• Online Workshops: Spring/Summer 2022



    SPRING AND SUMMER 2022 ONLINE PAINTING CLASSES:

    SUMMER CLASSES: descriptions below
    "Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air Approaches" 5-Week Class
    "Still Life Painting: From Simple to Complex" 5-Week Class
    "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

    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
    -Tuition: $250

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




    FULL (email to be added to waitlist)
    Capturing the Perceptual Moment: A Floral Painting 3-Day Weekend Intensive: ONLINE. March 25th-27th. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Friday:11am-1pm EST
    Saturday: 11am-1pm EST & 5pm-6pm EST
    Sunday: 11am-1pm EST & 5pm-6pm EST

    This class is for the painter with a solid foundation in painting looking to gain confidence when painting complex information. The first day we will draw- studying how to see planes and values to create a powerful statement of form. On day two we will focus on learning how to simplify the abundance of detail while moving to full color. 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.
    On day three 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 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 for review. Work will be critiqued for two weeks following the end of the course.
    -Private Padlet 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
    -Tuition: $250

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


    Buildings in the Landscape 6 Weeks (FULL)
    -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 online classroom.

    Each class: discussion, lecture/slides, demo (demo will be done in studio from a reference)
    Private Padlet 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.



    *Payment is required at the time of registration

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


    Still Life Painting: Basics and Beyond 6 Weeks (FULL)
    -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 Padlet group







    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 9/22-11/10,2021: "Critique and Mentoring Group"
    (FULL) 6 Weeks. Thursdays 9/23-10/28, 2021: "Landscape Painting: Basics and Beyond"
    (FULL) 6 Weeks. Fridays 9/24-10/29, 2021: "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




    Landscape Painting: Basics and Beyond (Full)
    Thursday's from 12-2pm EST

    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 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 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: 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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  • Workshops and Teaching

    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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