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.

Sketching with Shawn Dell Joyce

Sketching from direct observation in nature! Open to children, adults and teens! Follow in the Footsteps of Jane Colden, and learn about Coldenham’s founding family, and America’s first female botanist; Jane Colden, who at 13, identified indigenous plants in our region. Participants will learn to identify and draw at least 10 indigenous plants, and keep a sketchbook with botanical notes and illustrations. Participants will learn the basics sketching from direct observation (plants, fields, buildings), and plant identification. Field hikes (walking) every day and sketchbooks plus materials provided to take home.  All ages welcome! Camp happens at Benedict Town Park in Montgomery$125 9:45-11:45, Mon-Fri. 

Following in the Footsteps of Jane Colden

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $125 from 10-noon, all materials provided at Benedict Town Park
Session Dates: July 16-20, 10am-noon Benedict Park ($125.00)
Single day w/materials ($30.00)
Aug. 6 10am-noon at Benedict Park ($25)
Aug. 7, 10am-noon ($25)
Aug. 8, 10am-noon ($25)
Aug. 9, 10am-noon ($25)

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!

Class will meet at Wallkill River School at 9:15 AM and will depart for the painting location from the school.  Class will be from 9:15 t0 4:00 PM.





Instructor: Mel Stabin
Price: $300 for 2 day workshop ($175 single day) 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Session Dates: June 2nd 2018(single day) ($175)
June 3rd 2018 (single day) ($175)
June 2nd, 3rd 2018 ($300)
Online only ($200.)

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!  9:45-11:45 Materials Included $125

Monday-sketch    Tuesday-acrylic   Wednesday-watercolor    Thursday-pastel     Friday-free choice   

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: Mon.-Fri. 10am-12pm at Benedict Farm Park, 1675 Route 17K Montgomery
Session Dates: July 9-13, 10am-noon Benedict Park by Barns ($125.00)
July 23-27 10am-noon Benedict Park ($125.00)
Aug.13-17 10am-noon Benedict Park ($125.00)
single day Mon. July 30, 10-noon ($25.00)
single day Tues. July 31, 10am-noon ($25.00)
single day Weds. Aug. 1, 10am-noon ($25.00)
single day Fri. Aug. 3, 10am-noon ($25.00)

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Plein Air Paint Outs

Grab your gear and meet up with a great group of artists at beautiful sites across the region. 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. There will be an optional auction attached to each paint out which is a great way to sell your work (if you choose!)



May 12th The Bull Stone House | 183 County Route 51 | Campbell Hall, NY – come and paint rustic, historic buildings, sweeping fields, tall trees and a farm pond with Canadian geese. Nestled in the rolling, green hills of Orange County, New York, stands The Bull Stone House and, the only example of a New World Dutch Barn still standing in Orange County. The house is a living museum that, along with the barn, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1722 by William Bull and Sarah Wells who wereamong the first settlers in Orange County. Show up with your gear around 9am and paint until 2pm. This location is hard to find if you haven’t been there before so be sure to GPS it and look for the large sign marking the entrance to the driveway. Property is set back from the road behind the historic cemetary. Paintings made during this event will be eligible for silent auction during the Bull Family Reunion in August.


June 10th  10am-5pm Sweet Bee’s Honey Festival at Museum Village 1010 New York 17M, Monroe, NY 10950Monroe  Museum Village is a replica village exploring daily life in the 19th century through historical dress & reenactments, and this event will be packed solid with people attending a honey festival! Paint rustic buildings, farm animals, people and crowd scenes and exhibit your work at the same time! This event is open to 12 artist, with three framed pieces of Museum Village or an historic building that fits the theme. Work will be for sale in a booth while you paint. We could use volunteers to man the booth and help set up as well. Please register by emailing and let us know if you want to paint with us!

July 22nd Gomez Mill House-11 Mill House Rd, Marlboro (Ulster County) a beautiful historic paper mill and house. In 1714, Early American Jewish leader, Luis Moses Gomez, purchased1,000 acres in Newburgh New York and subsequently, with his two sons Jacob and Daniel, accumulated a total of 4,000 acres. There he built a fieldstone blockhouse to conduct trade and maintain provisions in the Mid-Hudson region as an extension of his successful entrprises in Colonial New York.  Show up at 9am and paint until 1pm. Finished pieces will be eligible for upcoming silent auction.


July 28th: Wanaksink Lake,  15 Wurtsboro Mountain Road, Rock Hill, NY Sullivan County, a beautiful private lake that is hosting a sailing regatta for our benefit. Paint sail boats gliding across a placid lake from private docks, clubhouse, and spaces where you would not normally be able to access. Meet at the clubhouse at 9am and pick up a map of painting locations around the lake. Paint until 1pm. Finished paintings will be silent auctioned in the clubhouse all summer long!


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.




on location every Sunday in August, 9-12am

Join Artist George Hayes for a morning of local plein air painting! all students will arrive on site at 9am, and will paint through the morning, until the group critique is completed at 12pm.
students are asked to bring their own materials/easel, as well as a bagged lunch. George will assist students in composing their plein air paintings.
August 5: Benedict park (Montgomery)
August 12: orange county arboretum (Montgomery)
August 19: Kiernan farm (Gardiner)
August 26: Newburgh waterfront ( Newburgh)
Dates: ($0.00),
Session Dates: June 10th Honey Bee Festival ($0.00)
August 5 Benedict Park ($)
August 12 Arboretum ($)
August 19 Kiernan Farms ($)
August 26 Newburgh Waterfront ($)

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 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: Aug 3-5 ($300)
Session Dates: Aug. 3, 4, 5 ($300)

Plein Air Impressionism with Jim Laurino

Join contemporary impressionist landscape painter Jim Laurino for a one day workshop on Saturday, July 7th  to explore an impasto painting technique, and build on basic concepts to improve your painting style. Using a limited palette, Jim will demonstrate how a heavy application of paint can solidify a focal point. Each participant will work through their own painting of a beautiful section of Benedict Farm Park, with occasional breaks for group discussion, and short technique demonstrations by Jim. Jim packs a lot of information into his workshops; expect to explore some immediate pointers, and have a few take-aways to try on your next paint-out too! The pace will be comfortable, suitable for all experience levels. Participants will meet at 9AM at the Benedict Farm Park in Montgomery, NY. Rain date will be Sunday, July 8th

Jim is a representational landscape painter whose style has been heavily influenced by American and French Impressionist masters. His work is best described as contemporary Impressionism. He has received numerous awards for his work; most recently receiving a 3rd place award at the Lyme Art Associations 2017 N.E. Landscape invitational, as well as an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein air Festival.   To see Jim’s work, and learn more about his approach to painting and framing please visit:

Sat. July  7, 9am-4 at Benedict Town Park parking lot by pavillion



Instructor: Jim Laurino
Price: $100 for a one day workshop
Session Dates: Sat. July. 7, 9am-4pm ($100.)

Sam's Point Plein Air Paint Out

Plein Air Paint Out at Sam’s Point-Cragsmoor

Artist Prospectus 2018

Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Wallkill River School are delighted to announce that the plein air paint out will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Sam’s Point area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve from 9am-2pm.

About the Festival

This event is open to all artists who wish to apply. Works will be juried and only 30 artists will be accepted to participate. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, which will be solo shows in the Interpretive Center. There is a $20 application fee which will go toward event costs. Event is a one-day paint out, with a month-long exhibit and reception of 20 works created during the event. Purpose of the event is to give exposure to attract art sales from the surrounding counties. Event is organized by Wallkill River School and Sam’s Point Staff.

Artist Awards

A People’s Choice ballot will be handed out at the reception and the top twenty voted pieces will exhibited for a month during the busiest time of the year at Sam’s Point Interpretive Center for sale. The top three artists with the most votes will be awarded 1, 2, and 3rd place ribbons given out during the reception, and prizes of solo shows at the Sam’s Point visitor center. 1st prize is a month-long solo show, 2nd & 3rd prize are two week long solo shows.

Event Calendar

Aug. 1: Entry Deadline for applications

Aug. 2: Jury notifications will be emailed

Sept. 1: Welcome table will be set up at Sam’s Point visitor’s center with canvas stamping, forms to sign, and water. Artists check in from 9am-10am.

10-1pm painting around the preserve (only)

2pm turn in framed paintings set up on your easel in front of table at visitor’s center for judging.

Reception 2-3pm refreshments served in a public reception for artists and collectors at the visitor’s center. People’s Choice award offered then. 20 Artworks will be displayed for the month of Sept. in the visitor’s center, 10 not selected may take unsold artworks home with them.

Sept. 30 Pick up unsold work from Sam’s Point visitor’s center or make arrangements to pick up at Wallkill River School by calling Shawn at (845) 728-4001

Please Note

  • Artwork must be completed en plein air during the hours 9am-1pm at Sam’s Point Preserve on the stamped surface with stamp remaining visible after framing.
  • Sam’s point requires some hiking with your gear to get to the most beautiful spots, rangers will provide transportation to handicapped artists-pack lightly! You will be required to sign a “hold harmless” agreement.
  • Open to watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, colored pencil, but not photography.
  • Size is restricted to 16×20 support with a maximum frame size of 20×24.
  • All work must be turned in framed with a wire for hanging firmly attached to the back, this form signed, the lower portion filled in, and the Sam’s Point Artist Gallery Agreement.

Entry Process

The plein air paint out is open to all artists and all mediums.

Applicants must submit one digital images of their work and an artist bio. Image must be plein air painting, created by the applicant artist within the past two years.

All entries must be submitted by Aug. 1 and paid through this link: (will be added later)

Notification of selected artists will be emailed by Aug. 2

30% commission on all artwork sold during the event including from the easels during the paint out and from the walls during the exhibit will be retained by the Sam’s Point Preserve,

sales will be received by Sam’s Point and the artist’s 70% for work sold will be mailed to the artist as per the Sam’s Point Artist Gallery Agreement.

 prospectus: Sam’s Point Plein Air Paint Out


Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $20 application/jury fee
Session Dates: Application/jury fee ($20.)

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Plein Air with George Hayes

Instructed plein air (painting out doors) classes with George Hayes will take place on site in various locations around gorgeous Orange County.  Plein air is a wonderful way to explore the natural world with your fellow artists.  Experience the challenge of capturing a scene ala prima, in one session.   Topics will include preparatory composition and value sketches, canvas preparation, ariel perspective, and architectural perspective as applicable.

All mediums welcome, including oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, etc.

Sessions will meet on site at 9:00 AM sharp and are approximately 3 hours long, ending around 12:00 or 12:30.

Classes will meet rain or shine unless a cancellation is announced.

Students must bring their own easel (field box, French easel, etc.) and materials.  See attached materials list:  Materials Hayes Plein Air

Please bring any snacks and beverages if you would like.

August Sessions:

8/5/18 Benedict Park, Montgomery

8/19/18 Orange County Arboretum

8/26/18 Kiernan Farm

September Fall Sessions:  To Be Announced!

October Fall Sessions:  To Be Announced!


Session Dates: August 5, 19, 26 MEMBERS ($75.00)
August 5, 19, 26 Non-Members ($90.00)
August 5th Benedict Park, Montgomery ($40.00)
August 19th Orange County Arboretum ($40.00)
August 26th Kiernan Farm, Gardener ($40.00)