Want to Learn How to Capture the Elusive Beauty of the Landscape on Your Canvas?
Landscape Painting Masterclass is an online course designed to provide you with all the tools needed to paint stunning landscapes. It includes 6 comprehensive modules, 2 full landscape painting demonstrations, a 30-minute painting challenge with a limited palette (perfect for those of you wanting to loosen up), theory discussion, practical exercises, ebooks, checklists, email guidance, one-on-one support from me personally and much more.
You will receive a comprehensive learning experience which covers theory, application and practice.
The theory will help you learn what goes on behind each stroke of the brush and why you should and shouldn’t do certain things. This is all about knowing what to say.
The application will teach you how to translate the theory onto the canvas. You will learn how to use your brush like an extension of your arm and how to communicate your ideas onto the canvas. This is all about knowing how to say it.
The practice will consolidate your learning and help you make decisions instinctively. You will learn exercises which feel challenging and exciting, but not impossible. This is all about expressing what you want to say with clarity and precision.
Learn How to See the Landscape as an Artist
Being able to see the landscape as an artist is an overlooked skill, but it is how a painting always starts. Once you learn this, you will start to see the endless beauty which is all around us. You will see painting opportunities and find inspiration which did not seem to exist before.
Instead of seeing a curving stream, you will see a classic S-shape composition design. Instead of seeing trees, mountains and clouds, you will see an arrangement of shapes, colors and lines. You will find yourself framing the landscape in your mind to see if it would make for an interesting painting.
Learn How to Translate Your Ideas onto the Canvas
Having an idea of what to paint is one thing, but translating that onto the canvas is a whole different beast. Technique and process comes into play here. Most artists talk as if their techniques and processes are the only ones worth learning. I prefer to take a more flexible approach. I think there are many, many ways to communicate what you want to say through a painting.
I will show you just some of the techniques and processes that work for me, but more importantly, I will show you how to develop and adopt your own techniques and processes which suit you.
Learn How to Identify and Solve Difficult Problems
Painting is essentially just a long string of problems you need to identify and solve. The outcome of your painting depends on your ability to successfully identify problems and the quality of your solutions.
But when you are learning, you will struggle to know if a problem even exists, let alone develop a reasonable solution for that problem. Much of this course is designed to help you understand what to look for and what kind of solutions you can implement.
Get an Over-The-Shoulder Look (As If You Had a Front Row Seat in a Personal Workshop with Me)
Part of this course will involve you looking over my shoulder in two full painting demonstrations, plus a 30-minute painting challenge with a limited palette. You will see every single stroke I make, including the color mixing on my palette. Whilst doing this, I will talk about my decision making and problem solving process. This includes any mistakes I make or things I would do differently if I could go back in time (most other artists will not show you this).
The idea of this is not to get you painting like me. Rather, it is to give you an idea of how I interpret and apply theory, make decisions and solve problems.
Hi, I'm Dan Scott
I created Landscape Painting Masterclass to help you enjoy the wonderful experience of landscape painting.
I have had a passion for landscape painting since I was a child. There is something so rewarding about chasing the elusive beauty of the landscape and trying to capture it on the canvas.
I am completely self-taught, but it has not been an easy journey. Along the way I have been frustrated by the lack of guidance and clear information. My goal is to make the learning process a bit smoother for you.
Back in my early days, I learned mainly by trial and error. But I don't recommend you do the same. Take advantage of the information and people available to you at the moment.
So let's get started!
Who Is This For?
Landscape Painting Masterclass is aimed at beginners to intermediates. Ideally, you will have an interest in oil or acrylic painting, but watercolorists will also find this information useful. I focus on problem solving, decision making and fundamental processes rather than specific techniques which are only useful for certain mediums.
If you are not sure if this is for you, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to discuss this further with you.
What Will You Receive?
Once you enroll, you will immediately receive access to the following:
- Videos relating to theory, application and practice.
- Ebooks which go into more detail on certain topics.
- Useful checklists and handouts (such as a comprehensive list of master landscape painters).
- Practical exercises which test your knowledge.
- Regular emails to keep you on track and to provide additional exclusive landscape painting tips.
Here is a sneak peak at the different modules:
Module 1 - The Basics of Landscape Painting
The first module is a light introduction to landscape painting and some of the major concepts. Here is what you will learn:
- What exactly makes a great landscape painting.
- Some of the most common landscape painting mistakes (and how to avoid them).
- How to decide what landscape to paint.
- How to see and analyze the landscape.
- How to take great reference photos to complement your painting.
Module 2 - Light and Color in the Landscape
Landscape painting is different to portrait and still life painting in that you will be painting with much more light. More light usually means more color. So it is essential that you understand how light and color work.
- How light and shadow work in the landscape.
- How to paint under different kinds of light.
- What colors you should use on your palette.
- How to use color to create the illusion of atmospheric perspective.
- How to use color studies to explore different arrangements of color.
Module 3 - Landscape Composition
Composition is a tricky area which cannot be easily simplified to a set of rules or standards. Instead of teaching you rigid composition rules, I show you how to break down a composition, see what really works and why it works.
- The composition mistakes you should look out for.
- What the most common landscape compositions are and why they work.
- How you can take full advantage of nature to enhance your composition.
- How to use thumbnails to quickly explore and refine composition designs.
- How to identify the fundamental structures which are often hidden behind all the “noise”.
- How to analyze a landscape composition (plus a detailed look into several master paintings).
Module 4 - Exploring Your Big Idea
Your big idea is everything in painting. It is the essence which your painting should be built around. In this module you will learn how to explore and enhance your idea before you commit your paint to the canvas.
- How to analyze your subject before you paint it.
- Questions to ask yourself when deciding if a landscape is worth painting.
- The four different types of thumbnails you can use to explore and test your idea to ensure it translates well onto the canvas.
- How to develop and nurture your “big idea”.
Module 5 - Landscape Painting Demonstration - Overcast Scene
You will have an over-the-shoulder view as I walk you through every stroke and thought of an overcast landscape painting. Overcast landscapes are perfect for dipping your toes into the world of color, without getting overwhelmed by complex color arrangements.
Module 6 - Landscape Painting Demonstration - High-Contrast Scene
Similar to the above module, you will watch me paint a completely different landscape which features much more color and an intense contrast between a shadowed foreground and a high-key background. This will help you learn about more complex color arrangements, compressed value ranges and how to create the illusion of light.
Bonus Module - 30 Minute Speed Painting Challenge with Limited Palette
In this bonus module, I walk you through every step of this 30-minute speed painting challenge with a limited palette of just cadmium red, cadmium yellow, cobalt blue and titanium white. This is perfect for those of you looking to loosen up your style.
Once you sign up to my Landscape Painting Masterclass, you will have lifetime access to all the content, plus updates. No subscription payments, no limited availability, no annoying up-sells and no additional payment requests for updates.
It is a self-paced course so you can take as much time as you need to go through all the content in the masterclass. I will also be sending regular emails to keep you on track with your landscape painting journey.
Over 45 HD videos and 6+ hours of content!
Ebooks and checklists to explain certain concepts in more detail.
Regular emails and one-on-one support to help guide you through the course.
Practical exercises which are fun, challenging and interesting.
What Others Have Been Saying
"Obtaining theoretical knowledge about color and light, atmospheric perspective, stages of accomplishing painting, supporting by examples from you and other artists artworks. It has been very helpful. Thank you." Lyudmila Rakita
"Wonderful course that I will refer back to in the future." Jane Cariker
"I learned something new to me in every course you sent out. Very clear instructions." Donna Hardstaff
"Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge.
Btw I recently responded on Facebook to a question..
"If you could have any artist come to your home for a day and teach
you who would it be?" I posted "Dan Scott, the best teacher I've sat
under in decades." True words." Annette Emens
"I will enjoy taking in the tips and practicing all that you teach. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and at such a reasonable cost. That is really appreciated." Francetta Bridle
Frequently Asked Questions
No problem at all. You can get started at any time. All I suggest is that you save the emails I send you to a separate folder for when you are ready to start.
As I mentioned above, you have lifetime access to the content plus updates. So there is no rush.
Do I have to show up at a particular place or a particular time?
No, this is an online course which you can take anywhere and complete at your own pace as long as you have an internet connection.
Does it matter what medium I use?
I use oils, but most of the information can be applied to other mediums. Feel free to use acrylics or watercolors if you prefer.
Is this a subscription?
No, it is a one-time fee with unlimited and lifetime access to the content.
Will new content be added?
Yes, which you will have access to. I will email students when updates occur.
How long will it take?
It is self-paced, so you can go as fast or slow as you like. I suggest that you give yourself about 6 weeks to go over the course.
Is this suitable for absolute beginners?
Yes, but I suggest you also look into my fundamentals course, Painting Academy. This goes through some of the more basic painting concepts.
What if it is not for me?
That is no problem. All members are covered by a 60-day no-questions-asked guarantee. All you need to do is email me and I will refund your payment in full.
What do I need?
This is an online course which you can access on your computer, tablet or smart-phone, as long as you have an internet connection. You will also need some basic painting supplies, but I will go into more detail on that in the course.