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 Workshop with Susan Hope Fogel

The goal of this workshop is to give artists a logical step-by-step process for creating a plein air painting.  There is an overwhelming amount of information to process when painting outdoors….  Through demos and discussion I hope to break down the process into simple steps leading to the construction of a successful Plein air painting.


One of my favorite quotes is by Hans Hoffman, “ Eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak”.  Although keeping this in mind while painting any subject it is critically important to hold this thought while plein air painting.


Once you have determined your subject…the fun begins…  You will have  a lot to consider and stay on track with your original image to 

paint the “why” it caught your eye….


During the workshop we will discuss:


  2-Establishing shadow and light  patterns

  3-Creating atmosphere with:  a- Chromatic Progression,  b- Values,  c- Edges

  4-Focal point and bringing the eye into the painting.

SCHEDULE– Note: bring water and pack a lunch (or snacks).

7:45 am meet at Wallkill River School

Drive to location

8:00-8:45. Demonstration

8:45 – 10:45 paint on location

Drive back to WRS

11:00-11:30 lunch break

11:30- 12:30 CRITIQUE

12:30 – 2:00 Work on paintings (inside WRS)

RAIN DATE:  Sunday, July 28th

MATERIALS LIST click here: Fogel Plein Air Materials List


Instructor: Susan Fogel
Session Dates: July 27th 7:45 am - 2:00 pm ($100.00)
July 27th 7:45 am - 2:00 pm Members ($90.00)

Plein Air Painting with Nancy Reed Jones


This July, paint at the beautiful Twin Ponds nursery! This Plein Air class for all skill levels will be offered by award winning artist and long time plein air painter, Nancy Reed Jones. All aspects of plein air painting will be covered in this comprehensive class. Students will learn composition, mixing color, value sketching, using a view finder and how to capture light in Nancy’s signature style. This class is open to absolute beginners so if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at outdoor painting, this is a perfect opportunity!

10 am- 12:30pm

Twin Ponds Nursery is a beautiful local nursery located at 2865 Albany Post Rd, Montgomery, NY 12549. Perfect spot for painting landscapes full of flowers, foliage, and more!

Suggested Materials  -Paints (Windsor & Newton or Grumbacher) tube acrylics.

-Colors:  Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber.

-11×14 canvas

-long handle brushes: 1 inch flat, 1/2 inch flat, 2 rounds ( 1 large and 1 small) #0 or #1 liner brush.(short handle)

-paper towels, water container, paper plates for paint

-Easel ( you may pick one up at the gallery before your class and return it afterwards)

Instructor: Nancy Reed Jones     [View Instructor Video]
Session Dates: July 2nd ($30)
July 9th ($30)
July 16th ($30)
July 23rd ($30)

Nocturnes in Plein Air with Shawn Dell Joyce

Learn to capture the night! Nocturne painting has its own set of rules to capture the romance and intrigue hidden in the dark. Meet on site and paint with award-winning nocturne painter Shawn Dell Joyce to learn the tips and tricks of painting at night in public. Class will meet in downtown Goshen before dark for demo and info session, then paint after dark for 2 hours. Instructor will demonstrate in pastel but welcomes all media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel). You’ll create a finished piece both nights. Wednesday night focus on capturing the fleeting light of the sunset, Thursday night paint lights of downtown after dark in the moonlight.

Materials: Two 16×20 or smaller supports, you painting media, plein air easel (or borrow ours) two small clip on lights (battery operated) for your palette and for your support.

Meet at Goshen Methodist Church in the very center of downtown Goshen. Look for the steeple with the large clocktower, park in the church lot, walk to the garden and meet by the monument.

Thursday and Friday, July 18th & 19th 6:30-9:30pm

Shawn Dell Joyce
Shawn Dell Joyce
Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: Members $60 Nonmembers $75
Session Dates: July 18-19th 6:30-9:30 ($75.00)
July 18-19th 6:30-9:30 MEMBERS ($60.00)
July 18th Thursday 6:30-9:30 ($40.00)
July 19th Friday 6:30-9:30 ($40.00)