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Making Art Outdoors

ARTIST: John P. Lasater IV

4-Day workshop in Oils
Intermediate to Advanced Levels

Registration for “locals with lunches” packages is not available online due to Special Pricing ($750) for this workshop. Please contact Dorothy by email at for registration information. All-inclusive packages may be booked online at standard prices.

Making Art Outdoors with John P. Lasater IV

Using the outdoors as your art studio isn’t always ideal, but there’s no reason it can’t be the place where you create timeless works of art. John P. Lasater IV will help you approach outdoor painting with better focus. He will teach you: 1) how to find your intention, 2) how to plan your design, and 3) how to capture the essence of what you see.

Known for his string of awards in national competitions with a staggering variety of landscape subjects, John excels at pictorial concepts, open-form painting, naturalism, sophisticated color mixing and design principles. With his years of painting and teaching experience, expect to be enlightened by his hands-on help and challenged by his lectures and demonstrations.

Teaching Objectives:

• How to choose a painting spot that has pictorial potential

• How to reduce the visual information to its essence

• Ways to start and sustain an outdoor painting

• Creating a sense of space in a painting

• When and how to utilize atmospheric perspective

• Eyeflow in design

• Finding harmony in the color relationships

• Wet-on-wet oil painting, and ways to use your tools

• Landscape painting in its current historical context and the remaining frontiers of

artistic exploration.


Day 1

Lecture and Demonstration

Exercises and Class Practice followed by a Critique

Optional Nocturne Demonstration after hours

Day 2


Exercises and Class Practice

Day 3


Exercises and Class Practice

Day 4


Exercises and Class Practice

Closing Critique

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.

Earlier Event: March 16
Plein Air in Soft Pastels
Later Event: April 29
Plein Air to Studio in Oils