Mark Russell – Landscape Painting in the Tonalist Style (Online); Mondays, March 4-25, 2024

Date: Mondays, March 4-25, 2024
Time: 12:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time, 3:00-6:00 PM Eastern Time, 8:00-11:00 PM London Time*
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Medium: Oil

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In this 4-week class you’ll learn approaches and methods to create a Tonalist landscape. Tonalism is a distinctly American artistic style of landscape painting, founded on the use of subtle color and tone, soft and atmospheric qualities, and simplified and abstracted forms. We’ll look closely at these principles and you’ll learn to apply them to your work as you create a series of landscape studies in the Tonalist style.

There will be weekly instructor demos, guided exercises, group discussion and critique of participants’ work. We’ll focus on the history and methods of Tonalism in landscape painting, color and color mixing, tone, atmosphere, and form. Group critiques throughout the class will offer an opportunity to share ideas and learn from others. You’ll be encouraged to challenge yourself with new ways to mix and use color, and simplify elements. Participants can work from imagination or photo reference.

Mark Russell has been creating landscape and nature paintings for more than 30 years. He has exhibited his work in group shows, in galleries and museums across the country and won numerous awards. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections. He has degrees from DePaul University and The American Academy of Art in Chicago.


*International Students, please note: due to the USA clock change for Daylight Savings Time, classes on March 11, 18 & 25 will be held at 7:00–10:00PM London Time.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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