Plein Air Painting Workshop with Elle Foley

Chatham Gables Inn, Chatham, MA
Call for availability – (508) 945-5859
October 18-21, 2015
$500, plus room rates of $275 & $350 per night

Workshop Details:

Join award-winning painter Elle Foley for a three-day intensive workshop for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting en plein air. Painting en plein air is a term made popular by the French Impressionists and translates as “painting in the open air.” The deep spiritual connection to nature derived from this form of intense observation has made it a lasting tradition which is especially needed in these modern times.
The aim is to learn to interpret nature in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, design and composition, simplifying, and the benefits of painting outdoors are discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. Students focus on values, shapes, edges, and color as they relate to painting.

There are brief demonstrations each day and one-on-one advice in the field. Exercises include creating small 6×8″ color sketches, where students will paint color block-ins and value studies prior to working on larger canvases.
In the event of inclement weather, students must bring with them several reference photographs of landscapes.
Recommended reading: Payne, Composition of Outdoor Painting; Carlson, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting; Goerschner & Lehrman, Oil Painting, The Workshop Experience. Join award-winning painter Elle Foley at the charming seaside Chatham Gables Inn, for an intensive workshop for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting “en plein air”. Painting en plein air is a term made popular by the French Impressionists and translates as “painting in the open air.” Our connection to nature and surroundings is derived from this form of intense observation, in the tradition of painting and drawing.

The aim is to learn to interpret our surroundings in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, design and composition, and the inspiration of painting outdoors are discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries a sense of place. Students focus on values, shapes, edges, and color as they relate to their painting.

There are brief demonstrations each day and one-on-one advice in the field. Exercises include creating small color sketches, to mass in, prior to working on larger canvases.

In the event of inclement weather, we will work on interiors or still life set up indoors. Workshop also includes meet & greet with Elle, bountiful breakfasts each morning, coffee, tea & cookies each afternoon.

We will travel the countryside finding inspiration from beach, vineyards and town streets.


Elle FoleyElle Foley is an award-winning artist who was born and raised in Norwich, CT. In 1985, she moved to NYC, where she was an architect for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. She has studied at the Arts Students League under Frank Mason and Gregg Kreutz. She leads painting workshops in Nantucket, MA, FL and internationally.
Elle Foley
www.ellefoley.com
508-221-8271C