Intro to Palette Knife Painting w/Melanie Levitt in Portsmouth, NH, Feb. 06

Join award winning palette knife painter Melanie Levitt in this one day studio workshop in Portsmouth NH at the Greenland Congregational Church through Todd Bonita Gallery. The focus of this class will be on how to paint an entire painting in oils with a palette knife creating interesting marks and textures. Through demonstration and individual attention, students will learn how to distill the important information from a photo and translate it onto the canvas quickly. Melanie will address the importance of sketching/composition, how to create depth & light in a painting, color mixing, energetic mark making, and how to choose a stain color for your scene. All this will be taught in an understandable step by step process which will lead students to improve their ability to simplify the landscape and create a dynamic painting in a short time. This class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate student who want to loosen up and learn how to paint with a palette knife. The instructor will provide a photo and students can also bring some of their own. In case of inclement weather, the class will be postponed to Feb 13, 2023

Monday, Feb 6, 10am-5pm $165 WORKSHOP LOCATION AT THE GREENLAND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, PARISH HOUSE , 2 POST RD GREENLAND, NH 

To register email: tmbonita@gmail.comor Call Todd Bonita Gallery at : (603) 819-9100

 

Melanie’s Suggested Supply List 

-Sketchbook & Soft Drawing Pencils

-One or Two Panels (not canvas): I use Ampersand Archival board but you can use any smooth surface board.
You need a hard surface to push the palette knife against. Recommended size 12x16” You can also bring a panels sized slightly smaller or larger

-Oil Paints: Limited Palette of a Warm & Cool of each primary color
(I use Gamblin brand oil paints)
Suggested Colors:
Titanium white
Ultramarine Blue
Pthalo Blue or Prussian Blue
Cad yellow Light or Lemon yellow
Cad Yellow Medium
Cad Orange
Cad Red Light
Alizarin Crimson
Optional: Transparent Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre or any other colors you like to use

-Brushes for sketching  (I use flats/brights size 4,6,8) Bring what you have and what you like to sketch with
-Palette Knife I use a 2.5” palette knife with bent neck and pointed tip.
-Color Shaper Tools-(clay sculpting tools)  These pick up paint,  I will bring a few to class
-Brush washer and odorless turpentine (Gamasol only please)
-Palette to mix on
-Paper towels ( I recommend Viva) or a box of tissues
-Plastic bag for trash
-Studio Easel



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 recent member of the Salmagundi Art Club in NYC.

 

Price: $165.00

Date: February 6, 2023

Available Spaces: 5

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Painting Figures in the Landscape w/ Ken DeWaard, March 4 & 5

Join award winning artist Ken DeWaard in this weekend studio workshop where the focus of the class will be exploring the importance of adding figures to your landscape painting. Whether it is a key element in the painting or only of secondary importance, adding figures can make a world of difference between an everyday landscape versus an energetic and  meaningful narrative in a painting. Students will learn how to assess the importance in the overall placement, sizing, and  handling of the figure. We will work to simplify our overall shapes to get the essence and gesture of the figure. Our values as well as drawing will serve as our foundation on which we will build upon. Using temperature as well as light and shadow patterns along with our edges, we will look to get the likeness as well as the attitude and mannerism of the figure. We will not be a slave to the reference but learn how to interpret the essence of it. Individualized critique at the students easel will form the basis for instruction as well as an oil painting demonstration during morning session. Students may work in the painting medium of their preference, be it oil, watercolor, pastel, or acrylic. The instructor will be using oils. Please bring some reference photos and supplies listed below. Saturday & Sunday, March 4& 5, 2023, 10am -4pm $325

“My personal objective during this workshop is to make sure that each and every
student experiences advancement as well as a better understanding.” - Ken DeWaard, Instructor

 

Price: $325.00

Date: March 4, 2023

Available Spaces: 3

Nostalgic Impressionism with Kathie Odom, June 19-21, 2023

With excitement we welcome Tennessee plein air painter, Kathie Odom, to the White Mountains of NH for this three-day oil painting workshop. The focus of the class will be on painting NH barns and structures in the landscape. Kathie calls herself a “Nostalgic Impressionist” as a way of identifying the subjects and style of painting that interest her. Her aim is to show the story behind what often appears to be an ordinary scene... through painting on location. Kathie will help students find spontaneity, excitement and a greater comfort level painting en plein air. Students will find answers to questions like: What location do I choose? How do I start an outdoor painting? When should I stop? Should I take photos? What’s my first move? The colors vary as the sun moves across the sky... what do I do next?

Kathie will do a demo each day mixed with personal instruction at easel as you paint alongside her. Students will also learn about harmony in composition, the colors of light, alla-prima lay-it-and-leave-it brushwork, and the beauty of restraint.  Plus, how to have some great fun in the midst of it all! This class is suitable for the confident beginner through advanced painter. Class size limited to 15.

June 19-21, 2023 (3 day workshop) 10am-4pm $485
(Plein Air Locations near Jackson Art TBD)

Price: $485.00

Date: June 19, 2023

Available Spaces: 4

Capturing the Moment in Light & Color w/ Ann Larsen, Aug 26 & 27

Summer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a spectacular place to paint! This workshop is designed to help students interpret what they see in the landscape and then put that down on canvas. Emphasis will be on capturing light, color and the emotional moment. Students will be guided through deciding on a subject, color mixing, value, and the importance of edges in their paintings. We will focus on a step by step approach to building a paintings by starting with large mass simplification, color choices and the importance of what to leave in and what to leave out to make a strong painting. Historical and modern references will be discussed. Each day will start with discussion and a demonstration of the days lesson. Each student will be given one on one attention to help them understand and work towards their painting goals. The workshop is for students with some painting experience.  Beginner to advanced.  Oil is the preferred but other mediums are acceptable.

Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 10:00 am- 5:00 PM, $325

Price: $325.00

Date: August 26, 2023

Available Spaces: 11

2023 MONHEGAN ISLAND RETREAT: Plein Air Painting, Light Hiking & Island Tour

Join Melanie Barash Levitt, owner of Jackson Art, for a unique experience combining plein air painting, (beginner and intermediate welcome) light hiking, gallery visits, 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!

Accommodations: Meals and transportation not included.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Trailing Yew (hearty breakfast included) but accommodations can be booked anywhere on the island including the Island Inn, Monhegan House, Shining Sails or house rentals on VRBO.

Cost for the class includes painting instruction and demos, island/gallery tour and a wine/cheese welcome upon arrival. Melanie will be working in oils but students can also work in medium of choice including acrylics, watercolors or even just sketch. Participants should bring all their own art supplies. Supply list and more details to follow upon registering.

Cost: $325 per/person,  Friday, 9/15/23  - Sunday 7/17/23. Class starts Friday afternoon upon ferry arrival and ends Sunday afternoon at ferry departure. Or extend your stay to enjoy the island!


Melanie Barash Levitt has been exploring and painting on Monhegan Island for the last 19 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 on the afternoon ferry to Monhegan Island. ( We recommend the 3pm from Port Clyde for the smoothest ride!) Melanie will meet you at the dock and will take you on a walk through Monhegan village. (your bags will be picked up and transported to the Trailing Yew or other inn/hotel)  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 by the dock. Paint along if you would like or just watch the demo.

Saturday, Sept 15 - We will meet at the Trailing Yew and then take a short walk to paint at Lobster Cove. *Optional beer tasting at Monhegan Brewing or paint in the village in the afternoon. Group will meet for dinner (optional) at the Island Inn  (full menu with lots of choices including fresh seafood and lobster!)

Sunday, Sept 16-  We will paint at Horn Hill in the morning and then head towards the dock for lunch/painting and participants can take the afternoon ferry. Or, spend and extra night on the island!

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: $325.00

Date: September 15, 2023

Available Spaces: 12