Basics of Plein Air Landscape Painting

Class with Jim Lamb

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:00am – 4:00 pm

May 18 & 19, 2019
10 am–4 pm

The workshop will cover the steps used to create a plein air landscape painting. Demonstrations will be performed and personalized instruction will be offered. We will begin with a discussion of materials and equipment, followed by a layout of the palette. It will not be the goal of the class to produce finished works of art, but rather to be involved together in the process of solving problems during the creative process: from the viewing and selection of the subject through to the application of the paint to the canvas. We will discuss the importance of composition and design, stressing simplification in the massing of values and shapes, as well as the mixing of harmonious colors and the use of textural application of paint.

My preference is always to work from life if possible, but since this will be a studio workshop, and not outdoors on location, we will be working with photographs to accomplish our goals for subject matter and design possibilities. Issues about the ways to properly use photography as a working tool in creating studio paintings will be discussed.

Students of all levels of experience are welcome. Please note, this class is a studio workshop, and not outdoors on location.

Born in Hamilton, Montana, Jim Lamb studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and has 45 years’ experience as a professional artist. During his 15 years as a professional freelance illustrator, Lamb’s work was commissioned by the Smithsonian Museums, the National Football League, the White House, the United States Postal Service, as well as numerous leading motion picture studios and national corporations. His landscape paintings can be found in private and corporate collections around the country, including the Governor’s Mansion gallery in Olympia, WA.

Mr. Lamb has been sharing his painting knowledge in workshops for 25 years. He is currently a member of the prestigious Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists, the California Art Club, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and the Plein Air Painters of Washington. His landscape paintings are represented by the Dawson Cole Fine Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA.

Jim Lamb. Snow Pattern – Whistler, British Columbia, 2017. Oil on linen. Image courtesy of artist.


Advance registration required. Due two weeks before the first day of course or class. To ensure registration, submit completed form and full payment. Space is limited. Registration confirmed by email or mailed receipt.

The Frye Art Museum reserves the right to cancel any course or class. If the Museum cancels a course or class, a full refund will be issued. If participant cancels enrollment more than two weeks prior to start date, a full refund will be issued, less a $25 processing fee. No refunds issued with less than two weeks’ notice. To cancel registration, call 206 432 8200 between 9 am–5 pm Monday–Friday.


Classes have additional fees for art supplies. Download the supply list for this class.


Continuing education credits and clock hours are available to educators through Seattle Pacific University (SPU). Payments for fees are paid directly to SPU online. Students will receive a link to register via email one week before the first day of class. The cost for Studio Class credits is $50 for 1 credit, $20 for 10 clock hours. Courses taken for credit or clock hours through SPU may not be repeated.