2014 Workshops

The Landscape Atelier- Summer Program
July 14-20, 2014
Telluride- Ophir, Colorado

The Landscape Atelier Summer Program this year will take place in and around Telluride, Colorado, in the San Juan Mountains of the southeastern part of the state. Based in the small mountain village of Ophir, this workshop will provide students with an extended opportunity to learn field sketching techniques, drawing and painting, in this dramatic, beautiful location.

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.

Travel & Lodging 

Participants can fly into Grand Junction, Co. or Telluride. A wide variety of lodging options are available in Telluride and adjacent Mountain Village. There are also numerous camping and RV camping available in the area.

Register by clicking on the link below.

Fall Three Day Workshop - Field to Studio
October 17-19, 2014
Clarksville , TX

This workshop will take the student through the process of gathering reference material in the field, painting a grisaille or monochromatic underpainting and adding layers of color to it in the studio. Students will learn concepts and techniques for outdoor work, how to create a complete value statement in your grisaille, and basic techniques to work in a layered approach.

Clarksville in the Fall offers a beautiful rolling landscape, fall color and numerous streams, ponds and large trees. Easy access to Nature and our beautiful 4000 square foot studio make this a perfect landscape painting study experience.

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.

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.