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-paint along with Shawn as she participates in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival and learn how to capture a complicated scene in plein air, and simplify it into the strongest compositional elements.

Learn the basic tenets of plein air painting, and the intricacies of pastel. Start with blocking in basic shapes, refining shapes and colors, then polishing the finished piece. Fall workshop focuses on warm fall foliage and cool Hudson River views. Workshop runs in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, and takes place at Plum Pointe/Kowawese Unique Area in New Windsor. Workshop starts out with a brief presentation at 9:30am then a demo. Painting time with individual attention during the day, and lunch and snacks provided, restrooms on site.

Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder of the Wallkill River School of Art, and an award-winning plein air pastelist. She has more than twenty years of plein air experience and has won numerous awards for her loose pastel paintings.

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Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $50 for the full day three hour workshop from 9am-12
Session Dates: Fri. Oct. 6, 9-12 ($50.00)
two day workshop June 23&24, 2018 ($175)
members 2-day June 23 & 24 ($150)

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 TBA 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

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.


Mel Stabin- Painting in Watercolor with Energy and Expression!

If you’re looking to “loosen up” and bring more transparency and vitality to your paintings, then this watercolor workshop is for you! This class of painting landscapes and people in landscapes is designed for both the beginner who wants to learn basic design and composition principles as well as for the intermediate and advanced who have been painting for years and are looking to challenge themselves. In this outdoor on location workshop, Mel will emphasize  that simplicity is a powerful force in watercolor and clarity of thought and emotion are essential in this medium. You’ll enjoy watching Mel demonstrate every morning in his loose, representational style using different painting techniques as he discusses and shows you what he calls “The Big Three”… simplifying, thinking & painting quickly, and focusing on the idea of the painting. Questions are always welcomed during the demos and throughout the workshop. Personal instruction is given to all students. Mel and the class will take a midday break for lunch and some relaxation. A class critique at end of the day will be a great learning experience for all. Mel creates a welcoming, easygoing atmosphere in which

you’ll learn a lot and have a lot of fun too!




Instructor: Mel Stabin
Price: $300 for 2 day workshop ($175 single day)
Session Dates: June 2nd 2018(single day) ($175)
June 3rd 2018 (single day) ($175)
June 2nd, 3rd 2018 ($300)

The Pleasures and Perils of painting “en plein air” with Tony Conner

This workshop is for anyone who wants to experience the pleasures and perils of “en plein air” landscape painting.

We’ll spend three full days and one special “evening light” session enjoying the outdoors while learning art of en plein air painting in watercolor. We’ll work outdoors as much as possible, weather permitting, sketching and painting landscape subjects.



What you’ll learnThis class will help you develop the skills needed for successful plein air landscape painting:

  • Planning by sketching
  • Selecting your scene and identifying the important elements
  • Combining shapes and simplifying your composition
  • Capturing light in changing conditions
  • Using color and value creatively

Level/Prerequisite: This workshop is meant anyone who wants to improve their en plein air landscape painting.

During this workshop, we’ll focus on the particular skills and techniques needed to make plein air paintings successful.

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging because light and color can change rapidly and dramatically over the course of just a few hours. Learning to simplify the scene and fixing it at a point in time are the most important factors in creating successful en plein air landscape paintings.

We’ll work on Sept. 28th, 29th, and 30th from about 9am to 4pm each day.  The instructor will do short demos each morning and we’ll end each day with a gentle review and critique of the day’s work. The demos will focus on one important element of en plein air landscape painting. We’ll mutually select one evening where we’ll stay late to work on the particular challenge of capturing rapidly changing light at the end of the day.    watercolor materials list    plein air equipment list

Instructor: Tony Conner
Price: September 28. 29. 30 ($300)
Session Dates: September 28, 29, 30 ($300)

Plein AIr Impressionism with Jim Laurino

Join award-winning plein air artist Jim Laurino as he  paints in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival and paints a contemporary impressionist painting of Benedict Town Park in Montgomery. Learn to employ an impasto technique; Paint in some areas of a canvas will be thinly applied, while other areas (often the paintings’ focal point) will receive a thick layer of textured paint.  The abundance of paint and the directional elements of brush strokes are essential to Jim’s presentation.  Paint along with Jim and leave with your own Impressionist masterpiece! Open to oil painters only. Sat. Oct. 7, 9am-12 at Benedict Town Park parking lot by pavillion


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Instructor: Jim Laurino
Price: $50 for 3 hour workshop
Session Dates: Sat. Oct. 7, 9am ($50.)

Plein Air Nocturnes with Kari Ganoung Ruiz

Learn to choose the best scene for a night time painting (nocturne) and paint with award-winning plein air artist Kari Ganoung-Ruiz! Meet at Wallkill River School at 7pm to learn about color mixing, identifying a good site, and particulars of plein air painting at night, then head out to the Village of Montgomery for an after-dark plein air class. Learn tips and techniques from an expert! Part of the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival!

Oct. 3, Tuesday, 7-9:30-10pm

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Instructor: Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Price: $50 for three hour workshop
Session Dates: Tues. Oct. 3, 7:00-10pm ($$50)