Landscape Painting: Designing Trees


Registration Opens March 1st, 2021 at 8am PST

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

Date : Mar 17th – Apr 14th

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Wednesdays at 12pm PST

Level :  All Levels Welcome

Many landscape artists suffer from generic handling of trees in their compositions.  Join me for this 5 week class as we touch on the major varieties of trees.  We will work on basic tree shapes, growth and leaf types as well as the fundamentals of shading, perspective and layering in oil paint.  With a little practice you will learn to create many different types of trees, each with its own unique qualities and elegance.


Titanium White
Cad yellow light
Cad Orange
Alizarin Permanent
Ultramarine Blue
Viridian green or Phthalo Green
Burnt sienna

Optional paints:
Cad Yellow Medium
Indian Yellow
Cad Red Light
Red Rose Deep
Cerulean Blue or cobalt blue
Phthalo Yellow Green



Bristle (flats or filberts), ranging from a ¼ inch to 1 inch in size.
Small to medium sized (round) sable brushes.
I recommend Robert Simmons Signet for bristles and Princeton Summit 6100F for sables, but any moderately priced decent quality brush will do.


Other supplies:

Palette or palette paper. (the larger the better)

Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits

Metal or Glass Brush Washer/container

Paper towels or rags to clean brushes (Blue shop towels or Viva brand)

Brush soap (Dr. Bronner’s Castile)


5 canvases or panels 11” x 14”


Optional supplies:

liquitex basics gesso

2″ foam brush

Ben M. Young

Ben Young has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 20 years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Reflexive Entertainment, Upper Deck and Blizzard. Ben is currently working on his career in fine art. View more of Ben’s work at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit