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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278

New Workshops

Abstract Landscape Painting

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Abstract LAndscape PAinting

Taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls

Saturday & Sunday, June 22nd & 23rd, 10 AM — 5 PM both days — bring a lunch!

at the Calistoga Art Center, 1435 North Oak Street, Cropp Bldg, Calistoga

COST/Choose option

$185 for CAC member, $210 for non-members — materials fee not included

Materials fee: $25, paid to instructor, for all the materials you’ll need, including paint, paper, brushes, and canvases. Contact Karen if you’d like to bring your own materials, and need to know what to bring.

Maximum of 12 people, minimum of 4. Sign up early to ensure your place!

Would you like to simplify your landscape painting to get at essentials? Or take what you see and use it as a springboard to a new creation, rather than painting more realistically?

In this workshop, we will focus first on the one indispensible element of any landscape painting. Next, you will learn several different ways to simplify and play with images of the landscape, re-creating it in abstract form. Then you'll create a series of tiny paintings, and one or two larger paintings, as you try each approach.

We'll also look at inspirational examples of historical and contemporary abstract landscape paintings, to see and understand some of the approaches other painters have taken to abstract the landscape.

Painting in this way strips the image down to its essence. If you usually paint more realistic-looking landscapes, it may change the way you see the world!

This class is designed for people with at least some previous painting experience, and we'll be using versatile, fast-drying acrylic paints.

COST/Choose option

Landscape Painting

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COST/Choose option

Landscape Painting

Taught by Karen Lynn Ingalls

Saturday & Sunday, August 17-18, 10 AM — 5 PM both days — bring a lunch!

at the Calistoga Art Center, 1435 North Oak Street, Cropp Bldg, Calistoga

$185 for CAC member, $210 for non-members — includes Karen’s mini-book on Landscape Painting. Painting materials not included.

Maximum of 12 people, minimum of 4. Sign up early to ensure your place!

Have you ever looked at a beautiful scene, and wished you could capture it on canvas? You'll learn how here, creating a landscape painting from a photograph, and using a limited palette and water–soluble acrylic paints.

This all comes from a perspective of non-judgement – it's essential to tame the inner critic in order to be creative! We paint in a spirit of discovery and experimentation.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to create a landscape painting from a photograph

  • How to choose your palette, mix colors, and create beautiful color harmonies

  • How to begin – and where to take it from there, working with the big shapes in the painting

  • How to approach composition and design

  • How to give your landscapes the illusion of distance

  • The inner game of painting (how and why to tame your inner critic)

By the end of the weekend, you will have a landscape painting to take home with you. You will also take home Karen's mini-book on Landscape Painting, as a resource for your landscape painting from here on out.

This class is designed for people with at least some previous acrylic painting experience.

COST/Choose option