Course Description

This course will cover the basic principles and techniques for creating a Pleinair landscape painting.  Students of all levels of experience will be welcomed who are truly
interested in learning…and may work in pastel, watercolor, or acrylic; though oil painting will be the focus.  It will not be the goal of the class to produce finished works of art, but rather to be involved together in the process of solving problems during the creative process, from the viewing and selection of the subject through to the application of the paint to the canvas. We will discuss the importance of composition and design, stressing simplification in the massing of values and shapes, as well as the mixing of harmonious colors and the use of textural application of paint. We will be working with photographs to accomplish our goals for subject matter and design possibilities. Issues about the ways to properly use photography as a working tool in creating studio paintings will be discussed.


Suggested Supplies:
Sturdy portable easel and palette - - Try to find a gray or toned palette, or make one. White palettes are more difficult to work from.
Brushes: 5-6 of various sizes Oil Bristle Brushes/flats & or Filberts # 2, 4, 6, 8 One or two small round acrylic brushes for detail work. I also use soft, low-priced watercolor mops 1/2"-1" wide.
Odorless Thinner - Gamsol or similar
Sealable unbreakable thinner container for brush washing
Nitrile gloves – not latex. Latex deteriorates with thinner.
Paper Towels/Blue shop towels (Costco) are the best
Plastic bags for trash (grocery bags work well)
Palette knives - 2 or 3 different shapes
5 - 8 (more if you are a fast painter) small canvases/stretched or panels/8x10 inches up to 12x16 Inches (our goal is to accomplish small, simple studies, not large finished works)

This course can either be taken for credit or clock hours. Clock hours are available under CEU 3982.


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Section Title
Basics of Pleinair Landscape Painting
Sa, Su
10:00AM to 4:00PM
May 18, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Off Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (1 units) $50.00
Available for Credit
1 Quarter Credits
Section Notes
Preregistration is required by signing up for the class first through Frye Art Museum Here. Once you have preregistered through Frye Art Museum, you will be given a link to register for credit or clock hours through Seattle Pacific University.
Additional $170 course fee for member or $110 course fee for non-members payable to Frye Art Museum.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted Online through SPU prior to the first day of class will receive a 100% refund of SPU Tuition. No refunds will be given once the course has begun, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the final session. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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