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Contemporary Landscape Painting

Contemporary Landscape Painting

Six Fridays, July 1 - August 5; 1:30 - 4:30pm

Instructor: Lauren Szabo, Artist in Residence


Through demonstrations, studio practice, and one-on-one tutoring, students will investigate the natural, urban, and hybridized landscape within approaches of contemporary painting. With these themes in mind, students will create a body of work communicating their individual and/or collective perception, while inspecting the shift of the western landscape through painting and what has been lost through human corruption of natural space. Formal issues will include the use of color, paint handling, value, and composition. Slide lectures, readings, class discussions, and critiques will enhance studio work time. Individual portfolio progress will be emphasized.

Lauren is MarinMOCA’S Artist in Residence, 2022. Visit her website at:    

Where:  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato (building behind Beso Café ) 

Fees:  Members $275; Non-members $315

Materials List (for those who need it):

  • Acrylic or oil paint (see below for specific colors)  

  • Brushes - of varying shapes and sizes

  • Gamsol or Turpenoid (oil paints only - NO TURPENTINE!!)

  • Closed container for solvents (oil paints only)/Water container (acrylic only)

  • Sketchbook/pencil/pen

  • Medium(s) / Additives:

  1. Acrylic glazing medium or fluid medium by Liquitex or Golden, preferably satin.

  2. For oils please get linseed oil OR, you are welcome to try out any of these following

faster drying mediums:
- Galkyd (synthetic, fast drying, glossy, consistency of honey, low odor)
- Galkyd Light (synthetic, thinner than Galkyd, faster drying, less sticky, low odor) - Liquin (synthetic, fast drying, satiny finish, gel-like, low odor)

• Spray bottle (acrylics only)
• Palette knife (metal)
• Palette: paper palette, metal palette (for oils) or “Sta-Wet” palette
• Canvases in various sizes (see each project for sizes - it’s best to buy or make canvases closer to the project rather than buying all at once). No paper or canvas boards please.
• Water container (acrylics only)
• “The Masters” brush cleaner and preserver (optional)
• 3-inch sponge brush (optional - acrylics only)
• Painters tape
• Supply box

Suggested paint colors (colors with an * are the necessary minimum): Reds

  • Alizarin Crimson*

  • Cadmium Red Medium*

    Optional: Quinacridone Magenta and Cadmium Red Light

    • Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow • Cadmium Yellow Medium*
    Optional: Yellow Ochre


  • Ultramarine Blue*

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Pthalo Blue (Red Shade)

Greens (all are pretty much optional since you can make a green...) • Pthalo Green (Red Shade) or similar cool green
• Pthalo Green (Yellow Shade) or similar warm green Optional: Olive Green, Jenkins Green, Hookers Green, Green Gold

• Burnt Umber*
• Burnt Sienna Optional: Van Dyke Brown


  • Titanium White*

  • Optional: Zinc White, Dioxazine Purple, Cadmium Orange or similar orange


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