Plein Air Watercolor painting with Carl Purcell
$250 | 2-Day Workshop: Thurs. Oct. 1 & Fri. Oct. 2, 2020

Please note that workshops take place both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

Course Description: This course will teach you how to simplify the landscape into patterns of shapes that will produce stronger paintings. You will learn how to select the details that will enhance the shapes, and how to edit out distracting details so the focus remains on your main area of dominance.

Materials needed: We will be working both indoors and outdoors so bring your outdoor gear such as camp chair, easel, hat, sunscreen, water etc.

 For this class you will need 3 to 4 sheets of watercolor paper for each day. Quarter sheet is fine, or half sheet depending on your preference. I prefer to use either 140 lb Arches rough, or 300 lb Arches rough. I like the way the water flows on this surface. I use almost exclusively Daniel Smith professional tube colors for their permanence and transparent qualities.The colors I recommend for this area are:

  • Quinacridone Sienna

  • Transparent Pyrol Orange

  • Yellow Ochre

  •  New Gamboge

  •  Quinacridone red

  • Carbazole Violet

  • Manganese Blue Hue

  • Horizon Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Sap Green

Your brushes should include a good 1/2 inch flat brush, a pointed round #12 and a pointed round #4 or 6. Loew-Cornell makes excellent rounds and the points are fine. If your rounds have worn out points you should get new ones. You should also have paper towels, camp stool, umbrella and water container.

You are welcome to use whatever watercolor paints and brushes you are comfortable with. Bring 4 quarter sheets (11 x 15) of good quality 100% cotton paper such as Arches 140lb cold press.

Carl Purcell Bio: Carl completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University and Arizona State University. Following military service he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Brigham Young University. From the onset his emphasis was drawing and painting, especially watercolor.

Mr. Purcell is the author of the watercolor paint book, "Painting With Your Artist's Brain" and "Drawing With Your Artist's Brain". In addition to being an author Carl has featured in many publications and magazines.

Carl taught painting and drawing at Snow College in central Utah for 30 years. It was this experience that led to him writing two books and teaching many workshops. Early in his teaching career he developed his own program for teaching drawing' a program that identified the most common problems people face when learning to draw, explained the reason for the problems, and the showed the students how to access the functions of the brain that would help them overcome those problems and be able to draw withe greater accuracy and facility.

Carl is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and was given honor member status in the Utah Watercolor Society for his contributions in the state. His work hangs in numerous private collections, corporate collections, and museums. He is often asked to jury watercolor exhibits and was a juror for the 2009 National Watercolor Society's annual exhibit in 2019. Learn more by visiting Carl's website. 

Keep in mind, you may be in the field most of the day. You will want to bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and shade if possible!

Class size is limited, sign up now!

Plein Air Oil Painting with Jim Wodark
$475 | 3-Day Workshop: Thurs. Oct. 1 - Sat. October 3, 2020

Please note that workshops take place both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

Course Description: This 3 day oil plein air painting workshop will examine why observation and study direct from nature is so crucial in our development as artists. However, it will endeavor to put ‘plein air painting’ ‘back in its rightful context, i.e. that plein-air painting is NOT necessarily about producing a ‘finished’ product onsite every time, but, more than anything else, is about ‘learning to see’, gathering ideas, and being a dedicated student of nature.  


We will be ‘deconstructing’ the landscape into manageable components using various themed exercises: notan studies; manipulating multiple values into 3, 4 or 5 distinct value ‘groups’; reducing the landscape into 4-5 big abstract shapes and NOT ‘naming’ objects; analyzing the landscape in terms of gathering accurate color notes only; ‘motif’ brainstorming; design variations. These exercises will as relevant to studio work as to plein air work. As well as one-on-one help in the field, there will be demos, and a power points presentation, as well as group critiques and discussions. We will also arrange informal group dinners for the first two evenings so that the dialogue opportunities can be extended.


You are expected to have ‘plein air’ oil painting experience – this class is aimed at the committed ‘advanced beginner’ to the professional level student - i.e. those who are used to working outdoors in oil and wish to take their work (both plein air and studio) to the next level.

Materials needed: Click here to view a materials list.

Jill Carver Bio: In 2014, Jill won the Gold Medal (Artists’ Choice) for Best in Show at Maynard Dixon Country and in the same year was inaugurated as Signature Member in ‘Plein Air Painters of America’; she currently serves on the board.  Previously, she won numerous awards including: ‘Artists Choice’ at the Laguna Beach Invitational in 2009; at Telluride, also in 2009; and, at Plein Air Easton in 2008. She participated in the highly regarded Coors show in 2016 and 2017, and was invited as Guest Artist at the Northwest Rendevous Show in 2016 and 2018.  She is a popular and highly regarded teacher.

Jill’s work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West, and Western Art and Architecture.

Originally from London, England, Jill Carver moved to the United States in 2002. Before becoming a full time professional artist, she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London for twelve years. Jill lives in Rico, Colorado, a small historical mining town nestled in the San Juan Mountains. Learn more by viewing Jill's website.

Keep in mind, you may be in the field most of the day. You will want to bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and shade if possible!

Class is limited, sign up now!

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