Laura Leigh is a fine artist and maker of organic watercolor paints based in New Paltz, NY. Laura blends the line between abstraction and landscape in her plein air oil paintings. After completing her BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz in 2014, she has completed several artist's residency programs, many in national parks. Laura has created her own earth pigment library made from Ochre minerals and clay from around the country, and now spends most of her time during the pandemic teaching online classes. She believes that painting is therapeutic and wants to help heal and connect people through creative expression.
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Intuitive Painting Class
Inspired by nature and the landscapes of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley, these classes are one part basic painting lesson and one part art therapy. I create a calm environment for you to open the door to your inner creative world, while also learning basic painting techniques that work for your individual skill set. In each class I will guide you through a landscape painting step by step while presenting color, composition and drawing techniques that are simple and easy to follow. This is a class in creative confidence, and students will learn new ways of drawing and painting that resonate personally and allow you to open up and express yourself with the paint. You're not expected to create a masterpiece, you're expected to be yourself. Supplies provided, acrylic paint is typically used.
BYOB is optional- this class can also function as a paint and sip! this class is suitable for adults, teens and kids age 10+.
Upcoming In Person Classes:
Saturday, June 18th. Paint and Sip, Studio 89, Highland NY 4-6pm $45
Saturday, July 9th. Paint and Sip, Studio 89, Highland NY 4-6pm. $45
Tuesday, July 5th. Intuitive Painting (beginner class), Stepping Stone Studios, Rosendale NY, $35
Tuesday, July 12th. Intuitive Painting (beginner class), Stepping Stone Studios, Rosendale NY, $35
In this workshop, plein air/abstract artist Laura Leigh Lanchantin will walk through the traditional method of creating oil and watercolor paint from Catskill and Appalachian sedimentary rock/clay. This includes gathering stones, milling pigments, and applying these paints with your painting process. Laura will also discuss basic geology, the history of pigments, safety procedures, and areas of the Appalachian and Green Mountains where she collects her stones. Each student will have the opportunity to create a small watercolor palette to take home. The end of the workshop will feature an open-paint session with pigments, charcoal and watercolor mediums. Laura will guide you to create your own painting based off of nature, imagination, or a reference photo.
This workshop is for adult artists and non-artists alike. No previous knowledge required. All materials included.
"I like Laura’s class. She made landscape painting easy for me. I was able to follow her instruction easily. Her teaching method, in-class exercises, and color-mixing technique are easy to remember. They made a big difference in my painting. Her teaching is clear and easy to understand, and easy to apply to my practice. She is also a very encouraging instructor. I am so glad that I took her class and I highly recommend her class to others."
-Yinglei Zhang, artist and teacher at the Middlebury Studio School.
Host a Class, workshop or paint party
Need some creative self care? Laura is available for private lessons, Intuitive Painting classes, Nature's Palette Workshops,
Paint and Sip, and Creative Movement Therapy sessions in both her studio in Clintondale NY OR your home/business/space.
I'm happy to chat details about hosting a class or a painting party!
I'm now offering packages of supplies for all classes.
Please order at least 4 days before class.
Acrylic Package includes two 8x10 canvas panels, 2inx2in containers of Acrylic paint (White, red, yellow, blue), and 3 paint brushes.)
$40 & Free Shipping
Watercolor Package includes two 8x10 sheets of high quality watercolor paper, handmade red ochre watercolor paint, Blue, yellow, red watercolor paint, three brushes.
$55 & Free Shipping
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