• Online Workshops: June 1-30. 4 weeks.

    June 2020 online workshops will begin June 3rd:
    Email crilling@hotmail.com to sign up

    Wednesday from 10am-12pm EST. 4 weeks.
    June 3rd-24th
    "Architecture in the Landscape" (Plein-Air (ish) Stage 3)

    In this class we will focus on the landscape as well as how to deal with architecture: simplifying, conveying details, edge control, mark-making, sighting angles and how to assess perspective issues quickly and simply.
    Students can work outdoors or from photographs.
    You may choose to focus more on the landscape or more on buildings- this is up to each student.
    Each class: discussion, lecture, demo (demo will be done in studio from a reference)
    Private Facebook Group for critique and community.
    Level: prior painting experience required
    Medium: Open to any but instructor will be using oil
    Homework: weekly assignments will be given
    Supplies: suggested supply list at bottom
    CLASS CAP: 18 students
    Cost: $150

    Friday from 12pm-2pm EST. 4 weeks.
    June 5th-26th
    Plein-Air (ish) Stage 2: Fundamentals and Beyond

    In this class we will work from life (optional) OR from photos and delve into more complex ideas about the landscape: composition, light, atmosphere, color, tone, marks and edges. Each week will cover a different topic and will include discussion, lecture/slides, and a demo (demo will be done in studio from a reference).
    Private Facebook Group for critique and community.
    Level: prior painting experience required
    Homework: weekly assignments will be given
    Supplies: suggested supply list below
    Medium: Open to any but instructor will be using oil
    CLASS CAP: 18 students
    Cost: $150




    May Classes:

    Plein-Air (ish) 4 Week Online Workshops $150

    Wednesdays 10am-12pm EST. May 6-27
    Part 2 of Plein-Air (ish): for the continuing or advanced painter. We will delve into more complex ideas about the landscape

    Fridays 12pm-2pm EST. May 8-29
    Plein-Air (ish) Fundamentals and beyond
    In this class we cover everything from materials, set-up, atmospheric perceptive, mixing greens, simplifying foliage, skies, and more.

    Sign-up: crilling@hotmail.com . I will reply with PayPal and Venmo payment information.
    Join: Plein-Air (ish) Facebook Group to share images of your paintings for feedback.


    Wednesday 10am-12pm EST: In this class we will delve into more complex ideas about the landscape.

    Please join me on Wednesday mornings from 10am-12pm EST as we explore ways to approach the landscape in and outside of your studio. We will meet via Zoom. You are welcome to paint along during demos, draw, etc.

    Week 1:
    • Demo: Simplifying the Landscape, shapes, composition. (I will be working from a reference photo). Slide Lecture.
    • Assignment: two paintings from life outdoors or through a window. If you must rely on photo references- that is OK too.
    o Focus on choosing a motif with strong light and clear shapes
    o Keep it small: 8x10, 8x8, 10x10 (anything close to these sizes)
    o Focus on composition. Simplify the shapes. Avoid adding too much detail.

    Week 2:
    °Topic: Value, light, atmosphere. Simplifying foliage. Slide Lecture. Demo.
    • Assignment: 2 small studies. Same procedure as week 1. Focus on mixing greens.

    Week 3:
    Demo: Refining, finishing, mark making. Slide lecture.
    • Continue with assignments. 2 paintings per week. Focus on mark-making.

    Week 4: Group critique, Q&A, and discussion (send images one day prior to crilling@hotmail.com)

    Friday 12pm-2pm EST: Plein-air(ish) Fundamentals and Beyond

    Week 1:
    • Demo: Simplifying the Landscape and Atmospheric Perspective (I will be working from a reference photo). Slide Lecture.
    • Assignment: two paintings from life outdoors or through a window. If you must rely on photo references- that is OK too.
    o Focus on choosing a motif with strong light and clear shapes
    o Keep it small: 8x10, 8x8, 10x10 (anything close to these sizes)
    o Simplify the shapes. Avoid adding too much detail.

    Week 2: Demo: mixing greens. Simplifying foliage. Slide Lecture.
    • Assignment: 2 small studies. Same procedure as week 1. Focus on mixing greens.

    Week 3: Demo: Refining, finishing, mark making. Slide lecture.
    • Continue with assignments. 2 paintings per week. Focus on mark making.

    Week 4: Skies/clouds. Group critique, Q&A, and discussion (send images one day prior to crilling@hotmail.com)

    FACEBOOK Group: Plein-Air (ish)

    Supplies to consider:
    Materials List for Claudia Rilling
    • Paper Towels / rags
    • Canvas Panels, loose canvas, primed paper, or stretched canvas (any size you feel comfortable working in, but starting smaller is a good idea) 6x6, 8x8, 10x10, 8x12, etc
    • Paint Brushes- It’s good to have a variety of brushes that range in both type and size. Rounds, Flats, and Filberts are all good. A combo of bristle and synthetic.
    • Paper Pallette (or whatever you prefer) - at least 11x14. Or, if using a portable easel, it may come with a nice palette.
    • Metal palette knife. A pointed end is best, not larger than 3 inches long ·
    • Some Paints: (or use what you have)
    o Burnt Umber—Yellow Ochre/Transparent Earth Yellow— Ivory Black—Terra Rosa—Cadmium Red—Cadmium Yellow— Ultramarine Blue— Titanium White (large tube)- Alizarin crimson- Sap green - OPTIONAL: other greens you might try: emerald green, cadmium green, pthalo green, etc. Other blues you might try: Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, etc
    o any other colors that you like!

    Liquin Original or Linseed Oil– Not needed if working in acrylic
    • Odorless Turpenoid or Gamsol– Not needed if working in acrylic
    • Jars or cups for Medium and Thinner. Make sure the lid seals tightly.
    • Optional: view finder or make a homemade version
    • Small sketchbook and pencil
    ·Portable easel if painting outdoors

    (These classes will not be recorded- please do not record them without my consent. If you cannot attend, I will not be able to provide a recording of the class.)

  • Jerusalem Studio School in Italy: Painting Workshop, July 2019

    "Painting a Dynamic Landscape"
    Jerusalem Studio School: Painting Workshop, July 1-15, 2019
    Affiliate Workshop hosted by The JSS in Civita Castellana, Italy

  • Workshops and Teaching

    MAINE 2020 July 20-27
    RESCHEDULED FOR 2021!

    I am excited to announce a new outdoor landscape painting workshop I am hosting from July 20th-27th (2021) on the beautiful Maine coast in Pemaquid Point, Bristol, Maine. This area was a destination for painters- among them Andrew Wyeth, Fairfield Porter, Robert Henri.
    The focus will be landscape painting, and will involve ample instruction, and thorough one-on-one development.
    We will cover composition and simplifying the landscape, atmospheric perspective, architecture, color, value, edges and marks. Please note- this is not a "tips and tricks" plein air workshop, but rather an opportunity to strengthen your painting skills, using landscape as a departure point. The views are stunning, the weather is cool, and we will also take one day trip to the picturesque Monhegan Island.

    Level: advanced beginner to advanced
    *Prior painting experience required.
    Reserve your space soon. Limited to 12 students.

    Accommodations: Hotel Pemaquid offers a lower group room rate. http://www.hotelpemaquid.com
    Call hotel directly between 9am-5pm at 207-677-2312

    Hotel Pemaquid - Home
    “The Hotel Pemaquid is a beautiful turn-of-the -century hotel offering 30 unique rooms and two cottages at exceptional prices.All of our rooms are well appointed and are considered some of the best deals on the Maine Coast.”
    www.hotelpemaquid.com


    Materials: Keep it simple (a detailed list will be sent out): oil paints, brushes, plein air easel/ pochade box, small sketchbook, pencils, painting panels (at least 2 per day)
    Itinerary: detailed intineray will be sent out. Generally we paint every day from 8:30-4:30. There will be one day "off" to relax and enjoy the area.
    Carriage house: Hotel Pemaquid will provide full use of the large carriage house for painting, critique, storage, slide shows.
    Transportation: must provide your own
    Meals: there are restaurants within driving distance, as well as grocery stores.
    Art supplies: bring your own supplies but I will have mineral spirits for everyone. There is an art store 25 minutes from the hotel.

    PRICE: 7 Day workshop: $825
    -Lodging and meals not included.
    -One round trip fare to Monhegan Island IS included in price.
    -$100 non-refundable deposit due to secure spot.
    -Please note: No refunds if student cancels within two months of the class. However, if the class is cancelled a full refund will be provided.
    -Email crilling@hotmail.com or call 267-825-5190 for more details






    Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
    -Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Painting

    Jerusalem Studio School: Affiliate Workshop Teacher, Civita Castellana, Italy

    Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
    -Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing. Graduate and Undergrduate.

    Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    -Drawing and Painting Insructor


    Mentoring and private lessons:
    Helping students build on their current work or improve specific skills in the area of drawing and painting: landscape painting, still-life painting, cityscape painting, all drawing subjects. Will also work with beginners who have had little to no training in drawing or painting.
    Inquire for teaching times, schedule is flexible to suit specific needs. Supplies included optional.

    Online Lessons and Skype: Provide full critique of work using a photoshop mark-up and screen sharing with Skype to look at images together.

    Call 267-825-5190 or email crilling@hotmail.com for more information and pricing.



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