Acadia Workshop Center

Workshops run 5 days, M-F, unless noted otherwise.
Michael Chesley Johnson
The Maine Landscape in Pastel or Oil (4 Day workshop)
Aug. 21 - 24, 2018
Plein Air -  Oil  /  Pastel

In this plein air workshop, Michael will focus on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic.  The workshop will include demonstrations, plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions.  You can expect an intense but very rewarding time!  All media and all levels are welcome.

Topics included in the lectures and demonstrations:  How to pick a subject and isolate it from its surroundings; the importance of value (thumbnail) sketches and how to do them; making your "best guess" at color and value for your block-in; adjusting shape relationships after the block-in; color harmony and how it relates to the landscape; building your painting toward a finish; how to critique your own work.

Michael Chesley Johnson is a professional artist working in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has participated as an Invited Artist in many national plein air painting festivals including Grand Canyon National Park's "Celebration of Art," Zion National Park's "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran," and, for many years, the Sedona Plein Air Festival. In 2012, he was an Invited Artist for Plein Air Magazine's First Annual Plein Air Expo & Convention.  He has been invited back to the Grand Canyon for the 2014 event.  Designated a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada, he is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Additionally, he is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and a frequent contributor to Pastel Journal. He also specializes in teaching small-size plein air painting workshops for all levels of painter and has many books and instructional videos available. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel.

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All levels $595 per student

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