Joan Vienot Plein Air Painting Workshops

Joan and Sonya

One-Day Workshop

Shape-Making and Atmospheric Perspective, for Successfully Starting a Plein Air Painting

This workshop focuses on practicing identifiable, effective shape-making and atmospheric perspective in plein air painting, to help the artist create readable shapes and convey receding space, greatly increasing the likelihood of producing a strong painting. Then the real fun of plein air painting, capturing the light, can happen. Using oil paint, Joan will demonstrate concepts, composition, and color-mixing to paint a simplified scene en plein air, and then the artists will have opportunity to paint on their own with Joan mentoring. Instruction will be in oils, but pastel and watercolor artists are welcome as well. For all skill levels, novice through advanced.


One-Day Workshop: April10, 2018, St. George Island, FL, St. George Island Paint-Out, $75, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. To register, use the form below or call Joan at (850) 259-8394. CLICK HERE for supply list for the one-day workshop. Note: Please do not buy new supplies if you have similar.

We will meet at the Resort Village Clubhouse in St. George Plantation at 8:00 AM (Tues., 4/10/18) for introductions and presentation of the workshop concepts. St. George Plantation is about 30 minutes from Apalachicola. Go west on Gulf Beach Drive to the security gate for St. George Plantation. If this is your first day here, tell the security guard, and you will receive a map. From the gate, go 1.2 miles west. Just past Park Avenue, turn left onto Resort Village Lane, and immediately right into the parking lot. Bring your notebook/sketchbook and a pen or pencil, and leave the rest of your gear in your car. Walk to the cul-de-sac at the end of the Resort Village Lane and then go north on the footpath to the clubhouse which is right in front of the pool, total distance about 100 yards from your car. (NOTE: This is our studio if the weather is bad, in which case, bring all your gear and your sack lunch.) After Joan presents the workshop concepts, we will go to Nick’s Hole for mentored practice. After midday, you can paint studies or create your own masterpiece using the concepts you have learned, with Joan continuing to mentor. To get to Nick’s Hole from the RVA clubhouse, go south 150′ to Leisure Lane; turn right on Leisure Lane and go 8/10 of a mile to the sign for Nick’s Hole Reserve on north (right) side of the road. (If you get to Forsythia Trail, you passed it.) At the sign, turn onto the dirt road to the parking area at kiosk. We will walk with our paints about 100 yards past the kiosk. No facilities or drinkable water here — pack your lunch, water, and supplies. Bring insect repellent, just in case. If you need facilities or water, return to the Clubhouse. Nick’s Hole is part of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve – ANERR. Please “leave no trace”.

Entrance road to Nick’s Hole, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, less than 1 mile west of the RVA Clubhouse.

Joan Vienot Workshop

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Meet for about an hour at 8:00 at the RVA Clubhouse. After that, we will drive 6/10 of a mile to Nick’s Hole for the rest of the day. Bring a sack lunch and your supplies. The workshop runs from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, leaving you time to paint another masterpiece afterwards!

Send this form to reserve your space in the workshop, or call Joan at (850) 259-8394.

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Three-Day Workshop: Simplification


Painting “en plein air” is painting on-site, in open air. Joan Vienot will provide demonstration and instruction each morning, with individual assistance and mentoring in the afternoons as participants paint subjects of their own choosing.

This workshop will provide new insight to accomplished painters, and courage for the beginner, with focus on simplification of subject matter, using value and intensity to create believable composition, and enhancement of color through temperature relationship. Joan will instruct in oil painting but all media are welcome.

An optional half-day pre-workshop will help the painter decide how to choose a subject to paint en plein air, observing the changing light and shadow, practicing “thumbnail” sketching, and planning interesting compositions.

CLICK HERE for supply list for the three-day workshop. Note: Please do not buy new supplies if you have similar.