ROCKLAND — On Monday, Aug. 8, the Farnsworth Art Museum hosts an online workshop entitled “Preparing to Paint the Landscape en Plein Air.” The class, intended for beginner to experienced students, will be led by artist Barbara Thomas and will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Zoom.

In this single-session Zoom workshop, Thomas will lead students through the rudiments of landscape painting: composition, light and shadow, how to create distance, and specific techniques for clouds, trees, grass, water, and other landscape elements. Open to all artists who want tips on painting outside, this class will be a preparation for the “Plein-Air Landscape” workshop taught by Thomas later in August on location in Rockland.

Thomas has been an artist all her life and an artist-teacher for more than 20 years, teaching at leading arts and education institutions. She has an MFA degree in Art and Design from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Thomas has a deep knowledge of art history and the art-making process. She creates curriculum and teaches art classes at The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, N.Y.; Whittle School and Studios; and she leads private drawing classes — “Drawing in the Galleries” — at The Metropolitan Museum in New York. A life-long lover of nature and ecology, Thomas devotes her own art-making themes to the natural world. Her own work in drawing, painting and video centers on landscape, flora and the seasons.

The fee for this program is $45; $40 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

Artwork by Barbara Thomas

Artwork by Barbara Thomas

Artwork by Barbara Thomas