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Painting Trees Through the Seasons

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Capture all the color and beauty of trees, as they appear at any time of year. Learn how to paint realistic branches, bark, canopies, leaves, blossoms and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Marianne Broome
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Enhance your landscapes as you master techniques for painting true-to-life trees. Join award-winning painter Marianne Broome and start with essential skills for sketching tree trunks, branches and canopies. Get tips for painting tree bark before you learn to capture the shape and character of evergreen trees. Next, achieve the look of winter light as you find out how to paint trees enveloped in snow. Warm up from winter by painting a picture of spring: an apple tree with realistic leaves and beautiful blossoms. Move on to verdant summer scenes as Marianne teaches you her simplified steps for painting big, leafy trees. Then, capture the magic of changing leaves as you learn how to paint autumn trees. You'll even discover Marianne's methods for painting forest scenes with fascinating dimension.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Understanding Tree Structure
Artist Marianne Broome shows you how to capture the beauty of trees in each season! Start by sketching trees in winter to get the basic structure in place. You'll mark in the canopy, trunk and main and secondary branches. Then, see how Marianne creates different bark textures.
2. Evergreen Trees
3. Winter: Painting Trees Under Snow
4. Spring: Apple Blossom
5. Summer: Painting the Leaves
6. Fall: Groupings of Trees & Stunning Color
7. Painting the Forest

Recommended with this class

  • Acrylic paints, acrylic brushes, surface

Taught by

Marianne Broome
Marianne Broome
Marianne Broome was born in England but spent much of her childhood in Malaysia, a move that deepened her passion for nature, drawing and painting. By the time Marianne was a teenager, her paintings were already being sold in local galleries and department stores. Today, she's a full-time artist and an art instructor with more than 30 years of experience. Her award-winning paintings can be found in both private and corporate collections worldwide.

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