Pastel and oil painter Alain Picard joined us for the first time in April 2019 for a wonderful workshop on landscapes and portraits. Here’s what his student’s had to say;
“Such a pleasant person to learn from and be around. Very giving of his time, energy, and talent. Lots of individual attention for all levels. He worked very hard all week and was such fun to be with all that time. I am so glad that I attended and it helped all aspects of my art.”
“I thought Alain was a fantastic instructor who was able to both instruct the whole group as well as offer individualized and personalize instruction.”
“Alain is a wonderful teacher. He gave clear & interesting examples & instructions & answered all our questions. His Demos were great! He was pleasant & very helpful always. I hope he returns to give more workshops in future. Especially plein air & portraits.”
“Pastels were new to me, and I feel that I have a very good foundation for continuing my exploration of this medium. The workshop also highlighted areas that I need to work on for all art mediums (watercolor, oil, and pastel), and I received much individual attention in these areas. I never felt ‘left behind’. Alain expanded all of us wonderfully.”
Our first workshop of 2019 couldn’t have been more fun! Maryland-based artist Kellee Wynne Conrad joined us for the first time for an acrylics and mixed media workshop. Here’s what her students had to say;
“The workshop exceeded my expectations. Kellee was like a breath of fresh air, filled with ideas, creativity, encouragement and personalized teaching for each person as well as twice daily group instruction. She is a really fine teacher.”
“This workshop was everything I hoped for and more. I felt so well taken care of and all my favorite things were available in one place – studio time, amazing food, cookies, and coffee!!
“Kellee was a great teacher. I learned new techniques that a will be use in my futures works.“
“The workshop was a good mix of excellent instruction and and freedom to create in a moat nurturing atmosphere.”
We’ve officially finished off our painting workshop for the seasons and we couldn’t have ended it with a more exciting workshop! Fran Skiles and seventeen students spent the week crafting mixed media paper collage pieces including all sorts of varieties of paper, fiber, paint, thread, and more.
It was a week of all varieties of weather for Leah Lopez’s indoor/outdoor workshop guiding studio painters through both plein air and still life painting. The week concluded with two beautiful days of painting on Fredrick Church’s historic Olana.
We were so pleased to welcome Joe “The Quilter” Cunningham to our studio for the first time this year. His workshop came with insightful activities that gently pushed and encouraged all the students to think creatively and with fresh ideas about quilting and quilt blocks. Here’s a few things his students had to say about their experience;
“Very enjoyable week with Joe and his guitar! I commuted this time, next time I’ll stay, lovely place!“
“I have done a workshop with Joe before. I really like his teaching style and the general feel of his workshops.“
It was a beautiful week in early August to have artist Kim English and a troop of outdoor painters working to perfect their quick sketching techniques with oil paints. As always, we’ll share a few of the images we captured here on our blog, but encourage you to also check out the full gallery on our Facebook page. You can also scroll back in our Instagram feed to see what we captured during the class.
We had a full house of 20 artists for a weekend watercolor workshop with Uruguayan artist Alvaro Castagnet at the beginning of August. Aside from onsite painting around the Hudson River Valley, the workshop was also treated to a full birthday surprise for one of our attendees with balloons and a very special gluten free cake from a local bakery. Here’s a few things the students had to say about their experience;
“As a day student, I liked seeing the Greenville Arms Inn very much, and was impressed with the quality of the paintings on the walls of the inn. Any of the staff that I happened to meet were very friendly and helpful.“
“Thank you so much for offering vegetarian options at lunch and dinner . . . plus making them gourmet! Gnocchi was magnifico; apple pie and chocolate chip cookies outstanding.”
“Alvaro’s workshop exceeded my expectations! I was familiar with his paintings, and I had seen some of his videos, but to witness his painting, and his explanations he gave as he painted was dramatic and exciting and eye-opening. I greatly appreciated his opening lecture on his philosophy of art, which clarified for me my mission as an artist.“
“My stay at the Greenville Arms for the Alvaro Castagnet Watercolor Workshop has been a complete delight. I have a severe Gluten allergy complicated by other food allergy considerations, yet, for every meal Chef Mark LaPolla produced completely delightful gourmet meals that more than met my needs and made me feel so pampered and so welcome.”
An unexpected turn of events brought watercolor artist David Daniels to our studio for two weeks at the end of July. Through two workshops, the studio turned into a vibrant space full of color through the creation of collage and watercolor pieces alike. Here’s a few things his students had to say about their experience;
“Wonderful week of painting in an atmosphere of tranquility and inspiration.”
“I didn’t know what I was getting into, I thought it would be the usual watercolour but David Daniels was a real surprise. He pitched the course at an advanced level gave us so much theory and instruction we’ll be busy all winter. And he did it all with great humour and fun.”
“The instruction, as always with Dave, was excellent, and tailored to individual needs. The lighting in the studio was great. Also, this is less tangible–but the group dynamics were terrific, and I appreciated the chance to focus on conversations with friends I hadn’t seen in a long while, especially during dinner.“
“Dave Daniels creates such a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn and try new things and fosters collaboration between the participants so everyone, no matter where they are starting from, can move forward.”
The first of four watermedia workshops during the month of July brought long time instructor Paul George to us for a long weekend workshop. Here’s a few things the students had to say about their experience;
“The workshop was tremendously worthwhile; I felt Paul George’s approach was perfect – low-key, inspirational, and directed. The staff did a superb job of making us all feel welcome, and of course, the food was excellent! I only wish it could have gone on for another few days. Many thanks!“
“I loved the workshop with Paul George — he was engaging, hugely talented, kind, and clear. I left feeling as if I had really learned some very important perspectives and practical steps. I felt very inspired.“
“First, thank you for a lovely experience. In many ways it exceeded my expectations, particularly with respect to the bonding of the participants and instructor. I don’t know if that was particular to our group or just the way things go when you have like-minded people who are all gathered for a similar pursuit. The staff was kind and welcoming.“
Portrait artist Paul Leveille joined us last month for a week of painting in pastel, oil, and watercolor. Paul provided three demos, one for each medium, before spending the rest of the week providing individual instruction to the students. Here’s a few things we heard from the students after the workshop;
“Paul was wonderful! I learned so much….great instructor. The inn made everything just perfect! Excellent experience!”
“Paul is s very professional, talented teacher as well as artist. I was very impressed!”
We welcomed back fiber artist Katie Pasquini Masopust last month and watched her amazing students tackle some stunning fractured landscape pieces! Here’s a few things we heard from the students about their experience;
“Way beyond expectations!! Excellent!.“
“I learned about ways to use value to bring dimensionality to my work, learned the importance of variety in my fabric stash, and learned the fun technique of fracturing to add an element of design to my work.“
Artist and ever popular instructor Robert Burridge joined us for a week early last month to share his inspiring approach to making art as well as his famed magic show along with Chef de Cuisine Mark LaPolla! Here’s a few things we heard from the students when asked if their expectations were met;
“Yes and more…staff was friendly and welcoming…food was amazing. Loved that they accommodated my dietary needs.“
“Yes! Came home energized with lots of new ideas and resources.“
“above and beyond what I expected….. Bob brought a great energy, humor, patience and he willingness to share scads of information he’s gained over the years, and his demos were enlightening.”
Seventeen students filled our studio for a week of learning from one of our most popular instructors, Patti Mollica. Patti guided them through a variety of timed and structured exercises – including one which limited their brush strokes – to study both color and value in acrylic and oil paints.
While watercolorist Barbara Nechis now visits us all the way from wine country in California. She used to be based out of upstate New York and has been teaching with the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops since close to the founding of the school in the mid-1980s.
Art quilter Deborah Fell joined us for the first time a couple of weeks ago for a small but mighty workshop filled with the most creative uses of found and reused materials! One student even managed to reuse the wrappers from our soap bars and tea tags in her pieces.
Our first fiber art workshop of the year kicked off on April 2nd with an instructor coming to us all the way from Australia, Pam Holland! This was a detail oriented workshop as nine students worked to paint pictures of their own pets, beautiful birds, and more under Pam’s guidance.
Our second workshop of the year kicked off on March 26th with six intrepid students, a slew of gorgeous photos for inspiration, and guidance from Susan Ogilvie. Each student brought a number of beautiful photos from their own travels to reinterpret through pastels. The early spring weather even gave the group just one day warm enough to do some quick sketches outdoors on our grounds in a warm sun.
On March 19th, we kicked off our 2017 season by welcoming abstract artist Lisa Pressman and nine students for a week of oil and cold wax painting. This fun loving group were some of the most prolific artists we’ve had in our studio – each day completing numerous, gorgeous, abstract pieces using the techniques taught by Lisa.