Online Class: Painting Landscapes, Still Lifes & More with Diana Lee: Thursdays (Late Spring)




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Thursdays, May 13 – June 17
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


This is a 6-week class. This class is being held online using the Zoom platform.

Please register early as class registration closes 48 hours before the start of first class.  Registration must be accompanied by full payment.

Hi Everyone,

I am delighted to be teaching Cape Cod Landscape Painting at the Falmouth Art Center and look forward to working with you and helping you to become the painters you want to be! 

In the first class I will do a demonstration of how to begin a landscape painting. This will be a refresher for some and new for others. For those of you who just want to jump right in and paint that is fine, too.

The class is based on a limited palette but you will have more choices as you become more comfortable mixing colors and understanding the color wheel. Click on the “materials” tab to view the suggested supply list.

Scholarship Information:

The Falmouth Art Center is very proud to have a scholarship fund supported by donations from members and friends.  It is available for both children and adults who have a great desire to create art.  Applications should be submitted to Laura Reckford, Executive Director of the Falmouth Art Center. If you have questions about our scholarship program, email us at  or call the art center at 508-540-3304.

Scholarship Information and Forms

Refund policy:

Refunds will not be given within one week of the start of a class. Classes are not pro-rated, and there are no makeups for missed classes. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.

If Falmouth Public Schools are closed due to weather conditions, we will be closed and the missed classes will be rescheduled.




The class is still based on a limited palette of the primary colors: red, blue and yellow and a large tube of white.

You may choose to buy multiple colors or just the 3 basic primaries.

Acrylic or Oil Paint Colors:

Large tube of Titanium White

Cobalt Blue

Cerulean Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Red

Alizarin Crimson 

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon

Ivory Black or Mars Black (mixed with yellow makes great greens for landscape painting)

Color Wheel 

You won’t be using every color every time but will chose 3 + White at a time with white to create your secondary colors.


Palette Knife

Table easel

Rags or paper towels and plastic bags for cleaning brushes and clean up

Assortment of Brushes (no watercolor brushes as they don’t hold the acrylic or oil paint.

 Oils: use hog hair bristle brushes

Acrylics: synthetic blends or hog hair bristle brushes

size # 0 round for detail

size #1, #2, #3, #4

I use mostly filberts but there are other styles such as brights and flats as well as rounds.  


Canvases: have at least 2 or 3 canvases of 5 X 7, 8 X 10, 9 X 12, 11 X14 14

Examples: 5 X 7, 8 X 10, 9 X 12, 11 X 14, 16 X 20

Plastic cups, 2 or 3, with covers to hold water and mediums

Photographs of Landscapes

Ruler for creating a grid

Masking tape

Foam core or other stable board for mounting photo

Sketch pad and pencil

the book:

Book:  “Color Theory: An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications” by Patti Mollica

Towel for Chair

          Please be sure to bring a check for the class for the 2 week or 6 week cycle, payable to Diana Lee, thanks!

Instructor Bio

I enjoy two worlds of artistic expression. First,  as a teacher I find it rewarding to guide students and help them to develop artistically.  Many of my students started out as beginning painters and have successfully gone on to become wonderful established painters. Also, I have made many friends through the years by teaching adults in the Falmouth Community.

Secondly, I am a painter and express my art through portraiture, the landscape and still life.  I consider myself an Expressionist and Colorist having been influenced by the works of Picasso, Bonnard, Matisse, Van Gogh and the German Expressionists.

I work in oils, acrylics and pastels. From this diversity of mediums I am able to select which would be best for each subject I approach. My palette consists of bright, rich, vibrant colors. Color plays a very important role in my compositions for it is the intensity of the paint and the  play of lights and darks on the canvas surface that I enjoy most.

I play with color when painting as it allows me to create the emotional  environment and response that I am trying to convey in a composition.  Color,  for me, is fun and the ultimate goal in achieving  excitement and life in my painting.

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