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The Edges and Elements of Landscape Abstraction

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June 26, 2024
June 28, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
In-Person Available Only
Online Available Only

Workshop Overview

Participants will create unique interpretations of the landscape in this workshop which combines landscape painting and abstraction. Edges and zones in landscape convey space; elements of art add expression to our compositions. Instructor demonstrations each day will inspire participants and group discussions will generate constructive feedback. On the first morning, the instructor will show examples from art history as well as her own work as she introduces the topic of abstraction via PowerPoint. In the afternoon participants will sketch outdoors and begin composing. The following days, paintings began in the field will be further developed, the group will review abstract approaches to art making and participants will complete two paintings.

Interested participants should note that for this workshop some previous painting experience is required; this exposure could be in oil, acrylic or gouache painting.

About the Instructor(s)

Cynthia Herron has taught college-level art classes since 1995 and is currently teaching at Chemeketa Community College and her own studio in Salem. She enjoys sketching outdoors, then creating abstract landscape paintings using oils and/or acrylics. Cynthia loves working with color and sharing her knowledge with painters of all levels of experience. Her memoir Paint By Number, explores how she tended her artistic journey and found her voice as a painter. Cynthia's work can be seen by appointment at her studio.

Materials List: Students Bring

Sketchbook, any size

Pencil or pen


Small set of colored pencils, watercolor crayons or oil pastels

Plastic water container (for acrylic painters)

Gamsol (for oil painters)

Fast-drying medium (for oil painters)

3 panels, heavy paper, or canvases to work on, (2) 11" x 14" and (1) 16" x 20"

Disposable palette 9" x 12"

Brushes: one #8 round, one 1⁄2" flat, one 1" flat; others as you may need

2" wide brush

Palette knife for mixing paint (rounded)

Pointed palette knives for painting

Apron or old shirt

Rags or paper towels

5-6 photos or sketches to work from

Folding chair (optional)

Cell phone with photo ability


Set of tube paints in acrylics or oils or gouache: (plus any other colors you want to bring)

• Titanium white

• Cadmium Yellow or Hansa Yellow Opaque

• Cadmium Red light or Naphthol Red

• Light Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Red

• Phthalo Blue (Red shade)

• Ultramarine Blue

• Viridian Green

• Sap Green

• Raw Sienna

• Burnt Sienna

• Raw Umber

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

Examples and books



Table easels

Artist’s Tape

Vine charcoal

Tracing paper

Graphite paper


Color wheels

Paint chips

Nitrile gloves

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