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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-August, 2018: Lubec, Maine


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.

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.) **Passport, passport card or enhanced driver's license recommended for 2018 season**

Price: USD $300

2018 Schedule

July 3-6, 2018 - all levels
July 10-13, 2018- all levels

August 7-10, 2018- all levels
August 12-17, 2018 - Retreat for experienced painters at Quoddy Head Station Advance consultation and approval required before signing up - Contact Michael for more information
August 21-24, 2018 - Workshop at Acadia Workshop Center in Bernard, Maine (4 full days) - Details and registration here
August 28-31, 2018 - Advanced workshops for painters with outdoor experience

2019 Schedule

August 11-16, 2019 - Retreat for experienced painters at Quoddy Head Station
Advance consultation and approval required before signing up - Details coming soon!

Paint the Southwest Workshops (scroll down for more)

February - April 2018: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah

"Paint the Southwest" Offers Two Kinds of Landscape Painting Workshops with Michael Chesley Johnson

1. Private Intensive Study. Based in scenic northern New Mexico at Michael's winter studio, this program is for intermediate, advanced or professional painters only. After a preliminary consultation with Michael to create a custom program, you'll work with him side-by-side, one-on-on, both in the field and in the studio. Includes six nights' lodging at the studio and three meals a day, with private bed and bath.

2. All-Level Group Workshops. The original "Paint Sedona" program. Michael will teach small groups (no more than 8) the important fundamentals of plein air painting. Any level of student is welcome and in any medium. Workshops will be based in the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, Arizona, and elsewhere in the Southwest. Includes four half-days of tuition.

For full details and the current schedule, visit www.PaintTheSouthwest.com

Schedule for the Private Intensive Study:

March 5-9, 2018
March 12-16, 2018
March 19-23, 2018
April 2-6, 2018
April 9-13, 2018
November 5-9, 2018
November 19-23, 2018
November 26-30, 2018
December 17-21, 2018
March 4-8, 2019
March 11-15, 2019
March 18-22, 2019
March 25-29, 2019
April 8-12, 2019
April 15-19, 2019
April 22-26, 2019

Schedule for the All-Level Group Workshops:

March 27-30, 2018 - Regular All-Level Workshop
Nov 13-16, 2018 - Regular All-Level Workshop
April 2-5, 2019 - Regular All-Level Workshop

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

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April 16-23, 2018: NEW MEXICO, Santa Fe

Painting Retreat for Past Students


April 30-May 4, 2018 : INDIANA, Nashville

Painting Retreat in Historic Brown County!


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 2-12, 2018: SCOTLAND, Isle of Skye

Painting Retreat for Past Students


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: $595 . For details and registration: http://www.acadiaworkshopcenter.com/MCJohnson.html

October 1-3: OHIO, Cincinnati

Painting Workshop Hosted by Ohio Plein Air Society

In conjunction with judging the OPAS national show.

Price: $325. Workshop Flyer with Details Here | Registration here.

October 5-6, 2018: OHIO, Columbus

Painting Workshop Hosted by Central Ohio Plein Air

SOLD OUT. Wait List here.

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. Michael will show you how to manage such an awesome location as Grand Canyon without getting overwhelmed!

Price: $550 for Grand Canyon Association Members, $575 for non-members. GCA members may register starting November 6, 2017; all others, November 12, 2017.
Included in price:
Complimentary camping at the Grand Canyon National Park campground
at https://www.grandcanyon.org/photography-art-yoga/plein-air-painting/ This workshop will fill very quickly!


Contact me for a workshop in your area!


Contact me for a workshop in your area!


Spring or Fall: Workshop for The Chestnut Group, Tennessee

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!


Art Cocoon Wet Panel Carriers with Michael Chesley Johnson

Michael uses the Art Cocoon Wet Panel Carrier and is a Dedicated Gamblin Workshop Instructor. Ask him about these products!

Gambliin Artists Oil Colors with Michael Chesley Johnson

Michael has taught at workshop centers and for art groups such as the following: 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); Wilmington Art Association (Wilmington NC); Coastal Maine Art Workshops (Rockland, ME); Tucson Pastel Society (Tucson, AZ); Central Ohio Plein Air (Columbus OH).