The Nuts and Bolts of Landscape Painting

    Visual Arts Classroom
    Presented by
    Daily, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Grade Range
    Adult - Adult
    Age Range


    Member tuition
    Non-member tuition

    $525.00 (become a member)

    Register by

    In this workshop Mark will cover the nuts and bolts of what makes good art, and show you how to utilize these principles in your own landscape paintings. You will learn how to use shape, light, value and color to create both strong compositions and mood within your work. Working with small studies using your own photo references, you will put these principles into practice with each day’s exercise building upon the previous one. Mark creates a fun, engaging, and informative environment for the student to be inspired and to challenge themselves and understand what is needed to get to the next level in their art. 

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Designing with shape and value

    • Capturing and leading the viewer’s eye

    • Creating impact with color

    • Understanding the 5 types of light

    • Creating mood with light, value and color.


    Mark Vander Vinne Landscape Painting



    $475 for Crooked Tree members

    $525 for non-members

    (not a member yet? Join today!)


    Supplies provided
    Art Area
    Visual Arts

    Mark A. Vander Vinne

    Cancellation & Class Policies

    COVID-19 Policy for Classes (after 4/1/22)

    The following COVID-19 related policies are in place for classes that begin after April 1, 2022:

    Face Coverings (updated 4/1/22)
    As of April 1 and in accordance with the lifting of the mask recommendation by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, masks are not required for CTAC classes that begin after April 1*. However, should COVID-19 pandemic conditions change, CTAC will continue to follow local/state health department guidelines on masking, and will update class registrants via email and our website accordingly in the event of a change in requirements.

    *Some classes may still require masking, and that will be noted clearly in the class description.

    Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have recently tested positive should not come to class, and should follow the CDC guidelines on quarantining and masking.

    Symptoms of Covid-19 include: Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.

    Students and instructors should sanitize their hands upon class arrival and departure. Hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant will be available onsite.


    Cancellation Policy for Traverse City Classes (In-Person)

    Student Withdrawal
    Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee).  NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the first day of the class.

    Class Cancellations (Weather)
    In the event of inclement weather, CTAC-TC will announce the cancellation on its website and phone system (231-941-9488). We will do our best to provide a make-up opportunity for the missed class. Refunds will not be given if the student is unable to attend the rescheduled session of class. Please note that CTAC-TC does not follow Traverse City Area Public School closings.

    Student Absence
    We are unable to offer refunds or make-up sessions for classes missed due to student absence.

    Minimum Enrollment
    Crooked Tree Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by CTAC for lack of enrollment, CTAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid. (Cash payments will be refunded by check.)