Plein Air

 Workshops 2017

 Workshops are all taught by different teachers, register for each one separately. Please meet at the site (GPSable address included) and bring your own easel, tables, chairs, and painting materials. If you do not have your own equipment, you can stop at Wallkill River School during business hours and borrow any equipment you may need. Come 15 minutes early so you can be set up and ready for the workshop. LOST? Call (845) 728-4001 for instant help.

Plein Air with Shawn Dell Joyce

Plein air pastel with Shawn Dell Joyce-learn how to capture atmospheric perspective, layer pastels and watercolors, loosely paint a tree line and create Shawn Dell Joyce painting in Rock Hill NYa distinct foreground, middle ground, and background with an award-winning pastelist.

Paint Apple orchards in flower, and the Shawangunk Ridge. Workshop happens at Angry Orchard 2241 Albany Post Road, Walden.

UArt sponsored all day workshop (register through UArt) $100 for 9:30-4pm May 6 free paper and board samples provided for this workshop only!


Harvest time on the Ridge


Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $40 for 3 hour workshop

Outdoor (plein air) Painting for Beginners with Shawn Dell!

Ages 7 and up-adult Have you ever wanted to paint the outdoors like the Impressionists? Now is your opportunity! Every day students will have the opportunity to paint a new outdoor scene at the beautiful Benedict Farm Park in Montgomery using a different media each day. Various painting techniques and the use of color will be learned and discussed, follow along step by step starting with a value sketch and ending with a finished piece. Class is open to children and adults, all materials provided including easels, canvas, etc. Join for a day or a week!  10am-12pm Materials Included $125





Friday-free choice

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: Mon.-Fri. 10am-12pm at Benedict Farm Park, 1675 Route 17K Montgomery
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Session Dates: July 10-14, 10am-12 ($125.00)
August 7-11 ($125.00)
single class ($30.00)

Paint the Landscape with Michael Chesley Johnson

mcj_promoJoin nationally-known artist Michael Chesley Johnson as he shows you how to paint the landscape on-location and in the studio. In this workshop, you’ll start in the studio with basic principles, and then you’ll move to the field where Michael will demonstrate his method for “capturing the moment” quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your new skill with Michael going from easel to easel offering plenty of personal help. Each day will offer at least one demonstration plus critiques of student work done in the workshop.

this 2 day workshop will take place May 9-10,  (Tuesday & Wednesday.) classes will begin at 9am and run until 4pm (with lunch break.) Michael will be demonstrating in oil and pastel, but all mediums are acceptable for this workshop.  all experience levels are welcome, although it is suggested the student be comfortable handling the materials of their choice. Students must bring their own supplies.

to learn more about Michael, and see some of his work Click Here


Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Price: 240.00 for 2-day workshop
Session Dates: May 9-10, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) ($240.00)

Plein Air Workshop with Dan Graziano

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A Three-Day Painting Workshop

Each workshop will focus on painting outdoors from life (en plein air) along with basic art fundamentals of color temperature, value, edges, composition and paint handling. We will also discuss how to develop greater skills of observation, simplification, identification of a strong focal point and quickly painting “wet on wet” (alla prima) to translate what you see and experience into strong paintings.  Participants will paint every day at a different location. Each day begins with a brief demonstration by Dan followed by everyone painting, with plenty of one-on-one instruction. The class is structured for beginners to advanced painters.

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Please bring your own supplies, or stop by WRS to pick up an easel. Click the links above to get the supply list and agenda. Class meets at Benedict Town Park, 1675 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY on the first day.

Instructor: Dan Graziano
Price: $250. for three days 9am-4pm
Session Dates: June 16-18, 9am-4pm ($$250.00)

Plein Air Painting with Nancy Reed Jones

Paint in plein air at the Arboretum in Montgomery with Romantic realist painter Nancy Reed Jones. Bring your own easel and gear; all media welcome.

“Finding a good composition in the landscape.” She will explain how to use a viewfinder and how the different shape canvas’s give different effects to your painting.
$30 for two  hour class on Sunday June 11, 10am-noon. Class meets on location at Orange County Arboretum in Thomas Bull Park.

Instructor: Nancy Reed Jones     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $30 for 2 hours
Dates: June 11, 2017 ($30.00),

Plein Air with George Van Hook

George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist,​ has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors​.​ Join George for a two-day plein air workshop to practice allaprima painting,​ a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will meet on location and paint from 10am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own p​lein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic). Any painters who wish to paint with George from 4-6 pm are invited to do so.


Please visit his website at:

GVH Materials+Supplies

Aug. 5 meeting place is Hill Hold Museum in Montgomery

Aug. 6 meeting place is Plum Pointe/Kowawese Unique Area (follow pointy finger signs to find the group)

Instructor: George Van Hook
Price: $240 for both days
Session Dates: Aug. 5&6 Sat. 10am-4pm ($240.00)
Single day ($140.00)

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Plein Air Painting Group

Grab your gear and meet up with a great group of artists at beautiful sites across Orange County. This is not a class, and no staff or teacher is on site, but it is a fun opportunity to hang out with your peers and capture the moment in your own way. Bring your own gear, painting materials, bug & sun protection. Last Sunday of every month from 10am-1pm. Meet on site:

May 28th: Stewart Preserve, a grassland and forest area with walking paths and water views. Parking for cars and horse trailers is available at the north end of Ridge Road and at Weed Road (41.470282°N, 74.164528°W). Google Map (leaves DEC website)

June 25th: Newburgh Yacht Club and waterfront; historic views of the Hudson and a thriving restaurant scene. Newburgh Yacht Club, 1 Park Pl, Newburgh, NY 12550. There is no permission to paint on this site so please be respectful.

July 30th: Kowawese Unique Area, Plum Pointe Route 9W New Windsor. Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Gateway to the Hudson, Anthony’s Nose and Storm King. Highly popular place with families and children.

Aug. 27th: Arboretum Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Route 416, Montgomery, NY Lushly growing gardens with water features, shaded ponds, and fun recreational park.

Sept. 24th: Benedict Town Park: 1648 State Route 17K Montgomery, NY beautiful old dairy farm reverting back to it’s natural state. Rustic buildings, riverfront views, fall foilage and lovely fields.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Just load up your gear and show up on site. Paint at your own risk and enjoy yourself with a group of your peers.


Pocket Sketching- Pick up and Go! with Kath Macaulay

Pick up and go! The most portable, no clean-up way to enjoy watercolor on location.

Join Kath Macaulay for a day in the studio learning technique, perspective, color and

value. Then, with guidance, sketch for two days anywhere on location fearlessly! Plein

air Pocket Sketching will let you carry your supplies in a fanny pack and use them in

your ‘personal space’ so no one bothers you. Frequent demonstrations and critiques

(always supportive). Some techniques from John Singer Sargent. Totally portable,

never have to put anything down. No schlepping of gear. No clean-up. Ideal for travel,

journaling, bicycling, café sitting. Sketch anywhere, no mess, no reagents, no clean-up.

What’s not to like!!!!


Learn enough to play for a lifetime!

This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a

café or the airport. Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water

soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper and a small paint set. Ideal for the timid beginner

to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total

portability, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up.

Workshop includes several of the watercolor techniques of John Singer Sargent

and uses photos of his watercolors extensively as teaching examples. From a former

student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life: I can do this!”

Instructor: Kath Macaulay
Price: $250
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Session Dates: 3-day workshop: October 13, 14, 15 ($250.00)