Painting Ocean Waves: A One-Day Workshop with Livia Mosanu


  • $70.00  -  Non-Member
  • $60.00  -  Member


Sunday, May 23
from 1-5pm


Through lectures, demonstrations, exercises, one-on-one critiques, and handouts, students will learn how to paint realistic ocean waves and gain the confidence to paint seascapes in unique and creative ways. Photo references will be provided. This is the perfect opportunity to practice oil painting techniques, but students may use other mediums such as acrylics and pastels. We will start by talking about the color mixing and color attributes that will enable us to capture the ocean's hues. We will then learn about the construction or "anatomy" of a wave, analyzing its structure and gaining an understanding of it in 3D. The class will also include drawing and painting exercises intended to familiarize students with painting waves and foam with an emphasis on light, shadows, reflections, and refractions. Students will become familiar with various painting techniques in oil or acrylic as they develop their paintings. All are encouraged to bring seascapes paintings they’ve completed outside of class for a critique from the instructor.

This class meets in the Owl Hall located on the main level of the Education Wing. 

MATERIALS  Updated January 8, 2021


Drawing clip board 11” x 14” or larger

Charcoal pencils

Vine Charcoal

Kneaded eraser

Tracing paper


Artist tape



Palette Knife

Gamsol (or a brand of Odorless Thinner - also called Oderless mineral spirits)

Refined Linseed Oil

Oil & Thinner Cups

Paper Towels or Shop Towels

Disposable paper palettes, glass or wooden palette


Paint Support:

Canson Canva-Paper (for Oil and Acrylic) 9” x 12”



Acrylic paint: Burnt Sienna for toning the canvas/paper


Oil paint:

(suggested brands: Utrecht, Winsor & Newton, Rembrandt, Grumbacher).

Raw Umber

Titanium White *

Ivory Black

Yellow Ochre

Alizarin Crimson

Hansa Yellow Light * (or Cadmium Yellow Light, or Cadmium Free Yellow Light)

Indian Yellow

Ultramarine Blue

Prussian Blue*

Viridian Green

Cadmium Orange

Burnt Sienna

*are strongly recommended



Soft synthetic brushes: variety of round and flat sizes 0, 2, 4, 6.

One large soft brush for applying tone


The safety of our students, teachers, patrons, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. A number of adjustments have been put in place to keep everyone safe for in-person classes at the Cultural Center. We are disinfecting public spaces frequently and have installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the building. To ensure the safety of those around you, please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and in other ways follow CDC guidelines while at the Cultural Center. Thank you!


Livia Mosanu is currently working on a series of large scale oil paintings in which she explores the connection between us and our surrounding bodies of water, in particular the Atlantic Ocean. Her work is inspired by unusual and meaningful rhythms that she finds in the water as well as her artistic imagination. These designs or compositions are meant to engage the viewers on a deeper level and allude to the mystery of the water and to the mystery of life itself.

MFA graduate from the New York Academy of Art she is influenced by great masters of marine art such as Turner and Aivazovsky. Her works are exhibited on the East Coast and in many private collections worldwide. She is a finalist in the 8th International Painting Annual published by Manifest Gallery and a recipient of grant awards from the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she currently resides near Boston, MA.


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