Alain Picard

Painterly Techniques in Landscape and Portrait

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Alain Picard : Painterly Techniques in Landscape and Portrait using Pastel 9/3- 9/5/2019 Course fee $350

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?? Hold tight, because help is on the way!

This workshop will empower you with successful strategies for loosening up your work with bold marks and fresh color. Exploring two unique subjects - landscape and portrait- we’ll learn how to simplify diverse and often complex scenes into clear shapes, values and edges. Then we’ll organize those shapes into strong design and color combinations using bold, expressive marks to interpret our environment for that lush painterly look. We’ll also 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. Two mornings will be devoted to landscape demonstrations, and one morning to the portrait. Students will work from their own reference materials, beginning with morning 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.A constructive and encouraging group critique will wrap up our workshop together.

What will the Students learn?

  • How to work in a painterly style whether approaching landscape or portrait.

  • How to clarify your vision for each painting

  • How to breakthrough creative barriers and paint more confidently

  • How to design dynamic compositions

  • How to simplify complex scenes into a pattern of clear shapes

  • How to loosen up your strokes and make bold marks of color

  • How to simplify and see value and interpret color choices

  • How to use underpainting techniques that will activate your scene

  • How to take risks that will lead to new discoveries in your work

  • And lots more!

Class size limited

Medium: Pastel & Oil

supply list:

Day 1 Tuesday 9/3 The Painterly Landscape 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Day 2 Wednesday 9/4 The Painterly Portrait 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Day 3 Thursday 9/5 The Plein Air Landscape ( weather permitting) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


David Lee Watercolor


David Lee: Watercolor Wizardry, Thursday 10/3 & Friday 10/4/2019 Course Fee $200

Join award winning watercolor master David Lee for two days of watercolor immersion. David will share his methods of seeing and interpreting this vision onto paper. He will share tips to help you paint faster. Learn how to keep your paintings fresh and how to manage figures. Plan for some plein air painting if the weather permits. Class runs from 9 am to 4 pm both days . There will be one hour demonstrations each morning and afternoon followed by plenty of time for students to work on their paintings. David will visit each of you at your station for ample one on one time to have your problems and questions answered.


PARKLAND ART LEAGUE presents Glenn E. Blue Watercolor Workshop

October 24,2019 through October 26, 2019


Glenn Blue, PWS Watercolorist

Glenn grew up in a family of artists in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The son of art teachers, he learned his skills at an early age, he was selling paintings professionally as a teenager. Under the tutelage of Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, Nita Engle, David Taylor , Greg Allen, Tony Couch and others he has become expert in his medium.

Glenn has taught college classes , provided lectures to artist groups and juried multiple exhibitions. His work has been shown in several galleries and he has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles.

His work captures the artistic impression and atmosphere of his subjects. His paintings are representative without being photographic.

Price $300 for 3 Days PAL members $270 You can also pay online at Art is Inn website AND join the Parkland Art League. For more information on the Parkland Art League, please visit their website at

Make check payable to:Parkland Art League

c/o Howard Ellsworth

3434 W. Highland St., Allentown PA 18104

Questions - Call Deb Haaf @ 610 533-5345

When:October 24 -26, 2019

Where:Cetronia Fire Company Social Hall 18 S. Scenic St., Allentown, PA 18104

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Other: Lunch available for purchase on site

Tuition is fully refundable up to 9/15/2019. No refunds after that date unless a substitute is available to take your place. If workshop is cancelled fees will be refunded.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express 610 530-554 Comfort Suites 610 437-9100 Art is Inn 610 533-5345

How to get there: Flying - ABE - Lehigh Valley International Airport . Leave airport turn right and get on US 22 West. Exit in 7.5 onto PA 309 South. Exit 309 S. At the Tilghman St. East exit. Travel one block to Intersection of Tilghman and Parkway Blvd.. Turn right at the light onto Parkway Blvd. At next traffic Light Turn left onto Broadway. Turn right onto S. Scenic St.

Materials List for Glenn E. Blue

The below list of items you will want to have for this class. Although it is not mandatory to have these items, they will be very beneficial to your success in this workshop. 

Gator Board or similar item. A sturdy board to attached your watercolor paper to. The more 3-5 boards needed. A board is a must.

Paper:  Aches 140 to 300 pound cold press or rough press finish.

I believe the most important material in watercolors is good paper.  Several sheets of Aches watercolor paper.  We will use 1/4 sheets to half size sheets. For successful paintings your paper matters , even when practicing.   

Do try to get some of these good quality papers, it does make a difference! Arches watercolor blocks are an alternative if you can’t get Arches sheets. Cheap Canson, Waterford and similar tablets are not helpful.

Brushes: Get some big mops #24 or bigger (such as 1/2"to 1 1/2") and rounds at least a #10 to#14 round and larger.  Always try to use the biggest brush possible.  

A Hake brush is also helpful (large flat with soft bristles).

Small detail or rigger brush.

Cheap little brushes are a stumbling block for any artist!

Paint: Brands are not too important, but should not be student grade pigments.  Also color really is not terribly important.  You need as least Red, Yellow, blue and a dark.

If you can, try to have: ULTRAMARINE, COBALT BLUE, BURNT SIENNA, RED (not a rose color),YELLOW OCHRE and a CAD YELLOW.  I also like to use COBALT TURQUOISE, SEPIA, CERULEAN BLUE and ANTWERP BLUE.  But if you do not want to spend the money, just bring what you have.
Soft pencil.  I prefer mechanical pencils of 9mm. no harder than HB, a B, 2B works well.

 Gum eraser
Masking fluid and the rubber pick-up, an old cheap brush can be used for this.