Plein Air Painting in the White Mountains w/ David Lussier, Sept 4-6

Join award winning artist, David Lussier for this three day workshop. The White Mountains offer up some of the most spectacular and breathtaking landscape in New England. David will begin each day with a one hour demonstration and discussion of his working methods. In an orderly step by step process, he will show you how I simplify shapes, color and value to achieve a successful painting. He will share his knowledge of how colors and values need to be altered in order that they recede into the distance and breathe a sense of light and atmosphere into the work. This is an important lesson, especially when viewing mountain scenes where there is a vast amount of space between foreground and background. He will offer individual help to each student towards a successful painting each day. This class will get you to the next level in your painting ability. All levels welcome.
Sept 4-6 (3 day class)  9am- 4pm,  $425  Class size is limited to 10 students to allow for social distancing and lots of personal attention. (please bring a mask)

Price: $425.00

Date: September 4, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

Beginner Plein Air (Outdoor) Painting: Palette Knife Technique, Sept 12

*We will be limiting the number of people to 8  to allow for social distancing. Please bring a mask that is fitted over your mouth and nose to wear for out meeting time. 

With professional painter, Melanie Barash Levitt

In this one day outdoor painting workshop, students will enjoy the process of setting up an easel outdoors and painting the beautiful White Mtn. landscape “en plein air.” The focus of this class will be painting with a palette knife and creating beautiful texture in your painting.  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, land 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. No need to invest in expensive equipment! We will provided most of the supplies you need to paint for the day.(ie-use of plein air easel, oil paints, brushes, mixing palette, palette knife, mineral spirits, medium, etc.  You will need to bring your own canvases (around 8"x10" is a good size), paper towels and bag for trash. This class is limited to 8 students to allow for individual attention. (there are 6 plein air easels for rent) All students will need to bring a small sketchbook. Location: Jackson Falls. We will meet in the parking lot.

Saturday, Sept 12, 9am-4:30pm, $165 bring your own supplies  $210 supplies included. This class is also open to high school aged students.

*in case of rain, class will take place on Sept 13

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

Cancellation Policy: We ask that you to give us three weeks notice if you need to cancel for a full refund minus a $25 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.  

Please Wear or Bring:

-Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes

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


-Bug Spray



-Plenty of water

-Sunhat with a big rim or baseball hat

-Sketchbook & pencils

-Canvases (bring two: size 8"x10" is good)

-Mask (for when we are meeting closer together at 6’. We will spread out 10-12’ when painting and you can take mask off)


If you opt to bring your own painting supplies:

Bring everything listed above as well as...

-Plein air easel (french easel, pocade box etc)

-Optional: Easel Umbrella

-Oil paints: Limited Palette of a warm & cool of each color (I use Gamblin) Titanium white, Ultramarine Blue, Phatholo Blue,  Cad yellow light, Cad Yellow Medium, Cad Red, Alizeran Crimson,

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

-Palette knife

- Canvases (bring 2) size 6x8”, 8x10” or 9x12”

-Brush washer and oderless turpentine (Gamasol recommended)

-Rags or paper towels

-Palette to mix on

-plastic bag for trash


Melanie Barash Levitt graduated in 1990 from the Rhode Island School of Design and received a BFA in Graphic Design. She worked in the graphic design industry for over fifteen years and was part of the creative team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Melanie spent a year living in Japan and that time had a great influence on her life and her art. She has painted her whole life, but fell in love with plein air (outdoor) painting over fifteen years ago on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. She still paints there in the Summer, but mostly enjoys setting up her easel outside and painting the local landscape of the White Mountains of NH where she resides. Being outside in nature and taking in the scene and translating that beauty on canvas is her true passion.

Melanie paints in a loose, impressionistic style with a brush or a palette knife and likes to focus on creating light and color harmony in her paintings. She also teaches oil painting and printmaking at her studio, Jackson Art, and runs art camps for kids in the Summer. Melanie’s 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 and ME and has been featured on Boston Chronicle, WCBV TV (ABC) and been published in Boston Voyager Magazine.

Price: $165.00

Date: September 12, 2020

Available Spaces: 5

(KIDS!) FREE Color Mixing Class (*supplies extra or use your own)

w/ Professional Painter & Instructor Melanie Barash Levitt
KIDS! Do something fun & creative on a Sunday afternoon! Let's play with color!

We are now offering VIRTUAL online paint classes & private paint parties via ZOOM! (we send you a link and it is easy to use!)

In this 90 min  class, kids will learn about color mixing with some fun color lessons. We will mix secondary and tertiary colors, learn about warm and cool colors, and complimentary colors. We will create some color studies with  fun exercises!  Just grab a drink and snack and paint along with me and all your new friends and learn all about color. This class does not include supplies. If you would like supplies included, please sign up for the option below and you can pick up supplies curbside!

Registration ends  24 hrs prior to class start!. This painting session will start PROMPTLY at 3:00 pm but we ask that you SIGN IN AT 2:45pm to make sure we can solve any technical issues ahead of time. You will receive a link when you register! You do not need a Zoom account.

Price: $20.00

Date: October 6, 2020

Available Spaces: 50

Japanese Woodblock Printing w/ Matt Brown, April 3 & 4, 2021

 Japanese Color Woodblock Printing with Matt Brown
This exciting two day workshop is organized to offer a comprehensive introduction to the wonderful range of tools, techniques, and materials involved in the traditional Japanese hanga method.

Price: $325.00

Date: April 3, 2021

Available Spaces: 0