Workshop: Storms, Clouds, & Sunsets

Learn how to capture the breadth of textures and colors seen in a range of cloud landscapes.

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This workshop will cover how to create convincing depth and atmosphere in a landscape images through mark making and layering.

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What I liked about this workshop was that I got caught in the act of making mistakes and that each student was doing something totally different. Prof Lieu is very good at identifying the problem and providing the solution.

Watch a Sample Workshop

Watch a sample workshop: Gestural Portraits

How it Works


Sky Reference #88
Flickr album: Pink Clouds

Before the workshop

  • Students receive access to the workshop channels in our Discord.
  • Hang out in the workshop channels so we can see your artwork and site, and chat about your goals can make the workshop more efficient.
  • Please know that if you have no experience with Discord, it does take some time to get set up and learn how Discord works.
  • Watch this 53 second tour of our Discord for a preview.
  • We highly recommend joining several days before the workshop date so you can learn the ropes, troubleshoot any problems, and get help from us to make the workshop run as smoothly as possible for you.

First 2 hours

  • Students work and take occasional breaks to post their artwork into the Discord text channel.
  • On voice, Prof Lieu continually critiques drawings as they are posted in the Discord text channel.
Orange Clouds Reference 52
Flickr album: Orange Clouds

Last hour

  • Each student will speak on voice with Prof Lieu about their drawings.

After the workshop

  • A recording of the workshop will be available to workshop participants. The recording will not be available to the public.

Workshop Channels Access

  • Students will continue to have access to the workshop channels.
  • The week following the workshop, Prof Lieu will provide feedback and follow up resources.
  • After that week, Prof Lieu will answer quick questions, but will not be providing feedback.

Written Feedback

  • Prof Lieu will write a paragraph for each student which reviews the student’s artwork made during the workshop + suggestions for how to move forward, see sample below.
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You have so much going for you and your figure drawings, I love how fluid your marks are, and also how organic and fleshy the figures are in your drawings. I think you’ve got a really good balance between line and tone, and that the volume of the figures come across beautifully.

I think moving forward I would keep thinking about different ways you can push and pull between the line and the tone. Right now in your drawings, the lines are still quite dominant. I’m thinking what would happen if you pushed it in the opposite direction, if most of the figure drawing was tone, with very few lines.

I think it would be worth thinking more deliberately about proportions. Proportions can be a really tricky thing, and it’s definitely not a skill that you can learn overnight. A lot of getting experience with the fortunes is really training your eye to make comparisons between the various parts of the figure.

Prof Lieu
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Flickr album: Rain Clouds

What I appreciate in in the workshops is that Prof Lieu’s critiques are aimed at helping the student execute their vision better, and the crits are not trying to influence the student in another direction.

Student info

  • Limit 12 students
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve
  • All students are required to join our Discord to participate.


  • We will confirm whether the workshop is running by the Wednesday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the workshop does not run, you will receive a full refund no later than a week from the Friday registration deadline.
Sky Reference #77
Flickr album: Clouds Above a Mountain


  • All payments are non-refundable if the workshop runs.
  • Students must join our Discord at least 24 hours before the workshop starts. There are no refunds if you do not join within this time frame.
  • There are no refunds if a student is late or does not attend the workshop for any reason.
  • We only issue refunds if the workshop does not run due to lack of enrollment.


About our Staff

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020.

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