Steps to Success: Dynamic Landscape Compositions and
Healthy Camera Habits in Oils
w/ Kyle Paliotto

We’re sorry. This class has been canceled.

Date / Time: Saturday - Sunday / September 7-8 / 10:30-4:30

In this 2-day workshop, this accomplished oil painter and experienced instructor will show you the steps to success for painting a dynamic landscape in oil!  As we know, there is a LOT that goes into a great painting. How exactly is that done? What are the steps? Where do you start? For Kyle in his studio, it starts with selecting some photos and putting an idea together from those photos.

 This is where this workshop will start – Kyle will help you learn what photos will make a good composition, how to create a good idea from several photos, and along the way teach you some tips and tricks for good (“healthy”) photography and how to make your camera work for your art.

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 You’ll learn how to take that idea and make it into a painting. You’ll get instruction on composition, blocking in, developing the palette and adding color, building up values, “pushing and pulling” objects to create a focal point.

 How do you get to where you want to go in your landscape paintings? Come to this workshop and learn how!

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 Kyle Paliotto has been recognized by Southwest Art Magazine as an “Artist to Watch”. This means that among all the artists out there, Kyle has been singled out and recognized for having awesome talent! Which is why he is in galleries across the U.S., and his work is being snapped up from coast to coast! It also means that we are so privileged to have Kyle in Cole Gallery, and SUPER lucky to have him come and share his wealth of information with you, our wonderful students!


 Kyle is also a very experienced instructor, having taught weekly classes to students in his home studio in Coeur d’Alene Idaho for most of the last decade!  That’s a LOT of teaching experience. For you, this means that Kyle is good at communicating, demoing, teaching his stated vision, and he is also good at “reading” his students and tailoring his instruction to what students need and want to learn.

 In short, this is a terrific instructor – don’t miss this opportunity!


 Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at  Artspot's Web Site

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Oil Paint: Gamblin or a similar high quality artist grade paint
Cadmium Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Orange
Gold Ochre
Cadmium Red Medium
Transparent Earth Red
Alizarin Crimson Permanent
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium/Zinc White (This is a blend by Gamblin)

Kyle notes:  “This is the basic full palette I use, the colors are laid out in this order on my palette as well.  The consistency of the layout is important to muscle memory in mixing.  If you do not have these colors the concept is more important than the particulars.  You need the primaries - yellow, red, and blue. Preferably a warm and cool of each.  White is a must in oil painting.”

Odorless mineral spirits.  Please note: no stinky mediums are allowed at Cole Art Studio.

Wood, plexiglass or plastic. (Kyle says, “Glass palettes are great for the studio but horrible for traveling.”)


·         3-5 flat natural bristle brushes ranging from 2-10 in size (some can be filberts if that is what you have)

·         One large angled flat 1 ½” natural bristle brush

Brush washer:  Portable metal, glass or plastic washer with lid

Palette knife: 
Small, long, diamond-shaped with rounded end, offset palette knife – Connoisseur brand 6810-10 or similar

2-4, depending on how fast you paint. (You may just do 1 painting - that’s fine. If you decide to start a second painting, having more sizes gives you more options, but it’s totally up to you.)

·         Medium texture landscape linen or cotton canvas panel or stretched canvas – 11x14” up to 16x20”. (As noted, 1-2 of each size if you would like more options.)

Kyle says, “Use the best quality canvas or canvas panel you can afford, the cheaper canvases gets greasy and are difficult to work on.”  For example, a good quality such as Source Tek (Available online) or Fredrix Pro 12oz cotton canvas panels. (Available at ARTspot).
IMPORTANT: No matter what brand you choose, make sure your canvases have a good priming - Source Tek or Fredrix Pro canvas panels are recommended because they are highly pre-primed (see Or, if you select a different brand, make sure they have an additional coat of gesso for the priming. (Priming allows the paint to adhere to the surface.)


·         IMPORTANT: Sketch pad (or Drawing kit) with your favorite pencils and tools for drawing. Crucial for this workshop.

·         Multiple photos (printed out or use from your device) of your favorite subject

·         Optional: Gray markers, in 3-4 values (can be in a set or open stock), for value study

·         Portable easel.  Cole has several of these; call the gallery to reserve one.
Kyle shares, “There are a ton of easels on the market.  Finding one that fits your needs is important and easily done by observing other artist’s pochade box before buying.  A basic french easel will get you along until you need something better.  This piece of equipment doesn’t make great paintings - it only aids in the comfort and efficiency of making master pieces.”

·         Carrying Case - Kyle states, “No one likes the yard sale setup next to them while they try to paint!  Space is important and an organized workspace aids in energy spent creating.”

·         Paper towels

·         Tape

·         Sharpies

·         Scissors

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425-640-6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.