Plein-Air at Addison Farm Vineyard

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October 7 – 9, 2016   9am – 5pm

Plein-air Workshop with John Mac Kah at Addison Farm Vineyard360 view of mountain ridges, vineyards, and fall color. Catered lunch, free wine-tasting and tour one of Asheville area’s first vineyard. Demos, discussion and instruction. Visit my website http://www.JohnMacKah.com for more information. Register ASAP to reserve a space.  Vineyard & Plein-air

Questions?-Contact:mail@jmkah.com

Painting at Addison Farms

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Riverside Station – 1902

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1902 Tannery Bldg Asheville Our new studio location…191 Lyman Street
Our new studio is housed in what was once a factory for manufacture of leather belts used in machinery. It was housed in front of a tannery, now moved. The complex was
built in 1902. Later it housed two different textile operations, and then was purchased for family run candle-making operation; it was commonly called the Tannery Building. And was listed in Cabins & Castles, a survey of historic buildings in Buncombe County, now out of print.

The Candle Station was begun by two sisters and their family; they later purchased the building and began to rent it to a diverse assortment of small businesses and artists. When they ceased operation, it was renamed Riverview Station.

My new studio is located in the back, on the second floor and we have two wonderful round windows providing north light. While the address is 191 Lyman St. and you can park and enter from the fourth door from the right, head up the stairs and follow signs to JMK Studio 236.  Take the stairs up and then go right, then left. We’re at the end of the hallway.

You can also take OLD LYMAN at the north end JMK Studio 236of the building, going around Mt. Glassworks to the right. This lot has limited parking during the week and semi trucks making deliveries.  You can proceed to the back and there is another access. Please don’t block loading docks or designated parking areas.  Look for the stairs and windows. We are in the first studio on the right at the top of the stairs. We sometimes leave to go painting at the park.

Vineyard Plein Air

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Visit Addison Farms Vineyard – Asheville’s newest family owned vineyard & winery.

Three days of oil painting with instructor and eminent landscape painter, John Mac Kah, Catered picnic lunch is included.Wine tasting (and discount for students) following closing critique.

We are very pleased to be able to paint on this ridge top, southwest exposure with great 360 vistas and  mountain views.

   Register on-line at here or contact me to find out more.

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Painting Workshop: Oils in Plein Air

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  • John C. Campbell Folk School
  • Residential workshop, Sunday through Friday
  • April 12-19, 2015
  • Find out more: Folk School

A foundation course for artists’ already working in other media or a great place to start for beginners. Some drawing and prior painting experience helpful. Oil paints possess unique qualities and when combined with compatible mediums, varnish and supports produce rich layered effects.

Campbell Folk School has a wonderful studio, great food and the gardens and grounds nestled in the south facing mountains providing us with great views. Several historic buildings, barns and open vistas make it a pleasure to paint plein-air. We will do some light walking, so be sure to bring a sun hat, sunglasses and comfortable shoes. Visit their website or call them for a catalog. 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 828-837-2775.

Art – Craft

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From: An Artist’s Notebook: Techniques & Materials, by Bernard Chet, 1978.

This is an old question, going back to the Greeks…the dynamic relationship between how vs what you have to convey…the exploration of this question drives the search and keeps us painting and creating in some sense and raises lots of other inquiries…

“There are two schools of thought about the relationship between knowledge of artistic techniques and the creative impulse. One argues that artists cannot be taken seriously unless they have mastered the finest points of technical competence. In this approach, the studio becomes a laboratory, with the artist surrounded by paint specimens, chemicals and machines. The other camp maintains that technical expertise actually inhibits creativeness. The artist is depicted as a totally free spirit – one who, wholly ignorant of materials, can create on impulse works of art out of whatever lies at hand. Somewhere between these two extremes lies a compromise….”

“The anti-craft attitude may be a response to the mystery that has been made of technical practice….On the contrary, there exists a close interrelation between the freshness of creation and new utilization of media. Knowledge of technique is not inhibiting, nor is it a guarantee of achievement. At best, mastery of craft supplies a working vocabulary–one that opens possibilities to be fulfilled by the individual vision of the artist.”

Studio Composition: Weekend workshop

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Foundations for Landscape:  September 7 – 9, 2012
This class is to prepare the student to work and make decisions on location. Prior planning in the studio can ground students before they attempt to take on plein-air work. Using a painted monochromatic sketch, or under-painting, learn how to build a foundation in the field. Contact me for materials list and to enroll. Friday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm.