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Mountain ridgeline watercolor sketch by Claire Giordano.

Exploring Ridgelines

Learn to paint a dynamic mountain landscape in the Alps with craggy ridgelines and stunning shadows.

Online Workshop with Claire Giordano

In this two-hour workshop, Claire will walk us through a painting from sketch to finished piece, focusing on seeing the patterns of ridgelines, light, and shadow.

The landscape we will create together is one Claire visited and painted in 2019 while an artist-in-residence in Chamonix, France. “I am so excited to share this place and painting with you! Exploring mountain light and how to translate the complex ridgelines and patterns of a mountain into a painting are two of my favorite parts of painting outside, and I look forward to sharing my go-to techniques and shortcuts for these complex landscapes.”

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What to expect

This is a live workshop that will take place on Zoom. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions and connect with your fellow classmates. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a recording to review on your own time.

We’ll be in touch the week of the course with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to set a reminder for yourself, and adjust for your timezone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a wait list.

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Recommended supplies

  • Watercolor paper (Claire will be using an 8x10 inch piece of watercolor paper).
  • Brushes- use whatever you have on hand! We'll be using a smaller and a medium sized round brush for most of the painting. If you have a larger round or flat we can use that in the sky, too!
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Paper towel or cloth
  • Cup for water
  • Please create with whatever colors you have. We will need a grey, blue, and a warm brown like burnt sienna (if you have it). The specific colors Claire will be using are Neutral Tint, Indian Red, Cobalt Blue, and Phthalo Blue Green shade (all from Daniel Smith).
Portrait of Claire Giordano.

About Claire

Claire is an environmental artist and writer creatively exploring stories of science, climate change, and the modern experience of nature. Through art created outside and in the studio, Claire strives to forge emotional connections between people and places and to invite others to approach science and our changing world with curiosity and empathy.⁠

Claire’s work was featured by Alpinist, by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and by other outdoor publications. In the last three years her project documenting vanishing landscapes led to residencies in Washington, Chamonix, Oregon, and Greenland. Claire is also the founder of the Adventure Art Academy, a series of online watercolor classes filmed outside.

You can see more of Claire’s work on her website, on Instagram, and in this Art Toolkit live demo.