Mitchell Albala – Landscape Essentials: Smart Starts – The Power of Underpainting (Online Class Recording)

Date recorded: Friday, February 26, 2021

We spend a great deal of effort finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges more on a well thought out start. In this lively 1-½ hour presentation and demonstration, Mitchell Albala will show you how a “smart start” can establish drawing, composition, value, and even general color direction at the outset. Mitchell will cover the traditional monochromatic underpainting and his own 2-color underpainting method, the color notan.  

Mitchell Albala’s teaching résumé includes 20 years at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, as well as Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, Dakota Art, and Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials. He has led painting adventures in Italy three times. Mitchell has lectured on landscape painting and Impressionism at the Seattle Art Museum and is the author of the best-selling book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice. He also hosts a popular painting blog which was awarded the #12 spot on’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.


$40 for two months access

About Our Past Technique Takeaways:

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’ from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one-and-a-half hour recorded presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration. 

You’ll be able to watch the recording as many times as you would like for two months (for example, for a purchase on March 4th at noon, the recording would be available until May 4th at noon).

There are no ongoing charges. There is one $40 charge and then the “subscription” access will expire automatically after two months with no renewal, no cancellation needed and no additional charges.  Please check the subscription section of the FAQs if you would like more information.

A link to the recording will be included in your on-screen purchase confirmation and in your purchase confirmation email.  You must be signed in to your Winslow Art Center account to access the recording. (There is no Zoom link for this event as it has already taken place).

You will also find a link to this recording on your Online Class Groups page for two months after purchase.