Workshops

Joan Vienot Plein Air Painting Workshops

Learn from Joan in a hands-on environment with plein air workshops. Plein air painting is the single best practice for improving your compositional skills, color-mixing, power of observation, and patience with your art.


THREE HOUR INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP: Introduction to Plein Air Painting

CANCELLED—Oct. 19, 2018, 9:00 AM to Noon
Festival cancelled due to Hurricane Michael interfering with logistics. The CAA apologizes and asks you to stay tuned.

$25 advance registration; $30 after September 15.
Flutterby Festival and Plein Air Paint-Out / Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, at Watersound Origins Cafe, 530 Pathways Drive, Watersound, FL 32461. 

Painting “en plein air” is painting on-site, in open air. Plein air painting is the single best practice for improving your compositional skills, color-mixing, power of observation, and patience with your art. This workshop is an introduction to plein air painting tools and supplies, choosing a scene or subject, and getting started. All media are welcome.

CANCELLED, see notes above.


Shape-Making and Atmospheric Perspective

One-Day Workshop: Shape-Making and Atmospheric Perspective, for Successfully Starting a Plein Air Painting

DATE: Joan’s next one-day workshop not yet scheduled.

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.

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Three-Day Workshop: Simplification

DATE: Joan’s next three-day workshop not yet scheduled.

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.

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Have questions about painting workshops?
You can contact Joan through the Contact Form, or by phone at (850) 259-8394