Wide Open Spaces – Landscape Class Highlights

Highlights from Wide Open Spaces Landscape Class

Another great adventure has ended, but our artistic lives are only just beginning. This week, five strangers and their guide embarked on a journey through space and time! We started with an evening stroll down a moonlit dirt path. After making it over those first few hills, we were awestruck by the vast seas that lay before us! We then each sailed off to different cities, before regrouping at the nearest space station and enjoying its spectacular views of the universe. There, we somehow fell into a wormhole that sped us through time, as we watched the seasons race past us. In the end, we somehow managed to find our way back to an Alabama summer, where we were able to watch fireworks over the Saturn V rocket. Although this landscape class has ended, we proudly reflect upon our accomplishments. We look forward to our many adventures to come.

This group ranged in age from second graders to senior citizens! Regardless of their ability levels upon entering, each was able to expand upon their artistic understanding. With hard work and dedication (and of course a healthy dose of fun and imagination), anyone can learn to draw! In this class, we focused on spatial awareness, showing depth, and understanding how light moves over 3D objects. For photos of our landscape class, visit our gallery on Google Photos, or check out the video below:

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Register for Upcoming Classes

If you enjoyed this class, or if you missed it and want to join our next adventure, check out the final classes we will be teaching at the end of July:

  • Wide Open Spaces 2 – One-day acrylic painting classes with a different theme each day.

Drawing Supplies Used in This Landscape Class

For this course, we learned the ins and outs of drawing with soft pastels. Check the list below for the exact supplies that we used, and where to buy them.

Canson Mi-Teintes Pads
Canson Mi-Teintes Pads
The sketchbooks that we used for the pastel landscape class were Canson Mi-Teintes Earthtone Pastel Pads. The dual-sided paper in this book has two textures for different effects when drawing with pastels. This paper is also suitable for charcoals.
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
We also used some larger sheets of the same Mi-Teintes paper. The larger papers allowed us to work more freely and quickly, with more freedom and looser strokes. Also, larger papers can be cut down to many different smaller sizes.
Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels
Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels
For this course, we used a set of 32 colors of soft pastels, with a wide range of colors and values. These were half-sticks for learning purposes, but if you are interested, you can also get sets with longer pastels in more colors. Soft pastels are highly pigmented for vivid colors, and are ultra-smooth for easy blending.
General's Kneaded Eraser
General's Kneaded Eraser
When working with pastels, kneaded erasers are the best kind of eraser to use. Other erasers leave eraser shavings on the page, and wiping those away will also smear the pastels across the page.

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Wide Open Spaces – Landscape Class Highlights

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