Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting


Title: Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting

Type of Class: Painting

Instructor: Theresa Grillo Laird

Time: 10 am to 4pm

Dates: Jan 21, 22, and 23, 2022

Price: $375/325 members

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting is one of the often cited “bibles” of landscape painting, but I’d be the first to admit that it isn’t easy reading. Written nearly 100 years ago by an author whose first language wasn’t English, it nevertheless has very useful information for the painter looking to unlock the secrets of landscape painting.

In this workshop, we’ll look at key chapters and will apply those lessons as you develop your landscape painting over the three day course. By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to view any landscape scene with a painter’s eye and apply the lessons to any future painting.

I instruct in oils but if you usually work in acrylic or watercolor, the knowledge will still apply. All levels are welcome but some familiarity with your materials and prior painting experience will be helpful.

Sketch pad and pencils. A canvas pad or any pad of paper thick enough to accept paint for exercises.

1 panel or stretched canvas any size from 8×16 to 10×20. Avoid a square format.

Paints- You can paint with the palette of colors you are used to. But if you don’t have a usual palette, a warm and a cool version of each of the primary colors is a good palette to work with. (For example, Cadmium red and quinacridone magenta or violet, ultramarine blue and cobalt or thalo blue, Cadmium yellow deep and cadmium yellow lemon or light.)

Brushes, that aren’t dirty or worn out. A brush needs to be in good shape to made the intended mark.

Theresa grew up in New Jersey near the Palisades of the Hudson River. She started painting as a young child, deciding then to make art the focus of her life. Bypassing the obstacles to traditional art education, she embarked on an intense course of self- education, scouring libraries and reading their entire inventory on the lives, methods, and materials of past masters. Throughout several moves, she continued honing her art skills and exhibiting her work. Eventually, she settled in the Florida Panhandle in 2003 where she paints outdoors and in her studio in Gulf Breeze.
Preferring the outdoors to city life, Theresa creates oil paintings that represent the intimate bond she feels with her natural surroundings. She has exhibited with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, and her paintings have appeared in  Plein Air Magazine’s Portfolio and Postcards From the Road features. Her work is collected privately and hangs in the Permanent Art Collection of the Federal Reserve Board Bank in New Orleans. Her coastal works have been the subject of three solo exhibitions. Theresa teaches workshops and private classes and is an adjunct instructor for the Continuing Education program at Pensacola State College.

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A  fee reflecting 25% of the registration tuition will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, norefunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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