Monday, March 22, 2021

3 Day Plein Air and Studio Painting Workshop - April 30, May 1, May 2 2021

This is an example of the still life we will complete on the first day of class. 

To register, please email me at 

The hours are:
Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-3pm

The 3 day class costs $300. I am limiting the class size to 6 students to respect the need for social distancing. Once you are registered, I will send out a supplies list.

If you would like to join us for dinner on Saturday evening, we will go out to Cancun Bay restaurant in Reedsburg around 6:30.

Thanks for looking!


Are you interested in becoming a colorist? In this class, I will present everything that I know working with color!

Color is the element of art that I am most interested in, and I am happy to share what I have learned with you in this three day workshop! The class curriculum is designed to take the mystery out of observing and mixing the colors that you see in the landscape. You will learn how different lighting situations effect the mood of nature in this class.

On Friday we will be working in the studio. We will start with a discussion of the tube colors that we will use, and different palette arrangements such as a limited-palette vs a split-complimentary palette vs a spectral-palette. These different palettes can all achieve different results and we will discuss each.
I will present the concept of color space and we will then have a mini project that will get you observing and mixing colors right away. You will get a lot of practice with mixing color during the first exercise.

Also on Friday we will work in the studio on a still life color study.
The landscape looks different at noon than it did at sunrise. The color of the light illuminating the subject effects the local color of every object, this is known as the light key.
By understanding light key you can create a mood in your paintings.
To get experience with this concept, we will paint a simple still life twice, once illuminated by a warm lightbulb, and once illuminated under a cool lightbulb. The local colors of your still life will be transformed in a similar way that the landscape is transformed at different times of day.

On the second day, we will be painting the landscape on location. I will demonstrate my full color seeing and painting technique that I use when painting en plein air. After my demonstration, you will set up your easel outdoors and and paint your own en plein air color study. We will build on the concepts from the first day, and you will gain even more mileage in observing the light key and mixing color while painting in the landscape.

On the third day, I will give a short demo, recapping all of the concepts from the first two days of class. You will have a large chunk of time to paint on the third day. At the end of the painting day, we will have a critique of all of our paintings, and some time to close up the class.

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