Sunday, January 19, 2014

Roger Dale Brown Plein Air Workshop, Gadsden, Alabama

Roger Dale Brown’s paintings have won first place and best of show awards, been juried into national exhibitions, published in Artist Magazine and American Art Collector, displayed in galleries throughout the United States, and collected by celebrities and corporations. But best of all, he is one of the few successful artists who is also a talented teacher.  As he says,

“I try to explain things from a student’s perspective…put myself in their shoes. That makes it easier to explain situations at each stage. I figure out the best way to teach each student...the best way to impart a sense of accomplishment.”

Roger Dale Brown will present a plein air workshop hosted by the Gadsden Museum of Art beginning with orientation on Sunday, April 6 (6- 8 p.m.) and followed by three days of on-location demonstrations and painting (April 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Each participant will have the option to display one paintings created during the workshop at the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational which commences immediately following the workshop (more information about the SPAI in future blogs).
What can students expect in the workshop? Roger Dale Brown explains,

“I have good success by coupling verbal and visual teaching and then giving students the chance to implement it themselves. Different types of light, drawing simple shapes, understanding the values of those shapes, and atmospheric perspective can be shown in a class with significant success…success which in turn creates a passion and passion goes a long way in the learning process.”

Roger Dale Brown has studied with nationally recognized artists Evert Raymond Kinstler, Quang Ho, C.W. Mundy, and landscape artist Scott Christensen. He has studied the writings and works of Edgar Payne, John Carlson, and Andrew Wyeth and claims them as an influence on his own work. He is dedicated to painting from life, on location, as the best way to enhance the ability to see the nuances of a scene. His goal is to capture the emotion what he sees and distill that into his paintings.

“By studying the facets of a location, I get the knowledge and inspiration to create my paintings.”

Roger Dale Brown believes in passing along what he has learned through teaching. His workshop is designed for the intermediate to advanced painter.

“When I lecture or give a demonstration, I don’t hold back information. All students may not understand all the theory or logic presented but the will grasp what they need at the time. Understanding individual needs, I can work within the capabilities of each person.”

To learn more, visit Roger Dale Brown's website at

Workshop tuition: $425 (supplies not included).  A 50% deposit is required to reserve a space, $100 of which is not refundable.  Don’t delay, Mr. Brown’s classes fill quickly and space is strictly limited!  To register for the workshop or request more information, contact Elaine at the Gadsden Museum of Art (256-546-7365 or   

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