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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)

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: July 14th ($35)
July 21st ($35)
July 28th ($35)
August 4th ($35)
August 11th ($35)
August 18th ($35)
August 25th ($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: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9 Thur. 1-4 PM ($135)
MEMBERS June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9 Thur. 1-4 PM ($120)
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 Mon 6-9 PM ($135)
MEMBERS June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 Mon 6-9 PM ($120)
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)

"Color As Value" Two Day Workshop with Shawn Dell Joyce

Learn how to break a scene into value blocks and substitute color based on value.  It’s a great way to make colorful compositions with accurate values.  Workshop open to any media.  First day of workshop happens at Olana Historic Site en plein air where the value simplification approach will be demonstrated and used to paint the view from Church’s home.  Second day indoor workshop focused on exercises to teach you how to simplify a scene and break it into value blocks, then change out the colors based on a value/color chart.

Fri. Aug. 7, 10am-3pm plein air workshop at Olana Historic Site
$75 (members) $85 (nonmembers) pack a lunch!

Sun. Aug. 9, 10am-3pm Indoor workshop at Wallkill River School
$75 (members) $85 (nonmembers) pack a lunch!

Materials List: SDJ Plein Air Adventure Materials List

Shawn Dell Joyce Bio:  Bio and Artist Statement for Shawn Dell Joyce

Sponsored by Ampersand Pastel Boards (Each participant will receive a free pastel board!)


Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Session Dates: Aug. 7, Friday 10am-3pm at Olana Historic Site ($85.00)
Aug. 7, Friday 10am-3pm at Olana Historic Site (MEMBERS) ($75.00)
Aug. 9, Sunday 10am-3pm at Wallkill River School ($85.00)
Aug. 9, Sunday 10am-3pm at WRS (MEMBERS) ($75.00)

ONLINE! Virtual Plein Air Workshop with Linda Richichi

2020 August 6th 9 am – 5:30 pm  itinerary:

9am – 10am Zoom Lesson: SEE  &  STUDY to SIMPLIFY THE SCENE .

10am- 12pm Paint at your own location. Over FaceTime Linda can see & assist you while working.

12pm- 1pm lunch hour Break

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lesson : Same place, different time, different color scheme. Simplify even more.

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Q & A

2 pm- 4 pm Paint at your own location. Over FaceTime Linda can see & assist you while working.

4:30pm – 5:30pm Zoom Critique and Group Q & A

Start with the color wheel

Before signing up for the class, be familiar with the layout of the basic color wheel and the interactions between different colors.  Colors greatly effect how your piece will turn out and using the interactions between colors can make a piece magnificent!

Color intimidates many people. We’ll break it down and make it less daunting.

What colors are you drawn to? How do you mix colors to get them to do what you want them to do? How do you work with prismatic, pure colors and create neutrals so that the colors you want to stand out, sing? What about creating a high energy work of art? Do you know how to not go over the top? There is so much about color to learn. You will take a journey into color theory and come out the other side smiling as your color confidence grows.

Learn from nature

Once you feel comfortable blending, mixing and selecting color schemes, you will learn how colors change depending on the time of day, temperature of the light and whether in the light or in the shadows. Intermediate to advanced. Nature is the whole point of this Plein Air class!

If registered, please download the following document and review the materials prior to class: Download

If you’re interested in purchasing the Linda Richichi pastel set, click HERE

Instructor: Linda Richichi
Session Dates: August 6th ($160.00)
August 6th Members ($150.00)