Saturday, February 22, 2014

What makes a good plein air workshop?

Roger Dale Brown workshop demonstration

ü  An instructor who is a skilled and talented painter. 
ü  The gift of time to visually explore inspiring locations. 
ü  Demonstrations that break down the painting process into its simplest form and build it back up into a finished artwork.
ü  Individualized instruction that makes the topics understandable for each student.

The Roger Dale Brown Plein Air Workshop hosted by the Gadsden Museum of Art, April 6-9, ticks all the boxes when it comes to a hands-on painting experience.  And, each student has the option of sending one workshop artwork to the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational Exhibition—an event that follows the workshop! 

Expert instruction, on-location painting, and the chance to exhibit in the Gadsden Museum of Art galleries—the ideal workshop experience for the plein air artist.  Here are some of the things artists in the workshop will explore:
·        Seeing different types of light.
·        Using atmospheric perspective to capture a feeling of space.
·        Representing the essence of a scene through the “art of comparison”.
·        Using hard and soft edges to draw attention to the focal point.
·        Mixing an infinite palette of greens.

“I try to explain things from a student’s perspective, at each student’s individual level.  I put myself in their shoes remembering when I was at their stage. That makes it easier to explain situations at each unique stage.”         ~Roger Dale Brown

About the workshop: 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. 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. Roger Dale Brown believes in passing along what he has learned through teaching. 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 about the workshop or the SPAI, contact Elaine at the Gadsden Museum of Art (256-546-7365 or   

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