Paint The Sky

Kathleen Moore is a visual artist who paints with oil colors or soft pastel to capture moments of awe, from vast, stormy skyscapes to the intimate amazement by a single flower. “The natural world,” Moore explains, “has an overwhelming power to make you stop and and reconsider your position and role on the planet. I paint to record a sensation of interconnectedness and fragility of life. This is why the arts are so important, they serve as reminders that we are at once greater, and lesser, than we believe.”

Challenging belief, or what we believe we see, is a recurring theme in the classes and workshops Moore teaches. “I’m like a fitness coach,” Moore chuckles, “I get students moving with exercises to build their skills in drawing and painting, then we do the “yoga” part where students learn to stretch how and what they perceive.”

Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University then continued her study of painting at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Kathleen Moore is a teaching artist at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where she teaches beginning drawing and landscape painting. Moore delights in encouraging people to draw in outreach projects at Gage, such as Pop-up Drawing Jams and Drink & Draw events.

1:30-4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill

  • Pallet (see suggested below*)
  • Artist’s colors – oil or acrylic
    • White – titanium/zinc mix
    • Nickel titanite yellow
    • Cadmium yellow light
    • Yellow ochre
    • Burnt umber
    • Cadmium red light
    • Alizarin crimson permanent
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Phthalo (Thalo) Blue
    • Manganese Blue
    • Prussian Blue
  • Range of brushes:
    • Soft
      • Filberts: 6,4,2
      • Brights: 4
      • Rounds: 12, 4
    • Hog-Bristle
      • Filbert: 8
      • Flat: 10, 8
  • House painting brush – 3”
  • Painting medium – For oils: (my favorite is Gamblin Galkyd Gel Medium – gel form in tube – This medium speeds oil drying time but doesn’t dry too fast) – OR — For acrylics: slow dry acrylic medium
  • Small jar with lid
  • Canvas or panels – 16×20 inches (6 to 8)
  • Canvas Pad – 9×12” or 12×16”
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Chalk or white pastel
  • Reference photos of dramatic skies
  • Plastic sheet protectors for your reference photos
  • A black dry erase marker


  • *Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal box with glass or disposable pallet 12×16 inch
  • Gesso for additional prep – 8 oz. acrylic gesso
  • Sandpaper – 150 grit – one or two sheets
  • Vinyl disposable gloves (find at drugstore)


  • Tracing paper roll or pad

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The sky is an ever-changing blend of delicacy and drama. Explore the structure of clouds and the science behind the colors of the sky while you practice painting storms and sunsets using oil paints.