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Plein Air Painting Workshop

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Join Michael Chesley Johnson for three days of painting in beautiful Palo Duro Canyon. Palo Duro is only second to the Grand Canyon in size yet is its equal in magnificent scenery. During the course of the workshop, you'll learn all the secrets of plein air painting, including how to pick a subject and compose it for the best effect, how to use a split-primary palette to create the magic of light, and how to bring your work to a beautiful finish. Each day starts with a short lecture and critique of the previous day's work, followed by a full demonstration by Michael. Next, students will paint, with Michael going from easel to easel offering help and suggestions. Time permitting, Michael may paint a second demonstration toward the end of the day. The workshop will take place entirely in the field unless there is inclement weather, in which case the class will return to the Amarillo Art Institute facility. About Michael Chesley Johnson Michael paints primarily outdoors in oil, pastel or gouache, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been invited repeatedly to national plein air events and most recently was on the distinguished faculty of the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Michael was awarded Master Pastellist status by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, and he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America, and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. His paintings have appeared in many magazines and are in both corporate and private collections. He was featured in The Artist’s Magazine in September 2013. Michael is a nationally-known teacher, giving workshops across the U.S. A frequent writer for The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist and PleinAir Magazine, he is the author of several books, including Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air. For more on Michael, visit

  • Starts Oct 17
  • 425 US dollars
  • Arts in the Sunset

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Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a refund 1 week before the class start date. No refunds or make-up dates will be offered for classes unattended

Contact Details

  • 3701 Plains Blvd, Amarillo, TX, USA

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