Seattle Atelier

School for Perceptual Painting founded in 2014 by Michael Lane in Seattle, WA School for Perceptual Landscape Painting and Art Gallery. Home of the Northwest Summer Landscape Painting Initiative.

Founded in Seattle's Little Saigon District, October 9, 2014 by Michael Lane. Classes in Drawing and Painting. Art Exhibitions.

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Seattle Atelier, 1426 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA (2020)

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School for Perceptual Painting founded in 2014 by Michael Lane in Seattle, WA School for Perceptual Landscape Painting and Art Gallery. Home of the Northwest Summer Landscape Painting Initiative. School for Perceptual Painting founded in 2014 by Michael Lane in Seattle, WA School for Perceptual Landscape Painting and Art Gallery. Home of the Northwest Summer Landscape Painting Initiative.


Class demo at Seattle Atelier, explaining tonal extensions, tonal relationships, tone key, multiple colors in five values or less and the order of visual importance. (Image features works by Max Meldrum, Percy Leason and John Singer Sargent.)
2014-2018 Seattle WA


Seattle Atelier's cover photo 03/31/2018

Michael Lane Corot, Tonalism and the Roman Campagna July 23 – August 6 Michael Lane, Portrait of Mia Vo, 2016, Oil on Paper, 9×12 in This course will focus on learning pictorial language through “pre…


Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in our Foundation Painting Course! This summer, July 23-August 6 we will be painting at JSS in Civita.


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It's been a good spring break and we are excited that Seattle's weather is changing fast and we begin our Landscape Painting Program on April 30th. Details below:
Duration: April 30th to September 24th.
There is a two week closure for a painting excursion with the JSS in Civita Castellana, Italy August 8th to 22nd. Classes pause for that course and resume immediately after.
Ethos: The practice and traditions of working outdoors from direct observation.
Optional assigned studies of master works clarify these traditions in the history of painting.
Students and Instruction: Our students may be complete beginners, dedicated practitioners or anyone who sees painting outside as a healthy component of their painting practice no matter what genres they pursue. All are welcome in this humbling pursuit of painting the light outdoors.
Students should have a special interest in painting the beauty of the Northwest. It's more remote regions and it's regular neighborhoods.
Instruction is foundational, we constantly stress the basics, and also reflects a tradition which extends from the time of Corot to the present but is not restrictive in style.

Painting Classes: Meet 9am -1pm every Saturday and Sunday. We meet in the classroom for explanatory lessons and then head out to paint on location in places such as the natural setting of Seattle's neighborhoods and streets, beaches, parks, lakes and other inspiring places in the surrounding area.
Most of the class time will be painting outside, on location. In the case of rain, in covered locations or in the classroom.Courses are taught by a lead instructor and at least one teaching assistant. You can expect ample time with instructors at your easel.
There are a variety of painting presentations and demonstrations by a rotating group of landscape painters, acting as guest and co-instructors each summer.
Students will become familiar with and make certain tools which make the job of building a painting easier. These tools include charts, wheels and mechanical aids. Students should expect to invest a little time at home, weekly, in the creation of these valuable tools for use in class.
After every outdoor class students may take advantage of time for an instructor critique at the classroom.
Drawing: Students are expected, even at a very small scale, to begin keeping a sketchbook which compliments the lessons they are receiving in shape-tone analysis and composition.

Scholarship Discounts are available to students wishing to assist in the running of classes.
All students interested in a scholarship should contact [email protected] to request an application.


Week #3 of 30 week foundation painting course.
Beginners working in grisaille, alla prima, one painting per class.


Corot has been a focus of study for students at Seattle Atelier since we opened. Images show beginning students, last Summer, working on rapid alla prima copies of Corot paintings before heading out to paint in the landscape, limited value studies in grisaille of Corot works by student Steve Momii and the work of the master. Learn why Renoir famously said "The painting of Corot is the art of the future."


Photos from Seattle Atelier's post 02/26/2016

Michael Lane

Seattle Atelier Founder Michael Lane has been invited by Israel Hershberg to join the affiliate faculty at The Jerusalem Studio School's summer painting program in Civita Castellana in August, 2016.!calendar/c17et


Seattle Atelier

I make a value rating device for painters which also works to help guard against awarenesses other than visual ones when extracting objective visual truths from a motif.
When looking at the value-shape changes which take place in a subject, when working from largest to smallest, it is of great use to see the order and degree in which these changes operate. Adjusting the dial on my device allows that order and those degrees to be seen as well as providing the "fresh view" which automatically links our minds to inarticulate comparative sensations rather than to nameable things.
It is like observing the world through an adjustable Claude Glass or darkening mirror and provides, unlike merely squinting, consistency when making relative value comparisons, most excitingly, at various settings or degrees of visibility.
In my experience, anyone is capable of working from the largest initial visual sensations to more detailed ones if they are willing to work more for knowledge than immediate pictorial effect, and no matter how elementary initial visual sensations may be, they are never too elementary to form a basis for what is to come.

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School for Perceptual Painting.
Home of the Northwest Landscape Painting Initiative.
Founded in Seattle's Little Saigon District, October 9, 2014.
Classes in Drawing and Painting. Art Exhibitions.

Summer Course at JSS in Civita: 2016, 2017, 2018





1426 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA

General information

Painting and drawing classes.

Opening Hours

Friday 11:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
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