• Online Workshops: Fall/Winter 2022



    FALL AND WINTER 2022 ONLINE PAINTING CLASSES: Coming Soon!
    email crilling@hotmail.com for registration and payment information

    (Full Descriptions Coming Soon)
    October: 3-Day Landscape Painting Intensive: Atmosphere and Edges
    November: 4-Week Composition and Transcriptions: After the Masters
    December: 3-Day Cityscape Painting Intensive
    January: 5-Week Beginning Oil Class




    "Atmosphere and Edges: Building Depth Into The Landscape"
    3-Day Intensive, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 14th-16th
    October 14th: 12pm-2pm EST
    October 15th: 12pm-2pm EST
    October 16th: 12pm-2pm EST
    (Class times listed are based on Philadelphia time zone)


    This weekend intensive class is for the painter with a foundation in landscape painting looking to build more depth, richness, and atmosphere into their work. On day one class details will be discussed, after which the lesson and demo will focus on color mixing and creating exciting yet subtle color and value shifts to indicate depth. The work will be done in studio. On day two the focus will shift more towards shapes and edges - how these elements can also help to build depth into a landscape. The exercises will be fun and exploratory, challenging our perception, and heightening our visual acuity. The last day we will bring our focus to both atmospheric and linear perspective- how this can be applied to our painting when incorporating buildings and man-made elements.

    Each session will consist of slides & discussion, and an hour long demo. Students are encouraged to begin the lesson during the afternoon. I will be available on the Zoom call from 3pm-6pm each day to give feedback and answer questions.

    -All sessions are recorded via Zoom and available for 30 days for review. Work will be critiqued for two weeks following the end of the course.
    -Private Padlet group for posting work for critique
    -Supply list will be sent upon registration.
    -Oil or Acrylic work best for this class, demos will be done in oil
    -Tuition: $250. Email crilling@hotmail.com for payment information.




    NOVEMBER:
    After the Masters: Studying Composition and Shape. Transcriptions in Gouache and Acrylic
    4-Week Course. Tuesdays 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29
    12-2pm Eastern Time (Philadelphia Time Zone)

    Through use of a fast drying medium, we will explore the exciting underpinnings of masterworks from the 13th to 19th C. By engaging in a deep examination of shape, rhythm, tone, and color, our pictorial skills become markedly stronger. We will look at master work that is based on the figure, still-life, landscape, and the interior.
    From the shapes in a Piero della Francesca painting, to Giotto, and Degas, and the rhythmic lines in a Cassatt, these works can guide our personal work and compel us to think more intentionally about our own compositions.

    The class will be broken down into weekly exercises. By using gouache or acrylic the transcriptions (copies) can be done quite quickly and kept at a small scale. Students can work from images posted to our online classroom or from their own research.

    Class will consist of discussion, lecture, and demos. Classes are recorded if students cannot attend live.

    Supplies: A basic supply list will be sent after registration.
    Online classroom: Private online classroom via "Padlet" for enrolled students
    Zoom: Classes conducted via Zoom and are recorded for review
    Tuition: $250

    Email crilling@hotmail.com for payment and registration

    Cityscape/Urbanscape Painting: A 3-Day Intensive Workshop
    Capturing the forms and light of the Urbanscape

    Friday December 9th, Saturday December 10th, and Sunday December 11th.
    11am-1:30pm EDT each day.

    (Class times are listed based on Philadelphia time zone)


    Architecture can appear overwhelming, but by training our eye to see past detail, we can convey buildings in paint very powerfully. In this class students will strengthen their perceptual acuity with regards to seeing buildings and structures more confidently and clearly: simplifying, conveying details, edge control, mark-making, sighting angles and how to assess perspective issues quickly and simply.
    On day one we will learn how to simplify complex information and capture the essence of what we see without getting bogged down in detail and minutiae. We will begin by completing smaller and faster studies, while working in either grayscale or a limited palette. These small studies will teach us how to see complex information simple, and clearly.

    On day two and three we will begin longer session paintings. We will use a full palette and slowly begin adding details, learning how to sight angles, assess perspective issues simply, and vary our edges and marks to create more nuance paintings.

    Students can work outdoors or from photographs. The demos will be done indoors from reference photos.

    Main topics addressed: selecting a powerful motif, simplifying, limiting values and shapes, edges, color, perspective and angles.

    Each day will consist of slides & discussion, Q&A, and demonstration. A short break will be taken during the class.

    Students are encouraged to work on the lesson in the afternoon, after the class session. I will be available from 2:30-5:30pm each day on the Zoom call after class to give immediate feedback on work and answer questions.

    Photo references: Students enrolled in this class will be working largely from photo references. Please gather a series of references of complex buildings or cityscape images that show a clear light source, revealing both a light side and dark side of the buildings. This is very important. *No flat light references. (As needed, some photo references will be share for class exercises to the Padlet group)

    -All sessions are recorded and available for review for 30 days. Work will be critiqued for two weeks following the end of the course.
    -Private Padlet group for posting work
    -A supply list will be sent upon registration
    -Tuition: $260

    *Payment is required at the time of registration. Email crilling@hotmail.com for payment information.



    SUMMER CLASSES: descriptions below
    (Full)"Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air Approaches" 5-Week Class
    (Full) "Still Life Painting: From Simple to Complex" 5-Week Class
    (Full) "Painting Florals: Capturing the Perceptual Moment" (2-Day Intensive)

    (email crilling@hotmail.com to enroll and for payment information)


    Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air Approaches (Full)

    This 5-Week class will meet weekly on Mondays
    July 11th, July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, Aug 8th
    12pm-2pm Eastern Time (Philadelphia Time Zone)

    This class welcomes a painter who has some prior experience landscape painting. We will address coming challenges painters have when working from photos in the studio as well as working from life, in plein air.
    The first two weeks we will focus on the skills to work outside: set-up, materials, plein air approaches. There will also be some work done in the studio. The last three weeks we will focus solely on working from photos, in the studio. Over these 5 weeks major topics will be covered: mixing beautiful greens and blues, edges and atmosphere, how to work from plein air studies, working quickly vs slowly, working small and also working large. The final week will cover indirect painting methods- how to continue working on a painting without getting tight, and losing the fresh initial qualities.

    Each week there will be a discussion and slide lecture. We will be examining contemporary and historical painters. Following slides and discussion a demo will be done. Some demos will be partially pre-recorded to show the plein air process, outdoors.

    Each week a specific assignment will be given.

    Level: Prior oil painting/landscape experience required
    Medium: Oil or Acrylic. Demos will be done in oil
    Tuition: $265
    Classes are recorded and available for review for two weeks following each class
    Work is critiqued through a private Padlet group
    Email crilling@hotmail.com to enroll and for payment information.

    *Supply list sent upon registration and payment.
    *Payment is required at the time of registration


    Still-Life Painting: From Simple to Complex
    5 Weeks (Wednesday): July 13th, 20th, 27th, August 3rd, August 10th
    12pm-2pm Eastern Time (Philadelphia Time Zone)

    This in-depth class will cover fundamental aspects of still-life which are critical to gaining control of the subject matter. We will also explore more nuanced and complex topics regarding points of view, edges, and materials. Some of the other subjects will be: still-life set-up &lighting, value, process, form and rendering, and color. Subject matter will begin with simple 1-2 object still-life then move to more complex still-life, and florals in weeks 4 and 5.
    Each week a demo will be shown along with a slide lecture on the topic of still life. We will look at major painters and analyze their work on a weekly basis. From Chardin, to Manet, Morandi, Euan Uglow, and contemporary painters, you will walk away with a better sense of still-life in a historical context which will lay a strong foundation for your own work.

    These live classes allow for one-on-one and group interaction, the ability to ask questions during the Zoom class, and to receive individual weekly critique through our private Padlet group.

    Level: Prior oil painting experience required
    Medium: Oil or Acrylic. Demos will be done in oil
    Tuition: $265
    Classes are recorded and available for review for two weeks following each class
    Work is critiqued through a private Padlet group
    Email crilling@hotmail.com to enroll and for payment information.

    *Supply list sent upon registration and payment.
    *Payment is required at the time of registration





    "Painting Florals: Capturing the Perceptual Moment"
    August 13th and 14th: Floral Painting Intensive
    Saturday 11am-1pm EDT & 5pm-6pm EST: Simplifying & Mixing Clean Color
    Sunday 11am-1pm EDT & 5pm-6pm EST: Hardwiring the Perceptual Moment and Complex Florals

    This is a fast-paced and exciting workshop; students will be work quickly and directly, responding to these evocative natural forms. Each morning will consist of lecture, slides, discussion, and an hour long demo. Students are encouraged to complete or begin the lesson during the afternoon, and work from life. I will be available on the Zoom call all afternoon to give feedback and answer questions. The class will reconvene at 5pm.

    Saturday 11am-1pm EDT & 5pm-6pm EDT: Simplifying & Mixing Clean Color. On this first day we will focus on learning how to simplify the abundance of detail we see in flower forms. We will work from simple "closed form" flowers. Through understanding the underlying form of flowers, these complex shapes become much easier to translate and to paint.

    Sunday 11am-1pm EDT & 5pm-6pm EDT: Hardwiring the Perceptual Moment and working with Complex Florals. On day two we will work from complex arrangements of flowers. With a clear light source we can see how these individual shapes become part of a larger mass. Once this is understood, even complex bouquets can be painted with confidence and clarity.

    -Sessions are recorded and available for 30 days
    -Private Padlet group for posting work and critiques
    -A supply list will be sent upon registration
    -Medium: Oil or Acrylic. Demos will be done in oil
    -Level: advanced beginner to advanced
    -Tuition: $210
    -Email crilling@hotmail.com to enroll and for payment information.
    -Class times are based on Eastern Time/Philadelphia area

    *Payment is required at the time of registration





    "Atmosphere and Edges: Building Depth Into The Landscape"
    (FULL- email to be added to waitlist)
    2-Day Intensive, Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd
    May 21st: 11am-1pm EDT and 5-6pm EDT
    May 22nd: 11am-1pm EDT and 5-6pm EDT
    (Class times are listed based on Philadelphia time zone)


    This weekend intensive class is for the painter with a foundation in landscape painting looking to build more depth, richness, and atmosphere into their work. On day one class details will be discussed, after which the lesson and demo will focus on color mixing and creating exciting yet subtle value shifts. The work will be done in studio, though working outdoors is also an option. On day two the focus will shift more towards shapes, edges, marks, temperature- how these elements can also help to build depth into a landscape. The exercises will be fun and exploratory, challenging our perception, and heightening our visual acuity.

    Each morning will consist of slides & discussion, and an hour long demo. Students are encouraged to begin the lesson during the afternoon. I will be available on the Zoom call all afternoon to give feedback and answer questions. We will re-convene in the evening for a continuation of the day's lesson.

    -All sessions are recorded via Zoom and available for 30 days for review. Work will be critiqued for two weeks following the end of the course.
    -Private Padlet group for posting work for critique
    -A supply list will be sent upon registration
    -Oil or Acrylic work best for this class, demos will be done in oil
    -Tuition: $210. Email crilling@hotmail.com for payment information.

    *Payment is required at the time of registration. Email crilling@hotmail.com for payment information.



    REFUND POLICY: There are no refunds or transfers for online classes. If one cannot attend live, recordings are available. In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled, students will receive a full refund.



    WINTER AND SPRING 2022 ONLINE PAINTING CLASSES:

    Maine 2022: Outdoor Landscape Painting. August 22-28th. (Full: email to be added to waitlist)

    Cityscape/Urbanscape Painting: A 3-Day Intensive Workshop
    Capturing the forms and light of the Urbanscape
    (FULL- email to be added to waitlist)

    Friday April 22, Saturday April 23rd, and Sunday April 24th.
    11am-2pm EDT each day.

    (Class times are listed based on Philadelphia time zone)


    Architecture can appear overwhelming, but by training our eye to see past detail, we can convey buildings in paint very powerfully. In this class students will strengthen their perceptual acuity with regards to seeing buildings and structures more confidently and clearly: simplifying, conveying details, edge control, mark-making, sighting angles and how to assess perspective issues quickly and simply.
    On day one we will learn how to simplify complex information and capture the essence of what we see without getting bogged down in detail and minutiae. We will begin by completing smaller and faster studies, while working in either grayscale or a limited palette. These small studies will teach us how to see complex information simple, and clearly.

    On day two and three we will begin longer session paintings. We will use a full palette and slowly begin adding details, learning how to sight angles, assess perspective issues simply, and vary our edges and marks to create more nuance paintings.

    Students can work outdoors or from photographs. The demos will be done indoors from reference photos.

    Main topics addressed: selecting a powerful motif, simplifying, limiting values and shapes, edges, color, perspective and angles.

    Each day will consist of slides & discussion, Q&A, and demonstration. A short break will be taken during the three hour class.

    Students are encouraged to work on the lesson in the afternoon, after the class session. I will be available live for several hours on the Zoom call after class to give immediate feedback on work.

    Photo references: Students enrolled in this class will be working largely from photo references. Please gather a series of references of complex buildings or cityscape images that show a clear light source, revealing both a light side and dark side of the buildings. This is very important. No flat light references.

    -All sessions are recorded and available for review for two weeks. Work will be critiqued for two weeks following the end of the course.
    -Private Padlet group for posting work
    -A supply list will be sent upon registration

    *Payment is required at the time of registration. Email crilling@hotmail.com for payment information.








    REFUND POLICY: There are no refunds or transfers for online classes. If one cannot attend live, recordings are available. In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled, students will receive a full refund.

    FULL Maine Landscape Painting 7-Day Workshop 8/22-28: email to be added to waiting list)









    General Supply List (oil):

    Materials List for Claudia Rilling

    • Paper Towels / rags
    • Portable easel if working outside (landscape classes)
    • Canvas Panels, stretched canvas, or gesso primed paper (any size you feel comfortable working in, but starting smaller is a good idea) 8x8, 10x10, 8x12, etc. Size is based on personal preference.

    • 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
    • Paper Palette (or whatever you prefer) - at least 12x16. 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)
    Burnt Umber—Yellow Ochre or transparent earth yellow— Ivory Black — Cadmium Red— Cadmium Yellow Light or Medium— Ultramarine Blue— Titanium White (large tube is best)- Alizarin crimson- Sap green
    • Any other colors that you like
    • Feel free to experiment with other tube greens and blues like Permanent Green, Emerald Green, Cadmium Green, Pthalo Blue (VERY strong), Phtalo Green (VERY strong), Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, etc.
    • The brand I prefer: Gamblin or Windsor Newton oil paint
    • The best student grade paint is Gamblin 1980 (avoid other student grade paints)

    • 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 (you can make a homemade version with pieces of cardboard taped together)
    • Small sketchbook and pencil/markers. "Tombow" value markers are great for value studies.

    • Gesso (optional to prime surfaces) : Professional Grade White Acrylic Gesso. “Golden” brand is good.





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    MAINE: SUMMER 2022
    7-Day Landscape Painting Intensive
    August, 2022. 8/22-8/28

    Please email crilling@hotmail.com for more details

    I am excited to announce a new outdoor landscape painting workshop I am hosting from 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 feedback.
    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 paint on the picturesque Monhegan Island.

    Level: intermediate to advanced
    *Prior outdoor landscape painting experience required.
    Reserve your space soon. Space is limited.




    Mentoring and private lessons:
    -Inquire for availability



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