Mitchell Albala - Landscape Essentials: Smart Starts with Composition, Value and Color (Online); Fridays, March 19-April 16, 2021

Dates: Fridays, March 19-April 16,2021
Times:  10:00 AM-12:30PM Pacific Time/1:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time
(Final Critique Session on April 16 will be 1-1.5 hours)
Level: All
Medium: Oils
Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. You will also have access to recordings of the class that will expire 30 days after the final day of the course.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 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). Find out how to access the class group message board here.
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 workshop, we will focus on the critical starting phase of a painting. A “smart start” is one that lays a solid foundation, establishing drawing, composition, value, and even general color direction at the outset. By resolving these big issues early on, you can avoid costly mistakes and the need to rework the painting later on. 

This class will cover two approaches to underpainting: the traditional monochromatic underpainting, and Mitchell’s own 2-color underpainting method, the “color notan.” Each week includes three portions: an opening critique of the work you did at home (with Q&A); instructor demonstrations; and practice, in which you can try the techniques on your own with support from Mitchell.

The class is four full 2-½ hour sessions with a final follow-up critique on the 5th week, between 1 and 1-½ hours.
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.

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