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.

Workshop: Color and Atmosphere – Phenomenal Painting

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Weekend  Workshop          August 24 -26, 2012    9am – 4pm

Learn to add atmosphere to your oil paintings and capture phenomena like fog, mist, reflections, rain, shadows and snow using a tonal layers. Using layering and veils of paint, we will work in the open air. Bring sunscreen, folding chair and portable easel. Check in for materials list.

Bring lunch and a beverage. 9am – 4pm  Fee:  $175.

Student At Work

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Student project...

Student oil sketch on panel in preparation for enlarging work to a much bigger canvas. Using a much smaller color sketch (rather than a photo) made on location, the resulting larger painting takes on a more authentic feel.

Solving problems in proportion, makes  transition simpler. Oil wash in at this point, under-painting provides the structure and reduces problems when moving to color.

Workshop: Haysville, NC – October 2013

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  • Mountain Arts Association sponsored event
  • Learn more-Register:  Great Artists’ Retreats
  • Natural Painting in Oils with John Mac Kah
  • October 14 – 18, 2013
  • Tuition fee: $259.

Experience and capture the fall color in the mountains using layering of colors, rich in oil and varnish mediums to create maximum depth and control in response to our vibrant autumnal palette.

Employing methods and recipes of Florentine and Flemish masters, the student will develop an understanding of how to use oils to their full advantage. We will be using traditional materials provided by instructor, including mediums, prepared panels, paper, and canvas. Using a three-step process: toning the foundation, under-painting and over-painting to gain rich depth of color and luminosity in your paintings.

Instructor demos, discussion, and plein-air on location, weather permitting. Workshop: Mountain Arts Association hosts this workshop out of a private studio in Hayesville, NC in the Tusquitee Valley, at the peak of the fall color season, October 14-19,  2013. Three day painting intensive in oils.Tuition: $259. Catered lunch. Lodging and accommodations arrangements available. Materials list provided on registration.