ONLINE-Painting Ocean Waves with Livia Mosanu


  • $90.00  -  Non-Member
  • $80.00  -  Member


Three Saturdays, beginning April 3
from 1-3pm


This class meets online on Zoom on Saturdays at 1pm beginning April 3. Your class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link. 

Have you ever wondered how someone produces such realistic ocean waves in their paintings? In this class, you will learn how to capture lifelike ocean waves using oil paints. Photo references will be provided, or you can bring your own. This is the perfect opportunity to practice oil painting techniques such as glazes and impasto while learning how to paint water and foam. We will start the class by talking about the “anatomy” of a wave. We will analyze its structure and gain an understanding of it in 3D. We will then sketch the composition with an emphasis on light, shadows, reflections, and refractions. Next, we will address the underpainting and learn about color mixing and the attributes of color (hue, saturation, value, and temperature). More oil painting techniques will be discussed as we apply the final layer of paint and details that accentuate the illusion of having painted real water and foam on canvas. The class consists of lectures, demonstration videos, and one-on-one critiques via Zoom.


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



You will need to be sure the Zoom app is installed on your device. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a secure link to join the class.

You will be able to login 15 minutes before the class start time. We recommend logging in before the class starts to make sure you are settled in and ready to go when the class is set to begin.

If you are new to Zoom, please note that we will not be able to help with the app. It is strongly recommended that you navigate Zoom on your own before the class starts to get to know the mute and video settings. Try it out by talking with a friend or family member who has the Zoom app. The Cultural Center uses Zoom to conduct online classes, and I understand that the Zoom meeting will be recorded. By participating in the class, I consent to be recorded and place no restrictions on distribution of the recording.


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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