• Online Workshops: Winter 2022


    WINTER AND SPRING 2022 ONLINE PAINTING CLASSES:

    Floral Painting Weekend Intensive: January 8th and 9th. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-1pm EST and 5pm-6pm EST on both days.
    Cost: $210

    "Painting Florals: Capturing the Perceptual Moment"
    January 8th and 9th: Floral Painting Intensive
    Online
    Saturday 11am-1pm EST & 5pm-6pm EST: 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 EST & 5pm-6pm EST: 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.
    -Each morning will consist of lecture, slides, discussion, and an hour long demo. Students are encouraged to complete 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.
    -All sessions are recorded via Zoom and available for 30 days
    -Private Facebook group for posting work for critique
    -A simple supply list will be sent two weeks before the class begins
    -Oil or Acrylic work best for this class, demos will be done in oil
    -2-Day Workshop: $210
    *Payment is required at the time of registration. Email crilling@hotmail.com before making payment to ensure there is space in the class. Payment can be made via Venmo, PayPal, or check.


    Buildings in the Landscape 6 Weeks
    -January 19th-February 23rd, 2022
    -Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm EST

    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 structure more confidently and clearly: simplifying, conveying details, edge control, mark-making, sighting angles and how to assess perspective issues quickly and simply.
    During weeks one and two 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. In weeks three and four we will work on each painting for a longer period of time, slowly adding details. Weeks five and six will be dedicated to learning how to paint cityscapes/or complex architectural motifs and how to work larger.
    Students can work outdoors or from photographs. The demos will be done indoors from references.
    Other topics will be covered such as color mixing, composition, value structure, and light.

    These are small classes with one-on-one and group interaction, the ability to ask questions during the Zoom class, and to receive individual weekly audio or written critique through our private Facebook community.

    Each class: discussion, lecture/slides, demo (demo will be done in studio from a reference)
    Facebook: Private Facebook Group for critique and community.
    Level: prior painting experience required. Must have a foundation in painting and landscape painting in oil/acrylic.
    Medium: Open to acrylic or oil (or other) but instructor will be using oil
    Homework: weekly assignments will be given
    Platform: ZOOM
    Supplies: suggested supply list (scroll to bottom for general supply list) will be sent via email 7-10 days before class begins.
    CLASS CAP: 18 students
    Cost: $265


    *Payment is required at the time of registration
    *PayPal: rilling.claudia@gmail.com OR Venmo @Claudia-Rilling

    Class recordings available for one week after each class for review.


    Still Life Painting: Basics and Beyond 6 Weeks
    -January 27th-March 3rd, 2022
    -Thursdays from 12pm-2pm EST
    - Class size is limited to allow for ample feedback
    - All sessions recorded and available for 30 days.

    This class is for the beginner oil painter or advanced beginner who is seeking a strong foundation in painting still-life and a deeper understanding of oil painting practices. Three weeks before class students will be sent a basic supply list.
    Each week will address a different topic: (syllabus subject to slight changes)
    The two hours will consist of Q&A, lecture, and then demo. Students are encouraged to participate and ask questions during class. If one wishes to, painting while I demo is fine. Critiques will be given outside of class time throughout the week.

    Week 1: Oil paints and what they are, mediums, solvents, brushes and palette knives, canvases and boards, cleaning of brushes. Demo: mixing, creating a grayscale, sphere and elements of form.
    Week 2: Form and light. Setting up and lighting a still-life. Mixing tints and shades. Underpaintings and how to utilize them. Begin single object still-life: red apple painting.
    Week 3: Continue with week 2 painting. Edges, blending, refining. Mixing clean color.
    Week 4: 2-object still-life. Rendering man-made objects: symmetry, ellipses, form.
    Week 5: Continue with week 4 exercise: 2-object still-life.
    Week 6: Complex still-life: 3 objects. Integrating all skills.

    Critique and community via private Facebook group or Padlet (TBD)

    Tuition: $265





    FALL ONLINE PAINTING CLASSES: most classes fill quickly, email to sign-up and reserve your space

    Fall Classes, 2021: Classes Begin Late September
    (FULL) 8 Weeks. Wednesdays 9/22-11/10: "Critique and Mentoring Group"
    (FULL) 6 Weeks. Thursdays 9/23-10/28: "Landscape Painting: Basics and Beyond"
    6 Weeks. Fridays 9/24-10/29: "Color, Shape, & Design (w/ 2 Weeks of Master Copy Transcriptions)"

    Fall Critique and Mentoring Group 6 students max per class.
    8-week class
    September 22-November 10th
    Wednesday evenings from 5pm-7:30pm EST
    (This section is full)

    Built upon ten years of teaching college thesis development courses, this class will be based on that knowledge. The goals of this critique group will be to: receive weekly feedback, help bring cohesion to one's work, develop clarity in one's thinking, explore psychological aspects of the painting process, develop practical professional practices (pricing work, resume building, websites, social media, etc). This will be an intimate group of up to six artists who have a solid skill set and are looking to bring their work to a more developed state.
    Each week students will email 2 images to be included in the group critique.
    A one-on-one meeting will be set up in advance of the class.
    Other topics covered: overcoming blocks to producing work, structuring and creating a regular painting practice, studio set-up and lighting (as needed).
    Occasional slide shows may be included in weekly meetings.
    Level: advanced intermediate to advanced
    Assignments: simple written assignments given, paintings are self-directed but general guidance is given to each student, each week.
    Length: 2.5 hours
    Platform: Zoom
    Facebook: We will have a private Facebook group to share articles and similar information
    Recordings will be available for a week after each class
    Cost: $525



    Landscape Painting: Basics and Beyond (Full)
    6 Weeks
    Thursday's from 12-2pm EST
    September 23th- October 28th


    This class is for the indoor or outdoor landscape painter who is interested in learning how to paint the landscape. This is an in-depth workshop. We will cover plein air set-up and materials, how to look for and select subject matter, working from plein air studies in the studio, painting landscapes indoors from references, color mixing (emphasis on greens and blues), atmospheric perspective, simplifying foliage, clouds and skies, and the last week will be spent learning about architecture in the landscape.
    Students are welcome to work outdoors in plein air or inside from reference photos. The goal will be to do some work from life, and some in the studio. The instructor will work from references in the studio to ensure everyone can see the subject. Each week there will be a discussion and slide lecture followed by a one hour long demo.

    During each class we will examine contemporary and historical landscape paintings- looking at why and what makes them work. Following lecture and discussion a demo will be given.

    These are small classes with one-on-one and group interaction, the ability to ask questions during the Zoom class, and to receive individual weekly critique through our private Facebook community.

    Each class: discussion, lecture/slides, demo (demo will be done in studio from a reference)
    Private Facebook Group for critique and community
    Level: advanced beginner, intermediate, or advanced
    Medium: Open to oil or acrylic but instructor will work with oil
    Homework: weekly assignments will be given
    Platform: ZOOM
    Assignments: clear and simple weekly assignments will be given
    *Supplies: suggested supply list will be emailed 7-10 days before the class begins (scroll to bottom for general supply list)
    CLASS CAP: 18 students
    Cost: $260

    *Payment is required at the time of registration. Email crilling@hotmail.com before making payment to ensure there is space in the class. Payment can be made via Venmo, PayPal, or check.

    Class recordings are available for one week after each class for review



    COLOR, SHAPE, & DESIGN now with 2 Weeks of Master Copies
    6 Weeks
    Friday's 12pm-2pm EST
    Dates: 9/24-10/29

    This class is for the intermediate to advanced painter looking for ways to break out of repetitive studio habits by learning more about color, shape, and composition. We will use various subject matter to explore the topics: still-life, interior, landscape. Weeks 5 and 6 will be devoted to master copy transcriptions (optional references will be provided), in your medium and size of choice. Topics covered: composition (movement, balance, intervals, shape), color harmonies, value arrangement & tonal harmony.
    Each week we will examine contemporary and historical paintings- learning why and what makes them work. Following lecture and discussion a demo will be given. Weekly assignments will be given; these will be geared towards smaller exploratory works.

    These are small classes with one-on-one and group interaction, the ability to ask questions during the Zoom class, and to receive individual weekly critique through our private Facebook community.

    Each class: discussion, lecture/slides, demo (demo will be done in studio from a reference)
    Private Facebook Group for critique and community.
    Level: advanced beginner, intermediate, or advanced
    Medium: Open to any but instructor will work primarily with oil and other mediums.
    Homework: weekly assignments will be given
    Platform: ZOOM
    Supplies: We will draw the first week. Suggested supply list will be sent 7-10 days before class. Only basic supplies are required for this class.
    CLASS CAP: 18 students
    Cost: $260

    *Payment is required at the time of registration: email crilling@hotmail.com to confirm there is space in the class.
    *Venmo @Claudia-Rilling (or PayPal: rilling.claudia@gmail.com)

    Class recordings available for one week after each class for review.

    Please review refund policy at the bottom of the page. Note that recordings are available if you cannot attend a class.




    REFUND POLICY: Classes are run based on enrollment. Changes must be made within 7 days after enrollment to receive a full refund; all changes made after that will not receive a refund or credit. If registration occurs within one week of the start of a class, no refunds will be given. In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled, students will receive a full refund.

    FULL Maine Landscape Painting 5-Day Workshop 8/23-27: email to be added to waiting list)


    FULL Summer Weekend Workshop: 8/14 & 8/15

    "Painting Florals: Capturing the Perceptual Moment"
    August 14th and 15th: Floral Painting Intensive
    Saturday 11am-1pm EST & 5pm-6pm EST: Simplifying & Mixing Clean Color
    Sunday 11am-1pm EST & 5pm-6pm EST: Hardwiring the Perceptual Moment and Complex Florals
    -Each morning will consist of lecture, slides, discussion, and an hour long demo. Students are encouraged to complete 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.
    -All sessions are recorded and available for 30 days
    -Private Facebook group for posting work and critiques
    -A simple supply list will be sent two weeks before the class begins
    -Oil or Acrylic work best for this class, demos will be done in oil
    -2-Day Workshop: $210
    -This workshop is full
    (email crilling@hotmail.com for more details)







    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.




    REFUND POLICY: Classes are run based on enrollment. Changes must be made within 7 days after enrollment to receive a full refund; all changes made after that will not receive a refund or credit. If registration occurs within one week of the start of a class, no refunds will be given. In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled, students will receive a full refund.

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  • Workshops and Teaching

    MAINE: SUMMER 2022
    7-Day Landscape Painting Intensive
    August, 2022

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

    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 9-4.
    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 extra mineral spirits for everyone. There is an art store 25 minutes from the hotel.

    PRICE: 7-Day workshop
    -Lodging and meals not included.
    -One round trip fare to Monhegan Island IS included in price.
    -$300 non-refundable deposit due to secure spot.
    -Please note: Running the workshop is based on enrollment. No refunds if student cancels within two months of the class. However, in the unlikely event that the class is cancelled a full refund will be provided.
    - There will be a recorded Zoom orientation meeting one month before the workshop
    -Email crilling@hotmail.com or call 267-825-5190 for more details



    Mentoring and private lessons:
    -Inquire for availability



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