Landscape Painting: Summer Plein-Air
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.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
- 6 to 8 canvases or panels – 11”x14” is recommended. If you like to paint larger:16”x20” MAX
- Fredrix Canvas Pad – 9×12”
- It is very important that you use professional artist quality paints. Student-grade paint may look like a bargain but it has less pigment and more filler than professional quality paint.Artist’s Colors NOT student-grade paints – oil or acrylic:
- White – titanium or titanium/zinc mix
- Nickel titanite yellow also known as titanite yellow (Golden Acrylics makes this color)
- Cadmium yellow light
- Yellow ochre
- Burnt umber
- Cadmium red light
- Alizarin crimson permanent
- Ultramarine blue
- Cerulean blue
- Painting medium:
- For oils: my favorite is Gamblin Galkyd Gel Medium – gel form in tube
- For acrylics: slow dry acrylic medium
- Soft Brushes
- Filberts: 6,4,2
- Brights: 4
- Rounds: 12, 4
- Hog-Bristle Brushes
- Filbert: 8
- Flat: 10, 8
- House painting brush –2” or 3”
- Palette—HIGHLY RECOMMENDED is Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal Box with disposable pallet paper 12×16 inch. Please do not purchase small, oval palettes.
- Small jar with lid
- Pencils for sketching
- 1 piece chalk or white pastel
- Plastic sheet protectors for your reference photos
- 1 black dry erase marker
- Sandpaper – 150 grit – one or two sheets
- Gesso for additional canvas prep – 8 oz. acrylic gesso
- Vinyl disposable gloves (find at drugstore)
PLEIN AIR SUPPLIES: When painting outdoors, you will need a folding/easy to carry easel, a small folding stool, a bag or rolling cart to carry your supplies, and a way to transport wet canvases (Guerrilla Painter Handy Porters are my favorite). Additionally you will need to protect yourself from the elements (hat, sunscreen, umbrella, jacket, etc.) and care for yourself (snacks, water, medications, etc.).
Optional/additional notes: Reference photos (specifics will be discussed in class)
Learn to accurately paint a variety of tree forms while expressing the unique qualities of individual trees. Working en plein air, students will learn the basic skills of interpreting light and shadow to render volumes in space. Gain an understanding of the dynamic structure of tree forms, paint the texture of foliage, and see the landscape in perspective. Classes will take place offsite, working with oil or acrylic paints.