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Classes By Medium





  • Acrylic
  • Drawing
  • Oil
  • Pastel
  • Plein Air
  • Sip & Paint
  • Special Media
  • Watercolor

ONLINE! Abstracting the Landscape with Shawn Dell Joyce

Wednesdays, 6-8 PM

Learn to simplify the landscape into abstract shapes and block in, then refine the painting with small details. Learn the basics of composition and how to paint faster, more accurately and create more dynamic paintings.

Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder and former executive director of a nonprofit plein air school in NY called Wallkill River School. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country, and is endorsed by Ampersand Pastelbords who supply materials for her demos and workshops. In 2017, she was hired by UArt to do a plein air pastel workshop. She has also worked the plein air event circuit and participated in many prestigious events around the country, bringing home awards for her loose and colorful paintings. She recently placed 1 st in the 2018 Inverness Plein Air Festival, 1 st in the Quickdraw at Lightchasers in Sarasota, and 3 rd in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival.  She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine. She has participated in many national exhibits and plein air festivals, and is represented by galleries in NY and Florida.

Materials list:
Syllabus with log in info, and materials list provided upon registration

Maximum students: 15

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Session Dates: October 7, 14, 21, and 28th ($100)
October 7, 14, 21, and 28th Members ($85)
Recordings Only ($30)
Oct 7th ($25)
Oct 14th ($25)
Oct 21st ($25)
Oct 28th ($25)

In Person! Plein Air with Nancy Reed Jones

Tuesdays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Location: Benedict Park, 1768 Route 17K, Montgomery, NY at the pavilion by the playground all the way in the back of the park.

Spend the morning painting ‘En Plein Air’ with Nancy Reed Jones. Nancy is skilled with foliage-filled landscapes and the nature of Benedict Farm Park is the perfect location to paint.

Please bring your own materials, water, and personal safety equipment to this on-location class! For how we are maintaining safe classes, please see our summer class safety plan. If you’d like to borrow a school easel, you’ll need to email us at to arrange a pickup.


Instructor: Nancy Reed Jones     [View Instructor Video]
Session Dates: Sept 22nd ($35)
Sept 29th ($35)
Oct 6th ($35)
Oct 13th ($35)

ONLINE Beginning Painting with Shawn Dell Joyce

Learn the basics of painting ONLINE in six classes. Make six different paintings, one for each class, and learn specific skills with each painting! Each class focuses on a different art concept, brush skill, color skill, and drawing skill. At the end of six weeks you will have all the basics to be able to paint independently with confidence. Art skills you will learn include composition, foreground/background and where to begin, and creating the illusion of depth and perspective in your paintings. Drawing skills include how to transfer a drawing to a canvas (3 methods) value scales and value sketching, and starting with simple shapes. Learn how to mix and match color, and make your own color wheel. Learn how to use different brushes and what they are for, as well as tools like sea sponge and palette knife. Learn how to use sighting to draw in perspective and self evaluate your own work to build on your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. Great class for learning the basics!

Each class runs for 6 weeks.  Choose either Monday evening sessions or Thursday afternoon sessions… or anytime using recordings of classes!

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Session Dates: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 Thur. 1-4 PM ($135)
MEMBERS Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 Thur. 1-4 PM ($120)
Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Mon 6-9 PM ($135)
MEMBERS Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Mon 6-9 PM ($120)
Recordings Only June-July 2020 ($)
Recordings Only Sept-Oct 2020 ($40)