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Monthly Painting Lessons Online with Marla Baggetta

The Premiere Painting lessons Subscription from one of the most colorful artists in the United States. 

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“I’m excited to announce the unveiling of my new flagship instructional offering – Monthly Painting Lessons Online. There is a whole world of content for you to learn from and enjoy here, dozens of hours’ worth, with new content coming every month.”

– Marla Baggetta, Creator of Painting Lessons Online with Marla

As featured in many art books and journals

Marla’s talent, passion and educational focus has not gone unnoticed by the art community at large. She is also a sought after speaker and educator whose number one goal is to pass on her own knowledge and practice of beauty and joy to as many people as possible, including YOU!

The online pastel painting lessons subscription for everyone.

12

MONTHLY SESSIONS
Per Year

80+

VIDEOS
In First Year

12

IN-DEPTH CORLORFUL STEP-BY-STEP EBOOKS Each Year

Beginners

I have carefully designed these lessons to be accessible to those who are just getting started with pastel painting. And if you need a more in depth introduction to pastel painting, check out my workshop: Pastels for the Serious Beginner

Amateurs

Does a busy lifestyle only afford you several hours a week to dedicate to Pastels? Not to worry! I have carefully designed these monthly sessions to be balanced and digestible, thereby ensuring progress even when access to the easel is limited.

Professionals

Even if you have been working with pastels for most of your life, I have something valuable to offer with these lessons. Be it a hard earned insight, or a refreshing return to the fundamentals, I share from the depth of what I have learned in my career.

Meet Your Teacher

Who is Marla Baggetta?

Marla is an incredibly talented fine artist who works with galleries throughout the US. Every year she travels the globe teaching workshops and speaking at art events to inspire other painters.

Recently she launched a new website to the public with the purpose of helping thousands of struggling artists to succeed.

“Whether you are completely new to pastel painting or looking to build on the foundation of knowledge you already have, these lessons are an exciting journey into the world of pastels. I’ll help you to gain confidence with the medium and learn to create dynamic pastel paintings of any subject. You’ll learn my techniques for using loose, confident mark-making to convey energy, atmosphere and emotion as you paint in pastel!”

Marla Baggetta

Years of her experience collected and poured into the monthly pastel painting lessons online subscription!

Divided into Monthly Sessions
Here is What you Will get for YEar 1
(LEssons for year 2 will be announced soon!)

SESSION ONE

GETTING STARTED: THE BASICS

Before we begin our study of pastel painting, I want to make sure that you have some essential information about materials, workspace & workspace practices as well as an orientation towards learning that will inspire you to be part of a energized and diligent group of pastel painters!

This series of videos is chock full of valuable information that you’ll want to refer to over and over again throughout this course. This month’s lessons were designed specifically to help you get familiar and comfortable with your pastels. A simple but powerful warm up exercise is meant to get you started on the right path promoting a playful, curious approach. In the second lesson we touch on some of the fundamentals such as the form principle and the three components of color. The final lesson puts it all together in an important exercise dealing with form, light and color.

  • Lesson 1: Choosing Pastels
  • Lesson 2: Choosing Papers
  • Lesson 3: Setting Up a Pastel Workspace
  • Lesson 4: Make Your Own Dustcatcher
  • Lesson 5: Keeping Track of Pastels
  • Lesson 6: Cleaning Pastels
  • Lesson 7: Stages of Learning
  • Lesson 8: Warm Up - An Apple a day
  • Lesson 9: Form Light & Shadow
  • Lesson 10: Three Colored Cubes

Plus 3 Supplemental Lessons!

SESSION TWO

How To Paint Water

This month’s study is of a fascinating component of the landscape: water. Water has an irresistible pull on us from lakes, streams, creeks, rivers to waterfalls!

Water is deservedly a popular subject for painting. Water creates mood, perspective, and intrigue in the landscape. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar painting location, head to where there’s a body of water and you’ll undoubtedly find a worthy subject. This study will help you to develop the necessary tools and techniques to express this rewarding aspect of the landscape.

  • Lesson 1: A Meandering Stream
  • Lesson 2: Water in a Composition
  • Lesson 3: Inventing Color in a Scene
  • Supplement 1: Seeing Value
  • Supplement 2: Optical Mixing
  • Supplement 3: A Little Color Theory
  • Supplement 4: Return to Oaks Bottom
  • Supplement 5: Napa Valley

SESSION THREE

Sky & Clouds

In this month’s collection of lessons, Marla illustrates the essential techniques for painting a variety of dramatic skies. The light from the sky pervades every landscape and having at least a working understanding of types of clouds, how they behave and how they relate to the sky above them is essential to creating convincing skies in your paintings. In this study, Marla suggests an approach for knitting the sky and clouds together into a unified whole, however this shouldn’t be thought of as a formula but rather as a catalyst to inspire your own creativity when approaching our subject.

No two skies are alike – that’s all part of the excitement of painting clouds and sky! With a bit a practice you’ll be able to create luminous and dynamic skies. The examples and exercises will increase your skills and confidence.

  • Lesson 1: Painting Clouds & Sky
  • Lesson 2: A Sunset Sky
  • Lesson 3: Clouds and Sillhouette
  • Supplement 1: Carlson's Theory of Angles
  • Supplement 2: Aerial Perspective
  • Supplement 3: To Blend or Not to Blend
  • Supplement 4: How to Paint Beautiful Clouds

SESSION FOUR

Dealing With Foregrounds
A frequent issue in many paintings is that most of the artist’s attention is on the focal area, but the foreground remains unresolved and the painting suffers for it. Just as often, the foreground can attract too much unwarranted attention by containing unnecessary detail. Why are foregrounds so difficult? This session seeks to address this dilemma with solutions to make your paintings stronger and more dynamic. The foreground is the beginning or entrance to your painting. It should invite your viewer in, but not be the whole story. It shouldn’t dominate. You want your viewer to seek out the rest of the story, to be led to the main part of the show!
  • Lesson 1: Color Fields in Pastel
  • Lesson 2: Foreground Grasses
  • Lesson 3: A Field of Flowers
  • Supplement 1: The Influence of Light
  • Supplement 2: A Little Color Theory
  • Supplement 3: Oaks Bottom Park
  • Supplement 4: Wine Country
  • Supplement 5: New Mexico Pastel Painting

SESSION FIVE

Including Structures
Including a structure in our pieces can add interest and character to our paintings. They can add a level of complexity to our compositions and gives us the opportunity to record architectural details or capture the character of a favorite place. But we want to include them as part of the landscape so they don’t appear as a cut out or pasted on element. We want them to have the same atmosphere that pervades the rest of the landscape! This lesson month’s lessons provide some insight on how to include structures.
  • Lesson 1: The Rural Landscape
  • Lesson 2: Thumbnails Tabletop
  • Lesson 3: Cityscape –The Post Office
  • Lesson 4: Industrial Cityscape
  • Supplement 1: Distilling
  • Supplement 2: A Little Color Theory
  • Supplement 3: Color in Shadow
  • Supplement 4: Erasing

SESSION SIX

Work Small & Get Better Fast
I’m a firm believer that intentional mileage is the fastest road to improving your painting. Working small and often is one of my secrets to success! Working small doesn’t give you an excuse to tighten up, however! I’ll share with you my tips for making small pieces have big impact!
  • Lesson 1: Value Mapping + Color Schemes
  • Lesson 2: Miniatures: Mileage & Joy
  • Supplement 1: Abstract Mountain Lesson
  • Supplement 2: A Little Color Theory
  • Supplement 3: Mastering Intensity
  • Supplement 4: Compressing Values

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SESSION SEVEN

The Plein Air Experience

Plein air painting is arguably the best way to experience painting through the direct observation and experience of the outdoors but it can be very daunting when you are out there doing it. Use all of your senses as you follow along with me and I take you step-by-step through the process of creating a plein air painting, including techniques for establishing a successful composition, managing changing light, and using color to portray atmospheric perspective.

  • Lesson 1: Springtime in Portland
  • Lesson 2: Hometown Plein Air
  • Lesson 3: Using a Viewfinder + Scaling Your Sketch
  • Supplement 1: Packing for Plein Air
  • Supplement 2: Starting Easy in Your Backyard

SESSION EIGHT

How To Paint Glowing Fall Scenes
Fall is a wonderful time for landscape painters: the sun comes in at a steeper angle and makes for better light and shadow conditions with its slanting rays and warmer colors. The hallmark of the season, though, is the color transformation in fall foliage. This month’s focus is on capturing this grand and inspirational time of year.
  • Lesson 1: Fall Trees - "The Promise of Red"
  • Lesson 2: A Canopy of Fall - "A Gentle Path"
  • Lesson 3: Using A Complementary Scheme in Fall
  • Supplement 1: Interlocking Shapes & Skyholes
  • Supplement 2: Beyond Greens
  • Supplement 3: Another Perspective
  • Supplement 4: Picking & Choosing

SESSION NINE

Underpainting Techniques

I’ll show you several great underpainting techniques that are perfect for any artist looking to add an element of spontaneity to their work while supporting and enhancing their landscape compositions. I’ll show you step-by-step how to take advantage of possibilities and without getting too out of control!

  • Lesson 1: Underpainting Options
  • Lesson 2: Pears 1
  • Lesson 3: Pears 2
  • Lesson 4: Pears 3
  • Lesson 5: Pears 4
  • Lesson 6: Pears 5
  • Lesson 7: Intuitive Underpainting
  • Lesson 8: Underpainting Techniques
  • Supplement 1: A Little Color Theory
  • Supplement 2: Mastering Intensity
  • Supplement 3: In the Studio: Underpaintings

SESSION TEN

The Seasons in Pastel

Each season has its particular beauty and flavor. Spring’s blossoming flowers and newly leafing trees, summer’s sunny, lazy days, fall’s show of color and winters sparkling snow all captivate our artistic sensibilities. In this session we’ll explore all four seasons and the challenges and opportunities each present to the painter.

  • Lesson 1: Spring Dance
  • Lesson 2: Summer - "By The Nursery"
  • Lesson 3: Autumn - "Across the Valley"
  • Lesson 4: Winter's Glow
  • Supplement 1: Exploring Seasons
  • Supplement 2: Spring Dance 2
  • Supplement 3: A Summer Path
  • Supplement 4: Chasing Magic

SESSION ELEVEN

Mastering Composition

There are fundamental design principles that can help us to create strong, engaging compositions consistently. This month’s lessons will focus on building compositions with considered steps right from the start.

  • Lesson 1: Language of Color
  • Lesson 2: Gaze of Fall
  • Lesson 3: Navigating Your Trouble Zones
  • Lesson 4: Monet's "The Magpie"
  • Supplement 1: Comfort and Light Live Lesson

SESSION TWELVE

Mountains

As a painter, I must admit to shying away from the grandiose lest my paintings come across as trite or unconvincing. But one reaches a point that a theme cannot be ignored or avoided! A trip to the Canadian Rockies was such a turning point for me. To meet the challenge of doing these majestic peaks justice, quite a bit of study and practice was required of me. I looked to the masters of the genre for guidance.

  • Lesson 1: Reflecting on Marion Wachtel
  • Lesson 2: A Silvery Stream
  • Lesson 3: Three Views
  • Supplement 1: The Canadian Rockies
  • Supplement 2: How to Paint Abstract Mountains

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SESSION one

Getting started: the basics

I want to make sure that you have some essential information about materials, workspace & workspace practices as well as an orientation towards learning that will inspire you to be part of an energized and diligent group of pastel painters!

Included in the session:

35 PAGE PDF

13 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Two

How to Paint Water

This month’s study is of a fascinating component of the landscape: water. Water has an irresistible pull on us from lakes, streams, creeks, rivers to waterfalls!

Included in the session:

22 PAGE PDF

9 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Three

SKy & Clouds

In this month’s collection of lessons, Marla illustrates the essential techniques for painting a variety of dramatic skies.

Included in the session:

22 PAGE PDF

7 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Four

Dealing With Foregrounds

Why are foregrounds so difficult? This session seeks to address this dilemma with solutions to make your paintings stronger and more dynamic. 

Included in the session:

20 PAGE PDF

8 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Five

Including Structures

Including a structure in our pieces can add interest and character to our paintings. They can add a level of complexity to our compositions and gives us the opportunity to record architectural details or capture the character of a favorite place. 

Included in the session:

27 PAGE PDF

8 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Six

Work Small & Get Better Fast

I’m a firm believer that intentional mileage is the fastest road to improving your painting. Working small and often is one of my secrets to success! I’ll share with you my tips for making small pieces have big impact!

Included in the session:

23 PAGE PDF

6 VIDEOS

2 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

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SESSION SEven

THE PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE

I take you through the process of creating a plein air painting, including techniques for establishing a successful composition, managing changing light, and using color to portray atmospheric perspective.

Included in the session:

20 PAGE PDF

5 VIDEOS

2 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Eight

How to Paint Glowing Fall Scenes

Fall is a wonderful time for landscape painters: the sun comes in at a steeper angle and makes for better light and shadow conditions with its slanting rays and warmer colors.

Included in the session:

21 PAGE PDF

7 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Nine

Underpainting Techniques

I’ll show you several great underpainting techniques that are perfect for any artist looking to add an element of spontaneity to their work while supporting and enhancing their landscape compositions.

Included in the session:

21 PAGE PDF

11 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Ten

THE SEASONS IN PASTEL

In this session we’ll explore all four seasons and the challenges and opportunities each present to the painter.

Included in the session:

21 PAGE PDF

8 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION ELEVEN

FOCUS ON COmposition

There are fundamental design principles that can help us to create strong, engaging compositions consistently. This month’s lessons will focus on building compositions with considered steps right from the start.

Included in the session:

28 PAGE PDF

5 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

SESSION Twelve

Mountains

I can’t think of a subject more fundamental to the landscape painter than mountains. They are the stage and the backdrop for the scenes they surround. They create dark evening silhouettes and blazing sunrise displays that are thrilling just to see and daunting to try to paint.

Included in the session:

23 PAGE PDF

5 VIDEOS

3 STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATIONS

New COntent and Updates
EVERY Month

New content come every month for monthly subscribers or get 12 months right away if you are a yearly subscriber! Another 12 lessons will be available for year 2 (coming soon!)

MemberS only fAcebook Group

You will be invited to join an exclusive Facebook group where you can interact, collaborate and create with fellow students!

Q&A Live Stream with Marla Baggetta

Members will receive special access to members-only livestream events. Lots of fun things will happen here, and there will be an opportunity for live Q+A with Marla!

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Exclusive Members only Discounts

All subscribers receive exclusive discounts on my online workshops. These workshops offer a deep dive into specific topics. I am always hard at work on something new. Don’t miss out!

 

Extras to help learn even more!

How To Create Beautiful Paintings From Reference Photos

Working from life is unquestionably the optimal way to work, but it’s not always possible. Weather, mobility, time constraints, among other things makes painting from life impractical some of the time. Weather is often an issue for me. No matter how hard-core you are, sometimes conditions will not allow you to do your best work outdoors. You may be on a painting trip when there isn’t enough time to paint all the many scenes that inspire you. If we don’t use photo reference in these cases, we could miss out on an opportunity to paint something of great merit.

200 Landscape Photos to Paint

I always suggest that you take your own photographs, but because I know it’s not always possible for everyone to do that, I’ve put together this resource pack of 200 reference photos. I have many, many students struggle with what to paint and whether their photos are appropriate. I decided to share some of my pictures with you hoping they’ll spark new ideas on what makes a good subject. Some of them I’ve painted, some I haven’t. I hope that they will inspire you to get to the easel and perhaps take some photo expeditions of your own.

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Watch and learn on the go, on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, while you are driving in a bus or waiting for your favorite cup of coffee. Learning pastel painting has never been easier.

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If you’re not satisfied within 60 days, we’ll give you a refund. No questions asked.

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Quick summary of what you're getting
in FIRST YEAR

SESSION ONE

GETTING STARTED: THE BASICS

SESSION TWO

HOW TO PAINT WATER

SSESSION THREE

SKY AND CLOUDS

SESSION FOUR

DEALING WITH FOREGROUNDS

SESSION FIVE

INCLUDING STRUCTURES

SESSION SIX

WORK SMALL & GET BETTER FAST

SESSION SEVEN

THE PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE

SESSION EIGHT

HOW TO PAINT GLOWING FALL SCENES

SESSION NINE

UNDERPAINTING TECHNIQUES

SESSION TEN

THE SEASONS IN PASTEL

SESSION ELEVEN

FOCUS ON COMPOSITION

 

SESSION TWELVE

MOUNTAINS

Bonus 1

How To Create Beautiful Paintings From Reference Photos




Bonus 2

200 Landscape Photos to Paint

New Content and Updates Every Month

Members Only Facebook Group

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Q&A Live Stream with Marla Baggetta

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Watch and learn on the go, on your smartphone, tablet or laptop, while you are driving in a bus or waiting for your favorite cup of coffee. Learning photography has never been easier.

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I am fundamentally committed to your success and happiness. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with my Monthly Pastel Lessons Online, within 30 days of first signing up, I will issue you a 100% refund. No Questions Asked!

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