Alain Picard

Sun, September 26 to Sat, October 2 2021

Painterly Landscapes & Portraits with Alain Picard

Medium: Pastel/Oil

Level: All Levels

Location: Plein Air & Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Have you always wanted to explore a looser, bolder approach to painting, but just weren’t sure how to accomplish this style in your own work? Exploring multiple subjects can be a great catalyst to discovering a more expressive approach in your work!

Help is on the way, because this workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. Using reference photographs and working from life during the workshop, we’ll explore the landscape and the portrait, and learn how to simplify diverse and often complex scenes and subjects into clear shapes, values, and edges. Then we’ll organize these shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks for a lush painterly look. As we develop our work, we’ll explore innovative approaches to color through the use of underpainting techniques and interpretive color strategies that will break you out of your routine!

Each morning, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the subject from start to finish. Three mornings will be devoted to landscape demonstrations, and two mornings to the portrait. We’ll spend one landscape day outdoors studying en plein air. We’ll also spend one day studying the portrait from the live model. Throughout the workshop, students will work from their own reference materials as well as from life, beginning with exercises to loosen up your work and learn techniques to simplify the subject. Students will progress to loosely finished paintings by the end of the day. Alain will provide two constructive and encouraging group critiques during our workshop together that will focus on each subject respectively, the landscape and the portrait.


Student Feedback

“I thought Alain was a fantastic instructor who was able to both instruct the whole group as well as offer individualized and personalized 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.”


About Alain Picard

Alain J. Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. His acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK. Alain travels internationally as an art instructor, demonstrator, speaker and artistic advocate for the vulnerable. Alain’s work and writing have been featured on numerous occasions in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Practique des Arts. In an effort to share his passion for art, Alain has written three instructional books, including “Mastering Pastel” and “Beginning Drawing,” and shares his passion for art in a growing library of instructional art videos. Alain has lectured and demonstrated for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club in New York City, Vose Galleries in Boston, MA, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM, and the Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition at Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China. Alain has garnered top awards in esteemed exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of America, The American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association, the Portrait Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is a judge and juror of international exhibitions, and a sought-after portrait artist and landscape painter. He makes his home in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $730.00 + $50 Model Fee

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,884.00-2,052.00* + 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).

Get more information about your options to enroll here.