Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Notes on Plein Air: New England"
June 22-24, 2021
 

This immersive plein air workshop is an opportunity for painters of all skill levels to join me in beautiful Haverhill, New Hampshire for three solid days of painting on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and along the grounds of the historic Gibson House B&B. Like all my workshops, this one will focus on balancing the development of technical skills with the aspects of painting that transcend technique and get us to higher levels of ourselves as artists and creators. Students will have the option of working from my guidebook, ‘Notes on Plein Air’, to build their painting process by learning to use Notan sketches, three-grey value sketches, monochromatic block-ins, line drawings, and a limited palette to compose paintings.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Adriano Farinella, adrianofarinella.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Composing the Landscape"
June 29 - July 1, 2021
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Find The Essence: Plein Air Painting In Watercolor"
July 6-8, 2021
 

Creating successful en plein air paintings in changing conditions is challenging. Light, shade, and shadows 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 9 am to 4 pm 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. We’ll also stay late one evening to work on the particular challenge of capturing the evening sky and shady landscape.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Tony Conner, tonyconnor.com
Cost: $295
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 20-22, 2021
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook, georgevanhookfineartist.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Plein Air Landscape Painting"
July 27-29, 2021
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 17-19, 2021
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White, stewartwhitestudios.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


 

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