Reading Lists

Students will be given individual reading lists for each class. Below is the reading list for the Atelier Program.

Preliminary Reading list for The Landscape Atelier

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting
Composition of Outdoor Painting- Edgar Payne
The Elements of Drawing – John Ruskin
Lectures on Art – John Ruskin
The Practice and Science of Drawing – Harold Speed
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials – Harold Speed
The Artistic Anatomy of Trees. – Rex Vicat Cole
Letters on Landscape – Asher B Durand
Landscape Painting-Birge Harrison
Light and Water – Sir Montagu-Pollack
On Drawing Trees and Nature- J.D. Harding

Pictorial Composition- Henry Rankin Poore

Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis -can be purchased from Amazon but also can be downloaded for free from

Memory Drawing – Perceptual Training and Recall – Darren R. Rousar

Perspective Made Easy, Ernest R. Norling (Dover) available from Amazon

Other Suggested Reading

American Sublime, Andrew Wilton
The Painted Sketch-American Impressions from Nature 1830-1880
William Trost Richards-True to Nature
Thomas Moran, The Field Sketches 1856-1923
Sanford Gifford- Hudson River School Visions

Other readings about Tonalism or Tonalist Artists:

A History of American Tonalism by David Clevelend
Like Breath on Glass
The Poetic Vision-American Tonalism (Spanierman Galleries)
George Inness- A Cataloque Raisonne – Michael Quick
The Life and Letters of George Inness
Charles Warren Eaton (monograph) David Cleveland
George Inness and The Visionary Landscape , Adrienne Bell
George Inness and the Science of Landscape, Rachel Delue
An Ideal Country- Paintings by Dwight William Tryon, Linda Merrill