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Plein Air Painting Workshop Directory & Master Schedule
Michael Chesley Johnson

"I just wanted to tell you thanks so much for the wonderful plein air workshop in Sedona. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The instruction was very valuable and I will practice it regularly to improve my paintings. Thanks for keeping the class small so everyone could receive equal instruction. We couldn't ask for a better experience."

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Plein Air Painting Maine Workshops (scroll down for more)

July-September, 2017: Lubec, Maine

**WORKSHOPS WILL BE TAUGHT ONLY IN LUBEC**

Join Michael in beautiful Downeast Maine! Lubec and adjacent Campobello Island offer a wealth of material for the painter like nowhere else: quiet beaches, bold cliffs, working fishing villages and more. Michael has been painting the area for over 10 years and will share with you some of his favorite locations. For details, schedules and to register for one of these plein air painting workshops in Lubec, Maine, visit the Plein Air Painting Maine site at www.PleinAirPaintingMaine.com .

As with the Sedona workshops, you'll get lots of personal attention because Michael limits the workshop to typically no more than four students. Workshops last four days (Tuesday-Friday) from 9-1 each day, with critiques and lectures in the studio followed by on-location demonstrations and student work. In the afternoons, you may either paint on your own (he will gladly give you location suggestions) or explore the area's many restaurants, shops and natural scenery. Because the workshop is based in Michael's summer studios, you'll have ample time to visit his studio gallery, Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery.

Michael offers all-level plein air instruction in the summertime. He will also gladly create a customized workshop for a group. For full details and to check openings, please visit www.PleinAirPaintingMaine.com. (Schedule is subject to change up until first sign-up for a week.)

Price: USD $300

Package deal! 5 nights lodging at Artists Retreat Studios & Galllery + tuition for only $800!

July 4-7, 2017 - all levels
July 11-14, 2017 - all levels
July 17-21, 2017 - FIVE FULL DAYS! WORKSHOP IN ROCKLAND, MAINE - Coastal Maine Art Workshops
July 24-28, 2017 - all levels
August 1-4, 2017 - all levels
August 8-11, 2017 - all levels
August 15-18, 2017 - all levels
August 29-September 1, 2017
- intermediate/advanced


Paint Sedona Workshops (scroll down for more)

October 2017 - April 2018: Sedona and Verde Valley Area, Arizona

Join Michael in Sedona's beautiful Red Rock Country! Sedona and the surrounding Verde River Valley area offer a wealth of material for the painter like nowhere else: stunning vistas of red rock formations, quiet creeks edged with cottonwood and sycamores, mysterious canyons plus much more. Michael has been painting the area for over 10 years and will share with you some of his favorite locations. For details, schedules and to register for one of these painting workshops in Arizona, visit the Paint Sedona site at www.PaintSedona.com

In this workshop, you'll get lots of personal attention. Michael limits the workshop size to typically no more than four students. Workshops last four days (Tuesday-Friday) from 9-1 each day. You will work with Michael in the morning in the studio with critiques and lectures followed by demonstrations and student work. Michael will make sure you have plenty of time to paint under his experienced eye. In the afternoons, you may either paint on your own (he will gladly give you location suggestions) or explore the area's many restaurants, shops and galleries. The week may also include a visit to his private studio.

Michael offers three different types of workshops: all-level STUDIO (basic painting instruction), intermediate-advanced (more advanced plein air painting instruction or retreats), and special topic plein air painting (advanced color, advanced design, hiking to paint). There are also some one-day workshops. He will also gladly create a customized workshop for a group. For full details and to check openings, please visit www.PaintSedona.com. (Schedule is subject to change up until first sign-up for a week. Two student minimum.)

Price: USD $300. Package deal! 5 nights lodging at Gandolfo Studios + tuition for only $600!

Fall/Winter/Spring 2017/2018 Schedule:

Oct 22-28, 2017 (Special Albert Handell Mentoring Program)
Oct 30-Nov 3, 2017 (Special Doug Dawson Workshop)
November 14-17, 2017
January 2-5, 2018
January 9-12, 2018
January 16-19, 2018
January 23-26, 2018
January 30-February 2, 2018
February 6-9, 2018
February 13-16, 2018
February 20-23, 2018
February 37-March 2, 2018
March 6-9, 2018
March 13-16, 2018
March 20-23, 2018
March 27-30, 2018
April 3-6, 2018
April 10-13, 2018


 

Workshops for Art Groups, Art Societies and Art Centers (scroll down for more)

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April 22-29, 2017: UTAH, Zion National Park

Week-long painting retreat in Springdale for previous students only. Full, waitlist only.


May 5-6, 2017: OHIO, Columbus

Two-day plein air workshop. Details TBA. Full - sign up for waitlist here.


May 9-10 , 2017: NEW YORK, Montgomery (Wallkill River)

Two-Day Workshop Hosted by Wallkill River School of Art

Join Michael for two days of painting among the farms and historic sites of the Wallkill River area. The School was founded with plein air painting in mind to take artists out of the city and introduce them to the rural landscape.

Price: $240 Contact: (845) 457-ARTS wallkillriverschool@gmail.com http://wallkillriverschool.com/


July 17-21, 2017: MAINE, Rockland

Five-day Workshop Hosted by Coastal Maine Art Workshops

Five-day workshop in scenic and historic Rockland, Maine.

Price: $650. Details: Coastal Maine Art Workshops, 207-594-4813, Coastal Maine Art Workshops


September 2-9, 2017: NOVA SCOTIA, South Shore (Close to Peggy's Cove)

Painting Retreat for Advanced Painter. Full, waitlist only.


September 23-24, 2017: Vermont, Montpelier

Two-Day Workshop Hosted by T.W. Wood Art Gallery. Pastel Only.

Come join us in painting the autumn landscape in this studio pastel-only workshop. Weather permitting, Michael will demonstrate outdoors how he gathers plein air references for studio work. Students will paint indoors.

Price: $250 Contact: www.twwoodgallery.org, e-mail twwoodgallery@gmail.com or call 802-262-6035


September 29-30, 2017: INDIANA, Valparaiso

Two-Day Workshop Hosted by Art Barn

Michael returns to the 60-acre Art Barn! Pond, meadows, woods - all the painting will be done right there as there is no need to leave with such beauty.

Price: $215. Contact: ArtBarnIN@AOL.com, 219-462-9009, www.artbarnin.com


October 6-7 , 2017:COLORADO, Durango

Private Workshop

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May 4-5, 2018 : ILLINOIS, Batavia

Workshop hosted by Water Street Studios..

Info coming.


May 7-9 , 2018: MICHIGAN , Lowell

Plein Air in Oil or Pastel

Join Michael for three days of painting in oil an dpastel on the beautiful grounds of the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan. Hosted by FLPC. Lodging available at location.

Price: $400, not including lodging. For full details and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-chesley-johnson-pastel-plein-air-painting-workshop-tickets-21558543183


June 3-13, 2018: SCOTLAND, Villages of East Neuk & Isle of Skye

Painting Retreat Hosted by Margaret Evans' Paint Aways

Join Michael for ten days of painting Scotland! We'll spend half the time in the scenic seaside villages of East Neuk (just south of St Andrews) followed by time on the Isle of Skye!

Price: Details coming soon! If you're interested, please let Michael know and he will let you know as details become available.


June 16-23, 2018: ITALY, Florence

Painting Retreat Hosted by La Meridiana of Certaldo

Join Michael for a week of painting the Tuscan landscape! The group will stay at the Villa Fattoria Bacìo in Certaldo Alto with painting excursions to Siena, La Meridiana, San Gimignano and Barberino.

Price: Starts at € 2,200. Includes transportation to/from Florence Airport, daily transportation to locations, all meals. For full details about this exciting trip to Italy, download this information sheet.


August 21-24, 2018: MAINE, Bernard

Plein Air Workshop Hosted by Acadia Workshop Center

Join Michael for four full days of painting on beautiful Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. There's nothing like coastal Maine in the autumn! Michael has taught this workshop almost every year since 2003 and knows all the special places! Hosted by Acadia Workshop Center in Bernard, Maine.

Price: TBA . For details and registration: http://www.acadiaworkshopcenter.com/MCJohnson.html


October 24-27 , 2018: ARIZONA, Grand Canyon National Park

Painting Workshop Hosted by Grand Canyon Association

Imagine four days of painting in Grand Canyon National Park! Grand Canyon can be magical with the play of sunlight and shadow, and it is an artist's dream to paint.

Details to come! Let Michael know if you're interested. This workshop will fill very quickly.

 


What to Expect
In the all-level workshops, Michael focuses on fundamentals for painting outdoors - how to begin, how to proceed and how to finish. He'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and effectively but without sacrificing mood and magic. The workshop will include demonstrations but also plenty of time for student work plus group critiques. Advanced workshops are customized more to students' needs and can also include mentoring. Whatever the workshop, Michael gives personal attention at the easel, complete with helpful tips and suggestions. You can expect an intense but very rewarding time!

Past students! Need a critique?
I will critique two of your paintings via e-mail for $50.
Get valuable feedback after you've taken a workshop with me and have had a chance to put your new skills to work!

 

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