Personal Landscape

Explore the rich tradition of landscape painting and its great symbolic potential. Learn how space may represent and express emotion, memory, and dream. Drawing inspiration from masters like Otto Dix, George Innis, Winslow Homer, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Munch and Vermeer, you will practice painting from imagination, personal photographs, memories, and plein air sessions. Your landscape may be as large as a sky of stars, or as near as a tiny garden. Only you know what scenes are touchstones in your life. We will discuss sources for personal landscape particular to each student. Finding your own reason for painting may surprise you for the motivation it lends to painting itself.

What you will learn in this class:

  • In your landscape, do things change? Or do they stay the same?

  • Is your landscape of people, of family, of history, of a place you came from, of a place you are, of a place you are going?

  • Who leads you through these landscapes; whom do you lead?

Required supplies:

  • A pocket sketchbook is required, size 4 x 6 inches*

  • Graphite pencils 4B, 2H*

  • Kneadable eraser*

  • Two to four tortillons or stumps*

Supplies for acrylic painters:

  • A container for water

  • Disposable palette*

  • A palette knife*

  • A roll of paper towels

  • Either canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper*

  • Brushes: #10 or #12 flat bristle, #8 flat bristle, #4 round bristle, and a #2 or #4 nylon bristle round*

  • Suggested color palette: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Chinese white, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian. (Any basic set of watercolors is also fine, instead of these, to get started. )*

Supplies for oil painters:

  • A metal palette cup (double)*

  • Turpenoid*

  • Linseed oil*

  • Either canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper*

  • Disposable palette*

  • A palette knife*

  • A roll of paper towels

  • Brushes: #10 or #12 flat bristle, #8 flat bristle, #4 round bristle, and a #2 or #4 nylon bristle round*

  • Suggested color palette: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, French Ultramarine, Ivory Black, Permanent Green Light, Titanium White, Viridian Hue, Yellow Ochre*

Supplies for watercolor painters:

  • A container for water

  • A pad of watercolor paper*

  • Brushes: one nylon or camel’s hair 1” flat, and one nylon or camel’s hair #8 or #12 round*

  • Suggested color palette: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Chinese white, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine, Viridian*

It is possible to buy stronger versions of some of the colors listed above at local art supply stores or online. The advantages of “hues” are low cost, safety, and the ready unity of colors mixed from them. John will recommend an upgrade if he thinks it necessary for what you are trying to do. If you have already been using paints and have a kit with which you are familiar, please work from that.

Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.