Landscape Watercolor: Nature as Muse

With nature as your inspiration, create watercolor studies that uncover new perspectives on the landscape.

From the raw cave paintings of Lascaux, the romance of the Hudson River School to the diffused effects of changing light in the hands of the Impressionists, artists have long been inspired by nature. With nature as your muse, learn to interpret the landscape with a fresh perspective. Create watercolor nature studies that capture the peaceful countryside, the vibrant energy of outdoor urban scenes, favorite travel memories or even your own backyard. Class time is devoted to one or more sessions painting plein air—painting out of doors, weather permitting—nature studies from leaves, flowers and other materials, as well as from photographs. The course also ventures out of the studio for a field trip. This class is appropriate for students who have completed at least one studio art course and are familiar with the fundamentals of composition and color.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU2007.F18.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. She holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 26, 2018

End Date: Nov. 14, 2018

Schedule: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Wednesdays (including one off-campus field trip)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $335 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $95.)

Rice Alumni: $302

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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