painting
And Water by Andy Sjodin

With Andy Sjodin

This workshop will be a process and preliminary work focused class that will take place over the course of two weekends. The objective of the workshop will be the creation of preliminary work needed to execute a finished outdoor composition involving a clothed figure. Two Saturday afternoons will be spent out “in the field” working from a live model to create sketches, develop color studies, and gather reference images (photographs). Two Sunday afternoons will be spent working in-studio from the created reference materials to develop a well thought out, smaller scale, full-color composition. The goal by the end of the workshop will be for students to have on-hand the necessary preliminary work and knowledge to create a finished outdoor figurative composition back in their own studios.

Supply list:

  • a variety of smaller panels or canvases, 12” x 16” and smaller
  • oil-painting equipment (paints, brushes, tarp, palette, paper towels, etc.)
  • French easel or other portable outdoor painting easel
  • sketchpad
  • sketching implements (pencils, pens, charcoal, erasers, etc.)
  • notebook and pen (for note taking)
  • camera

Andy will contact the students closer to the time of the workshop to briefly go over the supply list and location for the outdoor portion of the workshop.

Length: 4 days
Tuition: $400

Spring 2024

Dates Time Instructor
1:00pm–5:00pm Andy Sjodin

Landscape oil painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

Bridget is excited to offer this workshop again. This workshop will prepare students to begin to tackle the fun challenge of painting outdoor landscapes on location. Get ready for a lot of information and learning. Day 1 is all about the value structure of the landscape with a focus on creating strong starts. Day 2 will focus on color. Bridget will discuss seeing color as value and organizing color temperatures to achieve various light effects. This workshop is a prerequisite to Bridget's landscape continuing study classes.

Limit 10 students.

Plein-air supply list

Length: 2 days
Tuition: $250

Summer 2024

Dates Time Instructor
9:00am–5:30pm Bridget Ertelt

Landscape oil painting
Maple Meadow by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

Prerequisite: Landscape Painting Workshop

This class will discuss the golden hour and sunsets, but the focus of class time will be an opportunity for students to practice plein-air painting with more instructor assistance at their easel. Bridget's Landscape Painting Workshop is a prerequisite to this course as it is important to have received a strong foundation of knowledge from which to work.

Limit 12 students.

Plein-air supply list

Length: 3 days
Tuition: $150

Summer 2024

Dates Time Instructor
6:30pm–9:00pm Bridget Ertelt

Landscape painting
Field Road and Meadowlarks 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

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 on the more complicated forms in the landscape. Each day, exercises will be presented to help students achieve strong starts. The class focus will be on color, light effect, and value. Students will begin the first few sessions with very simple still-life setups that will become more complicated as the workshop progresses.

Limit 12 students.

Plein-air supply list

Length: 2 days
Tuition: $200

Summer 2024

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