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Dale Laitinen

Dale Laitinen

Dale Laitinen

Instructor: Dale Laitinen
April 28–May 1, 2017 (Friday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Paint dynamic representational landscapes using the underlying principles of abstraction. Through direct observation and sketching of the natural world we learn how to make our paintings not only look right but feel right. In this workshop we work with landscape/seascape subjects to depict nature's poetry in water-media. There will be painting demonstrations, talks, hands-on painting, personal instruction, slideshows, and critiques. Outdoor/indoor studio sketching and painting.

Demonstrations and instruction are aimed toward creating dynamic water-media paintings by concentrating on shape as the underlying structure. Line, shape, value, color, and texture are the building blocks of art. We will learn how to weave these into our paintings to create the strong design we seek. Water-media technique is another facet of the workshop with instruction provided on color charging, wet in wet, layering and glazing, etc.

We will use white gesso mixed with watercolor to create opaque layers and other related techniques.

A typical workshop day consists of a morning demonstration/talk, individual painting and instruction. Slideshows are a part of the week's curriculum. At intervals we will have group critiques. Plans are for outdoor sketching, photography and indoor studio painting.

We translate our subject from sketches to painting.

Intended for intermediate and advanced : If you have some drawing and watercolor painting experience this is for you.


A painter of the contemporary landscape, DALE LAITINEN takes his cue from nature, employing representational and abstract design to his chosen subjects. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Dale has been a sought after painting instructor for over 25 years, teaching in the United States and abroad.

A frequent contributor to art magazines and books, his latest article, “Inspired by Line,” appeared in April 2012 Artist's Magazine. His painting can be seen in the recently published book Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffman.

Visit Dale Laitinen's website

The Language of Landscape in Watercolor and Landscape Essentials, produced by Creative Catalyst, are two instructional videos by Dale Laitinen.

Recent Publications:
Dale Laitinen's book, Blue Shadow Country
Inspired by Line, by Dale Laitinen, Artist Magazine, April 2012, and Laitinen painting, Conness Glacier, featured in Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffman

Contact Dale to subscribe to his newsletter

View his online magazine.

Current MAC Members: $414
Non-members: $460 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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