Did you know that...
Like just about anything else, painting is a skill you can learn? Actually- not just learn, but become really, really good at.
At a young age, we either decide or are told what we are and are not "good" at as individuals. We inherit and develop labels and beliefs about ourselves, and then we wear those labels around and proclaim them to be true; allowing them to limit the lives we lead.
"I'm not very academic. Doing well in school was a struggle for me."
"I'm just not the 'sporty' type. Math is more my thing."
"I'm good at ______, but not ______."
What if I were to tell you that the stories we have about ourselves and the labels we're assigned aren't actually true? That learning to paint big, beautiful landscapes (and find peace-of-mind, contentment & alignment in the process) had nothing to do with your current skill level, or your self-proclaimed lack thereof?
What if there was a step-by-step process you could learn to master the art of landscape painting (provided, of course, that you're willing to let go of the story that you can't)?
Did you ALSO know that...
In what feels like another lifetime ago, I was a high school art teacher. In fact, creating works of art has been a lifelong love affair of mine, one that largely inspired my desire to build an abundant life through doing just that-- creating.
Long before I became an entrepreneur and business owner, I was an artist. With a Bachelors degree (BA) in visual arts, a Bachelors of Teaching degree (BEd) in visual arts, and a former career teaching art inside a classroom, it feels like there has never been a better time to virtually share my entire painting process and allow it to provide others with the excitement, peace-of-mind and stress relief that we ALL so badly need right now.
Over the next 8 weeks, you will...
Learn the step-by-step, start-to-finish process of painting beautiful landscapes
Develop or level-up your skill as a painter (yes, you'll be calling yourself that by the end!)
Experience first-hand the peace-of-mind and therapeutic satisfaction of putting brush to canvas, while quieting the noise & stress of the outside world
Learn how to visually interpret an image to create a life-like final piece
Use painting techniques including layering (background, middleground, foreground), dry brushing and colour theory to create a gorgeous painting you can't believe YOU were the artist of
Gain the painting skills, processes and product-knowledge needed to start and build your at-home practice (2020 quarantine winter, what up?)
Here's how it'll work + everything you need to know about painting Landscapes with Lo:
There's never been a better (or more necessary) time to learn a new (lockdown-friendly) skill, or find yourself a new creative outlet. Painting is incredibly therapeutic. As you zone out of the "real world" and into your piece, life becomes simpler. The craziness of this year gets quieter. The stress and anxiety that so many of us have been carrying, gets lighter.
While creating something beautiful is gratifying, my mission in creating this 8-week class is to provide its participants with a safe space to go within, to find peace-of-mind and confidence that comes with creating, and to have fun along the way.
The goal is not the destination. The goal is enjoying the journey, and finding sanctuary and satisfaction within each day, no matter the unpredictable circumstances surrounding us.
Inside the 8-weeks of Landscapes with Lo, I will lead you through my start-to-finish process of painting a medium to large-scale landscape piece. Equipped with the understanding and know-how needed to breakdown any image and transfer it onto canvas, you'll learn first-hand that painting, like almost anything else, is a skill that can be learned (or built upon), even if you have zero prior experience.
In the time lapse video below you can watch the "layering" technique (background --> middleground --> foreground) that I use and teach to help make creating gorgeous pieces methodical.
Painting isn't just something you either know how to do or you don't. It's a process that can be learned, implemented and built upon to paint gorgeous works of art (yes, YOU!).
The paintings below were completed by past students who had never before painted landscapes. They followed the step-by-step process we'll be implementing together inside the weekly "classrooms" and ended up with beautiful pieces as a result.
the curricular breakdown:
Weekly classrooms or "studio time" as I'm calling it, will be 90 minutes in length and move around time-wise each week to accommodate different timezones (don't worry, you'll gain lifetime access to the replays if you can't always join live). In the first 15-30 minutes of each classroom I'll be walking through/demonstrating the weekly teachings described below, and then spending the remaining time helping you implement those teachings. Come ready to paint (the painting set-up video is provided upon signing up!), put some music on and enjoy the process of watching your piece come to life alongside the other artists in the (Zoom) room.
Proper painting supplies (what you need and DON'T need)
Strategically selecting or capturing the image you'll paint from; what to look for to set yourself up to create a masterpiece
Painting set-up: where to paint & prepping your canvas/supplies
Mapping out your image on your canvas
Colour mixing, getting to know your paint brushes and key brush strokes
Colour-blocking in the background
"Layering" technique to visually create easy & pro-level depth within your painting
Tackling the middle-ground: adding your first details and colour-blocking in the key components of your image & painting
Shadow work; working with colour strategically to create depth & vibrancy
Training your eye to see what's really there & how to look deeper for a pro-level final painting
Colour theory: cool vs. warm tones and how to use them to create a captivating final piece
Landscape essentials: mastering tree branches, leaves and water
How to paint the sunlight and replicating how it appears within your image to create a realistic-looking painting
Adding texture to your scene using your paint
Letting go of perfectionism and allowing your image to reveal itself to YOU (get out of your head and onto the canvas!)
Moving into the foreground; adding detail where it matters most
WEEKS 5 - 8
Open studio: each week for the remainder of the course, there will be a 90-minute classroom over Zoom in which we'll paint together, enjoy each other's company, and continue working on our paintings alongside one another
You'll be able to ask questions and request help from me via Zoom, and any necessary new techniques and relevant topics will be addressed as needed
Landscapes with Lo will take place via Zoom once a week for 90 minutes.
You will also gain access to my members-only site where the replays and instructional videos will be hosted following the live classroom each week. Upon signing up, you'll immediately be sent an introductory video outlining the supplies needed and where to purchase them. I strongly recommend ordering them straight away so that they arrive before we begin our first class together on Wednesday, November 4th. There is a week between registration closing and the beginning of the course so that you have time to get the necessary supplies as well as capture or select the image you'd like to paint!
Enrolment will also include an invite to our classroom Facebook group, simply for the purpose of sharing progress photos of your work and connecting with the other artists!
PLEASE NOTE: This price is for enrolment into the class only, and does NOT include the necessary painting supplies, which will cost an additional $100-$200 (USD) depending on the quality you decide to purchase. Upon signing up you'll immediately be sent an introductory video explaining what you need and where to buy it, as well as a list of my recommended brands and products available on Amazon.
There will be a 1-week period between doors closing and the first live classroom, so that you have enough time to purchase your supplies and have them delivered, as well as select the image you'll be painting from (or go out and TAKE one if you desire to!). If you already have supplies, you are of course welcome to use them, and I'll make recommendations for this in the intro video. You are responsible for obtaining your own painting supplies, which will also set you up to continue your painting practice long after LWL is over!
**Registration closing Monday, October 26th @10PM ET
**Prices listed in USD
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to purchase my own supplies? How much will they be and where can I find them?
The tuition price does NOT include supplies. The necessary painting supplies will cost an additional $100-$200 (USD) depending on the quality you decide to purchase. Upon signing up you'll immediately be sent an introductory video explaining what you need and where to buy it, as well as a list of my recommended brands and products available on Amazon.
There will be a 1-week period between doors closing and the first live classroom, so that you have enough time to purchase your supplies and have them delivered. If you already have supplies, you are of course welcome to use them, and I'll make recommendations for this in the intro video.
When will the classes take place and what if I can't join live?
Weekly classrooms or "studio time" as I'm calling it, will be 90 minutes in length and move around time-wise each week to accommodate different timezones (don't worry, you'll gain lifetime access to the replays if you can't always join live).
Does Landscapes With Lo include 1:1 instructing during the classes?
Some, yes, however it is not a guaranteed part of the course and you'll be encouraged to learn trust yourself and the process before asking for feedback on each and every paint stroke ;). You'll learn through DOING, and through wathing the feedback and instruction I give to others.
Each of the weekly classes will be 90 minutes long. The first 15-30 minutes will be spent teaching the next steps in the painting process I've built LWL around. After that, we'll be painting alongside eachother over Zoom-- together while apart. During this time, you'll be able to request to ask me questions, show your work and get demonstrations where needed, however 1:1 feedback is not guaranteed and the number of people who sign up will determine how much time I'm able to spend answering your questions.
Will I be able to re-watch the classes and continue accessing the content?
The FAQ title can be adjusted in the settings tab of the App Settings. You can also remove the title by unchecking its checkbox in the settings tab.
I don't have a lot of space to paint in. Will this be an issue?
Not at all. I've painted some of my best pieces while sitting on the floor behind a door. You need simply a wall to lean your canvas up against and a small amount of desk or floor space to put your palette and brushes etc.
I already know how to paint, am I too advanced for this class?
Nope! The process I'm teaching inside LWL will help you to develop and build-upon the skill you already have to create a more life-like and skillful final piece.
What if I've never painted/done anything arts-related before? Can I still join?
Yes! There has never been a better time to take up a new quarantine-friendly hobby-- and one that'll help you ease your anxiety or wondering mind at that. The process will be broken down step-by-step in beginning-level language with thorough demonstrations being provided, and will meet each classroom participant exactly where they're at.
What if I'm *actually* terrible at art though?
Then join for the JOURNEY, not the destination. That's what life is all about anyways.
If during LWL you make a point of enjoying the process of painting --of tuning out, of getting quiet, of allowing what's inside of you to come through you and on to the canvas-- then you'll have gotten from this class everything I really want for you. And hey, if you happen to pick up some painting skills along the way, then that'll just be a bonus. ;)
What if instead of obsessing over where we're going, we learned to love and find satisfaction within the moment we're currently living?
When do we start!?
Classroom #1 will take place on Wednesday, November 4th, one week after the doors for LWL close. The class has been strategically designed this way to provide you with the time needed to purchase your necessary supplies and choose or capture the image from which you'll be working.
The prgram Facebook group will open upon doors closing, so that you may share your chosen image with the group and start getting to know your fellow artists!