Principles of Landscape Painting

$250 usd
+ available add-ons
Wed Apr 13, 6:00 PM - Sat Apr 23, 1:30 PM (PDT)
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, USA  

Principles of Landscape Painting with Sarah F Burns

NOTE: This course will be held in person at Oak Island. All students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated to attend the course. Please bring proof of vaccination with you.

View the Syllabus here.

Experience the joys of plein-air painting at the scenic Oak Island, located just 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon. Oak Savannah, views of Mount St. Helens and spring wildlife will inspire both experienced and beginning artists alike.

Sarah Burns will support students through the whole process of preparing painting materials, studying the landscape, creating composition, exploring natural color palettes, and encouraging personal artistic expression. Join this inclusive painting class to gain a new experience, or refine your outdoor painting skills.

Wednesday, April 13 and 20 - 6 - 7:15 pm Zoom slide talk on intro to landscape painting, composition, colors outside, atmospheric perspective, painting and identifying clouds and materials prep.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday April 21, 22, 23 from 10 am - 2 pm Paint out at Oak Island. Demo and one to one support.


Figure drawing experience


Drawing Materials

Pencil of choice – portable and easy

kneaded eraser

Sketch paper for working out compositions

tape and drawing board – optional

Plein Air Easel – If you don’t have a plein air easel, I have some portable easels you can borrow.

Small bag for collecting your trash

disposable gloves – optional

Hat and sunscreen – VERY IMPORTANT

Water – for you to drink, comfortable clothes and shoes for working outside, lunch or snacks

Materials List:

Paint – Can be oils, gouache and watercolor or acrylic - each student should choose the type of material they prefer to work with. Gouache is a great medium to start with for beginners.

Titanium White

Ivory Black

Cadmium Yellow Light

*Indian Yellow

Cadmium Red Light

*Perylene Red

*Naphthol Red

*Quinacridone Red

Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Raw Umber

Burnt Umber

Burnt Sienna

Yellow Ochre


Any other color you like. We will be mixing greens.

If you are using Oils

Medium – ie. Oleogel, Linseed Oil or other medium of artist’s choice

Paper Towels or rags

Four to Eight Brushes – long handle, hog bristle flat or filberts, size 4 and 6

Two to Four Brushes – long handle, soft round, size 0 and 2

Brush Cleaner


Palette knife

If you are using Acrylic

Wet Sponge palette

small spray bottle

water jar

four to eight long handle bristle brushes, size 4 and 6

two to four long handle soft round brushes, size 0 and 2

Palette Knife for Acrylic paints

paper towel

Heavy multi-media or watercolor paper

If you are using Gouache and/or Watercolor

Students need the full palette, although can intermix watercolor and gouache colors


Watercolor brush size medium

Watercolor brush size small

paper towel

Watercolor paper, board, tape.

Small spray bottle

Water cup

Sarah Burns

CE Faculty
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, USA
Age Groups