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Acrylic Landscape Painting January 15-18 Palm Desert, CA

January 15, 2025 @ 10:00 am - January 18, 2025 @ 3:30 pm

Transparent Qualities of Acrylic

Acrylic Landscape Painting

With Instructor Ellen Jean Diederich RRWS, TWSA, WSA, WW

A four -day workshop, held January 15-18, 2025 10:00 am -3:30 PM

Artist’s Council, 72-567 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 760-565-6130

Members – $465

Non-Members – $545

Students – $235

Registration begins September 25, 2024 on Eventbrite.com

This course is designed to remove fear and build insights on acrylic techniques, vision, design & basic painting skills to help you to be able to create your own landscape paintings. Please arrive an hour early on the first day to set up, as we’ll be diving in right away. This class is designed for painters who have minimal to advanced painting skills.


Days 1 & 2: The Source of Light and how to portray volume and perspective.

We will practice blending colors and adjusting values & textures with acrylic paint. Suggest volume when painting basic landscape forms such as trees, bushes, rocks, water, hills and mountains. Study Aerial and linear perspective and integrating the light direction to help bring life to your paintings. These studies can be worked on throughout the workshop.

Photos will be provided to practice from but please feel free to bring what you want to paint as long it is your original photography.

Days 3 & 4 – Create your own Landscape.

Compose and paint a landscape with some architecture on a larger canvas or watercolor paper.

Design and build a depth of field for your painting, from your photographs. Select a color scheme to pull your painting together in a unique way.  I will bring photocopies of the same subject matter I’m working on if you want to paint the same subject. This can be done on a larger canvas…at least 16” x 20” or larger.

Acrylic Supply List


A variety of brushes “longer bristle, flats, angled flats; filberts give needed flexibility to paint in acrylic, a bright is also useful (see recommended sizes below). Bring a palette knife, masking tape, a sturdy pint size water container, #2 pencil, drawing pad, pencils or markers, 1 1/2” varnish style brush, cut up a t-shirt into squares, paper towels, and an apron. If you prefer to stand, bring your own easel. A Gatorboard support or plexi-glass is helpful. Many items can be substituted and old brands of paints can be used up before buying new.  I will have some supplies available for purchase.

Bring: photographs you have taken to paint from, your I-pad or cell phone.



Specified brands are used by Ellen. Feel comfortable using the brands you currently have. Ellen will provide Golden Fluid Acrylics paint.

12” x16” Masterson palette and disposable palette sheets white or gray

1-2 sheets Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper, or canvas paper.

1 stretched canvas, 12” x 18” to 24” x 36” (any shape)

Brushes: Princeton Umbria Filberts sizes 2, 4, 8, Princeton ½” Angular shader,

Winsor and Newton (WN) Artists’ Acrylic Flat #8, WN 530 Script, palette knife

Generals Sketch &Wash water-soluble graphite pencils (Dick Blick or Amazon)

9 x 12 Drawing Pad, Eraser, Metallic markers or General’s Sketch &amp

Liquitex Matt Medium, Holbein painting medium, Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish, Gesso, Open Medium


For the record, Ellen primarily uses these Golden Fluid Acrylic colors.

Minimum Palette: 1ml bottle each– Primary Cyan, Primary Yellow, Primary,

Magenta, Naples Yellow Hue, Titan Buff, Mars Black, N5 Neutral Grey, N7 Neutral Grey,

(4ml bottle of Titanium White or gesso,)

More colors: Cerulean Blue, Indian Yellow, Diarylide Yellow, Yellow Ochre,

Pyrrole Orange, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue, Pthalo Green, Permanent Green Light,

Burnt Sienna, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Turquoise, Quinacradone Magenta,

Green Gold, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Open Brand: Titan Green Pale, Ultramarine

Ultramarine Blue, Light Ultramarine Blue, Titan Green Pale, Sennelier brand: Rose Chair Blush


Additional unnecessary favorites:

Permanent Violet Dark Manganese Blue Hue Light Violet Turquoise (Pthalo)

Pyrrole Red Cerulean Blue deep Transparent Red Oxide

Raw Sienna, Holbein Compose Blue#, Light Magenta


Are there Materials you want to try:  You may want ( not required) to work with brayers, razor blades, metallic paints or  collage items, Ellen will demonstrate using:*Speedball cut easy Blocks, Speedball linoleum cutter to make your own stamps so this is a fun addition.


The workshop is Tuesday- Friday January 15-18 10:00-3:30 and you may leave your supplies overnight. You have an hour for lunch. There are several restaurants nearby or bring your own lunch.


January 15, 2025 @ 10:00 am
January 18, 2025 @ 3:30 pm
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