Constructing and Deconstructing the Landscape

With Christie Scheele. Wednesday-Friday, September 7-9, 9:30am-1:30pm. Members: $290, Non-Members: $300.

“How can I think more abstractly?” This workshop is designed to address that question by closely investigating how the formal elements in a landscape painting serve the whole.

Students will start with small black and white studies of simple landscape compositions, exploring form and directionality. By changing shape, adding, subtracting, and moving elements around, artists will better understand both what makes a dynamic composition and how these very fundamental elements impact mood and narrative. The next step is to incorporate color, employing similar basic compositions by mixing and experimenting with hue, value, and tone, emphasizing subtle combinations and a color field approach.  By painting several versions of the same image, students will familiarize themselves with the elements involved, moving to a new study to explore any desired changes. By the end of the workshop students will have acquired tools that enhance the intuitive process by bringing key decision-making moments into the conscious mind.


A full-time artist living in the Catskill Mountains, Christie Scheele is represented nationally by numerous galleries, including the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown. Her minimalist, atmospheric landscapes are in hundreds of museums, corporate, and private collections nationwide and abroad; have been featured in movies and magazines; and have been reviewed with enthusiasm wherever she has exhibited.

She has been coming to Cape Cod since childhood and painting marshes and sea imagery for 25 years, observing, “My version of minimalism is about shape and atmospherics. I paint not just the light, but the air itself, and how these affect the edges and colors of the scenes depicted.” As a teacher, Scheele shares both her particular painting techniques and her eclectic taste and enthusiasm for the wider art world, contemporary and historical. Encouraging a meditative approach to landscape painting that also includes rigorous examination of composition, color, and mood, her major focus is on the joy of process.