Plein Air Painters at Weekend With the Masters

2 Apr 2009

Registration for our Weekend With the Masters Workshop & Conference event in Colorado Springs this September officially opened yesterday, and I have to say it was a bit like Black Friday at Wal-Mart! Before the "doors opened" at 1 p.m. we must have received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from people asking how they could secure their spot in the many workshops, lectures, demos, and evening events being offered and how they could make sure they were not kicked off the registration site once the influx of people started clamoring for these classes. Once registration did open, several classes sold out within the first half-hour, and other classes continued to fill up as the day went on. I’m so glad everyone was able to sign up for the workshops they wanted and take advantage of the opportunity of having so many talented artists under one roof—and that everyone escaped unscathed and with no trample marks!

If you have not signed up already, I would encourage you to log on to www.aamastersweekend.com and make sure you are a part of this very special weekend before the event sells out. There are going to be 18 top instructors at Weekend With the Masters teaching workshops, giving demos, and leading panel discussions, and there will be several special guests and events to complement the educational offerings. Because this is the Plein Air blog, I thought I’d give you a quick overview of what our five landscape-painting instructors—Scott Christensen, Kevin Macpherson, Joseph McGurl, Frank Serrano, and Skip Whitcomb—will be teaching throughout the four-day weekend. These plein air classes will take place at the beautiful Garden of the Gods and Monument Valley parks during one of the most glorious seasons in Colorado—early fall. To see a full schedule of events with dates and times, log on to www.aamastersweekend.com. Although several of the full-day master workshops are already sold out (you can put your name on a waiting list for these), there’s still a few spaces left in some of the half-day landscape classes, so be sure to register today, and we hope to see you in September!


SCOTT CHRISTENSEN


Iseltwald, Switzerland
by Scott Christensen, 2009, oil, 24 x 24.
Courtesy Christensen Studio, Victor, Idaho.

Full-Day Master Workshop: “Developing a Critical Eye With Scott Christensen”
In this full-day workshop, Christensen will begin indoors with a lecture on preparing and practicing at the highest level and a discussion on master landscape painters of the past. After conducting a demonstration on “keying in” a painting, the class will all paint together in Monument Valley Park.
Medium: oil
Level: all levels
Maximum students: 17
Status: SOLD OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Master Workshop: “Developing a Critical Eye With Scott Christensen”
For this half-day workshop, Christensen will spend an hour indoors discussing the importance of preparing and practicing at the highest level and giving a brief presentation on historical painters’ work. He will then take the class outdoors to paint on location for the rest of the workshop.
Medium: oil
Level: all levels
Maximum students: 17
Status: SOLD OUT (waiting list)


Half-Day Demonstration: "Keying in a Painting With Scott Christensen”
For this half-day indoor demonstration, Christensen will begin with a brief lecture and then demonstrate how he keys in his landscape paintings.
Medium: n/a
Maximum students: TBD
Status: space available


KEVIN MACPHERSON

Camden Harbor
by Kevin Macpherson, oil, 12 x 16.
Full-Day Master Workshop: “Simplifying the Outdoor Subject With Kevin Macpherson”
Understanding light and shadow is one of the keys to successful painting. Painting outdoors is challenging for many reasons, but simplifying the chaos and capturing the fleeting light and shadow patterns will encourage success. Macpherson will do a short demonstration, work with students individually, and offer a group critique.
Medium: oil
Level: intermediate/advanced
Maximum students: 20
Status: SOLD OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Master Workshop: “The Theory of Relativity With Kevin Macpherson”
Painting is based on the relationship of color, shape, value, and edges. Most aspiring artists rely on preconceived color formulas rather than relative color. Ironically, working with a limited palette actually teaches one more about color than using a rainbow of pigments does. Macpherson will conduct a short demonstration and then work with students individually.
Medium: oil
Level: intermediate/advanced
Maximum students: 20
Status: SOLD OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Lecture/Presentation: “Critique Session With Kevin Macpherson”
An assessment of each artist’s artwork will be discussed with the group as a whole through a PowerPoint presentation. (The work being critiqued will be previously submitted paintings, not paintings created during the event.) Each painting example will be a lesson for all. Macpherson will encourage interaction while explaining the subjective and objective principles that make for a good painting. Each artist participating will go home with seeds of inspiration and a path to follow that will bring his or her art to the next level.
Medium: n/a
Level: all levels
Maximum students: 30
Participation requirement: If you sign up for this critique session, you must send a JPEG or TIFF digital image of the landscape painting you would like Macpherson to critique to mail@myamericanartist.com by July 1, 2009. Please label the subject of your e-mail, “Macpherson Critique,” and please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well the title, medium, and dimensions of your piece. No more than two submissions per artist, please.
Status: space available


JOSEPH MCGURL
Peace
by Joseph McGurl, 2008, oil, 24 x 36.
Courtesy Tree's Place, Orleans, Massachusetts.

Full-Day Master Workshop: “Landscape Painting: Creating Atmosphere and Space With Joseph McGurl”
The magic of painting is that artists can create the illusion of infinite space on a flat panel through careful manipulation of value and color. McGurl will show students how this is accomplished and conduct a demonstration on some of the points discussed. The participants will then focus on the issue of space and atmosphere in their own plein air paintings.
Medium: oil
Level: intermediate/advanced
Maximum students: 18
Status: SOLD-OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Master Workshop: “Landscape Painting: Creating Form and Texture With Joseph McGurl”
It is easy for texture to obscure the form of an object in a landscape painting or for the form to wipe out the texture. A tree with leaves is an obvious example of the need to balance texture and form. McGurl will demonstrate some techniques for melding these two competing issues into a complete whole. Students will then create their own plein air landscapes incorporating some of what was discussed into their work.
Medium: oil
Level: intermediate/advanced
Maximum students: 18
Staus: space available

Half-Day Demonstration: “Making the Connection—From Field to Studio With Joseph McGurl”
Many artists struggle with transferring field sketches to finished studio paintings. This demonstration will cover some of the practical and philosophical aspects of making this transition. McGurl will show some of the methods he has devised and learned to simplify the process and achieve more successful results.
Medium: n/a
Level: all levels
Maximum students: no limit
Status: space available
   
FRANK SERRANO


Grand Canal
by Frank Serrano, 2008, oil, 8 x 12.
Private collection.
Full-Day Master Workshop: “The Plein Air Experience With Frank Serrano”
In this full-day workshop, Serrano will teach students how to capture value and color simply, through easy-to-learn techniques using a limited palette.
Medium: oil
Level: all levels (some outdoor painting experience)
Maximum students: 20
Status: SOLD-OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Master Workshop: “Capturing the Essence of the Landscape With Frank Serrano”
Serrano will show participants how to capture the mood and specific light of the day, whether it’s early light or late-afternoon light. Using a limited palette, students will learn to capture subtle color, gray down color, and control temperature.
Medium: oil
Level: all levels (some outdoor painting experience)
Maximum students: 20
Status: SOLD OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Demonstration: “Learning to See With Frank Serrano”
In this outdoor plein air demonstration, Serrano will take students through his process for composing a scene through concise drawing and the simplification of design elements.
Medium: n/a (instructor works in oil)
Level: all levels
Maximum students: no limit
Status: space available

SKIP WHITCOMB

Battleship Mountain
by Skip Whitcomb, 2008, oil, 14 x 11.
Collection Dan Geiger.
Full-Day Master Workshop: “Defining and Developing a Compelling Landscape Concept With Skip Whitcomb”

Whitcomb will discuss and demonstrate the importance of selecting only those elements in the landscape that contribute to the overall concept or message of the painting. Once those elements are selected, the instructor will work with students to arrange shapes and masses into a dynamic composition.
Medium
: oil
Level
: Instructor prefers students with a working knowledge of outdoor painting and also recommends this workshop for collectors, art educators, and art enthusiasts interested in the painting process.
Maximum students
: 15
Status: SOLD-OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Master Workshop: “Looking Beyond Subject Matter: Translating Concept Into Graphic Form With Skip Whitcomb”
Whitcomb will discuss the relationship between art and subject matter and demonstrate how he uses order and composition to create the desired aesthetic result, while students work individually.
Medium: oil
Level: Instructor prefers students with a working knowledge of outdoor painting. However anyone with an interest in traditional painting, particularly landscape, is welcome.
Maximum students: 15
Status: SOLD OUT (waiting list)

Half-Day Demonstration: “Abstract Concepts in Traditional Painting With Skip Whitcomb”
In this outdoor lecture/demonstration, students and observers will get to watch a visual exercise in how an artist observes and interprets nature. Whitcomb will illustrate how artists are not bound by objective reality but instead can select and arrange the elements that contribute to their overall concept or message.
Medium: n/a
Level: all levels
Maximum students: no limit
Status: space available

 


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on 2 Apr 2009 5:41 PM

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on 10 Apr 2009 2:08 AM

This looks like it would be a great opportunity for artists.

Thanks

Dave