Desert Institute Online Landscape Painting Workshop

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Online Landscape Painting Workshop

Saturday, July 17th at 9:00 am

Sunday, July 18th at 4:00 pm.

The Joshua Tree landscape is an artist’s delight. The rock formations are alive with light, shadow, and colors, and mini forests nestle at the base of each cluster.

But the amount of detail in any landscape can be overwhelming. This workshop will help you to simplify and organize what you see, and go on to create satisfying, dynamic paintings with strong, logical dark and light patterns. Topics will include composition, focal point, perspective, value (dark and light), underpainting, painting ala prima (layering wet paint without making mud), color theory, mixing paint, and more. Each session will start with a demo painting as Jessica explains her step-by-step method. Students will be given individual feedback and guidance. Some previous drawing experience will be helpful but not required.

We will work from photographs emailed in advance by the instructor. Students will have time between the Saturday morning session and the Sunday afternoon class to continue paintings on their own and are welcome to email images of ongoing or finished work to the instructor for email feedback as time permits.

Meet Jessica Schiffman, the instructor: Jessica Schiffman has been a working artist for over twenty-five years. Her oil and acrylic paintings, including desert landscapes, forest scenes, figurative works, and more, are widely collected. In addition, she has illustrated sixteen children’s books and created several murals. Jessica has taught art for 15 years at venues including the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, and the Create Center in Palm Desert. Jessica has a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.



Jul 17 2021


$85. - $95.

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