Learning to paint is learning to see. The job of the artist is to look deeply, to study things closely, and to try and communicate something of that experience. These workshops focus on painting outdoors with a strong emphasis on developing visual acuity. As artists, what interests us and what are we trying to communicate to the world? The basics of painting are employed to strengthen each artist’s individual voice, including process, design, color, and composition. The first day of the workshop begins with an introduction and discussion of materials and techniques followed by demos and individual painting. Instructor will provide any necessary maps, hotel recommendations, and more info upon registration.

All workshops are designed to benefit painters of any level, whether you’ve never painted outdoors before or paint professionally.

Accommodations, transportation, food, and art supplies are the responsibility of the student.

Class sizes are kept small and are filled on a first come first served basis, often filling up months ahead of time. For more info and to reserve your spot, click the button under your workshop. (If full you will be added to a waiting list.)

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Outdoor Still Life Painting Workshop - Three Days
October 18-20, 2019; Pasadena, CA | 9:00 am — 4:00pm

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Think of outdoor still life as simplified landscape painting. Spend three days studying how we can use color to create form and convey outdoor light. We’ll cover paint mixing, color relationships, composition, and much more.

Urban Landscape Painting Workshop - Three Days
October 25-27, 2019; Pasadena, CA | 9:00 am — 4:00pm

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Do paintings of cities and streets have to be gray? Spend three days studying color and light in an urban situation and find beautiful color in pavement and asphalt. We’ll cover paint mixing, color relationships, gray v. saturated, temperature, and much more.


Desert Painting Workshop - Three Days
March 27-29, 2020; Borrego Springs, CA | 9:00 am — 4:00pm

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In the mind of the public, deserts are barren wastelands - brown and gray and devoid of life. Spend three days painting this unique and beautifully-nuanced landscape and discover how misplaced those perceptions become when you experience it first-hand.

Desert Painting Workshop - Three Days (FULL - Join waiting list below)
April 3-5, 2020; Joshua Tree, CA | 9:00 am — 4:00pm

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Joshua trees are unique to deserts in the western U.S., landscapes unlike anything else in the world. Spend three days painting these trees and their native habitat during spring, the perfect time to experience California's deserts.