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Sep 25

William Low: Introduction to Landscape Painting – Sketch and Exploration ​(Early Session)

September 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT



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Introduction to Landscape Painting - Sketch and Exploration (Early Session)

This workshop will introduce you to a process for painting scenes using a combination of on location drawings and photographic reference. We will explore a variety of picture making components: color, composition, the effects of light and apply these organically into the creation of a landscape painting. The aim of this session will be to provide you with the skills to distill what you see and use this in creating a painting that captures the essence of your location.

In this session we will:

  • Discuss handouts on color, composition, and lighting with examples for each
  • Sketch ideas and compositional studies on location
  • Gather photographic reference for studio work
    Paint color studies to capture the local color of the scene
Workshop Materials List

Smartphone with camera.
(Optional, but recommended) Tablet top stand for smartphone
(Optional) Tablet or laptop for viewing photos
Easel, portable or table top

Paint – please choose one of the following:
Watercolor or gouache
Painting surface- 140 lb Watercolor block or watercolor paper with tape and mounting board
Watercolor palette or tray
Two water containers
Paper towels

Oils or acrylics
Painting surface- gesso primed paper, panel or canvas
Palette – wood, masonite with palette knife, or glass with razor blade scraper
For oils, solvent cups and odorless turpentine
For acrylics- large water container
Paper towels or rags

Colors – a warm and cool of each primary color, plus your favorite colors.
Titanium white (for watercolor or gouache, use Permanent white)
Cadmium yellow lemon or light (cool yellow)
Cadmium yellow medium (warm yellow)
Cadmium red light or scarlet (warm red)
Quinacridone red (cool magenta red)
Cobalt blue
Phthalo blue

William Low Biography

William Low has been painting since his teen years, studying with Max Ginsberg and Irwin Greenberg. He has been using landscape and cityscape imagery and traditional techniques in his private commission work, children’s book illustrations, fine art painting, and public works projects. Low has a BFA from Parsons School of Design, MA from Syracuse University and he is a Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology NYC. His work has been displayed at the Heckscher Museum of Art NY, the Museum of F.I.T. NYC, the Museum of the City of New York, Maritime Gallery-Mystic Ct., and Arts Students League NYC. He has designed postage stamps for USPS and has multiple works in the collection of Rosewood Hotel Hong Kong. Low has created works for the MTA Arts & Design program which can be seen in the Bronx NY and Deer Park Long Island.


September 25, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
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Olana State Historic Site
5720 NY-9G
Hudson, NY 12534 United States
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