2015 Workshops

The Landscape Atelier Spring Workshop
Clarksville, Texas
March 27- April 2, 2015 
$795 Fee

$200 deposit; remainder of workshop fee is due 60 days in advance of the class.

This annual workshop will take full advantage of beautiful spring weather in the rural beauty of northeast Texas. Easy access to fields, ponds, woods and streams make this a perfect opportunity to work outdoors. Our beautiful new 4000 square foot studio space located on the charming, historic square and fully equipped with easels, taborets, full kitchen and bath, 700 + volume art library, plus printmaking studio, make this a wonderful filed to studio learning experience.

We will work outdoors for the first few days, gathering reference material in the form of drawings and color studies, and then work in the studio creating underpaintings (transparent grisaille) and adding layers of color using indirect painting techniques.

Instructor demos will include : drawing demos in dip pen and ink wash, drawing using toned paper, charcoal and white charcoal, color mixing, creating an underpainting, glazing, scumbling, velatura and other advanced indirect techniques.

April 3, 2015  10 am to 4pm  Introduction to Printmaking
$120 Fee  (Materials included)

A one day class on mono prints and drypoint will be held April 3, 2015. Students will learn how to create mono prints, the most painterly of printmaking processes, as well as drypoint using a copper plate. All materials included.

April 18, 2015 10 am to 4pm Introduction to Etching
$120 Fee (Materials included)

Travel & Lodging
Clarksville is an easy two hour drive from the Metroplex, about five hours from Austin. Students can also fly into DFW. Lodging in Clarksville consists of The Courthouse Inn, a Victorian B&B, or private cabins and cottages.  There are chain hotels available in nearby Paris.

Please select from the drop down menu either the Spring Workshop Deposit,   Workshop Deposit + Printmaking One Day Workshop , or One Day Printmaking Workshops (April 3 and April 18) options.


The Landscape Atelier Summer Program
Estes Park, Colorado
June 22-28, 2015

$200 deposit; the remainder of the workshop fee is due 60 days prior to the class.

The Summer Program will be held in beautiful Estes Park Colorado on the grounds of the YMCA of the Rockies, immediately adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. The Y provides a unique facility and beautiful grounds on which to study and learn.

This will primarily be an outdoor class, but we will have a studio for class lectures, some demos, and in which to work in case of inclement weather. In this class we will focus on successful strategies for working outdoors- both drawing and painting. We will learn a different approach to field work which emphasizes both obtaining reference for studio paintings but also forging a deeper connection with our subject matter.

Instructor demos will include : drawing demos in dip pen and ink wash, drawing using toned paper, charcoal and white charcoal, color mixing, creating an underpainting, glazing, scumbling, velatura and other advanced indirect techniques.

Working from Nature and direct observation is the time honored way to learn how to paint landscapes. Unfortunately, many aspiring landscape painters miss the essential first step: learning to draw and sketch in the field. If you are unable to draw the landscape you will have a much more difficult time learning to paint it convincingly. Most classes and workshops jump into plein air painting without giving students any tools to make a success of their efforts. This course is designed to give you the tools to draw and sketch in the field with confidence, both improving your plein air paintings and leading to better, finished work in the studio.
Topics covered will include:
~drawing and field sketching materials and techniques
~a history of field sketching and study of examples of 19th century field sketches (drawings, watercolors and oils)
~how to do close studies of elements in Nature, value and color studies and thumbnails sketches
~how to use field sketching to gather reference material for studio work (and reduce your dependence on the camera!).
~how to use field sketching to aid in working from memory and imagination
~creating a grisaille or monochromatic underpainting as a first step to sketching in oils outdoors

Who Should Take This Class? This class is intended for intermediate to advanced oil painters. It is suggested but not required that students take my Field Sketching online course prior to taking this workshop.
I will work with each student individually on particular areas of study they wish to emphasize.

Travel and Lodging. There are a number of different lodging options available at the Y or students may choose to find accommodations in Estes Park. For students not lodging at the Y, the YMCA requires a $20 per day use fee. Students may fly into Denver. Estes Park is located about 60 miles north of Denver.

Summer Workshop

Workshop Cancellations
~All cancellations must be in writing. There are no exceptions.
~A non-refundable deposit  is required at registration. Deposits will only be refunded in the event a class is canceled .
~Payment in full is due sixty days before your class begins. Cancellations received 60 days in advance will receive a full refund (less the  deposit); Cancellations received less than 60 days in advance forfeit the entire workshop fee. No refund will apply.
~In the event a workshop does not reach minimum enrollment and is canceled, all payments and deposits will be refunded in full.
~ These policies apply for all workshops organized by Deborah Paris. For workshops sponsored or organized by third parties, please refer to their cancellation policies.