Landscape Painting (In-Person)

Painting outdoors is a great way for artists to get out of the studio and reconnect with the natural environment. Learn the essentials of landscape painting while enjoying all that summer has to offer. Begin by considering how to best approach the landscape as a subject in order to identify a compelling composition. Next, learn how to mix a color palette suitable for expressing the fugitive elements of the landscape, such as light and movement. Through demonstrations and guided lessons from the instructor, students will learn some of the best techniques for capturing the subject and progress, with confidence, on to the more advanced goal of finding their own style and subject. Students should anticipate additional costs for the purchasing of requisite painting supplies. / All classes will meet on location at Lake Nokomis (Cedar Ave. & E 52nd St.) The first class will meet at Sandcastle next to Nokomis Beach. / Class will be rescheduled in case of rain (active raining, not threat of rain, or damp ground) / This class will not have an official lunch break, however, students are welcome to bring food to eat during class. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation to the locations listed. Participants in this course will be required to follow current CDC guidelines: maintain a minimum of 6' physical distance from others, and wear a face covering over nose and mouth when 6' of distance is difficult to maintain. If guidelines change, participants will be notified. No supplies or materials will be shared.

Prerequisites: Beginning Painting or equivalent experience.

Required supplies for the first class: Portable easel (priced $50 and above, generally); 18 x 24" (or larger) drawing board; two 11 x 14" gessoed canvas boards; roll of white artist's tape; pad of disposable palette paper; two metal palette knives (shaped like a piece of pie); 16 oz. can of Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; 2-4 oz. jar of oil painting medium; Oil paint: 37ml tubes of Cadmium yellow light and Venetian red; 150ml tubes of Titanium white and Lamp black. Brushes (round #12, bright #14, flat #10 and 16); tool box for storing supplies; roll of paper towels; plastic bag for garbage; empty coffee tin or similar vessel for holding brushes and tools upright; drinking water. Students should expect to spend about $150 on supplies. Optional materials: Packed meal in insulated bag for lunch break; sunscreen; bug repellent; sunhat; digital camera for documenting the site. 

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity and for being outdoors; a face mask; an apron if preferred.

Register Before: June 7
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

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Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSFA 5001 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Date End: 
Saturday, June 26, 2021
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
Beginning Painting or equivalent experience.