Drawing and Painting Trees - On Demand
Beginning with contour and mass drawing and moving into painting, we will study the form and architecture of trees and foliage, value and color (mixing greens!), skyholes, edges and composing with trees.
At a loss to draw trees?
Do you struggle to paint trees?
Are you unsure of what colors and values to use when painting trees?
Do sky holes confound you?
Do your trees look “pasted on” against your skies?
Is your foliage unconvincing and lacking in form and volume?
Materials and Reading ListFREE PREVIEW
Carlson's Theory of AnglesFREE PREVIEW
Why DrawFREE PREVIEW
Reading Assignment for Week #1
How to Sharpen a Pencil
How To Hold Your Pencil
Advice from Asher B. Durand
Tree Structure – Taper
CMD - Contours, Marks and Darks
Assignment #1 – Part 1
Assignment #1 - Part 2
Assignment #1 – Part 3
More about Values in Trees/Foliage and Tips for Drawing Foliage
Those “Other” Values
Assignment #2 Warm Up – Value Maps
Cottonwoods – Drawing
More About Foliage and Values
Aerial and Linear Perspective in Trees
Planting Your Tree
Advice from Asher B Durand
Introducing Ivan Shishkin
Simplification vs Generalization
Another Foliage Factoid
Avoid the Noodle
Sky Holes & Edges
Reading Assignment for Assignment #2
Monochromatic Tree Studies
Assignment #2 Part 1
Assignment #2 Part 2
Optional Additional Reading
Trees and Color Temperature
Mixing Naturalistic Greens for FoliageFREE PREVIEW
Mixing Opaque Greens
Mixing Transparent Greens
Mixing Darks for Foliage
Mixing Lights for Foliage
Mixing Colors for Fall Foliage
Foliage Demo Paint Along
Assignment #3 – Painting Studies
Deborah Paris is an American landscape painter, author, and teacher. She is the founder of The Landscape Atelier, her teaching studio, and the author of Painting the Woods: Nature, Memory and Metaphor (Texas A&M University Press 2020). Based on a foundation of intense and close observation, drawing, memory, and imagination, her work explores an intuitive connection to and her experience of nature.
Deborah’s work is represented by galleries throughout the US. She has been featured in Art of the West, American Painting Video Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art, The Pastel Journal and Professional Artist Magazine. Her work has been shown at the Laguna Art Museum, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the Panhandle-Plains Museum, the Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The National Wildlife Museum, and the Gilcrease Museum.
When she isn’t painting or teaching, Deborah is an avid walker, birder, naturalist, reader, and writer. She lives and works in northeast Texas.
Visit Deborah at her website – https://www.deborahparis.com
For more about Deborah’s teaching philosophy and online learning, you can listen to this podcast.
“When covid hit, I decided to take on-line classes and workshops to elevate my painting skills. I wanted to take a deep dive to fill in the skills I was missing. I have signed up for every class Deborah offers. I am thrilled with what I am learning and how it is advancing my painting skills.”Susan Powers
“My landscape art has improved so much because of the Landscape Atelier with Deborah Paris. Her classes simplify the complex nature of landscape art. Deborah’s classes helped me breakdown the landscape so I could focus and improve on one part at a time. Deborah’s classes will help you find your visual voice in landscape art.”Kathy Wood
“After finishing a year of classes at the Landscape Atelier, I can honestly say that Deborah is not only a top-notch artist but also a gifted teacher. She brings her experience as an artist to teaching with a generosity of spirit that make her classes both instructive and fun. The interactive online setting with not just Deborah but also the fellow artists who participate in her classes adds to the overall experience.”Susanne Jantsch
“Deborah is a world-class teacher. She is thorough, thoughtful, kind, and very skilled. This atelier is the place where week by week you build on your skills and understanding with lesson plans, exercises, video demonstrations and zoom meetings. You have a sense of community with the other students and her platform allows you to see other people’s work for her appraisal and for yours. She replies quickly, kindly, thoroughly.”Maggie Parkinson
“The Landscape Atelier offers a comprehensive set of courses for developing skills as a landscape artist. Deborah Paris is an excellent instructor who has put together a package of course materials that provides guidance and inspiration. I am on my seventh course, and the way the lessons from each course connect and build on each other has been very powerful in underscoring key concepts.”Susan J.
“Deborah Paris’ deep appreciation for the fundamentals of her craft, her intimate approach to the natural world, and her enthusiasm for teaching the traditions of landscape painting is what makes the Landscape Atelier such a special place. It is a profound place for artistic development.”Rob Wellings
You may enroll in an On Demand course at any time.
Yes, you will retain access to the course materials and videos after the course ends for as long as the site is up.
No. On Demand classes contain all of the same written and video content as the Full Access classes, but there is no course community or instructor feedback.
Please see our cancellation policy on the “About Our Courses” page.
The courses on drawing, values, and composition would be appropriate for an artist working in any medium. Other classes involve techniques in oil painting, and all demonstrations are in oil.
The courses in drawing, color mixing, composition, and values would be appropriate for beginners. The other courses require some basic understanding of oil paint and how to apply it. They would be best for those with at least a year or two of experience working in oil. Our Creative Development courses are best for artists with at least two years of experience working in oil.
The materials list for each class is available as a free lesson. Click on “Free Preview” above to access that lesson.