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Cloud Cieling Murals

Cloud Ceiling Murals

Mural workshop | Date TBA | Instructor: Lynne Rutter

One of the most popular and versatile murals you can paint, cloudscapes can be painted as beautiful soaring ceilings on their own, or serve as the base for grand figurative or architectural murals. A well painted cloud ceiling mural can raise up the ceiling and create the illusion of height, and enliven the architecture while bringing color and a sense of light to the room.
In this intensive workshop, learn techniques for painting decorative cloud ceilings that are artful, colorful, and surprisingly fast to produce. We'll explore various aspects of good design such as composing cloudscapes of different shapes and sizes to suit the proportions of the ceiling, and creating color palettes for tailoring the mural to the room and its decor. Avoid the trap of painting "flying boulders" and create skies that are luminous and airy.

Topics covered:

  • Practice painting technique at full scale in a working mural studio
  • Designing compositions for rectangular or "tray" ceilings
  • Creating palettes for different colors and "moods" of skies - allowing for more expressive and painterly murals.
  • Matching colors of cloudscapes to work with the interior design of the room
  • Advanced cloud composition: designing for domes, round,or oblong ceilings
  • Designing clouds to use with figures or as part of more complicated ceiling murals
  • Marouflage techniques for adding figures or birds into a ceiling or for installing a canvas mural in general.
Participants will create their own unique full-scale cloudscape panels.

class fee:

includes all paint and materials used in class, full-size mural panels, detailed class notes.


Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA   (map)
class hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


  • Reservations for this class are not being accepted at this time
  • Call or email the studio to inquire about this or other workshops.
WELCOME to the workshop page!

Lynne Rutter Studio occasionally hosts decorative painting classes and specialized workshops on the finer points of decorative art, gilding, murals, and finishing, taught hands-on by established, practicing artists in a spacious working atelier. Classes emphasize traditional techniques and materials and practical methods.

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"What a great, immersive experience, to learn something- really learn something I can use- in such a wonderful space... "

"Thank you Lynne! I loved everything about this class- the work, your generous teaching and humor, the magnificent studio space... Please let me know as soon as you schedule another class!"

"I just finished an entire 10 by 12 foot cloud ceiling in a little over one day all by myself. It came out awesome! Thank for teaching me how to paint clouds so easily. I amazed myself and my client."

"This is what I want to do and you have totally encouraged me to do it. I didn't want to leave your studio, I had to much fun..."

"Of course I wear a tiara while I am painting. Doesn't everyone?"

"Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us. I haven't been so inspired in so long! Looking forward to more classes. "