Gaye Adams, SFCA, MPACĀ  Painting the Landscape Indoors and Outdoors

Special 10 year anniversary celebration

Gaye Adams and Bear Valley Highlands are celebrating 10 years of working together and are sharing this special occasion with you!

We are offering a 10% discount if you bring a friend and Gaye is offering a free plein air sketch to every participating student ( valued at $ 300-400)
The class is limited to 12 students, so be quick to reserve your spot!

Develop a sound approach to plein air painting and learn how to take it to the next level by utilizing your plein air sketch to develop and inform a larger studio piece.

Gaye will teach en plein air on the first two days of the workshop, and then demonstrate to the students how she utilizes her oil sketch to develop a larger studio piece.   Students will work with Gaye in the field, choosing a subject matter that they will expand into a studio painting on the third and fourth days of the workshop.

The emphasis will be on capturing the fleeting elements of light and atmosphere with the naked eye and recording  accurate color notes  on a 6x8  or 8X10 canvas while in the field.  Day one will start with a plein air demo by the instructor, followed by students working on their own plein air piece.

On the second day, students will receive further instruction in plein air techniques, as well as instruction on how to capture photographs that will be useful in the studio. 

The last two workshop days will focus on how to develop the plein air sketch, with the help of photo references, into a larger studio piece.  In the studio, we will be working 12X16 or 14 X18, no larger.

the value of learning this process comes in teaching the artist how to combine the energy, accuracy and authenticity of painting in the field with the convenience of photo references as an aid to their studio process. 

Students  will need a digital camera, and should bring an Ipad or tablet if they have one so that they can download their photos and work from their camera to their tablet. If you do not own a tablet, bring a USB cable for your camera so that you can have an image printed for the next day's studio work.  a printer is available at the ranch.

Students should bring a few good photo references from home as well, just in case the weather drives us indoors where we can discuss and practice the process of painting the landscape from photo reference material.

  • $450 course fee 4 day workshop
  • Accommodation ( based on double occupancy ) in log chalets and all meals are $ 85 per day/night and include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as all snacks All of our food is made on site, homemade, wholesome and organic
  • 10% discount for early bookings if someone books at least 3 month in advance

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4 nights and 4 days with all meals and non alcoholic beverages - see accommodations

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