Mastering the Elements of the Landscape – Sky and Clouds in Oils (Virtual Course)

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Wednesday August 5

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

In order to paint the landscape well, the artist must understand the light that fills it and how it affects the appearance of it.  This class will focus on the painting various types of skies and clouds, the source of that light. Students who have taken the Landscape Basics class will benefit, but it is not a prerequisite. Students will learn why the sky is blue and why that matters when painting the landscape, how to paint different types of clouds in a variety of lighting situations and how clouds affect light and add drama and interest to an otherwise ordinary scene. 

Wednesdays, August 5 - 26
10 am – noon

Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels
Instructor: Mike Callahan

VIRTUAL CLASS INFO: This class will be held online through Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before class begins. While the class will be held virtually, your registration will include admission to the Museum. You are encouraged to visit the Museum during normal Museum hours.


Paint: Note: If you already have a set of oil paint with a variety of colors, you are welcome to bring it, if not you should get the following colors:
M. Graham brand 
Zinc White (37ml), Titanium White (37ml), Hansa Yellow (37ml), Quinacridone Rose (37 ml), Phthalocyanine Blue (37 ml)

Thinner: Weber Turpenoid (pint) or similar artist’s grade odorless mineral spirits. 

Medium: M. Graham Walnut Oil (4oz)

Containers: Silicoil cleaning jar or other small glass jar with sealable lid (for thinner)
Small can such as olive can (for medium)

Synthetic Brights OR Filberts: Silverbrush Bristlon #2, #4, and #10
Connoisseur Pure Synthetic, #2, #4, and #10
Or any quality hog bristle in those sizes if the student already owns their own brushes.

Painting or Palette knife: (steel is preferable to plastic)

Disposable Palette: New Wave Disposable Palette (grey) or similar

Brush Cleaner: The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver 2.5 oz

4- Stretched Canvases or Canvas Panels (9”x12”, 11”x14, or 12”x16” – larger sizes than these not recommended due to time constraints)

Roll of absorbent paper towels (i.e. Viva or Blue Shop Towels)

Optional: Nitrile gloves

Approximate cost of above items $100- $120