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Painting Landscapes in Oils with Your Palette Knife

ARIST: Alisa Koch

One Day All-Inclusive Workshop with Special Pricing
Beginning to Intermediate levels

Using her palette knife as a tool, Koch has a talent for working with oils, creating stunning landscapes that almost have an Impressionistic, Paul Cézanne-type feel. Often, Koch dots her background with vivid pinks, blues and oranges to create a rendering of a sunset or sunrise, while blocks of vibrant greens and yellows lay the foreground for her work. Her intention is to capture the transient quality of nature, from dusk to twilight, and she leaves room for people to interpret her work as they see fit. “I grew up in the country, and I spent a lot of time outdoors, inspecting the elements around me,” Koch said. “Leaves, flowers, or a change of weather had an effect on me emotionally, and I wanted to recreate what I was feeling and put it on canvas. I came up with a method to apply paint very minimally, breaking things down into shapes and colors so that you understand what you’re looking at, but each person can interpret it on their own.”

Special Pricing is Available for this One-Day All-Inclusive Workshop. Please email Dorothy Wells Littleton to register and for pricing/payment information.

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to Oct 18

Painting "Painterly" en Plein Air

Artist: Dan Graziano 

4-Day workshop
Beginning to advanced levels

 Whether you are a beginner picking up a brush for the first time or someone returning to art after a long time away from the easel, this workshop is designed to be informative, fun and stimulating. Beginning with a discussion on the “basics” of painting (from materials to paint handling), the workshop will also address the fundamentals of composition, color, value, edges and perspective. Instruction will include a short painting demo by Dan each day, with explanation of his process along the way. 

On the first day of the workshop, participants will work from a still life to paint quick studies from life that incorporate the fundamentals discussed, with plenty of one-on-one individual instruction throughout the day. The following three days of the workshop will focus on painting en plein air, including how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings. Participants will paint outdoors at different locations each day within the picturesque Tallapoosa Art School retreat and along beautiful Lake Martin. The basic goal for each day of this workshop will be to develop the ability to create expressive, accurate, and “painterly” paintings! 


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to Oct 26

Plein Air in Oils and Pastels

Artist: Nancie King Mertz

4-Day Workshop
Beginning to Advanced Levels

This workshop will improve your speed & confidence when using soft pastels for Plein Air painting.  The information shared over the 4 days will also be helpful for studio pastel work.

One or two paintings will be fully completed each day, depending on your comfort zone.  Individual attention is stressed in this workshop, rather than group lecture.  Short demos will be offered as needed, throughout the workshop, to help clarify techniques.

Artist’s statement:  “Pastels are perfect when painting on-site because they’re so immediate…no time is required to mix paint.  This is a huge benefit when racing against the clock or chasing the sun.  I’ll share techniques that help you capture light & shadow quickly and that enable you to complete works in 2-3 hours.  Lake Martin is beautiful in October and provides a wealth of subjects, just begging to be painted!”


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to Nov 7

Designing for Plein Air in Watercolor


3-Day Workshop
Beginner to Advanced Levels

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression. 

Through demonstration, thoughtful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. Iain teaches workshops both en plein air and in a traditional studio setting. In both settings his purpose is to provide you with a repeatable process involving carefully planned steps that you can use for painting any subject. 

Students will follow Iain in group demonstrations from photographs provided by Iain or life - more experienced painters are encouraged to work from their own photography. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all quite often with a broad mix of experience and skill levels represented. Most importantly, Iain allows as much time as possible for one on one instruction and critique. After all a workshop should focus on the student and not how well the instructor can paint. In the end it's about you and your experience and whether it will help you to continue on your artistic journey. 

Iain Stewart is a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies amongst others. His work has received top awards in international competition. In addition to working as a fine artist and workshop instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator with an international clientele and an Adjunct Professor at Auburn University where he teaches Architecture in Watercolor. 


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to Nov 15

Workshop in Oils

ARTIST: John P. Lasater IV

4-Day workshop
Beginner to Advanced Levels

A familiar name in the national plein air scene, John excels at design, sophisticated color mixing, paint application and edge-control. And now, with years of teaching under his belt, expect to be encouraged and challenged by his demonstrations and hands-on help.

John has been influenced by many artists: directly through workshops with Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, and Carolyn Anderson, and indirectly through self-study of historical sources such as Charles Hawthorne, Edwin Dickenson, Georgio Morandi, James Whistler, Edgar Degas, Andrew Wyeth, Camille Corot, Diego Velazquez, and Italian and Roman historical art.

Workshop Objectives

  • Introduce you to new ways of approaching one of the toughest artistic subjects – landscapes painted outdoors.
  • Further your knowledge of wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools.
  • Empower you to make better choices when deciding what and how to paint; choices that fit you personally and this place in art history.
  • Introduce you to painting larger canvases outdoors, and in multiple sessions.
  • Add nocturnal painting to your repertoire.
  • Learn new ways to conquer your emotional roadblocks.
  • Teach you about the history of outdoor painting, and how you fit in its current manifestation in the United States.

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to May 4

Plein Air in Pastels and Oils

ARIST: Greg Barnes

4-Day Workshop
Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Greg welcomes students who are new to plein air painting as well as students with prior experience and provides individual attention to students at all levels. Instruction will range from advice on supplies to choosing a subject for your painting, the painting process, and adding final touches in your studio.

Greg teaches pastel and plein air painting the way he learned: By giving daily demonstrations and instruction at your easel. This format accelerates the learning process by first seeing and then by doing. While pastel is the medium Greg focuses on, oil or acrylics are welcome. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, you will enjoy your experience with Greg.

Selected comments from a recent workshop:
"Wonderful experience"
"Excellent workshop - it is the best I have ever participated in"
"Felt like Greg strived very hard to make sure that everyone got personal attention and positive suggestions"
"A delightful person, who translates "Yes, you can" to students"
"Wonderful workshop - please come again."


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