Plein Air Painting Workshop Directory
& Master Schedule
Michael Chesley Johnson
"I just wanted to tell you thanks so much for the wonderful plein air workshop in Sedona. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The instruction was very valuable and I will practice it regularly to improve my paintings. Thanks for keeping the class small so everyone could receive equal instruction. We couldn't ask for a better experience."
NEW! One-Day Pastel Classes!
Looking to get started in pastel painting or to hone your skills? One of the country's top pastel painters, Michael Chesley Johnson, is offering to teach you pastel painting in a series of one-day classes. Johnson, who rarely gives one-day classes, has scheduled three Saturdays in January. On January 9, he will be covering Pastel Basics. On January 16, Color for the Pastel Painter. The final class on January 23 will introduce pastel painters to painting outdoors in Plein Air Pastel Basics. Each class runs 9-2 and costs $70. Classes may be taken independently of the others, so students may take one or all. Classes will be held in West Sedona. Pre-registration required. Contact Michael to register.
|Below are two workshop programs Michael offers in his seasonal studios.
For workshops elsewhere, scroll down or click here.
October 2015 - April 2016:
Sedona and Verde Valley Area, Arizona
Join Michael in Sedona's beautiful Red Rock Country! Sedona and the surrounding Verde River Valley area offer a wealth of material for the painter like nowhere else: stunning vistas of red rock formations, quiet creeks edged with cottonwood and sycamores, mysterious canyons plus much more. Michael has been painting the area for over 10 years and will share with you some of his favorite locations. For details, schedules and to register for one of these plein air painting workshops in Arizona, visit the Paint Sedona site at www.PaintSedona.com
In this workshop, you'll get lots of personal attention. Michael limits the workshop size to typically no more than four students. Workshops last four days (Tuesday-Friday) from 9-1 each day. You will work with Michael in the morning with critiques and lectures in the studio followed by on-location demonstrations and student work. Michael will make sure you have plenty of time to paint under his experienced eye. In the afternoons, you may either paint on your own (he will gladly give you location suggestions) or explore the area's many restaurants, shops and galleries. The week may also include a visit to his private studio.
Michael offers three different types of workshops: all-level (basic plein air painting instruction), intermediate-advanced (more advanced plein air painting instruction or retreats), and special topic (advanced color, advanced design, hiking to paint). There are also some one-day workshops. He will also gladly create a customized workshop for a group. For full details and to check openings, please visit www.PaintSedona.com.
Price: USD $300
Package deal! 5 nights lodging at Gandolfo Studios + tuition for only $600!
Remaining Fall/Winter/Spring 2015-2016 Schedule:
December 28-30, 2015
($225, 3 days, Mon-Wed)
January 5-8, 2016
January 9, 16, 23, 2016 - One-day pastel studio classes (9-2)
January 12-15, 2016
January 19-22, 2016
February 9-12, 2016
February 16-19, 2016
February 23-26, 2016
March 8-11, 2016
March 15-18, 2016
March 20-26, 2016 (Special Albert Handell Mentoring Program)
March 29-April 1, 2016
April 5-8, 2016
April 12-15, 2016
Campobello Island, New Brunswick
and Lubec, Maine
**WORKSHOPS WILL BE TAUGHT
ONLY IN LUBEC IN 2016**
Join Michael in beautiful Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes! Lubec and Campobello Island offer a wealth of material for the painter like nowhere else: quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing villages and more. Michael has been painting the area for over 10 years and will share with you some of his favorite locations. For details, schedules and to register for one of these plein air painting workshops in Lubec, Maine, and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, visit the Paint Campobello site at www.PaintCampobello.com.
As with the Sedona workshops, you'll get lots of personal attention because Michael limits the workshop to typically no more than four students. Workshops last four days (Tuesday-Friday) from 9-1 each day, with critiques and lectures in the studio followed by on-location demonstrations and student work. In the afternoons, you may either paint on your own (he will gladly give you location suggestions) or explore the area's many restaurants, shops and natural scenery. Because the workshop is based in Michael's summer studio, you'll have ample time to visit his studio gallery, Friar's Bay Studio Gallery.
Michael offers all-level plein air instruction in the summertime. He will also gladly create a customized workshop for a group. For full details and to check openings, please visit www.PaintCampobello.com.
Price: USD $300
Package deal! 5 nights lodging at Artists Retreat Studios & Galllery + tuition for only $800!
Schedule for 2016:
June 28-July 1, 2016 - all levels
July 5-8, 2016 - all levels
July 12-15, 2016 - all levels
July 19-22, 2016 - all levels
July 25-27 (Note: Mon-Wed only,USD $225), 2016 - all levels
August 2-5, 2016 - all levels
August 9-12, 2016 - all levels
August 16-19, 2016 - all levels
August 23-26, 2016 - all levels
August 30-September 2, 2016 - int/adv/retreat
Are you new to plein air painting?
If so, I strongly encourage you to
take my online plein air painting course.
It's only $15
and includes a downloadable text and several helpful videos for you to watch!
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Plein Air Painting Workshops Elsewhere
Interested in hosting a workshop with Michael?
April 22-24, 2016: Scottsdale, Arizona
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Arizona Plein Air Association at Scottsdale Artists School
Details to come!
May 6-7, 2016: Batavia, Illinois
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Water Street Studio s
Join Michael for two full days (Fri-Sat of painting at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois.
Price: $250. For details and registration, contact:
May 9-11, 2016: Valparaiso, Indiana
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by the Art Barn
Join Michael for three full days (Mon-Wed) of painting at the beautiful Art Barn property in Valparaiso. Fields, woods, a pond - what more could you ask for? Michael has taught several times at the Art Barn and every time it's something special. We'll even try to get our "chicken wrangler" on-board so we can paint the chickens!
Price: TBA. For details and registration: 219-462-9009, email@example.com, or www.artbarnin.com
September 26-29, 2016: Bernard, Maine
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Acadia Workshop Center
Join Michael for four full days of painting on beautiful Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. There's nothing like coastal Maine in the autumn! Michael has taught this workshop almost every year since 2003 and knows all the special places! Hosted by Acadia Workshop Center in Bernard, Maine.
Price: $595. For details and registration: http://www.acadiaworkshopcenter.com/MCJohnson.html
What to Expect
In the all-level workshops, Michael focuses 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 but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Advanced workshops are customized more to students' needs and can also include mentoring. Whatever the workshop, Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. You can expect an intense but very rewarding time!
Past students! Need a critique?
I will critique two of your paintings via e-mail for $50.
Get valuable feedback after you've taken a workshop with me and have had a chance to put your new skills to work!