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."
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Paint Campobello/Maine Workshops (scroll down for more)
July-September, 2016: Lubec, Maine
**WORKSHOPS WILL BE TAUGHT
ONLY IN LUBEC IN 2016**
Join Michael in beautiful Downeast Maine! Lubec and adjacent 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, visit the Paint Campobello site at www.PaintCampobello.com or www.PleinAirPaintingMaine.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 studios, you'll have ample time to visit his studio gallery, Artists Retreat Studios & 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. (Schedule is subject to change up until first sign-up for a week.)
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 12-15, 2016 - all levels
July 18-20 (Note: Mon-Wed only,USD $225), 2016 - all levels
July 26-29, 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
Paint Sedona Workshops (scroll down for more)
October 2016 - April 2017: 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. (Schedule is subject to change up until first sign-up for a week.)
Price: USD $300. Package deal! 5 nights lodging at Gandolfo Studios + tuition for only $600!
Fall/Winter/Spring 2016/2017 Schedule:
Oct 25-28, 2016
Nov 1-4, 2016
Nov 6-12, 2016 (Special Albert Handell Mentoring Program)
Nov 15-17, 2016
Nov 21-23, 2016 (3 days, $225)
Nov 29-Dec 2
Dec 6-9, 2016
Dec 13-16, 2016
Dec 20-23, 2016
Dec 27-30, 2016
Jan 3-6, 2017
Jan 10-13, 2017
|Jan 17-20, 2017
Jan 24-27, 2017
Feb 7-10, 2017
Feb 14-17, 2017
Feb 21-24, 2017
Feb 28-Mar 3, 2017
Mar 7-10, 2017
Mar 12-18, 2017 (Special Albert Handell Mentoring Program)
Mar 21-24, 2017
Mar 28-31, 2017
Apr 2-8, 2017 (Special Joint Workshop with Doug Tweddale, $475)
Apr 11-14, 2017
Workshops for Art Groups, Art Societies and Art Centers (scroll down for more)
April 22-24, 2016: ARIZONA, Scottsdale
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Arizona Plein Air Association at Scottsdale Artists School
Price: $400 for 3 days. For details and registration: Scottsdale Artists's School, (800) 333-5707, and details here: http://scottsdaleartschool.org/course/plein-air-painting-workshop-with-michael-chesley-johnson/
May 6-7, 2016: ILLINOIS, Batavia
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Water Street Studios
Join Michael for two full days (Fri-Sat of painting at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois.
Price: $250. For details and registration, contact: 630-761-9977 or http://waterstreetstudios.org/
May 9-11, 2016: INDIANA, Valparaiso
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: $325. For details and registration: 219-462-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.artbarnin.com
September 6-7, 2016: NEW HAMPSHIRE, North Conway
Plein Air Workshop Hosted by New Hampshire Plein Air
Join Michael for two full days of painting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. North Conway was a destination for many of the Hudson River School painters, including Thomas Cole. Beautiful scenery guaranteed! We will be staying at the historic Bartlett Inn together.
Price: $285 to $660 depending on lodging selection. For details and registration: Sharon Allen, email@example.com
September 26-29, 2016: MAINE, Bernard
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
October 4-6, 2016: NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington
Workshop hosted by Wilmington Art Association.
Price: $350 WAA Members, $385 non-members. Contact: Ann Lees, WAA Education Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 22-29, 2017: UTAH, Zion National Park
Week-long painting retreat in Springdale for previous students only. Details TBA.
May 5-6, 2017: OHIO, Columbus
Two-day plein air workshop. Details TBA.
July 17-21, 2017: MAINE, Rockland
Five-day Workshop Hosted by Coastal Maine Art Workshops
Five-day workshop in scenic and historic Rockland, Maine.
Price: TBA. Details: Coastal Maine Art Workshops, 207-594-4813, email@example.com
October 7-8 , 2017:COLORADO, Durango
May 7-9 , 2018: MICHIGAN , Lowell
Plein Air in Pastel - Sponsored by Great Lakes Pastel Society
Join Michael for three days of painting in pastel on the beautiful grounds of the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan. Sponsored by the Great Lakes Pastel Society and hosted by FLPC. Lodging available at location.
Price: $400, not including lodging. For full details and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-chesley-johnson-pastel-plein-air-painting-workshop-tickets-21558543183
June 16-23, 2018: ITALY, Florence
Painting Retreat Hosted by La Meridiana of Certaldo
Join Michael for a week of painting the Tuscan landscape! The group will stay at the Villa Fattoria Bacìo in Certaldo Alto with painting excursions to Siena, La Meridiana, San Gimignano and Barberino.
Price: Starts at € 2,200. Includes transportation to/from Florence Airport, daily transportation to locations, all meals. For full details about this exciting trip to Italy, download this information sheet.
October 24-27 , 2018: ARIZONA, Grand Canyon National Park
Painting Workshop Hosted by Grand Canyon Association
Imagine four days of painting in Grand Canyon National Park! Grand Canyon can be magical with the play of sunlight and shadow, and it is an artist's dream to paint.
Details to come! Let Michael know if you're interested. This workshop will fill very quickly.
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!
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!