Carol Tarzier offers Fall class on “Painting the Landscape from Photographs”

Carol Tarzier offers Fall class on “Painting the Landscape from Photographs”

            Bay Area artist Carol Tarzier is offering “Landscape from Photographs.” The series starts September 27 and runs through November 22..  Class meets on Fridays from 12 – 4 pm in Studio One.  Tuition for the nine sessions is $180.

This series is about using your photographs to create fresh and lively landscapes with the energy and color of plein air work. The series covers color mixing and creating beautiful color tones with two types of limited palette: three primary colors and also a six-color palette with warm and cool primaries.  

The class will review materials and equipment that make painting fun, and you will learn how to use composition to create depth, how to create space using color and grays, how to create depth using hard and soft edges, and how to use saturation to create the feeling of space, using bright colors in the foreground and creating space and distance with grays.

Carol will also cover mixing colors for specific areas, such as in the sky as it moves toward the horizon, on a flat plane to make it recede into the distance, and to create a dynamic foreground.  The class will also cover how to make water look transparent, how to paint waves and how to paint reflections.   

You will need to bring photos you would like to work from to each class. These can be image files on a tablet or printed photos. 

Oil and acrylic painters of all levels are welcome. Acrylic instruction is individual. Class demonstrations are in oil. Oil painters please use odorless thinner only.

            Carol has been teaching painting for many years at the Academy of Art University.  Her paintings have been represented in national shows and museums, including the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery, the Haggin Museum, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition and at the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Show.

View examples of Tarzier’s work at or

            The class is limited to 20 students, and pre-enrollment is required. To register, send a check for $180, payable to RAA, to RAA Class Enrollment, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd, #278, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Note on the check memo line: “Tarzier Landscape class.”

            Also include your name, address, phone number and email address. Tarzier will send a suggested materials list to everyone who registers.

            You must be a member of RAA to register. New members add annual dues of $10 to the registration check and include a new member form. Forms and a calendar of activities are available at or in Art Studio One.

            Artists who do not live in Rossmoor may take the class if there is a space after residents have registered. The tuition for non-residents is $210, and they must be sponsored by a resident who is enrolled in the class.

            For questions, and to see if there is space in the class, email Tarzier at

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