Painting Mountains & Rivers: Beginner Plein Air (Outdoor), June 11

With professional painter, Melanie Barash Levitt.

In this one day BEGINNER outdoor oil painting workshop, (acrylics can also be used but I suggest open acrylics that dry slower) students will enjoy the process of setting up an easel outdoors and painting the beautiful White Mtn. landscape “en plein air.” We will meet on location and focus on painting mountains and rivers. Through demonstration and individual attention in oils, students will learn how to distill the important information from their observation and translate it onto the canvas. Melanie will address the importance of sketching, how to create depth & light in a painting, composition, color mixing, and other tips for painting outdoors.

Price: $200.00

Date: June 11, 2022

Available Spaces: 10

MONHEGAN ISLAND RETREAT: Plein Air Painting, Yoga, Light Hiking & Island Tour, July 15-17 2022

Join Melanie Barash Levitt, owner of Jackson Art, for a unique experience combining plein air painting, (beginner and intermediate welcome) two private yoga classes, light hiking and touring Monhegan Island.  This retreat will be reserved for a small group taking place in one of the most beautiful places in the world!  We will spend a rustic weekend at the Trailing Yew. (hearty breakfast included)

Cost includes painting instruction and demos, two nights accommodation with breakfast at the Trailing Yew (your own private room),  two private group yoga classes with ocean view, wine/cheese welcome upon arrival and a tour around the island.  Melanie will be working in oils but you can also work in acrylics, watercolors or even just sketch. You can also add a morning or evening massage with Ginger Rober to make the trip even more relaxing! Cost for massage is $105 for an hour and must be booked in advance on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants are expected to cover costs of their lunch and dinner, and transportation to and from the island.  Participants should also bring all their own art supplies. (rent a French plein air easel from us for $35 for the weekend.  Easel must be picked up and dropped off at Jackson Art)

More details to follow upon registering.  Cost: $675 per/person Friday, 7/15/22  - Sunday 7/17/22. Included: Two nights accommodations with breakfast at the Trailing Yew, Plein Air Painting Workshop, (all levels)  Two Yoga Classes, Wine & Cheese welcome,  and Tour with Light Hiking. Massage add-on optional


Melanie Barash Levitt has been exploring and painting on Monhegan Island for the last 18 years. Monhegan is a small, rocky island ten miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars or paved roads on the Island. Artists have been drawn to the rugged beauty of Monhegan for over 150 years.  The peaceful nature of the island combined with the picturesque landscape make Monhegan an ideal location to immerse yourself in  art and relaxation.  A packing list will be sent to registered students. (in case of inclement weather, we will paint from the Trailing Yew)

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, July 15.-Arrive in the afternoon to Monhegan Island. Melanie will meet you at the ferry and will take you on a walk through Monhegan village. (your bags will be picked up and transported to the Trailing Yew)  We will have a wine and cheese welcome at the Trailing Yew and go over our weekend plans. In the evening we will have dinner at Fish Beach followed by sunset painting demo. Paint along if you would like or have an evening massage.

Saturday, July 16 - We will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Trailing Yew followed by a group yoga class and a morning painting session. In the afternoon we will take a short hike Lobster Cove.  Optional beer tasting at Monhegan Brewing in the afternoon or have a relaxing massage.  Lobster dinner at the Island Inn or Trailing Yew. (full menu if you don't eat lobster)

Sunday, July 17-  We will enjoy another hearty breakfast at the Trailing Yew followed by a group yoga class. We will visit to the Lupine Gallery and then have a painting session in town near the ferry. Participants can take an afternoon ferry or spend and extra night on the island. (contact the Trailing Yew to extend your stay for an additional fee) 

Cancellation Policy. We ask that you to give us six weeks notice if you need to cancel. You will receive a full refund minus $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.  

 

Price: $780.00

Date: July 15, 2022

Available Spaces: 2

Key Elements of Plein Air Painting w/ George Van Hook: Choose oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor

Join nationally recognized and award winning painter George Van Hook for a weekend plein air workshop in the White Mountains of NH. George stresses alla prima painting using a loose and fast approach to capturing the landscape on the first try. The workshop includes multiple demos and lots of individual attention to work with each participant at their own level. George will discuss composition, laying out the pallet, proper use of materials and all other aspects of plein air painting to teach you to paint quickly and capture the scene. Students will work on at least two paintings each day. All levels welcome but some painting experience is necessary. Participants will meet on location-TBD.  In case of rain we will meet at Jackson Art. There are a limited number of plein air easels for rent. ($35 for the weekend) Students are responsible for their own supplies. Class size is limited to 12 people.

Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 9am-4pm,  $295, Locations TBD
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 16.

Check out George's website at www.georgevanhookfineartist.com

 

Price: $295.00

Date: July 23, 2022

Available Spaces: 5

Painting NH Barns: Beginner Plein Air (Outdoor), Aug 4

With award winning  painter and owner of Jackson Art, Melanie Barash Levitt

In this one day BEGINNER outdoor oil painting workshop, (acrylics can also be used but I suggest open acrylics that dry slower) students will enjoy the process of setting up an easel outdoors and painting the beautiful White Mtn. landscape “en plein air.” We will meet on location and focus on painting an old NH barn. Through demonstration and individual attention in oils, students will learn how to distill the important information from their observation and translate it onto the canvas. Melanie will address the importance of sketching, how to create depth & light in a painting, composition, color mixing, and other tips for painting outdoors.

All this will be taught in an understandable step by step process which will lead students to improve their ability to see the landscape and create a finished painting in a short time. This class is suitable for the total beginner or the intermediate student who wants to learn how to paint outdoors. Students will complete at least one painting. We rent out a limited number of French plein air easels for an additional $35 for the weekend. We will work with a very limited palette of paints and students will be responsible for bringing their own supplies. (see list below) Locations TBD .

Thursday, August 4, 10am-5:pm, $165 (This class is also open to high school students)

In case of inclement weather we will paint under cover

Cancellation Policy: We ask that you to give us three weeks notice if you need to cancel for a full refund minus a $20 cancellation fee. Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space. We are sorry, but we cannot give refunds or issue credits for missed classes or no shows.  

Private & semi-private sessions are also available. (please inquire)

Please Wear or Bring:

-Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes

-Dress in layers and bring clothes for warm and cool weather

-Raincoat

-Bug Spray

-Sunblock

-Lunch

-Plenty of water

-Sunhat with a big rim or baseball hat

ART SUPPLIES: (Alot can be purchased at Michaels or online at Dick Blick)

-Sketchbook & soft drawing pencils or charcoal pencils

-Canvases: Bring two total:  one 4x6 or  6x8" small canvas and one larger canvas, 8x10 or  9x12 or 11x14"

-Plein air easel (french easel, pocade box etc) You can also rent a French Easel  for $35. Toggle when registering to select that option

-Optional: Easel Umbrella to block sun

-Oil paints: Limited Palette of a warm & cool of each primary color (I use Gamblin oil paints-they sell them at Michaels. If using acrylics try Open Acrylics so they don't dry too quickly) Suggested Colors: Titanium white, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue,  Cad yellow light or lemon yellow, Cad Yellow Medium, Cad Red, Alizeran Crimson.

-Variety of brushes (I use flats/brights size 2,4,6,8) Bring what you have

-Palette knife- bent neck and long pointed tip.  (Michaels has one)

-Brush washer and oderless turpentine (Gamasol recommended)

-Rags or paper towels

-Palette to mix on

-plastic bag for trash

Melanie Barash Levitt graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. She currently lives in the White Mountains of NH and is the owner of Jackson Art Studio & Gallery.Melanie is an award winning artist who paints in a loose, impressionistic style with a brush or a palette knife in oils. As a plein air artist, Levitt paints on location braving the elements to capture the mood of the scene. Her favorite subjects are the mountains, rivers and small farms of NH and the rugged coasts of Maine. Her artwork resides is in the home of many collectors through the US, Canada and Europe. She exhibits her work in galleries and shows throughout NH, ME, VT and NY. She has been featured in Boston Chronicle (WCBV TV, ABC), NH Chronicle (WMUR 9), and has been published in various newspapers and magazines . She also has received numerous awards for her paintings in regional shows and juried events and is a member of the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC and was on the staff at the Plein Air Convention.

Price: $165.00

Date: August 4, 2022

Available Spaces: 10

Palette Knife Technique: Plein Air (Outdoor) Painting, Aug 20 & 21

With professional painter, Melanie Barash Levitt

In this weekend outdoor oil painting workshop, the focus will be how to paint an entire painting with only a palette knife to create interesting marks, texture and a dynamic composition. (brushes can also be used) Through demonstration and individual attention in oils, students will learn how to distill the important information from their observation and translate it onto the canvas. Melanie will also address the importance of sketching/composition, how to create depth & light in a painting,  color mixing, mark making, and other tips for painting outdoors.

Price: $330.00

Date: August 20, 2022

Available Spaces: 10