Sunset Painting with Michael Viera

Come experience the landscape and the river that once captivated the American Impressionists and improve your painting skills too! Spend your summer evenings painting “en plein air” (in the open air) in various, beautiful locations along the Connecticut River. This on-site course will teach students how to compose compelling compositions and develop paintings that interpret the ever-changing light and color as the sunsets over the water and landscape.

Students will explore many painting techniques and methods to observe and paint from nature, where clouds, water, marsh and shore each present their own textural challenge. They will gain an understanding of how to mix colors for specific palettes when painting the sky, water and landscapes. Class demonstrations will be provided, but the emphasis will be on individual instruction to encourage the student’s own sense of personal expression.

This course is open to all level students.

Supplies Needed

  • Oil Paints
  • Artist grades are recommended, but student grades are acceptable.
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
  • Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cold Black or Ivory Black
  • Titanium White
  • Brushes
  • A mix of hog bristle flats, filberts and brights in sizes 2 through 8 is a good start.
  • 1 round in size 4 or 6
  • Miscellaneous
  • Portable Easel
  • Wood or plexiglass palette about 11” x 14”
  • 2 Palette cups
  • 1 pint of Turpenoid or Gamsol
  • 1 Small bottle of Liquin
  • Several Canvases 8” x 10” or larger.
  • 1 roll of a quality paper towel like Bounty
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunscreen