Painting Landscapes from Photos with Carol Tarzier __ (Spring) Fridays 12:30-4:30 Studio 1
Landscapes from Photographs
“Landscapes from Photographs” is about using photographs to create fresh and lively landscapes with the energy and color of plein air work. The series covers color mixing and creating color tones with a limited palette of three primary colors. The class begins with materials and equipment that make painting fun, and with designing the value structure in monochrome. It moves to color mixing using and atmospheric perspective – creating depth using soft edges, mixed muted tones, and soft grays. Students will use saturation to create space, with bright colors in the foreground.
The class moves on to colors for specific effects, for example color changes in the sky as it moves toward the horizon, color changes on a flat plane to make it recede into the distance, and which colors create a dynamic foreground. Time permitting, the class will cover transparency: how to make water look transparent, how to paint waves, and painting reflections.
Students bring their landscape photos to each class, on a tablet or printed photos. Oil and acrylic painters of all levels welcome. Class demonstrations are in oil. Acrylic instruction is individual. Oil painters please use odorless thinner only.
Carol Tarzier has taught 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.