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Painting in Plein Air and the Studio Master Artist John MacDonald

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Key Information:
Class Size: 1 - 18 people
Destination: Mexico  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Painting  
Season: February - March
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 1595 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 1995 US Dollar (USD) per person

This workshop will be an intensively rewarding and meaningful experience of study and painting with Master Artist John MacDonald. The workshop is geared toward all levels of student/artist of the landscape, who work in oils. For your convenience, the Casa studio is open 24 hours. You are urged to come in early, before breakfast if you like. The morning demonstrations by John will begin right after breakfast, (approximately 9:30). This class will take participants through the entire process of creating strong landscape paintings: from building effective compositions to working tonality, color and finishing with sensitively chosen details.

Following a traditional 19th century painting process focusing on the landscape, participants will hone their observational skills while coming to a clearer understanding of how a successful landscape painting is structured. An emphasis will be placed on proper seeing–looking closely at the existing colour and tonal relationships–and then onto understanding and manipulating what is seen.
We will be working with the basic elements of painting, seeing them anew and in ways that can improve the craft of your painting. Through daily demonstrations and individual critiques and instruction, participants will be encourage to assimilate what is learned in class with their existing techniques and artistic vision.

Besides working with painting techniques, we’ll also look at much broader issues of painting and art–how to deal with our mistakes and so-called failures, how to identify and manage our fears and lack of confidence, and how we can structure our lives as artists that can lead us to being more productive, creative, and joyful. This is a workshop that you definitely don’t want to miss. If you’re ready to take your painting to the next level, spend a week relaxing in the tropics, learning and having fun with one of the great contemporary painting masters – sign up now!

“Outstanding!! Very good work environment with some fun too! One of the best workshops I’ve gone to. John is super knowledgable and SUPER generous. The Casa experience is a great way to improve your painting skills and also have a fun holiday and meet interesting people.”
M. Lawther, Vancouver, B.C.

Faculty Information:
John MacDonald was born in 1957 in Lafayette, Indiana. He earned his MFA from Washington University of St. Louis and a graduate degree in painting and drawing from Purdue University. He studied printmaking in Avignon, France and painting at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. For over thirty years, John worked as a freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He now focuses soley on painting and teaching. He has taught painting workshops through the Clark Museum of Williamstown, Massachusetts as well as painting classes at Williams College.

John’s paintings are done en plein air and the studio. His works most often show landscapes local to the Williamstown area. The works are rooted in the traditions of 20th century realism, displaying a fascination for light, color and a confident use of brush work.

He is a certified creativity coach and has been a member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the Society of Illustrators. His paintings can be found in collections throughout North America. He currently lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and exhibits at the.

Other Activities:
When you’re not painting: during the siesta and Friday, your time is your own. Your hosts will offer you three wonderful activities during the week, which are included in the cost of your trip (see below for more details). Or you can relax on the beautiful beach, stroll through the botanical gardens, photograph the charming village, take a siesta, visit the zoo, go hiking, walking, sea kayaking, zip lining, shopping in the Mercado, or exploring the galleries and cafés. You can enjoy peaceful alone time, or hang out with other guests.

Facility Information:
Immerse yourself in the joys of authentic Mexican village life at one of the most beautiful and arts oriented locales in Latin America, in the safe and serene village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.


- Total Cost of this Casa Workshops per Person: $1,995.00
- Non-participant guest: $1,695
- Early Bird Special: Register by October 31, Save 100.00.

About This Supplier
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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2006
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Owned and operated by husband and wife Robert Masla and Monica Levine. Masla is an award winning internationally exhibited artist. He has been an exhibiting professional artist and educator for over 35 years; his work is in numerous discerning private and corporate collections. His teaching experience is extensive,...

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