In Person Class: Painting Landscapes, Still Lifes & More with Diana Lee: Thursdays (Late Fall)


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Thursdays, October 28 – December 16
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

(Class will not meet on Thanksgiving, November 25.)

  • We have updated our pandemic protocols because of the new health recommendations from the CDC and local health officials guidance on Cape Cod, as well as for the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and teachers.CLICK HERE to review our updated Pandemic Protocols. 

This is a 6-week class in-person that meets at the Falmouth Art Center.

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

This class is for beginner to intermediate painters.

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.




Materials List


The class is based on a limited palette of 3 colors but if you have been taking the class with me for a while you now have more choices.


Here’s what I suggest for your primary colors to purchase going forward:


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)


You can decide for your budget if you want to purchase more than one blue, red and yellow.The 3 primary colors and white are all that you need to take the class but the more color choices make for a more color variety in your palette!


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


Canvases: have a couple of canvases available for your painting


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


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


For Oils:


Liquin for oils 


Turpenoid and/or Mineral Spirits


If you are working with oils you must pack up the soiled rags and solvents and dispose of them at your home.


For Acrylics:


Matte Medium or Gloss or just plain water as your medium


5 X 7 Photographs of Landscapes

Mat Board, Foam core or other stable board for mounting 5 X 7 photo

4 or 5 Photographs to choose or from Magazines for composition ideas

(use your own photos to avoid copyright issues if you plan to sell, if not then OK to use other’s photos) 


To purchase copyright images:

Ruler for creating grids for composition on canvas and in sketchbook

Sketch pad and pencils, charcoal sticks

Can of workable fixative spray


Pan watercolor set and watercolor brushes for studies (optional)

Masking tape

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


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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