Michael Chesley Johnson, Fine Art, Landscapes, Seascapes, Maritimes, Paintings, Oil, Pastel

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Want to Host a Workshop?


In these days of high gas prices and difficult air travel, you may not want to travel to a workshop. If so, consider having a workshop brought to you! Michael Chesley Johnson will gladly travel to your location and present a workshop tailored just for you and your group!

Michael's workshops can be:

  • one to five days (subject to location and travel distance)
  • for any student level, from beginner to advanced or professional
  • in soft (chalk) pastel and/or oil painting
  • studio or plein air or outdoor-study-to-studio

Here are some general details:

  • Charge is US$75/day/student plus travel and lodging.
  • Maximum number of students is 12. Minimum depends on location and travel distance.
  • Lodging will be waived if sponsor will provide Michael with housing.
  • A deposit of 50% of the total per student is required. Deposits are generally non-refundable; if a student needs to cancel, the deposit can be applied to a later workshop with Michael. (E.g. a $375 workshop would require at least a $185 deposit per student.)
  • Sponsors are encouraged to add to Michael's fee for refreshments and other expenses such as name tags, studio rental, etc.
  • Sponsor does not need to provide meals.
  • One comp is allowed per workshop. This can go to the organizer, housing sponsor, etc. Comp is not included in paying student minimum.
  • A well-lit studio space must provided to accomodate students and their easels. Even an outdoor painting workshop may run into a rainy day. Space will also be used for daily critiques and lectures.

These are just general details. The workshop can be completely customized to your group. Don't hesitate, because Michael often books workshops over a year in advance!

Workshops Taught (2001-Present) Include:

Northwest Pastel Society (Gig Harbor, WA); Green Drake Gallery (Milheim, PA); Art Barn (Valparaiso, IN); Acadia Workshop Center (Southwest Harbor, ME); Sedona Arts Center (Sedona, AZ); Old Forge Arts Center (Old Forge, NY); Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre (St Andrews, NB); Pastel Artists Canada (Burlington, ON); New Hampshire Plein Air (Goffstown, NH); Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (Barnstable, MA); York Art Association (York, ME): Springfield Area Pastelists (Springfield, IL); Los Reyes Gallery (Tubac, AZ); Bay River Art Guild (Daphne, AL); Roswell Museum (Roswell, NM); Hubbard Museum of the American West (Riudoso, NM); ArtCenter Traverse City (Traverse City, MI); Lawrence Academy (Lawrence, MA); Vermont Pastel Society (Montpelier, VT); Cloudcroft Art Workshops (Cloudcroft, NM); Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (Baltimore, MD); Water Street Studios (Batavia, IL); Eastport Arts Center (Eastport, ME); Pastel Society of El Paso (El Paso, TX); Ellis County Art Association (Waxahachie, TX); Middlebury Studio School (Middlebury, VT); Toledo Artists Club (Toledo, OH).

Contact Michael to schedule your workshop!