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with Marianne Broome
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Painting Trees Through the Seasons

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h55m

Included in this Class

1. Understanding Tree Structure

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

2. Evergreen Trees

Get started with trees that don't change seasonally: evergreens. Marianne begins by painting a white pine, then moves on to a blue spruce. She shows you how to paint groups of needles and highlight individual needles for a dynamic and painterly look.

3. Winter: Painting Trees Under Snow

3. Winter: Painting Trees Under Snow

The first season up: winter. Snow clumped on trees can be tricky to paint because of shadows and curved edges, so start with a look at what colors go into creating realistic snow. Marianne illustrates how snow settles into tree shapes with a closeup of a branch and a full snow-covered evergreen.

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