Shawn Dell Joyce

Sun, May 29 to Sat, June 4 2022

Following in the Footsteps of Hudson River School with Shawn Dell Joyce

Medium: Pastel

Level: All Levels

Location: Plein Air & Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Shawn Dell Joyce’s Following in the Footsteps of Hudson River School workshop will feature landscapes made famous by the eponymous school of painting. Shawn will guide you through painting pastel landscapes both indoors and plein air at the Thomas Cole House, Olana, and Platte Cove. Subjects will include cloudscapes, water reflection, sunset painting, waterfalls, and including architecture in the landscape. Participants will finish 5 polished pastel paintings based on landscape photos and plein air. Workshop days will include demos, individual painting time, one-on-one assistance from Shawn, and group critiques. Shawn’s workshops will include samples from her sponsors as a working artist; Ampersand Pastelboards and New York based Mount Vision Pastels.


About Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce was raised on her family’s citrus farm in the Rio Grande Valley. The young woman moved North and studied painting and drawing at the University of North Texas. After graduation in 1986 she began her career as an artist’s apprentice in NY’s SoHo area, and worked in the studios of many prestigious artists including Jeff Koons, Mark Kostabi, and Ronnie Cutrone. Her love of the landscape called her North to the Hudson Valley, where she began teaching a series of plein air painting classes in 2000 throughout the Hudson Valley. Her classes became so popular that she hired other artists, and founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School.  Now in it’s 20th year, The Wallkill River School continues to bring cultural tourism to the Hudson Valley region through plein air painting workshops and events on local farms, historic sites and open spaces. She is still honored as founder and on the board of directors. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country, and is endorsed by Ampersand Pastelbords who supply materials for her demos and workshops. In 2017, she was hired by UArt to do a plein air pastel workshop. She has also worked the plein air event circuit and participated in many prestigious events around the country, bringing home awards for her loose and colorful paintings. She recently placed 1st in the 2018 Inverness Plein Air Festival, and 3rd in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival. Last year she placed 1st in the Quick Draw at the 2017 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, and People’s Choice in the International Plein Air Paint Out 2005 in Niagara Falls.  She is a signature member of International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Plein Air Magazine, Pastel Journal Magazine, and Tampa Bay Magazine, and featured on the Plein Air Podcast. She has participated in many national exhibits and plein air festivals, and is represented by galleries in NY and Florida. Her works have been widely collected by corporations and families around the world including the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $740.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,892.00-$2,060.00* + Service Charge & Tax

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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