Intermediate/Advanced Landscape Painting in oils – Live/Virtual

Instructor: Alan Tarbell

Dates: July 14 – August 18 (Every Wednesday)

Time: Wednesdays 6-8 PM

Cost: $250 per student

Ages: 16 and up, Intermediate-Advanced

Class size: minimum 8/maximum 15

Register here:

A link will be sent to you a few days before the class begins

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  This class focuses on light and color to capture the essence of place in a landscape painting. A simple palette for understanding color mixing is central to create atmosphere and a sense of distance. This class will give you the necessary foundation to create vibrant scenes that tell a story. Demonstrations in color theory and composition are provided to create a dramatic painting. For intermediate to advanced students with oil paints.


Materials list:


  • These colors are chosen specifically to understand the mixing of colors while painting. They are simplified to maximize the possibilities while gaining a comprehension of color theory.
  • specifically use Daler-Rowney Georgian oil color for artists.

A warm and cool of each of the 3 primary colors: 2 oz/38ml tubes


  • Warm: Cadmium Red Light Hue
  • Cool: Alizarin Crimson


  • Warm: Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
  • Cool: Cadmium Yellow Light Hue


  • Warm: Coeruleum Blue Hue
  • Cool: French Ultramarine Blue

Titanium White

Additional paint: primarily for under-painting and a foundation of light:

  • Acrylic – Transparent Raw Sienna (2 oz)

Mediums: used to extend paint

  • Refined Linseed Oil
  • Thinner- Neutral Thin by Eco House

Brushes:1/4 in. Filbert, 1/2 in. Bright, 3/4in. Flat & 1 in. Filbert firm bristle oil brushes + 1 inexpensive 2 in. synthetic brush(underpainting)

Palette: wood for oils

Box for materials, 

Canvas: Multiple prepared (sealed with gesso) canvases, wood or masonite. 16 x 20” preferred


  • Oil: Silcoil brushcleaner/container for Thinner & small re-sealable container for linseed oil

Instructor Bio:

A deep connection to the natural environment and our vital human relationships are both integral elements to my conceptual approach. Inspirations such as music, travel, culture and the environment are recurring themes in my paintings. 

I received a BA in Geography with a minor in Geology from UC Davis in 1997 and a MFA from the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende Mexico in 2005, where I spent four years as a bi-lingual Professor of Painting and Drawing.  

My work has been exhibited in galleries in San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro, Toluca, Mexico and, Point Reyes, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA. World travels and concurrent work as a travel guidebook author and illustrator for Lonely Planet Publications, publishing titles on: México (2006), Hawaii, the Big Island (2005), Indonesia (2003), and Ecuador (2001), have further inspired my work. 

I currently teach and work in Oakland, CA and show my paintings locally throughout the Bay Area. My work is held by numerous private collectors in Mexico and the US.