John MacDonald

Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28 2019
The Dynamic Landscape with John MacDonald
Medium: Oil
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Location: Plein Air & Studio
Status: Wait List Only
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This workshop will focus on the process of using photographs, sketches, and/or studies to create dynamic landscape paintings in the studio.  Exploring the uses and limitations of photographs as reference material and methods of enlarging studies and sketches for larger studio paintings. (Participants will also have the option of painting plein air on the six acre grounds of the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn.)

John will guide participants through the entire process of creating a strong landscape painting: from building an effective composition to working with value and color and, finally, to finishing with sensitively chosen details. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing–looking closely at the existing color and tonal relationships–and on understanding and manipulating what is seen. You will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Each day will begin with a brief lecture and demo. The remainder of the day will be spent painting with one-on-one instruction.

Several weeks prior to the workshop, each participant will be emailed a pdf containing the material which will be covering in the workshop and a complete description of John’s approach to painting landscapes. Participants will be expected to have read the pdf (35+ pages) before the workshop begins. A recommended list of materials will also be included.

Please note: Participants must receive advanced permission from John in order to enroll in this workshop. John will be need to review either an online portfolio or your work or photographs can be emailed to him. Please contact John directly at to have your work reviewed as a prerequisite if you wish to enroll.

About John MacDonald

John attended Washington University in St. Louis where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.

For nearly thirty years, John worked as both a freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. He now paints full time. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Professional memberships have included the Creativity Coaching Association, Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Oil Painters of America.

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $680.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,664.00-$1,832.00 + 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 find a buddy and split a room (double occupancy).

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