This highly interactive class is for all skill levels and offers a practical approach to landscape sketching on location, from imagination or from photographs. Through lectures, exercises and demos you will receive instruction on composition, color choices and painting techniques. We will use watercolor and gouache to explore the atmospheric effects of transparency and opacity in our paintings. This class focusses on making multiple small-scale sketches and studies which help you find your own unique and personalized approach to landscape painting and environment design.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date.
Complimentary 10-day access to each recorded session. Recordings are emailed the day after each live session.
Watercolor Sketchbook or pad – smooth surface like Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. Also Canson and Strathmore are good brands.
1 COTMAN half-inch angled shader watercolor brush
1 Tube artists gouache in white
Containers for water
2H graphite pencil
3M white Artist tape – will not tear paper: Amazon link
WATERCOLOR OPTIONS – Do not buy cheap paint! It will make your life harder
If you already have tubes or pans of paint then make sure you have the following colors: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo or Prussian Blue, Viridian, Burnt sienna, Ivory Black
Optional – Dioxazine Purple, Cadmium Orange, Hookers Green
OPTION A – Watercolor sketching pan – around $17 from Blick or Amazon here.
OPTION B – If you want to try the tubes of watercolor (thicker and more versatile) – around $30- then buy the set of tubes here.
If you buy the tubes then you also need a mixing pan like this one.
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
A Zoom meeting link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. If you need help with Zoom, please let us know and we will schedule a short tutorial for you prior to your class.
Amanda Mears studied in London at Turps Art School, and then here at LAAFA for 3 years. She exhibits her work in Los Angeles and London and has taught Beginning Drawing and Painting fundamental classes for several years at LAAFA, as well as privately in her Culver City studio and at a Los Angeles school. She is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts degree on a full scholarship at Claremont Graduate University.
Course Changes or Cancellations
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change class/workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.
If a class/workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another class/workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
Refunds and Transfers
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable.
There are no make-ups available for online courses. Students are emailed a 10-day access to each recorded session, made available the next day after the live session.
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