to Mar 29

Still Life in Oils


4-Day Studio Workshop
All Levels

Qiang's approach to still life painting will be demonstrated with particular focus on creating dramatic set ups by observing the light distribution, and using bold and loose strokes to create a powerful and accurate representation on canvas. Using demonstrations and individual assistance, Qiang will explain his process of creating energetic paintings by manipulating values, colors, edges, and brushwork. Personal attention will be given to each student according to his or her current skill level and personal goals in art. The workshop is designed for indoor practice with live settings.

Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) came to the U.S. from China. He has studied art from multiple master artists including David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions. Qiang is a signature member of OPA. His work has been featured in American Artist, Southwest Art, and Artist Magazine.

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The Watercolor Journey
to Apr 4

The Watercolor Journey


4-Day Studio Workshop
Watercolors in the Studio and en Plein Air
All Levels

Join David on a Watercolor Journey to learn the most valuable concepts and techniques.  This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity.  Participants will be provided with reference photos, drawing guides, typed outlines, and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the painting process.  The workshop is packed with demos, guided practice and individual help, both in the studio and en plein air.  Regardless of your level of experience, whether the subject matter is a Street Scene, a Misty Lake, or a Radiant Floral, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.  David will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques, including "wet-on-wet," "pouring," "spattering" and "spraying" – methods and approaches that will keep your paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures, and keep you inspired and eager to explore your new watercolor capabilities long into the future. 

David has studied under numerous instructors in the states and in China.  He has displayed his work in galleries and museums across the United States and his work has been awarded at the state and national level.  David has received Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society and others.

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Pastels en Plein Air
to May 3

Pastels en Plein Air


4-Day Plein Air Workshop
Soft Pastels
All 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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to Sep 19

Still Life in Oils

Artist: Barbara Binford Davis

3-Day Workshop
Beginner to Advanced Levels

Believing that learning to paint the effect of light will allow you to paint any subject well,  Barbara will work with you in this class to learn specifically how light and shadow define form.  You will learn about different light effects and composition as we work from life using still life arrangements inside the studio.  Fresh brushtrokes and use of color will be emphasized. The valuable lessons of observation you acquire in this controlled environment will help you in your plein air work - just as your plein air work helps you in the studio!  

Weather permitting, we may venture outside to paint a still life to see and understand the transforming effect of sunlight.  

A lifetime resident of Montgomery, Alabama, Barbara obtained a degree in Fine Art from Auburn University Montgomery.  She credits plein air painting with changing her life and opening doors allowing her to paint on a full-time basis as well as stirring in her a passion to paint, to pursue painting in an impressionistic manner capturing light and its effect on the form.

Barbara is a active member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and the Portrait Society of America.  


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Landscapes in Oils
to Oct 17

Landscapes in Oils

ARTIST: Christopher Groves

3-day Studio Workshop

All Levels

Special Pricing: Please contact Dorothy for information on all-inclusive and local packages.

Chris will employ a classical approach to landscape painting. Class will begin with topics on materials, palette, and composition.

We will cover various techniques of drawing along with preliminary charcoal

sketches, value and color studies, and fundamentals of color mixing in order prepare

for the final painting. Classical approach of monochromatic under painting, directed

observation and application of color, followed by glazing techniques will be

discussed and shown. Class will consist of lectures, slide analysis, and

Individual critiques, while the student paints his or her own landscape. Students will

bring their own reference material to paint from, whether it is a photograph or a

small color sketch.

Day 1


Structure of the landscape

Concept and Themes

Values – Shapes – Focal Point



Day 2

Color Mixing – Limited Palette discussed

Application of color

Brush handling

Getting your values and colors to work together

Gradations and Transitions


Day 3

Pushing your painting with respect to the focal point


Accents and Highlights

Finishing up

Demo on glazing technique

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to Nov 8

Painting the Southern Landscape


3-Day Plein Air Workshop
Oils en Plein Air
All Levels

David will teach plein air painting in oils in inspiring early spring venues on Lake Martin including the Stables and Barns at Russell Crossroads (David can’t resist a rusting tractor or a red clay road), the Sailboats at Dixie Sailing Club, and the most beautiful time of the year at Jim Scott’s Gardens. As David describes his love of outdoor painting:

I use my plein air work as a way to “capture a feeling.” I use my camera to record a moment. Back in my studio I like to combine these into large scale paintings of those things I wish I could keep forever... old signs, decaying building, old cars, trucks and tractors, and beautiful rural landscapes. My paintings are my memories, and accordingly, some of my paintings take the angle of a child’s viewpoint; lower to the ground.

Boyd considers himself an obsessed experimenter.  Recently he has been focusing on studio and plein air oil paintings of the urban and rural landscape. Boyd has studied under Millie Gosch, Gene Costanza, Jill Steenhuis, Roger Dale Brown, Marc Chatov, Scott Christensen, Greg LaRock, Sherrie McGraw, Ken DeWaard, Marc Hanson, and James Richards.

 Boyd is a member of OPA and AIS. He has been selected for regional OPA shows and AIS National where he was awarded an Honorable Mention by the judge, Kevin McPherson. In addition, Boyd has participated in and won awards at plein air events around the southeast including the Plein Air Affair in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, where he received the 3rd place award for his quick draw painting, the Callaway Gardens Plein Air Paint Out, the Paintin' The Town plein air event in historic College Park, Georgia, where he won second place, and most recently, Boyd received the Emerging Artist award at Florida's Forgotten Coast Paint Out Quick Draw event, earning him an invitation to the Forgotten Coast Paint Out.

 Boyd’s work can be seen at Two Smith's Gallery, Duluth, Georgia; Fine Lines Gallery in Newnan, Georgia; Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, SC; Two Galleries, North Atlantic Beach, NC; and Quincy Avenue Art and Things in Seaside, Florida. Boyd’s work can also be seen at his studio by appointment. View Boyd’s work at You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pintrest.  

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to Nov 21

The Figure in Pastel or Oil

ARTIST: Margaret Dyer

3-Day Studio Workshop
All Levels

This studio workshop is an intense three-day class in which students are taught a traditional pastel or oil painting technique.  Margaret teaches a simple step-by-step method. Working with a live model, we will explore drawing, composition, anatomy, proportion, value, color, and pastel application or oil painting method. Emphasis is on developing form using light and shadow. For those wanting to speed up and become less tight in their work, this is an excellent class to take.

Margaret Dyer has lived in Atlanta, GA, since her family moved from New York in 1960. She attended the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum of Art and furthered her studies under painters Roman Chatov, Kate Fetterolf and Jim Richards. Margaret is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies and award-winner in the American Impressionist Society. 


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to Nov 15

Plein Air 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 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 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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10:00 AM10:00

Painting Landscapes in Oils with Your Palette Knife

ARTIST: 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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